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Watch: Inside the Oakland Raiders, Episode 1

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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

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Three Raiders who helped themselves against Packers

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Oakland Raiders linebacker Shilique Calhoun had his first NFL sack. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

Oakland Raiders linebacker Shilique Calhoun had his first NFL sack. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

Shilique Calhoun

 The third-round pick from Michigan State will get his fill of playing time this year and started showing some of his natural ability in this game.

He did a solid job setting the edge a couple of times and in the fourth quarter got in to the backfield for his first NFL sack. On the play, he rushed free off the left side, changed directions along with Packers quarterback Marquise Williams and wrapped his paws around him for the sack. Continue Reading

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Watch: Getting to know Raiders rookie LB Shilique Calhoun

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By Courtney Cronin, ccronin@bayareanewsgroup.com

One of the best pure pass rushers from the 2016 NFL Draft class is now a protege of two of the best to do it in the league.

Former Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun is used to blowing up opposing backfields with his explosive speed off the edge. When the Raiders third round draft pick arrived at training camp, more was asked of Calhoun and his athletic abilities as he began cross training as a strong-side linebacker. Continue Reading

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Raiders training camp roster breakdown: Linebackers

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Ben Heeney showed his potential late last season and figures to be among the starting linebackers. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Ben Heeney showed his potential late last season and figures to be among the starting linebackers. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

We turn our attention to linebackers for part four of this 10-part series looking at each of the Raiders position groups before training camp begins on Friday.

This is when it starts to get a little tricky, especially for a team like the Raiders. The line between linebacker and defensive end can get very blurry. Consider this: Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin play essentially the same position on opposite sides of the defense. Mack is listed at defensive end and Irvin at linebacker.

For the purposes of this breakdown, I’ll go with the positions each player is listed at on the Raiders official roster. Irvin and Shilique Calhoun will appear here. Mack will be in the next post for defensive lineman. Continue Reading

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What they’re saying: Evaluating Raiders’ draft class

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The Raiders received grades mostly in the B range for their draft that opened with the selection of safety Karl Joseph. (West Virginia athletics photo)

The Raiders received grades mostly in the B range for their draft that opened with the selection of safety Karl Joseph. (West Virginia athletics photo)

The Raiders drafted seven players — one in each round after dealing their own fifth-round pick — over the three days of this weekend’s NFL Draft.

It started with safety Karl Joseph on Thursday, continued with DE Jihad Ward, LB Shilique Calhoun, QB Connor Cook, RB DeAndre Washington, LB Cory James and OL Vadal Alexander over the next two days.

The draft addressed two of the most pressing needs by grabbing a starting safety and a change of pace running back. The Ward pick will have to be evaluated later to see if he can make an immediate impact — you need that from a second round pick. Calhoun seems like a nice addition as an extra pass rusher. Cook could give you a decent backup quarterback and somebody to step in if something were to happen to Derek Carr, James is probably going to be a special teams player who may see the field on defense if he develops quickly and Alexander is good value in the seventh round. That’s my view, but let’s take a look at what the national media is saying. Continue Reading

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What they’re saying: Mixed reviews for Raiders on Day 2

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The national media had a higher opinion of the Raiders' third-round draft pick Shilique Calhoun than second-rounder Jihad Ward.

The national media had a higher opinion of the Raiders’ third-round draft pick Shilique Calhoun than second-rounder Jihad Ward.

The Raiders took a pair of front seven defenders on Day 2 of the draft, picking up Illinois defensive end Jihad Ward in the second round and linebacker/defensive end Shilique Calhoun in the third.

The reviews were decent, but it was third-rounder Shilique Calhoun that earned the higher marks over second-rounder Jihad Ward.

Sports Illustrated’s Chris Burke graded the Calhoun pick as an A, writing that he “actually might be better than their second-rounder. Calhoun, without question, is at least as ready as Jihad Ward to produce as a rookie. He is a value here, and he can be a three-down defender. Another chip for the Raiders’ emerging front seven.​” Continue Reading

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Raiders: Getting to know Shilique Calhoun

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Shilique Calhoun is a versatile linebacker/defensive end taken by the Raiders in the third round. (Matthew Mitchell/MSU Athletic Communications)

Shilique Calhoun is a versatile linebacker/defensive end taken by the Raiders in the third round. (Matthew Mitchell/MSU Athletic Communications)

The Raiders selected Shilique Calhoun with the No. 75 overall pick of Friday’s NFL Draft. Here’s what you need to know about him.

College: Michigan State

Position: Linebacker/defensive end

Ht/Wt: 6-foot-5/250 pounds

College highlights: Three-time second-team All-American, 2015 Hendricks Award finalist (defensive end of the year), two-time team captain and 2013 Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year. Continue Reading

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