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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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Training camp notebook: Carr and Cooper as roommates; Heeney on the green dot

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Amari Cooper and Derek Carr are connecting more on a personal level as training camp roommates. (Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group)

Amari Cooper and Derek Carr are connecting more on a personal level as training camp roommates. (Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group)

NAPA — So much of the Raiders’ season is dependent upon the continued development of quarterback Derek Carr and wide receiver Amari Cooper.

That made it music to Raiders fans’ ears to learn that the duo were rooming together during training camp this season.

“We’re having a good time,” Carr said Friday. “It’s good to come back and just talk ball with him. He tells me his goals, I share my stuff with him. I know how he thinks. I know how he likes to go about his business. I know what he likes to do off the field. Him and I should have the best relationship ever.” 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: Quarterbacks

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Connor Cook has some work to do to earn a shot as the No. 2 quarterback. (AP photo)

Connor Cook has some work to do to earn a shot as the No. 2 quarterback. (AP photo)

Players report today so it’s time to wrap up this series with part 10 as we look at the quarterbacks on the Raiders’ training camp roster.

The Raiders go into year three of the Derek Carr era. The former Fresno State star is looking to build off two seasons that, in terms of touchdown passes, has been surpassed only by Dan Marino. And boy is that a comforting place for this organization to be.

Carr might not be the perfect quarterback yet. His final five games of last season — 56.4 percent completion, 218.4 yards per game, eight touchdowns, seven interceptions — exposed some issues. Carr has the gunslinger gene in him and he likes to take changes, which sometimes can hurt him.

But if you look at Carr as a whole, especially compared to what the quarterback position has been like for the past decade-plus, the Raiders are in good shape. If Carr builds off what he’s done through two seasons and continues to improve, printing playoff tickets could start happening. Continue Reading

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Raiders training camp roster breakdown: Running backs

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Latavius Murray needs some help from the rest of the Raiders' running backs. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Latavius Murray needs some help from the rest of the Raiders’ running backs. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Our focus turns to running backs for part nine of this 10-part feature breaking down the Raiders’ training camp roster. 

Latavius Murray gave the Raiders their first 1,000-yard running back since Darren McFadden in 2010. But to say the Raiders had an effective running game last season would be inaccurate.

Oakland finished 28th in the league in rushing, with Murray’s 1,066 yards accounting for 73 percent of the Raiders attack. That’s not good. Also not good was that Murray only averaged 3.5 yards per carry over the final five games and 3.6 in the second half of games. Continue Reading

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Raiders training camp roster breakdown: Wide receivers

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Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree lead the Raiders group of wide receivers.  (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree lead the Raiders group of wide receivers. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

It’s time to catch the wide receivers in part eight of this 10-part series previewing the Raiders’ training camp roster.

The top of the wide receivers group is about as clear as day for the Raiders, who figure to have four spots sealed up. The last spot or so will take some work.

The Raiders have taken an interesting approach with this position. They’ve invested high on two players — No. 4 pick Amari Cooper and last year’s free agent Michael Crabtree. The remaining wide receivers are all undrafted free agents, two of which could already be called success stories. Continue Reading

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Raiders training camp roster breakdown: Tight ends

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Clive Walford is the key to the Raiders' tight ends group. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Clive Walford is the key to the Raiders’ tight ends group. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

It’s time for tight ends in part seven of this 10-part series breaking down the Raiders roster before training camp.

The strength of this group will be defined largely by the success of one man: Clive Walford.

The Raiders the second-year tight end’s potential and he’s flashed his ability several times. If he takes off and becomes a consistent and effective weapon for Derek Carr, the Raiders’ offense adds a new dynamic.

Some of the momentum in that regard stalled though this offseason when Walford was involved in an ATV accident. He injured his knee enough that it required surgery, but the expectation has always been that he’ll be back for training camp. Continue Reading

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Raiders training camp roster breakdown: Offensive line

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Signing Kelechi Osemele in free agency boosts the Raiders' offensive line. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Signing Kelechi Osemele in free agency boosts the Raiders’ offensive line. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

The offensive line jumps in for part six of this 10-part series breaking down the Raiders training camp roster.

Kelechi Osemele‘s signing in free agency created plenty of hype for this group. The deal to retain left tackle Donald Penn gave it another boost.

The group may only have one combined Pro Bowl appearance — Penn in 2010 — but it’s a solid group that could see that number rise. Let’s take a look at them:  Continue Reading

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Vadal Alexander on NFI list, Roy Helu Jr. and Greg Townsend Jr. will start training camp on PUP for Raiders

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Roy Helu Jr. will open training camp on the PUP list. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Roy Helu Jr. will open training camp on the PUP list. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

The Raiders announced three transactions Monday regarding players who are not ready to practice at the outset of training camp.

Rookie seventh-round draft pick Vadal Alexander (guard) will open on the non-football injury list with an undisclosed condition, while veteran running back Roy Helu Jr. and undrafted free agent defensive end Greg Townsend Jr. will begin on the physically unable to perform list. Continue Reading

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