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Raiders vs. Seahawks: Keys to the game

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Matt McGloin had two touchdown passes last year in the exhibition finale against Seattle. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

Matt McGloin had two touchdown passes last year in the exhibition finale against the Seahawks. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

RAIDERS (1-2) VS. SEAHAWKS (2-1)

7 p.m., Thursday, Oakland Coliseum

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

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

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Raiders by 2 1/2
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Watch: Inside the Oakland Raiders, Episode 1

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On the debut episode of Inside the Oakland Raiders, Bay Area News Group’s Courtney Cronin, Jimmy Durkin and Jerry McDonald dive into Week 3 of the preseason and the Raiders major areas of focus: enabling the run, stopping the run and getting to the quarterback. Continue Reading

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Five Raiders to watch in exhibition opener vs. Cardinals

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Second-round pick Jihad Ward is a Raiders player to watch Friday night. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Second-round pick Jihad Ward is a Raiders player to watch Friday night. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Raiders opened last preseason by using their first drive to feed their new hog. Then rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper had four offensive touches on the opening possession.

That doesn’t figure to be the case Friday with their latest first-round pick, as safety Karl Joseph is likely to sit out when the Raiders kick off against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Continue Reading

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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: Battles on the line will make team better

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The Raiders offensive line will benefit from working against Khalil Mack and vice versa. (Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group)

The Raiders offensive line will benefit from working against Khalil Mack and vice versa. (Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group)

NAPA — Mike Tice went to the tape, as the Raiders offensive line coach does every day to review practice film with his players.

It was time to examine what left tackle Donald Penn could’ve done to prevent Khalil Mack blowing past him for a sack.

“Donald,” Tice ultimately said, “I don’t have anything for you.”

To hear Tice explain the play, you understand why some of what Mack does isn’t defendable. Continue Reading

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Raiders training camp roster breakdown: Linebackers

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Ben Heeney showed his potential late last season and figures to be among the starting linebackers. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

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

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Ken Norton Jr.: New Raiders safety Karl Joseph ‘a pack of dynamite’

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New Raiders safety Karl Joseph is "dynamite". (Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports)

New Raiders safety Karl Joseph is “a pack dynamite”. (Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports)

Ken Norton Jr. has been able to get his hands on a couple of his new toys, but one is still wrapped up in its packaging.

First-round pick Karl Joseph, a safety from West Virginia, isn’t expected to be ready until training camp after tearing his ACL during his senior season.

So while Norton, the Raiders’ defensive coordinator, has gotten a look at new cornerback Sean Smith and outside linebacker Bruce Irvin, Joseph has remained in the weight room and on the sidelines. (Free agent safety Reggie Nelson also has not practice, presumably due to an injury). Continue Reading

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Consistency is next step in Khalil Mack’s All-Pro game

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Khalil Mack can still improve from his All-Pro season. (Bay Area News Group)

Khalil Mack can still improve from his All-Pro season. (Bay Area News Group file photo)

Khalil Mack’s jump from his rookie to sophomore season was impressive, but he can still reach another level.

“Consistency,” defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. said when asked what the next step is for his All-Pro pass rusher.

“We expect him to play at that level all the time,” Norton said. “The really good players know how to make players around them better. It can’t just be Khalil. It has to be Bruce (Irvin), it has to be all the guys up front. The group, as a whole, has to take the same leap that Khalil does. Khalil has to learn how to bring everybody with him.” Continue Reading

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Match made in Oakland: Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin a perfect balance

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Raiders pass rusher Bruce Irvin and Khalil Mack balance each other's play and personality. (AP photos)

Raiders pass rusher Bruce Irvin and Khalil Mack balance each other’s play and personality. (AP photos)

Khalil Mack’s play on the field speaks volumes, but the All-Pro pass rusher remains a soft-spoken individual.

The third-year star from Buffalo is pleasant as they come, but isn’t one for loud and boisterous words. He’s a growing voice for a defense — following the retirements of Charles Woodson and Justin Tuck — that will need one, but any vocal leadership role won’t come as quickly as his explosive 15 ½ sack season last year.

“C-Wood wanted me to prepare and get ready for that role, but at the same time, just taking it day by day and slowly, slowly seeing what happens,” Mack said last month when offseason workouts began.

Contrast that against one of the defense’s new additions — Mack’s flip side pass rusher Bruce Irvin. Continue Reading

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Del Rio on free agency spending spree: “We just got started”

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Raiders coach Jack Del Rio says the team still has a lot of work to do. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio says the team still has a lot of work to do. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

The Raiders’ offseason is generating plenty of compliments league wide, but coach Jack Del Rio isn’t ready to declare they’ve made any statements yet.

“We have a lot of work to do,” Del Rio said to reporters Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings in Boca Raton, Fla. “We just got started. I don’t feel like (we’re) sending any signal or doing anything other than recognizing needs and desires to acquire good players, recognizing the need on our roster to fortify ourselves, make ourselves stronger. That remains the approach.” Continue Reading

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