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Raiders’ Karl Joseph confident he’ll regain starting safety spot

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Karl Joseph was listed Tuesday as the Raiders' second-team strong safety for the season-opener. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Karl Joseph was listed Tuesday as the Raiders’ second-team strong safety for the season-opener. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

ALAMEDA — Karl Joseph wasn’t down on himself Tuesday after the news came out that he was shifted to second-team safety on the Raiders’ depth chart for Sunday’s season-opener against the New Orleans Saints.

“I didn’t expect anything given to me,” Joseph told this newspaper. “I’ve just got to keep learning, keep getting better and keep growing as a player and everything else will fall in its place.

“I have a lot of confidence in myself and I have no doubt in myself that I’ll get my spot back.” Continue Reading

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Karl Joseph replaced in starting lineup by Nate Allen

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Karl Joseph is now listed as the backup at strong safety for Week 1. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

Karl Joseph is now listed as the backup at strong safety for Week 1. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

The Karl Joseph era apparently won’t begin with him in the starting lineup.

The Raiders released their updated depth chart Tuesday and have Nate Allen listed as the starter at strong safety. Joseph, the team’s first-round pick, had held that spot since the team’s initial depth chart of the exhibition season.

It’s not a huge surprise if you consider how Joseph has been used in recent weeks. In the third exhibition game against Tennessee in which the starters played into the third quarter, he played only 22 defensive snaps. That was the fewest among projected starters. Continue Reading

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Raiders coach Jack Del Rio not overly concerned by preseason loss in Green Bay

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Jack Del RIo isn't losing sleep over preseason loss to Packers. (AP Photo)

Jack Del RIo isn’t losing sleep over preseason loss to Packers. (AP Photo)

ALAMEDA _ Worried about the Raiders?

Judging from the social media reaction following a 20-12 loss to the Green Bay Packers, it seems a lot of people are wondering if the consensus trendy pick to make a playoff run is really just more of the same.

Following practice Saturday, the first one since the loss to Green Bay two days ago, it’s pretty clear Jack Del Rio can live with the results because 1) They don’t count; and 2) His team is reasonably healthy. Continue Reading

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Three Raiders who helped themselves against Packers

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Oakland Raiders linebacker Shilique Calhoun had his first NFL sack. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

Oakland Raiders linebacker Shilique Calhoun had his first NFL sack. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

Shilique Calhoun

 The third-round pick from Michigan State will get his fill of playing time this year and started showing some of his natural ability in this game.

He did a solid job setting the edge a couple of times and in the fourth quarter got in to the backfield for his first NFL sack. On the play, he rushed free off the left side, changed directions along with Packers quarterback Marquise Williams and wrapped his paws around him for the sack. Continue Reading

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Karl Joseph suited up against Cardinals, but Jalen Richard is out

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Raiders' safety Karl Joseph may play in the preseason opener after all. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Raiders’ safety Karl Joseph may play in the preseason opener after all. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

The Raiders announced three players who will not suit up for Friday’s exhibition opener against the Arizona Cardinals and safety Karl Joseph isn’t among the them.

Running back Jalen Richard, safety Jimmy Hall and cornerback Antonio Hamilton are the three who won’t suit up at University of Phoenix Stadium. Richard missed Wednesday’s practice for undisclosed reasons and Hall has missed the past four practices. Continue Reading

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‘Finally’: Karl Joseph picks off Derek Carr

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Raiders rookie safety Karl Joseph had his first interception in team drills of training camp. (AP photo)

Raiders rookie safety Karl Joseph had his first interception in team drills of training camp. (AP photo)

The rookie finally got him.

It took until Day 11 of camp, but Karl Joseph recorded his first interception in team drills when he leaped high in the air to pick off Derek Carr in the end zone.

“Finally,” Carr joked. “Great player. Karl is a great player. I’m excited that he’s on our team and healthy. He looks great. He’s going to be a great player.”

The interception came during red zone work and it was such an athletic play that Carr didn’t have a ton of issues with it, even if he does loathe turning over the ball. Continue Reading

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Watch: Going one-on-one with Raiders rookie Karl Joseph

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By Courtney R. Cronin, ccronin@bayareanewsgroup.com

Raiders rookie strong safety Karl Joseph knew he was going to see the field early after being drafted 14th overall by Oakland during the 2016 NFL Draft.

“That was my goal,” Joseph said of making the first team on the Raiders unofficial depth chart. “They didn’t draft me in the first round to come in and sit down, but they definitely expect big things from me.” Continue Reading

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Raiders top pick Karl Joseph may sit first two preseason games

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Raiders rookie safety Karl Joseph said Tuesday he may miss the first couple of preseason games. (AP photo)

Raiders rookie safety Karl Joseph said Tuesday he may miss the first couple of preseason games. (AP photo)

NAPA — Raiders first-round pick Karl Joseph might not play when the team opens its preseason schedule Friday at Arizona.

Joseph, a projected starting safety and the team’s No. 14 overall pick, said Tuesday that the plan is to be cautious as he returns from October surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

“We’ve still got a couple days, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I didn’t play in the first preseason game or two,” Joseph said. “It’s nothing to worry about. At the end of the day, I’m just trying to make sure I’m fully 100 percent ready to go for that first game.” Continue Reading

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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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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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