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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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Raiders notes: Derek Carr on camp chippiness and highlights from Day 6

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Donald Penn was involved in one of Thursday's skirmishes at Raiders training camp. (Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group)

Donald Penn was involved in one of Thursday’s skirmishes at Raiders training camp. (Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group)

The Raiders practiced Thursday with an intensity not seen through the first five sessions of training camp.

Several players on the offense and defense had to be separated after left tackle Donald Penn tossed linebacker Ben Heeney to the ground following an 11-and-11 drill.

Later, defensive end Damonte Moore and undrafted running back Jalen Richard exchanged punches.

And then there was all the normal football action that created, from a spectator’s standpoint, the most entertaining practice thus far of camp. Continue Reading

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Raiders training camp roster breakdown: Offensive line

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Signing Kelechi Osemele in free agency boosts the Raiders' offensive line. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Signing Kelechi Osemele in free agency boosts the Raiders’ offensive line. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

The offensive line jumps in for part six of this 10-part series breaking down the Raiders training camp roster.

Kelechi Osemele‘s signing in free agency created plenty of hype for this group. The deal to retain left tackle Donald Penn gave it another boost.

The group may only have one combined Pro Bowl appearance — Penn in 2010 — but it’s a solid group that could see that number rise. Let’s take a look at them:  Continue Reading

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Carr makes Top 100 debut; Raiders’ offseason ranked

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Raiders quarterback Derek Carr made the NFL Network's list of the Top 100 Players. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr made the NFL Network’s list of the Top 100 Players. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

This first bit of news is a couple days old (sorry, Warriors duties have and will be calling for a little bit here), but still wanted to get this posted.

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is on his way up and one point of evidence came when he made his debut on the NFL Network’s Top 100 Players list for 2016.

Carr, who will enter his third NFL season this fall for Oakland, was the first player unveiled, coming in right at No. 100. Here’s how he reacted to the news: Continue Reading

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Del Rio on free agency spending spree: “We just got started”

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Raiders coach Jack Del Rio says the team still has a lot of work to do. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio says the team still has a lot of work to do. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

The Raiders’ offseason is generating plenty of compliments league wide, but coach Jack Del Rio isn’t ready to declare they’ve made any statements yet.

“We have a lot of work to do,” Del Rio said to reporters Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings in Boca Raton, Fla. “We just got started. I don’t feel like (we’re) sending any signal or doing anything other than recognizing needs and desires to acquire good players, recognizing the need on our roster to fortify ourselves, make ourselves stronger. That remains the approach.” Continue Reading

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Howard to miss start of offseason, Watson questionable

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Austin Howard and Menelik Watson, both returning from injury, will eventually battle for the Raiders' right tackle job. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Austin Howard and Menelik Watson, both returning from injury, will eventually battle for the Raiders’ right tackle job. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Menelik Watson and Austin Howard will battle for the starting right tackle job again, but not until they make returns from injury.

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio told reporters Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings in Boca Raton,, Fla., that Watson has a chance to be ready when the team’s offseason program starts April 18, but Howard will miss at least the beginning. Continue Reading

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Penn re-signs with Raiders, ‘ready to look forward to winning’

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Donald Penn is happy to be back with the Raiders and he and offensive line coach Mike Tice are excited for what that group can do. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Donald Penn is happy to be back with the Raiders and he and offensive line coach Mike Tice are excited for what that group can do. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

The Raiders and Donald Penn were both always in each other’s plans — just on different pathways.

Those paths finally merged and led to Penn agreeing to a deal to remain in Oakland. The deal was made late Tuesday night and formally announced by the team on Thursday.

The return of the team’s starting left tackle, reportedly on a two-year, $14 million deal, stabilizes an offensive line that added the top available free agent in Kelechi Osemele and now enters the discussion among the league’s top units. Continue Reading

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Report: Donald Penn will re-sign with the Raiders

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Donald Penn is reportedly resigning with the Raiders to continue to protect Derek Carr. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Donald Penn is reportedly resigning with the Raiders to continue to protect Derek Carr. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

The Raiders now truly have the makings of one of the top offensive lines in the NFL.

The NFL Network reported early Wednesday that Donald Penn will re-sign with the team after he scratched his plans to visit the New York Giants. The San Francisco Chronicle was the first to report to sides were close to finalizing an agreement. Continue Reading

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