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Raiders notes: Cooper in shorts, Nelson on the side, Richard back

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Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper isn't practicing Tuesday. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper isn’t practicing Tuesday. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper was not participating in Tuesday’s full-padded practice.

Cooper was on the field and stretched with the team, but was wearing shorts and a hooded sweatshirt underneath his jersey. He did not have a helmet.

The Raiders’ second-year receiver, who had 72 catches for 1,070 yards and six touchdowns last season, watched as the team went through individual drills during the portion of practice open to the media. Continue Reading

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Raiders vs. Packers: Keys to the game

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Amari Cooper and the Oakland Raiders face the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night.  (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)

Amari Cooper and the Oakland Raiders face the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)

RAIDERS (1-0) VS. PACKERS (1-0)

5 p.m., Thursday, Lambeau Field

TV: KTVU (Beth Mowins, Matt Millen, Nicole Zaloumis, John Tournour)

Radio: 95.7 (Greg Papa, Tom Flores, Lincoln Kennedy)

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Packers by 3
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David Carr: Raiders doing a good job blocking out the hype

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David Carr visited Raiders' camp on Tuesday and gave his thoughts on this year's team. (Staff file photo)

David Carr visited Raiders’ camp on Tuesday and gave his thoughts on this year’s team. (Staff file photo)

NAPA — David Carr, now in his second year as an NFL Network analyst, has an admitted bias when it comes to the Raiders.

The older brother of Derek Carr, he visited Tuesday as part of NFL Network’s tour of training camps and came away impressed by how the hype of the Raiders’ offseason hasn’t seeped into their preparing. Continue Reading

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Raiders notes: Starters will see minimal action Friday in Arizona

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Dexter McDonald has delivered an impressive camp for the Raiders. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Dexter McDonald has impressed at Raiders camp and should see a lot of playing time Friday with the starters not seeing much action. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

NAPA — Raiders’ coach Jack Del Rio said he expects to play his starters for no more than the first quarter in Friday’s preseason debut against the Arizona Cardinals.

“We’re not dead set on it yet,” Del Rio said Tuesday. “But the typical way these first preseason games go is the first group will play the first quarter, no more than a quarter probably, and then we’ll get a good look at everybody else on the roster.”

With the starters seeing little to no action, it’s a good chance for those fighting for a roster spot to make an impression. Continue Reading

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Training camp notebook: Carr and Cooper as roommates; Heeney on the green dot

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Amari Cooper and Derek Carr are connecting more on a personal level as training camp roommates. (Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group)

Amari Cooper and Derek Carr are connecting more on a personal level as training camp roommates. (Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group)

NAPA — So much of the Raiders’ season is dependent upon the continued development of quarterback Derek Carr and wide receiver Amari Cooper.

That made it music to Raiders fans’ ears to learn that the duo were rooming together during training camp this season.

“We’re having a good time,” Carr said Friday. “It’s good to come back and just talk ball with him. He tells me his goals, I share my stuff with him. I know how he thinks. I know how he likes to go about his business. I know what he likes to do off the field. Him and I should have the best relationship ever.” Continue Reading

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Raiders training camp roster breakdown: Wide receivers

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Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree lead the Raiders group of wide receivers.  (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree lead the Raiders group of wide receivers. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

It’s time to catch the wide receivers in part eight of this 10-part series previewing the Raiders’ training camp roster.

The top of the wide receivers group is about as clear as day for the Raiders, who figure to have four spots sealed up. The last spot or so will take some work.

The Raiders have taken an interesting approach with this position. They’ve invested high on two players — No. 4 pick Amari Cooper and last year’s free agent Michael Crabtree. The remaining wide receivers are all undrafted free agents, two of which could already be called success stories. Continue Reading

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Amari Cooper letting his voice be heard a little more

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Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper is talking a little more this year. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper is talking a little more this year. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Amari Cooper seems to be taking on a slightly more talkative role thus far with both his teammates and the media.

The Raiders’ second-year wide receiver chatted on Wednesday following Day 2 of the team’s mandatory three-day minicamp and hit a solid range of topics.

Regarding the foot injury that hampered him toward the end of last season, Cooper said: “It’s always frustrating when you can’t do all the things you really want to do out there. But injuries are a part of the game. But I did learn from it. You’re supposed to take care of your body and not take it lightly.”

He spoke of his increased comfort level as a second-year player. Continue Reading

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Raiders minicamp Day 1: Malcolm Smith returns, Carr and Cooper hook up, backup QBs rotate reps

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Derek Carr had a strong first day of Raiders minicamp. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Derek Carr had a strong first day of Raiders minicamp. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Along with defensive lineman Mario Edwards Jr., Tuesday’s first day of the Raiders minicamp also marked the return of linebacker Malcolm Smith. An undisclosed injury had kept him from participating in team drills during OTAs.

“Good to get out there and starting to get more guys healthy and able to join us today, which is good to see,” coach Jack Del Rio said.

Safety Reggie Nelson has still yet to see the field for the Raiders, although the team says he has been on site at the facility. Running back Roy Helu Jr., who had offseason hip surgery, and defensive lineman Denico Autry, also were not at practice. Continue Reading

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