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Five Raiders to watch Thursday against Seattle Seahawks

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Raiders wide receiver Johnny Holton gets his final chance to cement his roster spot.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Raiders wide receiver Johnny Holton gets his final chance to cement his roster spot. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

OAKLAND — The Raiders enter their final preseason game Thursday night against the Seattle Seahawks with a roster that’s well settled.

Some backend pieces still need final decisions, but more practice squad spots are probably on the line than active rosters spots.

Don’t expect to see the starters at all. Coach Jack Del Rio hasn’t divulged that and quarterback Derek Carr said earlier this week he didn’t know if he was playing or not. Continue Reading

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Raiders notes: Starters will see minimal action Friday in Arizona

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Dexter McDonald has delivered an impressive camp for the Raiders. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Dexter McDonald has impressed at Raiders camp and should see a lot of playing time Friday with the starters not seeing much action. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

NAPA — Raiders’ coach Jack Del Rio said he expects to play his starters for no more than the first quarter in Friday’s preseason debut against the Arizona Cardinals.

“We’re not dead set on it yet,” Del Rio said Tuesday. “But the typical way these first preseason games go is the first group will play the first quarter, no more than a quarter probably, and then we’ll get a good look at everybody else on the roster.”

With the starters seeing little to no action, it’s a good chance for those fighting for a roster spot to make an impression. 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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