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Raiders recap: Reggie Nelson a captain, Edwards’ IR status, Del Rio’s Superdome gaffe

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Reggie Nelson is already a captain for the Raiders. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Reggie Nelson is already a captain for the Raiders. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Here’s a recap of what was written today that you can check out on our new updated web site:

Scan the Raiders roster and there’s a lot of good, young talent. But it’s thin on veterans.

That’s where 32-year-old safety Reggie Nelson comes into play. Nelson’s entering his 10th season, but his first with the Raiders after spending the past six years in Cincinnati. That didn’t stop him from being announced recently as one of the team’s four captains.

“To be voted amongst your peers, that’s a great thing,” Nelson said Wednesday as the Raiders held their first practice of the regular season in preparation of Sunday’s opener against the New Orleans Saints.

Read the rest of that story here:  Continue Reading

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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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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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Washington and Richard to get some time with first-team offense

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DeAndre Washington and fellow rookie running back Jalen Richard will get time with the starting offense Saturday.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

DeAndre Washington and fellow rookie running back Jalen Richard will get time with the starting offense Saturday. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

While the Raiders don’t plan to give away any state secrets on Saturday against the Tennessee Titans, the starters will see a fair amount of work.

“We expect them to probably play a half, maybe a little more,” coach Jack Del Rio said Thursday. “We’ll see.”

The starters already played the whole first half in last week’s preseason loss to the Green Bay Packers and this is likely their final tuneup before the regular season opener Sept. 11. Very few, if any, starters should see action when the exhibition schedule concludes Sept. 1 against Seattle. Continue Reading

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Raiders notes: Cooper in shorts, Nelson on the side, Richard back

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Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper isn't practicing Tuesday. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper isn’t practicing Tuesday. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper was not participating in Tuesday’s full-padded practice.

Cooper was on the field and stretched with the team, but was wearing shorts and a hooded sweatshirt underneath his jersey. He did not have a helmet.

The Raiders’ second-year receiver, who had 72 catches for 1,070 yards and six touchdowns last season, watched as the team went through individual drills during the portion of practice open to the media. Continue Reading

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David Carr: Raiders doing a good job blocking out the hype

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David Carr visited Raiders' camp on Tuesday and gave his thoughts on this year's team. (Staff file photo)

David Carr visited Raiders’ camp on Tuesday and gave his thoughts on this year’s team. (Staff file photo)

NAPA — David Carr, now in his second year as an NFL Network analyst, has an admitted bias when it comes to the Raiders.

The older brother of Derek Carr, he visited Tuesday as part of NFL Network’s tour of training camps and came away impressed by how the hype of the Raiders’ offseason hasn’t seeped into their preparing. Continue Reading

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

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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

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Training camp: Reggie Nelson is alive, well and says he’s 100 percent

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Reggie Nelson is at camp in Napa for the Raiders and says he's 100 percent.

Reggie Nelson is at camp in Napa for the Raiders and says he’s 100 percent.

Reggie Nelson is alive and well.

The Raiders’ free agent acquisition at safety was presented in person Thursday for the first time since signing a two-year deal with Oakland in April.

Nelson, a 2015 Pro Bowl selection, sat out the offseason program with an undisclosed injury and had only spoken with the media via conference call since joining the Raiders.

But with the team set to open camp Friday, the team checked in to the Napa Valley Marriott on Thursday to begin preparing for a season of high expectations. 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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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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