596

Raiders vs. Seahawks: Keys to the game

Share
Matt McGloin had two touchdown passes last year in the exhibition finale against Seattle. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

Matt McGloin had two touchdown passes last year in the exhibition finale against the Seahawks. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

RAIDERS (1-2) VS. SEAHAWKS (2-1)

7 p.m., Thursday, Oakland Coliseum

TV: KTVU (Beth Mowins, Matt Millen, Nicole Zaloumis, John Tournour)

Radio: 95.7 (Greg Papa, Tom Flores, Lincoln Kennedy)

LINE

Raiders by 2 1/2
Continue Reading

Share
801

Watch: Inside the Oakland Raiders, Episode 1

Share

On the debut episode of Inside the Oakland Raiders, Bay Area News Group’s Courtney Cronin, Jimmy Durkin and Jerry McDonald dive into Week 3 of the preseason and the Raiders major areas of focus: enabling the run, stopping the run and getting to the quarterback. Continue Reading

Share
946

Raiders notes: Battles on the line will make team better

Share
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

Share
1,977

Derek Carr and Khalil Mack exchange playful jabs

Share
Khalil Mack joked to Derek Carr on Thursday that his favorite quarterback is actually Aaron Rodgers. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Khalil Mack joked to Derek Carr on Thursday that his favorite quarterback is actually Aaron Rodgers. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

The relationship between Raiders stars Khalil Mack and Derek Carr is a fun one.

The two faces of the franchise are now regular guests at the post-practice podium on the same day, with one going before the other. Through two runs of that at training camp in Napa, the hand offs have been classic.

Last week, Carr joked about how he got to do his press conference before Mack, making sure to get in a crack about how it wasn’t like that when they were drafted. (Mack was the first round pick at No. 5 overall, Carr went in the second round in 2014). Continue Reading

Share
338

Vegas not on the mind of faces of Raiders’ franchise

Share
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr said "we love Oakland," but if the team moves to another city "we're going to love them too," (Kristopher Skinner/staff photo)

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr said “we love Oakland,” but if the team moves to another city “we’re going to love them too,” (Kristopher Skinner/staff photo)

NAPA — Las Vegas may be on the minds of Mark Davis and other Raiders executives.

But as the team embarks on the start of training camp, the players continue to tune out most of the relocation talk.

They hear some of it, of course.

“I hear as much as y’all do like on ESPN and stuff,” quarterback Derek Carr said.

But there’s a concerted effort to make sure it’s not a distraction.

“Me and Derek talk about it all the time,” pass rusher Khalil Mack said, “about not focusing on those types of things, keeping the guys together and focusing on winning right now. No matter where we go, where we are, keeping the guys focused on winning and going out and working hard and everything is going to work out as it may. Continue Reading

Share
1,416

Training camp: Raiders show some color as they report to Napa

Share

 

NAPA — The Raiders want to be known as one of the better teams in the league.

With they reported for training camp Thursday at the Napa Valley Marriott, they at least confirmed to be among the most colorful.

Marquette King was the leader in that department. The fifth-year punter strolled into camp on Thursday rocking a full-face green Power Rangers mask, causing even star pass rusher Khalil Mack to crack up. Mack quickly whipped out his phone to capture the moment on Snapchat.

A few minutes later, new cornerback Sean Smith backed his large SUV up and checked himself in while wearing a hat with large gold letters spelling out his last name. He also rocked a pair of Superman chains around his neck. Continue Reading

Share
466

Raiders training camp roster breakdown: Defensive linemen

Share
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

Share
698

Ken Norton Jr.: New Raiders safety Karl Joseph ‘a pack of dynamite’

Share
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

Share
622

Consistency is next step in Khalil Mack’s All-Pro game

Share
Khalil Mack can still improve from his All-Pro season. (Bay Area News Group)

Khalil Mack can still improve from his All-Pro season. (Bay Area News Group file photo)

Khalil Mack’s jump from his rookie to sophomore season was impressive, but he can still reach another level.

“Consistency,” defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. said when asked what the next step is for his All-Pro pass rusher.

“We expect him to play at that level all the time,” Norton said. “The really good players know how to make players around them better. It can’t just be Khalil. It has to be Bruce (Irvin), it has to be all the guys up front. The group, as a whole, has to take the same leap that Khalil does. Khalil has to learn how to bring everybody with him.” Continue Reading

Share
2,975

Match made in Oakland: Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin a perfect balance

Share
Raiders pass rusher Bruce Irvin and Khalil Mack balance each other's play and personality. (AP photos)

Raiders pass rusher Bruce Irvin and Khalil Mack balance each other’s play and personality. (AP photos)

Khalil Mack’s play on the field speaks volumes, but the All-Pro pass rusher remains a soft-spoken individual.

The third-year star from Buffalo is pleasant as they come, but isn’t one for loud and boisterous words. He’s a growing voice for a defense — following the retirements of Charles Woodson and Justin Tuck — that will need one, but any vocal leadership role won’t come as quickly as his explosive 15 ½ sack season last year.

“C-Wood wanted me to prepare and get ready for that role, but at the same time, just taking it day by day and slowly, slowly seeing what happens,” Mack said last month when offseason workouts began.

Contrast that against one of the defense’s new additions — Mack’s flip side pass rusher Bruce Irvin. Continue Reading

Share