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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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Denico Autry activated from PUP, Karl Joseph, Clive Walford return to practice

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Denico Autry has been activated from the PUP list. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Denico Autry has been activated from the PUP list. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Raiders’ defensive end Denico Autry was activated from the physically unable to perform list and practiced during Friday’s session.

Autry, who has his right hand/arm heavily taped, missed the offseason program and the first six days of training camp. He immediately jumped in and started receiving first-team reps, alternating with second-round pick Jihad Ward.

He said he injured his wrist during offseason training, but was happy to finally be back.

“It was tough,” Autry said. “I had a little set back, but I’ve got to keep striving every day to get where I was at and get better.

He started eight games and played in 14 last season, finishing with three sacks and developing into a quality versatile piece on the defensive line.  Continue Reading

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Raiders first-round pick Karl Joseph sitting out practice

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First-round pick Karl Joseph is sitting out Thursday's practice. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

First-round pick Karl Joseph is sitting out Thursday’s practice. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Safety Karl Joseph, the Raiders first-round pick, is sitting out the team’s practice on Thursday for undisclosed reasons.

Joseph missed the Raiders entire offseason program rehabilitating from a torn anterior cruciate ligament injury suffered as a senior at West Virginia. Joseph had been on the field participating for the first five days of training camp, including the first three sessions in pads.

Joseph came to the field briefly during the early portion of Thursday’s practice wearing shorts, a jersey and holding his helmet. He then retreated and spent some time stretching on a back field near the team’s locker room.

• Tight end Clive Walford also appears to be sitting this one out. He was on the field in lads at the start but later returned to the locker room.

• Running back/kick returner Taiwan Jones and defensive tackle Leon Orr are also not at practice while cornerback SaQwan Edwards and tight end Colton Underwood are out for a second straight day.

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Tight end Clive Walford making up for lost time with Raiders

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Tight end Clive Walford is making up for lost time with quarterback Derek Carr. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Tight end Clive Walford is making up for lost time with quarterback Derek Carr. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

NAPA — Clive Walford’s offseason was derailed when he didn’t see a little hump in the road.

Walford, the Raiders’ second-year tight end, injured his knee in an offseason ATV accident seriously enough that it required surgery. It forced him to miss all of organized team activities and the team’s minicamp in June.

For a potential breakout player who also missed time last training camp, it was a disappointing situation to take away so much additional development time. Continue Reading

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Raiders training camp roster breakdown: Tight ends

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Clive Walford is the key to the Raiders' tight ends group. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Clive Walford is the key to the Raiders’ tight ends group. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

It’s time for tight ends in part seven of this 10-part series breaking down the Raiders roster before training camp.

The strength of this group will be defined largely by the success of one man: Clive Walford.

The Raiders the second-year tight end’s potential and he’s flashed his ability several times. If he takes off and becomes a consistent and effective weapon for Derek Carr, the Raiders’ offense adds a new dynamic.

Some of the momentum in that regard stalled though this offseason when Walford was involved in an ATV accident. He injured his knee enough that it required surgery, but the expectation has always been that he’ll be back for training camp. 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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Mario Edwards Jr. not involved in team drills at first OTA

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Raiders defensive lineman Mario Edwards didn't join in for team drills when OTAs began Tuesday. (Raiders.com photo)

Raiders defensive lineman Mario Edwards didn’t join in for team drills when OTAs began Tuesday. (Raiders.com photo)

Mario Edwards Jr. was on the field when the Raiders opened their first organized team activity Tuesday, but the second-year defensive end left the field when team drills began.

Edwards, who has said on social media that he’s been cleared to play, is returning from a neck injury suffered in Week 15 of last season. He stretched with the team, but left the field and went to the weight room when practiced ramped up.

The team has remained mum on his status, with coach Jack Del Rio falling back on his personal policy to not speak about injured players except for during the season when the league requires teams to provide updates. Continue Reading

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Report: Walford injured in ATV accident

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Raiders' tight end Clive Walford reportedly injured his knee in an ATV accident.. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Raiders’ tight end Clive Walford reportedly injured his knee in an ATV accident.. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Raiders tight end Clive Walford suffered a knee injury in an ATV accident earlier this offseason and will miss some spring practices, Fox Sports reported Tuesday.

Walford, the Raiders’ third-round pick in 2015, is expected to participate at training camp during the summer, according to Fox, which also reported his injury “may not be as bad as originally thought” when he was injured weeks ago.
Walford caught 28 passes for 329 yards and three touchdowns during his rookie season last year and was expected to fill a larger role in Oakland’s passing offense in 2016 after sharing time with Mychal Rivera. There was even a recent ESPN report that Rivera was on the trade block because of Walford’s emergence.

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