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Latham taking advantage of his undrafted opportunity

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Raiders defensive tackle Darius Latham is making a nice impact already. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Raiders defensive tackle Darius Latham is making a nice impact already. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

ALAMEDA — Darius Latham never imagined not hearing his name called when he declared for the NFL draft following his junior season at Indiana.

“I probably would’ve stayed in school,” Latham, the Raiders’ rookie defensive tackle, said of the idea of him not being among the 253 draftees.

Latham was a projected late-round pick after a three-year Indiana career saw him accumulate 81 tackles and 7.5 sacks. But he didn’t help his draft stock with a March arrest for operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

After being passed over, the 6-foot-5, 305-pound Latham had interest from several teams.

“I got a lot of calls, but I pretty much had my mind made up where I was going to go,” Latham said. Continue Reading

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Three Raiders who helped themselves against Packers

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Oakland Raiders linebacker Shilique Calhoun had his first NFL sack. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

Oakland Raiders linebacker Shilique Calhoun had his first NFL sack. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

Shilique Calhoun

 The third-round pick from Michigan State will get his fill of playing time this year and started showing some of his natural ability in this game.

He did a solid job setting the edge a couple of times and in the fourth quarter got in to the backfield for his first NFL sack. On the play, he rushed free off the left side, changed directions along with Packers quarterback Marquise Williams and wrapped his paws around him for the sack. Continue Reading

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Raiders vs. Cardinals exhibition: Keys to the game

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Raiders DT Dan Williams makes his first return to Arizona since signing with Oakland last year. (Rick Scuteri/Associated Press)

Raiders DT Dan Williams makes his first return to Arizona since signing with Oakland last year. (Rick Scuteri/Associated Press)

RAIDERS (0-0) VS. CARDINALS (0-0)

7 p.m., Friday, University of Phoenix Stadium

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

Radio: 102.1/98.5 (Greg Papa, Tom Flores, Lincoln Kennedy)

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Cardinals by 3
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Del Rio: Justin Ellis has edge on Dan Williams

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Justin Ellis is lining up as the starting nose tackle in the Raiders' 5-2 defense. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Justin Ellis is lining up as the starting nose tackle in the Raiders’ 5-2 defense. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

NAPA — Dan Williams was a 15-game starter for the Raiders last season at defensive tackle.

But as the team hits its first off day of training camp Tuesday, Williams continues to get his work with the second-team defense. Coach Jack Del Rio said he’s seeing what he needs to from the seventh-year pro.

“Dan is doing good, working hard,” Del Rio said. “He’s doing everything he needs to do.”

But the player who is earning $7.35 million this year isn’t currently in line to be a starter in a base defense that continues to show a 5-2 look. Continue Reading

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Raiders training camp roster breakdown: Defensive linemen

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Khalil Mack easily highlights the Raiders stout group of defensive linemen. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Khalil Mack easily highlights the Raiders stout group of defensive linemen. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

It’s time for the defensive linemen as we crank up toward the start of training camp Friday with part five of this 10-part series previewing every Raiders position group.

It’s time for the beef as we take a look at perhaps the Raiders’ best position group out there — the defensive linemen.

I will be going off which position players are listed at on the roster, just as I noted in my earlier post on linebackers. That’s why Khalil Mack is here and Bruce Irvin is listed there, despite them playing basically the same position. Continue Reading

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