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Raiders training camp roster breakdown: Cornerbacks

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David Amerson helps anchors the Raiders cornerbacks group. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

David Amerson helps anchors the Raiders cornerbacks group. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Part two in a 10-part series looking at each of the Raiders position groups before the start of training camp.

 A year ago, following the Raiders’ third preseason game, owner Mark Davis now famously ripped two corners off a piece of paper and handed them to general manager Reggie McKenzie. His message: “I need you to get me two corners.”

As McKenzie enters his fifth training camp with the Raiders, he can feel pretty good about honoring that request. He signed away Sean Smith from the Kansas City Chiefs, then locked up last year’s waiver claim David Amerson to a new four-year extension. Continue Reading

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Del Rio lends ‘passionate support’ toward Warriors

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Jack Del Rio isn’t afraid to get behind his fellow Bay Area teams. It’s not a false fandom either when you consider the Oakland Raiders coach is a Hayward native who grew up cheering for the home teams, including the Golden State Warriors.

Del Rio showed off his passion during Monday night’s Game 5 of the NBA Finals in which he was seated right behind one of the baskets. Any questions about how much he was into the game were answered when he jumped from his seat to protest what he was ruled a jump ball situation between the Warriors’ Klay Thompson and Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson. Continue Reading

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Mario Edwards Jr. returns to practice, says he’s fully cleared

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Mario Edwards Jr. practiced and spoke to the media for the first time since late last season.

Mario Edwards Jr. practiced and spoke to the media for the first time since late last season.

Mario Edwards Jr. returned as a full practice participant Tuesday for the first time since suffering a neck injury in Week 15 of last season.

Edwards, a second-year defensive lineman whose promising rookie season was cut short by the injury, said he’s fully cleared and will suit up for full contact when training camp begins in late July.

“It felt great to be back with the team, out there working hard with the guys,” said Edwards, addressing the media for the first time since his injury. “Ready for the next day.” Continue Reading

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Raiders coach Jack Del Rio joins Twitter

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Jack Del RIo is now on Twitter, @coachdelrio. (AP Photo)

Jack Del RIo is now on Twitter, @coachdelrio. (AP Photo)

Jack Del Rio has joined the digital age.

The Raiders head coach signed up for Twitter on Wednesday, posting a selfie with the team for his first post from his verified account. He can be followed @coachdelrio.

“Just an opportunity to, I guess be a little more current and share a little insight,” Del Rio said. “Give you a little peek into what we’re doing here and how hard we’re working, be purposeful, building for this season and how excited we are for it.” Continue Reading

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Del Rio to give Damontre Moore fresh start with Raiders

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New Raiders defensive end Damontre Moore will get a fresh start in Oakland after having some off-the-field issues in New York. (AP photo)

Jack Del Rio said Friday that defensive end Damontre Moore will get a fresh start with the Raiders, who are confident they can bring out the best in the once-promising pass rusher.

Moore signed as a free agent on Monday. He spent his first 2-plus seasons with the New York Giants, and had 8 ½ sacks in 2014-15 as a role player before being waived late last season. He was picked up by the Miami Dolphins and they waived him on May 2.

Moore’s time in New York reportedly ended after an altercation with teammate Cullen Jenkins and there were reports that it wasn’t the only time he had disagreements with teammates. Continue Reading

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Healthy Jihad Ward ready to focus on football

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Raiders' second-round pick Jihad Ward is healthy and happen to turn his focus to football. (AP photo).

Raiders’ second-round pick Jihad Ward is healthy and happen to turn his focus to football. (AP photo).

Despite some reports the day he was drafted that Jihad Ward might need arthroscopic knee surgery, the second-round defensive lineman was on the field participating Friday.

“He looked pretty good, right?,” Del Rio said. “Don’t trust all those reports out there. We felt pretty good about our reports. He looks terrific.”

Ward recently finished up his finals at Illinois and sounds eager to focus just on football.

“School really wasn’t my thing, but I had to do it,” Ward said. “Once I finished that, I was just ready to go. I’m happy just being around here. Now I can just worry about football.” Continue Reading

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Del Rio still quiet on Edwards, who says he’s cleared to play

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Raiders defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. said he's cleared to return to football. (Raiders.com photo)

Raiders defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. said he’s cleared to return to football. (Raiders.com photo)

Mario Edwards Jr. may have announced that he’s cleared to return to football — via last week’s Instagram post and a recent radio interview — but coach Jack Del Rio still is keeping mum on his second-year defensive end.

“My philosophy on talking about guys that are injured is really not to,” Del Rio said Friday. “I love the way our team is working. I love having Mario be a part of that team that’s working hard. He’s a really good football player. We just don’t get into discussions about injured guys this time of year.” Continue Reading

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Raiders make it official with safety Reggie Nelson

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Reggie Nelson joins the Oakland Raiders after sharing the NFL lead with eight interceptions last year. (AP photo)

Reggie Nelson joins the Oakland Raiders after sharing the NFL lead with eight interceptions last year. (AP photo)

The Raiders officially announced their signing of safety Reggie Nelson on Thursday. They don’t announce terms, but it’s reported to be a two-year deal. Nelson will speak with reporters on a conference call shortly.

Here’s the team’s press release:

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent S Reggie Nelson, the club announced Thursday.

Nelson has spent the last six seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals after beginning his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2007-09. He has played in 138 games with 125 starts over his nine-year career, totaling 683 tackles (467 solo), 30 interceptions, 80 passes defensed, nine forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and 6.5 sacks. In seven postseason appearances, all starts, Nelson has registered 38 tackles (33 solo), two sacks and one fumble recovery. 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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Raiders want Bruce Irvin rushing the passer more

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Bruce Irvin could boost his sack totals with the way Raiders coach Jack Del Rio wants to use him. (Stephen Brashear, Associated Press)

Don’t be surprised if Bruce Irvin’s sack totals get a nice boost.

The Raiders’ newest linebacker had 22 sacks during his four years with the Seattle Seahawks, but Oakland plans to send him after the quarterback more often.

“Certainly want to take advantage of some of his abilities,” Raiders coach Jack Del Rio told reporters Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings in Boca Raton, Fla. “I think he’s a really good football player. He’s gifted athletically. Super long and fast and tough. Continue Reading

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