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Cory James ‘flies around’ and is making a good impression

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Raiders linebacker Cory James, a sixth-round pick from Colorado State, was solid in his NFL debut. (The Denver Post/ Andy Cross)

Raiders linebacker Cory James, a sixth-round pick from Colorado State, was solid in his NFL debut. (The Denver Post/ Andy Cross)

Sixth-round pick Cory James stepped in with the Raiders starters on Monday when Ben Heeney went out. He’s coming off an impressive showing in his NFL debut on Friday that included five tackles.

“He’s picking up our scheme very well,” coach Jack Del Rio said. “He’s a guy that’s going to be productive. He flies around. He gets around the football. We’ve been happy with him this entire spring and he had a good showing in his first outing.”

James came in expecting to make most of his noise on special teams, but is showing enough early on that he could earn some defensive snaps — especially if Heeney misses even a little time. 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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