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Raiders vs. Packers: Keys to the game

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Amari Cooper and the Oakland Raiders face the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night.  (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)

Amari Cooper and the Oakland Raiders face the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)

RAIDERS (1-0) VS. PACKERS (1-0)

5 p.m., Thursday, Lambeau Field

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

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

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Raiders give general manager Reggie McKenzie four-year extension

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The Raiders have reportedly given general manager Reggie McKenzie a four-year extension. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

The Raiders have given general manager Reggie McKenzie a four-year extension. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

The Raiders have made a major commitment to Reggie McKenzie. Owner Mark Davis on Friday night announced a new four-year extension for his general manager.

Davis announced the news in front of more than 100 Raiders alumni in Napa this weekend as the team kicks off training camp.

“Reggie’s contract was up at the end of this year and we felt it was time to reward him for the job that he has done,” Davis said, per a team release.  Continue Reading

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Raiders training camp roster breakdown: Cornerbacks

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David Amerson helps anchors the Raiders cornerbacks group. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

David Amerson helps anchors the Raiders cornerbacks group. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Part two in a 10-part series looking at each of the Raiders position groups before the start of training camp.

 A year ago, following the Raiders’ third preseason game, owner Mark Davis now famously ripped two corners off a piece of paper and handed them to general manager Reggie McKenzie. His message: “I need you to get me two corners.”

As McKenzie enters his fifth training camp with the Raiders, he can feel pretty good about honoring that request. He signed away Sean Smith from the Kansas City Chiefs, then locked up last year’s waiver claim David Amerson to a new four-year extension. Continue Reading

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Raiders have impending decision on DJ Hayden

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The Raiders have until Monday to decide on exercising D.J. Hayden's fifth-year option. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

The Raiders have until Monday to decide on exercising D.J. Hayden’s fifth-year option. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

The Raiders must decide by Monday if they will pick up the fifth-year contract option on cornerback D.J. Hayden.

In all actuality, it’s not much of a decision. The Raiders would owe Hayden $8.026 million if they exercised the option to lock him up for the 2017 season. If they decline, he’ll become an unrestricted free agent following the 2016 season.

Hayden’s productive level as the team’s 2012 first-round pick has come nowhere near matching even the nearly $3.3 million he’s slated to receive this year so an $8 million option is almost assuredly off the table. Continue Reading

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Raiders’ fourth-round pick Connor Cook demonstrates McKenzie’s commitment to future over present

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The Raiders took a look at building for the future by drafting quarterback Connor Cook. (Matthew Mitchell/MSU Athletic Communications)

ALAMEDA —  Were the Raiders’ first draft pick on Day 3 to ever step on the field this season, it would signify the end of their playoff hopes and aspirations.

If more evidence was needed to show that general manager Reggie McKenzie views the draft as a mechanism for building toward the future as much as fortifying the present, it arrived quickly Saturday with the selection of Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook.

In fact, McKenzie did something he has never done in his previous four drafts _ he traded up and lost a draft pick to get someone. In exchange for going up to No. 100 to select a player who will probably be the third quarterback. Continue Reading

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Raiders want Bruce Irvin rushing the passer more

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Bruce Irvin could boost his sack totals with the way Raiders coach Jack Del Rio wants to use him. (Stephen Brashear, Associated Press)

Don’t be surprised if Bruce Irvin’s sack totals get a nice boost.

The Raiders’ newest linebacker had 22 sacks during his four years with the Seattle Seahawks, but Oakland plans to send him after the quarterback more often.

“Certainly want to take advantage of some of his abilities,” Raiders coach Jack Del Rio told reporters Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings in Boca Raton, Fla. “I think he’s a really good football player. He’s gifted athletically. Super long and fast and tough. Continue Reading

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Mark Davis calls Inglewood ‘a great opportunity’; McKenzie keeping tabs on Aldon Smith

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Mark Davis, left, could still join the Rams and owner Stan Kroenke, right, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Mark Davis, left, could still join the Rams and owner Stan Kroenke, right, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

The Raiders’ future home remains up in the air, but owner Mark Davis isn’t afraid to admit how much he likes the site in Inglewood that remains an option for the franchise.

“I know the site very much,” Davis told CSNBayArea.com on Monday at the NFL owners meetings in Boca Raton, Fla. “I love the site. I think it’s a great opportunity.”

The Los Angeles Rams are building a new stadium in Inglewood, scheduled to open in 2019, and the San Diego Chargers have a one-year option to join them that expires in January. (That option could receive a one-year extension if a referendum to approve funding for a San Diego stadium is approved by this November). Continue Reading

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