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Raiders first-round pick Karl Joseph sitting out practice

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First-round pick Karl Joseph is sitting out Thursday's practice. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

First-round pick Karl Joseph is sitting out Thursday’s practice. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Safety Karl Joseph, the Raiders first-round pick, is sitting out the team’s practice on Thursday for undisclosed reasons.

Joseph missed the Raiders entire offseason program rehabilitating from a torn anterior cruciate ligament injury suffered as a senior at West Virginia. Joseph had been on the field participating for the first five days of training camp, including the first three sessions in pads.

Joseph came to the field briefly during the early portion of Thursday’s practice wearing shorts, a jersey and holding his helmet. He then retreated and spent some time stretching on a back field near the team’s locker room.

• Tight end Clive Walford also appears to be sitting this one out. He was on the field in lads at the start but later returned to the locker room.

• Running back/kick returner Taiwan Jones and defensive tackle Leon Orr are also not at practice while cornerback SaQwan Edwards and tight end Colton Underwood are out for a second straight day.

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Karl Joseph meets his goal of returning by training camp

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Karl Joseph was suited up and participating at the Raiders first training camp practice. (Kristopher Skinner/staff photo)

Karl Joseph was suited up and participating at the Raiders first training camp practice. (Kristopher Skinner/staff photo)

The Raiders insisted when Karl Joseph was drafted that they expected him to be ready for training camp. Still, it’s never a given when a player is rehabbing from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Alas, when camp opened up Friday at the Napa Valley Marriott, there was No. 42 roaming around the defensive backfield for the Raiders in his first full-team practice.

“This is what I’ve been working for since I got here so it feels great to finally get out there with all the veterans,” Joseph said. “It was a great first day.” Continue Reading

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Raiders training camp roster breakdown: Safeties

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Rookie safety Karl Joseph is expected to be healthy for training camp. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Rookie safety Karl Joseph is expected to be healthy for training camp. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Part three in a 10-part series looking at each of the Raiders position groups before training camp begins on Friday.

The Raiders said farewell to a future Hall of Famer in the safeties position group when Charles Woodson announced his retirement late last season.

Despite that, there’s hope and potential the Raiders have upgraded their safeties this season. The team signed 2015 Pro Bowler and co-NFL leader in interceptions in Reggie Nelson and drafted West Virginia’s Karl Joseph.

Nelson gives them a ball hawk to help make up for Woodson’s absence, while Joseph is a hard-hitting playmaker. The biggest question right now for those two: their health. Continue Reading

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Raiders minicamp Day 1: Malcolm Smith returns, Carr and Cooper hook up, backup QBs rotate reps

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Derek Carr had a strong first day of Raiders minicamp. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Derek Carr had a strong first day of Raiders minicamp. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Along with defensive lineman Mario Edwards Jr., Tuesday’s first day of the Raiders minicamp also marked the return of linebacker Malcolm Smith. An undisclosed injury had kept him from participating in team drills during OTAs.

“Good to get out there and starting to get more guys healthy and able to join us today, which is good to see,” coach Jack Del Rio said.

Safety Reggie Nelson has still yet to see the field for the Raiders, although the team says he has been on site at the facility. Running back Roy Helu Jr., who had offseason hip surgery, and defensive lineman Denico Autry, also were not at practice. 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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Mario Edwards Jr. not involved in team drills at first OTA

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Raiders defensive lineman Mario Edwards didn't join in for team drills when OTAs began Tuesday. (Raiders.com photo)

Raiders defensive lineman Mario Edwards didn’t join in for team drills when OTAs began Tuesday. (Raiders.com photo)

Mario Edwards Jr. was on the field when the Raiders opened their first organized team activity Tuesday, but the second-year defensive end left the field when team drills began.

Edwards, who has said on social media that he’s been cleared to play, is returning from a neck injury suffered in Week 15 of last season. He stretched with the team, but left the field and went to the weight room when practiced ramped up.

The team has remained mum on his status, with coach Jack Del Rio falling back on his personal policy to not speak about injured players except for during the season when the league requires teams to provide updates. Continue Reading

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What they’re saying: Evaluating Raiders’ draft class

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The Raiders received grades mostly in the B range for their draft that opened with the selection of safety Karl Joseph. (West Virginia athletics photo)

The Raiders received grades mostly in the B range for their draft that opened with the selection of safety Karl Joseph. (West Virginia athletics photo)

The Raiders drafted seven players — one in each round after dealing their own fifth-round pick — over the three days of this weekend’s NFL Draft.

It started with safety Karl Joseph on Thursday, continued with DE Jihad Ward, LB Shilique Calhoun, QB Connor Cook, RB DeAndre Washington, LB Cory James and OL Vadal Alexander over the next two days.

The draft addressed two of the most pressing needs by grabbing a starting safety and a change of pace running back. The Ward pick will have to be evaluated later to see if he can make an immediate impact — you need that from a second round pick. Calhoun seems like a nice addition as an extra pass rusher. Cook could give you a decent backup quarterback and somebody to step in if something were to happen to Derek Carr, James is probably going to be a special teams player who may see the field on defense if he develops quickly and Alexander is good value in the seventh round. That’s my view, but let’s take a look at what the national media is saying. Continue Reading

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Karl Joseph has the makings of becoming a Raiders fan favorite

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West Virginia coach Dana Holgerson expects Karl Joseph to quickly win over the hearts of Raider Nation. (Associated press photo)

West Virginia coach Dana Holgerson expects Karl Joseph to quickly win over the hearts of Raider Nation. (Associated press photo)

The Raiders could soon find themselves a new fan favorite in first-round draft pick Karl Joseph, the safety taken No. 14 overall from West Virginia.

“He won over the hearts of Mountaineer Nation very, very quickly,” West Virginia coach Dana Holgerson said Friday on 95.7 The Game. “He’ll do the same thing for Raider Nation.”

Holgerson backed up all of the talk about Joseph being a hard-working, high character player. Continue Reading

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