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Del Rio: Justin Ellis has edge on Dan Williams

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Justin Ellis is lining up as the starting nose tackle in the Raiders' 5-2 defense. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Justin Ellis is lining up as the starting nose tackle in the Raiders’ 5-2 defense. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

NAPA — Dan Williams was a 15-game starter for the Raiders last season at defensive tackle.

But as the team hits its first off day of training camp Tuesday, Williams continues to get his work with the second-team defense. Coach Jack Del Rio said he’s seeing what he needs to from the seventh-year pro.

“Dan is doing good, working hard,” Del Rio said. “He’s doing everything he needs to do.”

But the player who is earning $7.35 million this year isn’t currently in line to be a starter in a base defense that continues to show a 5-2 look. Continue Reading

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Raiders training camp roster breakdown: Defensive linemen

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Khalil Mack easily highlights the Raiders stout group of defensive linemen. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Khalil Mack easily highlights the Raiders stout group of defensive linemen. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

It’s time for the defensive linemen as we crank up toward the start of training camp Friday with part five of this 10-part series previewing every Raiders position group.

It’s time for the beef as we take a look at perhaps the Raiders’ best position group out there — the defensive linemen.

I will be going off which position players are listed at on the roster, just as I noted in my earlier post on linebackers. That’s why Khalil Mack is here and Bruce Irvin is listed there, despite them playing basically the same position. Continue Reading

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