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Raiders roster could see several undrafted additions

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Darius Latham (middle) has played his way into a likely roster spot. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

Darius Latham (middle) has played his way into a likely roster spot. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

OAKLAND — Jack Del Rio has a counterpoint — and a fair one — to the talk that the Raiders have built a talented roster from which it will be tough to make cuts.

“There are a few undrafteds that have a chance to make the roster,” Del Rio said after the Raiders’ 23-21 loss to the Seattle Seahawks to close the preseason. “If you have a really stacked roster, that’s typically not the case.”

While true, the Raiders do have a better roster than at any point in years past and the undrafted players with a shot speaks more to general manager Reggie McKenzie’s knack for uncovering some hidden gems. Continue Reading

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PODCAST: Raiders Talk postgame from 23-21 loss to Seattle Seahawks

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The Raiders wrapped up their preseason schedule with a 23-21 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night. The next step is settling their roster, with most of the work expected to be done Friday.

The Raiders probably won’t announce anything until Saturday when the cuts are due to the league, but Thursday offered some glimpses into who will make the team.

On the second episode of the “Raiders Talk” podcast, NFL writer Jerry McDonald joins me as we talk about this game and what the roster looks like as it gets finalized. Continue Reading

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Raiders vs. Seahawks: Keys to the game

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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)

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Five Raiders to watch Thursday against Seattle Seahawks

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Raiders wide receiver Johnny Holton gets his final chance to cement his roster spot.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Raiders wide receiver Johnny Holton gets his final chance to cement his roster spot. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

OAKLAND — The Raiders enter their final preseason game Thursday night against the Seattle Seahawks with a roster that’s well settled.

Some backend pieces still need final decisions, but more practice squad spots are probably on the line than active rosters spots.

Don’t expect to see the starters at all. Coach Jack Del Rio hasn’t divulged that and quarterback Derek Carr said earlier this week he didn’t know if he was playing or not. Continue Reading

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Connor Cook ready for heavy workload in preseason finale

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Raiders' third-string quarterback Connor Cook should play a lot in Thursday's preseason game against Seattle. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

Raiders’ third-string quarterback Connor Cook should play a lot in Thursday’s preseason game against Seattle. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

Expect to see a healthy dose of quarterback Connor Cook when the Raiders close out the exhibition schedule Thursday in the Coliseum against the Seattle Seahawks.

The fourth-round pick will likely enter the game at some point in the first half and play the entire second half as Oakland puts on its final preseason show before the regular season begins Sept. 11.

Backup quarterback Matt McGloin is expected to start the game with starter Derek Carr watching comfortably from the sidelines. Continue Reading

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Del Rio: Standing during national anthem is assumed

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Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said it's "understood" that his players stand during the national anthem. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said it’s “understood” that his players stand during the national anthem. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

ALAMEDA – Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said Monday he’s never had any issues with players not standing during the national anthem but considers it an organizational expectation.

“It’s never come to a point where I’ve had to address it, it’s always been understood,” Del Rio said. “You stand attention. You pay respect to our flag, our country. That’s always been kind of an assumed thing.”

The national anthem debate has swarmed the NFL since Friday when 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick detailed his reasons for sitting during the playing of the “Star Spangled Banner,” which he’s done for all three preseason games this year. Continue Reading

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Reggie Nelson, Neiron Ball sitting out against Titans

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Safety Reggie Nelson will sit out Saturday night's preseason game. (Eric Risberg/AP)

Safety Reggie Nelson will sit out Saturday night’s preseason game. (Eric Risberg/AP)

Raiders safety Reggie Nelson isn’t suiting up and won’t play in Saturday’s exhibition game against the Tennessee Titans.

Nelson missed the past week of practice with an undisclosed injury that relegated him to working out on the side. Raiders coach Jack Del Rio had already indicated Thursday that Nelson would probably sit this one out. Continue Reading

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Raiders vs. Titans: Keys to the game

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Raiders WR Seth Roberts had two touchdowns, including the game-winner, in last year's meeting in Tennessee. (AP Photo/James Kenney)

Raiders WR Seth Roberts had two touchdowns, including the game-winner, in last year’s meeting in Tennessee. (AP Photo/James Kenney)

RAIDERS (1-1) VS. TITANS (1-1)

5 p.m., Saturday, Oakland Coliseum

TV: CBS (Greg Gumbel, Dan Fouts, Tracy Wolfson)

Radio: 98.5/102.1 (Greg Papa, Tom Flores, Lincoln Kennedy)

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Five Raiders to watch against Tennessee Titans

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Jalen Richard will get his first chance to shine Saturday night. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Jalen Richard is one of five Raiders to watch Saturday against the Titans. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

OAKLAND — On a roster that entered training camp fairly settled, the Raiders’ Saturday night tilt with the Tennessee Titans is the last chance for some players to make an impression.

Rosters will get cut from 90 players to 75 on Tuesday, a precursor to the more difficult drop to the 53-man roster following the final preseason game.

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said he plans to play the starters at least for the first half and possibly into the third quarter against Tennessee, so those roster battles will take place mostly in the fourth quarter.  Continue Reading

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Raiders defense looking for redemption against Titans

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ALAMEDA — The Raiders defense hopes to leave a better first impression when it faces the Tennessee Titans on Saturday.

Oakalnd was ramshackled a week ago on its opening possession when the Green Bay Packers marched down on a 14-play touchdown drive. Eddie Lacy had 45 yards on nine carries.

Now the Raiders get a crack at the Titans, who through the first two weeks of exhibition games were second only to the 49ers in rushing, gaining 192.0 yards per game. Continue Reading

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