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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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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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David Amerson hopes to build on his career year

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Raiders' cornerback David Amerson hopes to build on the career year he experienced in 2015. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

Raiders’ cornerback David Amerson hopes to build on the career year he experienced in 2015. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

David Amerson’s 2015 season started with the lowest of lows. He was cut by the team that once invested a second-round pick in the cornerback.

Remarkably, it finished with him producing a career season for the Raiders after being picked up in a waiver claim.

Amerson was second in the NFL in passes defensed with 25. His four interceptions were double what he had during his first two years plus two games in Washington, who took him No. 51 overall in the 2013 draft out of North Carolina State. 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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Del Rio on free agency spending spree: “We just got started”

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Raiders coach Jack Del Rio says the team still has a lot of work to do. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio says the team still has a lot of work to do. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

The Raiders’ offseason is generating plenty of compliments league wide, but coach Jack Del Rio isn’t ready to declare they’ve made any statements yet.

“We have a lot of work to do,” Del Rio said to reporters Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings in Boca Raton, Fla. “We just got started. I don’t feel like (we’re) sending any signal or doing anything other than recognizing needs and desires to acquire good players, recognizing the need on our roster to fortify ourselves, make ourselves stronger. That remains the approach.” 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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