Jalen Richard is one of five Raiders to watch Saturday against the Titans. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
OAKLAND — On a roster that entered training camp fairly settled, the Raiders’ Saturday night tilt with the Tennessee Titans is the last chance for some players to make an impression.
Rosters will get cut from 90 players to 75 on Tuesday, a precursor to the more difficult drop to the 53-man roster following the final preseason game.
Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said he plans to play the starters at least for the first half and possibly into the third quarter against Tennessee, so those roster battles will take place mostly in the fourth quarter. Continue Reading
ALAMEDA — The Raiders defense hopes to leave a better first impression when it faces the Tennessee Titans on Saturday.
Oakalnd was ramshackled a week ago on its opening possession when the Green Bay Packers marched down on a 14-play touchdown drive. Eddie Lacy had 45 yards on nine carries.
Now the Raiders get a crack at the Titans, who through the first two weeks of exhibition games were second only to the 49ers in rushing, gaining 192.0 yards per game. Continue Reading
Mario Edwards Jr. (97) suffered his serious neck injury last time the Raiders and Packers met. He’ll sit this one out with a hip ailment while Ben Heeney (51) will suit up. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
Defensive end Mario Edwards Jr., tight end Gabe Holmes and running back Jalen Richard will not suit up for the Raiders in Thursday night’s exhibition game against the Green Bay Packers.
None of those players were expected to play with Edwards out 4-6 weeks with a hip strain, Holmes likely on injured reserve with a severe ankle injury and Richard having not practiced in a over a week. Continue Reading
Mario Edwards will miss a few weeks with a hip injury that won’t require surgery. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Raiders coach Jack Del Rio divulged some injury information on Monday, announcing that defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. (hip) will be “out for a while” and tight end Gabe Holmes (ankle) is likely headed for season-ending injured reserve.
“Mario is going to be a out a few weeks, that’s unfortunate,” Del Rio said. “He will return and is not going to require surgery.”
ProFootballTalk reported Sunday that Edwards has a hip strain and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. Continue Reading
Donald Penn was involved in one of Thursday’s skirmishes at Raiders training camp. (Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group)
The Raiders practiced Thursday with an intensity not seen through the first five sessions of training camp.
Several players on the offense and defense had to be separated after left tackle Donald Penn tossed linebacker Ben Heeney to the ground following an 11-and-11 drill.
Later, defensive end Damonte Moore and undrafted running back Jalen Richard exchanged punches.
And then there was all the normal football action that created, from a spectator’s standpoint, the most entertaining practice thus far of camp. Continue Reading
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
Ben Heeney showed his potential late last season and figures to be among the starting linebackers. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
We turn our attention to linebackers for part four of this 10-part series looking at each of the Raiders position groups before training camp begins on Friday.
This is when it starts to get a little tricky, especially for a team like the Raiders. The line between linebacker and defensive end can get very blurry. Consider this: Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin play essentially the same position on opposite sides of the defense. Mack is listed at defensive end and Irvin at linebacker.
For the purposes of this breakdown, I’ll go with the positions each player is listed at on the Raiders official roster. Irvin and Shilique Calhoun will appear here. Mack will be in the next post for defensive lineman. Continue Reading