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Washington and Richard to get some time with first-team offense

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DeAndre Washington and fellow rookie running back Jalen Richard will get time with the starting offense Saturday.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

DeAndre Washington and fellow rookie running back Jalen Richard will get time with the starting offense Saturday. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

While the Raiders don’t plan to give away any state secrets on Saturday against the Tennessee Titans, the starters will see a fair amount of work.

“We expect them to probably play a half, maybe a little more,” coach Jack Del Rio said Thursday. “We’ll see.”

The starters already played the whole first half in last week’s preseason loss to the Green Bay Packers and this is likely their final tuneup before the regular season opener Sept. 11. Very few, if any, starters should see action when the exhibition schedule concludes Sept. 1 against Seattle. Continue Reading

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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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DeAndre Washington thrives on creating mismatches

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DeAndre Washington said his job with the Raiders is to make guys miss.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

DeAndre Washington said his job with the Raiders is to make guys miss. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

NAPA — DeAndre Washington assessed the situation and knew it was going to be “an easy win.”

The rookie running back was set to run an angle route out of the backfield in his NFL exhibition debut last week and saw the Arizona Cardinals had defensive end/outside linebacker Tristan Okpalaugo lined up on him.

“I was licking my chops,” Washington said.

The route had Washington start out running toward Okpalaugo, then quickly cut at an angle back toward the middle of the field. The defender never had a chance and stumbled for the next seven yards after Washington blew past him and made the catch and run for 32 yards. Continue Reading

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Connor Cook locked in during solid Raiders’ debut

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Connor Cook was solid during his NFL debut for the Raiders on Friday night. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Connor Cook was solid during his NFL debut for the Raiders on Friday night. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Connor Cook was locked onto his task.

The Raiders’ third-string quarterback made his NFL debut in Friday’s 31-10 exhibition win over the Arizona Cardinals. Oakland’s fourth-round pick, Cook completed 7 of 11 passes for 71 yards, numbers that would’ve been even better if an offensive pass interference call hadn’t wiped out a long completion to K.J. Brent. 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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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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Raiders training camp roster breakdown: Running backs

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Latavius Murray needs some help from the rest of the Raiders' running backs. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Latavius Murray needs some help from the rest of the Raiders’ running backs. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Our focus turns to running backs for part nine of this 10-part feature breaking down the Raiders’ training camp roster. 

Latavius Murray gave the Raiders their first 1,000-yard running back since Darren McFadden in 2010. But to say the Raiders had an effective running game last season would be inaccurate.

Oakland finished 28th in the league in rushing, with Murray’s 1,066 yards accounting for 73 percent of the Raiders attack. That’s not good. Also not good was that Murray only averaged 3.5 yards per carry over the final five games and 3.6 in the second half of games. Continue Reading

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Latavius Murray driven to make Pro Bowl again ‘on my own terms’

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Raiders running back Latavius Murray wants to return to the Pro Bowl on his own terms this season. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Raiders running back Latavius Murray wants to return to the Pro Bowl on his own terms this season. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Latavius Murray made the trip to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl last season, but it didn’t leave him fully satisfied.

Murray was added to the Pro Bowl roster only after the Carolina Panthers advanced to the Super Bowl and a replacement was needed for their running back Jonathan Stewart.

“I want to get there next year on my own terms and on no one else’s,” Murray said Tuesday at the start of OTAs. “It was a great experience. I had a lot of fun and I’m definitely stoked I got the chance to go, but I want to make it on my own terms and what I do on the field.” Continue Reading

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What they’re saying: Evaluating Raiders’ draft class

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The Raiders received grades mostly in the B range for their draft that opened with the selection of safety Karl Joseph. (West Virginia athletics photo)

The Raiders received grades mostly in the B range for their draft that opened with the selection of safety Karl Joseph. (West Virginia athletics photo)

The Raiders drafted seven players — one in each round after dealing their own fifth-round pick — over the three days of this weekend’s NFL Draft.

It started with safety Karl Joseph on Thursday, continued with DE Jihad Ward, LB Shilique Calhoun, QB Connor Cook, RB DeAndre Washington, LB Cory James and OL Vadal Alexander over the next two days.

The draft addressed two of the most pressing needs by grabbing a starting safety and a change of pace running back. The Ward pick will have to be evaluated later to see if he can make an immediate impact — you need that from a second round pick. Calhoun seems like a nice addition as an extra pass rusher. Cook could give you a decent backup quarterback and somebody to step in if something were to happen to Derek Carr, James is probably going to be a special teams player who may see the field on defense if he develops quickly and Alexander is good value in the seventh round. That’s my view, but let’s take a look at what the national media is saying. Continue Reading

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