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  Raiders | Roy Helu placed on PUP list    Mon Jul 25, 08:44 PM

Oakland Raiders RB Roy Helu (hip) was put on the active/physically unable to perform list Monday, July 25.

Footballguys view: Helu can come off the PUP list at any time during camp, and the team will monitor him closely as he continues to recover. He's certainly on the roster bubble, so he'll need to get healthy and impress in camp if he wants a spot on the 53-man roster.

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  Raiders | Aldon Smith being investigated    Mon Jul 25, 12:58 PM

Oakland Raiders LB Aldon Smith will be investigated by the NFL to see if he violated the protocols required of a suspended player seeking reinstatement to the league after his violation of the substance-abuse policy, according to a league source. An online video circulated that shows an unidentified man and woman talking about a hand-rolled cigarette.

Footballguys view: Smith is currently serving a year-long suspension and will be eligible to apply for reinstatement in September.

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  Raiders | Relaxed attitude helping Amari Cooper     Sun Jul 24, 11:16 PM

Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper has appeared more relaxed this season, and retired WR Jerry Rice said Cooper's attitude will help him avoid the drops that hurt him at times as a rookie.

Footballguys view: Cooper's drop-per-target rate of 7.9 percent ranked 3rd-worst in the league last season. Only Chris Hogan (8.5 percent) and Brandon LaFell (8.5 percent) were worse in 2015. Cooper is incredibly talented, but he does need to improve his concentration and drop fewer passes this year in order to play up to his enormous potential.

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Amari Cooper player page


  Raiders | Amari Cooper earning Derek Carr's trust    Sun Jul 24, 09:03 PM

Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper said he has a better idea of where QB Derek Carr wants to go with the football this season, and Carr said he is able to throw the ball to Cooper earlier because he knows where Cooper will be.

Footballguys view: Message! We're already excited by the Raiders offense...primarily because of their passing game. Reading these type of reports only get us more hyped for the upcoming season. Carr is one of the best young QBs in the game today, and he should perform like a low-end QB1 for fantasy owners this year. Cooper has always reminded us of a young Marvin Harrison (Colts) because of his quickness and elite route-running ability. He's a low-end WR1 with the upside to be a top-5 fantasy WR this season.

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Derek Carr player page
Amari Cooper player page


  Raiders | Karl Joseph will be ready    Sun Jul 24, 01:21 PM

Oakland Raiders rookie SS Karl Joseph (knee) will be ready to participate in training camp, according to head coach Jack Del Rio. Joseph is expected to start opposite FS Reggie Nelson.

Footballguys view: The Raiders already have one of the best rising defensive stars in the NFL in Khalil Mack. The addition of Nelson and Bob Sanders-esque talent Joseph in the back of the defense should help them create more interceptions when Mack and company get after the quarterback.

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  Raiders | Taiwan Jones likely to keep returner job    Fri Jul 22, 05:28 PM

Oakland Raiders RB Taiwan Jones likely will be the main kick returner in 2016 as long as he can stay healthy, according to special teams coordinator Brad Seely.

Footballguys view: With the addition of DeAndre Washington, Jones will have to contribute on special teams and probably beat out Roy Helu to make the roster because the team also has Marcel Reece and Jamize Olawale as RB/FB tweeners.

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  Raiders | Oakland will have RT competition    Fri Jul 22, 04:06 PM

Oakland Raiders OTs Austin Howard and Menelik Watson will compete for the starting right tackle job during training camp. Neither player appears to have an advantage in the competition entering camp.

Footballguys view: Watson went down last summer with an achilles rupture and Howard, slated to start at guard, was a solid right tackle before he got hurt. This battle highlights the high quality of the Raiders line, with the best interior starters in the league and one of these two players giving them excellent depth at tackle, if not tackle and guard in Howard's case.

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  Raiders | DeAndre Washington may have role early    Fri Jul 22, 03:22 PM

Oakland Raiders RB DeAndre Washington likely receive a solid role in the offense because the coaching staff thinks he can contribute right away. He could be used as a third-down back that can run inside and be a receiver out of the backfield. Washington can be a compliment to RB Latavius Murray since they have different skills.

Footballguys view: The Raiders seem far from sold on Murray, so Washington getting on the field at all will be something to watch. It's not difficult to picture Washington looking much better than Murray in initial burst and lateral agility, so he can stake a claim for more touches with success as a third-down back. Washington is a great running back target in the second half of your draft.

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  Raiders | Roy Helu may be on bubble    Wed Jul 20, 06:10 PM

Oakland Raiders RB Roy Helu (hip) may be on the roster bubble during training camp because RBs DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard have similar skill sets to Helu. Helu also missed all of the offseason workouts because of his hip injury.

Footballguys view: We could see the Raiders moving on from Helu if the young RBs show well in camp and the preseason. We really like Washington here. He's a compact runner who was among the leaders in the FBS in rush-yards-after-contact-per-rush average (for 1,000-yard rushers) at 2.7 yards. Washington is dangerous in space and can be used effectively as a receiver out of the backfield.

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Roy Helu player page
DeAndre Washington player page


  Raiders | David Amerson talks improvement    Tue Jul 19, 07:29 PM

Oakland Raiders CB David Amerson said he increased his work ethic and worked on the little things to improve as a player after being cut by the Washington Redskins. Amerson also credited encouragement from former teammates for helping improve his confidence and his game. Oakland coaches played a big role as well, according to Amerson. The cornerback's improvement and performance led him to a contract extension this offseason.

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  Raiders | George Atkinson III could carve out role    Sun Jul 17, 11:41 PM

Oakland Raiders RB George Atkinson III impressed with his straight-line speed and explosiveness during offseason workouts, and he will have a chance to earn more reps in training camp.

Footballguys view: Undrafted out of Notre Dame in 2014, Atkinson has spent the last two years on the Raiders practice squad. He's certainly on the roster bubble this year as his eligibility for the practice squad is running out of time. Behind starter Latavius Murray, we really like rookie RB DeAndre Washington (Texas Tech). He's a smaller back, but he's a willing inside runner with the speed and agility to make defenders miss in the open field. Outside of those top two backs, we don't see a ton of talent in the Raiders' RB corps.

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  Raiders | Karl Joseph making most of downtime    Fri Jul 15, 09:56 PM

Oakland Raiders SS Karl Joseph (knee) said he is eager to be back on the field but has been using the downtime to learn the playbook and work on the mental aspect of his game.

Footballguys view: Joseph was one of our favorite rookies in this class. He plays with little regard for his personal safety. The best pro comparison for Joseph's game is that he plays a little like a combination of Broncos' safeties T.J. Ward and Darian Stewart. Joseph is a physical player who can be intimidating close to the line of scrimmage, but he also has the ability to turn and cover down the field.

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  Raiders | David Amerson receives extension    Fri Jul 15, 05:47 PM

Oakland Raiders CB David Amerson signed a four-year contract extension Friday, July 15, worth $38 million. The deal includes around $18 million in guaranteed money.

Footballguys view: Amerson gets a nice raise here, and it further emphasizes the strong defense the Raiders have assembled. We'll see free agent addition Sean Smith start opposite Amerson in 2016, and it could be quite difficult to move the ball through the air against this secondary...especially with that pass-rush up front.

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  Raiders | Derek Carr more than a thrower    Thu Jul 7, 01:28 PM

Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr is more polished and isn't a gunslinger, according to former QB Brett Favre.

Footballguys view: We agree with Favre here. Carr has a lot of upside and some exciting weapons around him. We see him as a low-end QB1 on the rise. His current ADP is 12-team PPR leagues is QB11 (9.04). In certain matchups, we should see Carr thrive so keep him in mind when looking at DFS plays during the regular season.

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  Raiders | Khalil Mack lauded by teammate    Wed Jul 6, 07:00 PM

Oakland Raiders LB Khalil Mack has made quite the impression on LB Malcolm Smith. 'I've never seen anybody like Khalil Mack,' Smith said. 'I don't think I played against a player who's kind of dominant as Khalil is in a one-on-one setting, even a two-on-one setting.'

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  Raiders | Nickel corner unsettled    Sun Jul 3, 02:01 PM

Oakland Raiders CBs D.J. Hayden and T.J. Carrie will compete for the starting nickel cornerback position in training camp. Hayden did receive significant time at the position during offseason workouts, though. CB Neiko Thorpe (undisclosed) is also expected to be in the mix after missing minicamp with an undisclosed injury.

Footballguys view: It's a three-corner league in today's NFL. Most teams run the nickel package as their base defense, and that's why having three capable CBs is critical for a team that wants to play strong. Hayden was a first-round pick for the Raiders in 2013, but they declined his fifth-year option meaning 2016 is his final year under contract. We'll see if he can stay healthy and finally start playing up to his potential--either to stick with the Raiders or attract other suitors in the free agent market for 2017.

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D.J. Hayden player page
Travis Carrie player page


  Raiders | Amari Cooper feeling comfortable    Mon Jun 27, 11:15 PM

Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper has received praise for his performance during the team's offseason program, and he has continued to build rapport with QB Derek Carr. He has appeared confident and comfortable this spring.

Footballguys view: That's good news for the Raiders (and fantasy owners), but it's bad news for opponents. Cooper has the upside to be the best WR in the game today, and building better chemistry with Carr should only help him perform better in 2016. Last year, Cooper ranked 23rd at the WR position in standard-scoring leagues. This season we won't be surprised to see Cooper finish the year in the top 15. His current ADP is WR12 (2.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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Derek Carr player page
Amari Cooper player page


  Raiders | DeAndre Washington might shine    Thu Jun 23, 01:28 AM

Oakland Raiders RB DeAndre Washington spent some time with the first-team offense during the team's minicamp, although there has been nothing guaranteed about Washington's role going forward. Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave see Washington as a player who can do a little bit of everything, plus help out on special teams.

Footballguys view: The Raiders are not sold on Latavius Murray long-term, and maybe even short-term. Washington is a dynamic back with a lot of juice in his legs who could excel when the team spreads the field like his college offense did at Texas Tech. There is a chance that Washington pushes his way into a Giovani Bernard/Jeremy Hill arrangement with Murray this year, so take that into account when ranking Raiders backs.

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  Raiders | Roy Helu expected to be ready for camp    Thu Jun 23, 01:27 AM

Oakland Raiders RB Roy Helu (hip) did not participate in the team's offseason program as he recovered from offseason hip surgery, but head coach Jack Del Rio said Wednesday, June 22, that he expects Helu to be ready to go for training camp.

Footballguys view: Helu will be fighting fifth-round pick DeAndre Washington for a receiving back role. While Helu has had his moments over the years, his inability to stay healthy has kept him from getting a long-term foothold in his backfield.

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  Raiders | Shilique Calhoun signed    Sun Jun 19, 09:56 AM

The Oakland Raiders have signed LB Shilique Calhoun, their third-round selection in the 2016 NFL draft, to a four-year contract.

Footballguys view: We love the upside that Calhoun has as a pass-rusher. Over the last three years at Michigan State, Calhoun had an outstanding 128 quarterback pressures and 26.5 sacks. He is expected to serve as a backup to LB Bruce Irvin as a rookie, but Calhoun has the ability to be an impact starter someday for the Raiders defense.

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  Raiders | Oakland exploring options in return game    Thu Jun 16, 11:16 PM

Oakland Raiders CB T.J. Carrie is currently the frontrunner to return punts and RB Taiwan Jones is the favorite to return kickoffs, special teams coordinator Brad Seely said, but WR Joe Hansley, RB DeAndre Washington and WR Jaydon Mickens have also been receiving reps.

Footballguys view: Jones should be able to get the job done. However, we want to see Washington touch the ball as much as possible. He could push Latavius Murray for touches as a RB, but Washington has the electric skill set to be a good returner as well.

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Taiwan Jones player page
Travis Carrie player page


  Raiders | Austin Howard practices    Tue Jun 14, 07:23 PM

Oakland Raiders OT Austin Howard (knee) was moving well with the Raiders' first team in his return to practice from a knee injury Tuesday, June 14.

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  Raiders | Derek Carr taking next step    Sat Jun 11, 11:39 PM

Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr is taking the next step and taking command of the offense, WR Michael Crabtree said.

Footballguys view: We're excited about what the Raiders passing game could look like in 2016. Carr is the best QB in his division, and he's one of the most exciting young QBs in the game today. Fantasy owners should see Carr as a QB1, and his current ADP is QB10 (8.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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Michael Crabtree player page
Derek Carr player page


  Raiders | Khalil Mack can be more consistent    Fri Jun 10, 06:33 PM

Oakland Raiders DE Khalil Mack recorded 15 sacks in 2015, but defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. said he wants to see Mack play more consistently this upcoming season.

Footballguys view: He's not going to play Michael Schofield (Broncos) every week. Mack is a star in the league, but if he's more consistent then he'll be an even greater asset for the Raiders defense in 2016.

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Khalil Mack player page


  Raiders | Derek Carr, Amari Cooper linking up    Fri Jun 10, 06:08 PM

Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr and WR Amari Cooper have shown good chemistry during organized team activities. The two players were not able to work together last season because Carr was recovering from an injury.

Footballguys view: The Raiders are on the right track, and they'll certainly have a fantasy-relevant passing game in 2016. Carr is a low-end QB1 with upside, while Cooper is a low-end WR1 for fantasy owners.

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Derek Carr player page
Amari Cooper player page


  Raiders | Marvin Hall joins Oakland    Mon Jun 6, 09:51 PM

The Oakland Raiders signed undrafted free-agent WR Marvin Hall (University of Washington), the team announced Monday, June 6.

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  Raiders | Andre Debose waived    Fri Jun 3, 04:34 PM

Oakland Raiders WR Andre Debose was waived Friday, June 3.

Footballguys view: The Raiders put Debose on IR last week, but the injury was undisclosed. Coming back from an Achilles' injury suffered in the 2015 offseason, Debose could get a break with another team as a return man and reserve receiver.

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  Raiders | Gabe Jackson slides to right side    Wed Jun 1, 10:14 PM

Oakland Raiders OG Gabe Jackson has exclusively played left guard in four years of college and two years with the team, but he will play right guard this season after the club signed OG Kelechi Osemele in the offseason and re-signed OT Donald Penn to play tackle. 'I think from our standpoint we're looking for the best combination, we feel he's got the power you really covet for a right guard,' head coach Jack Del Rio said Wednesday, June 1.

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  Raiders | Karl Joseph plays big    Sun May 29, 11:39 PM

Oakland Raiders SS Karl Joseph plays bigger than he looks, according to LB Bruce Irvin, and Joseph said he has been learning a lot from Irvin as he recovers from a knee injury.

Footballguys view: At 5'10" 205 pounds, Joseph can be an intimidating presence near the line of scrimmage. He reminds us of a combination between T.J. Ward (Broncos) and Darian Stewart (Broncos). Joseph can play close in run defense, but he also has the ability to turn and cover when needed.

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Bruce Irvin player page


  Raiders | Waive Robert Herron    Thu May 26, 05:36 PM

Oakland Raiders WR Robert Herron was waived Thursday, May 26.

Footballguys view: Herron has been cut from two teams in two years, he's got a slot receiver build despite more frequently being asked to go deep in college. He's never found a role that fit at the pro level though.

Robert Herron player page


  Raiders | Andre Debose placed on IR    Wed May 25, 05:28 PM

Oakland Raiders WR Andre Debose (undisclosed) reverted to the Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, May 25, after being waived/injured Tuesday, May 24.

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  Raiders | Karl Joseph works on side    Wed May 25, 12:33 AM

Oakland Raiders SS Karl Joseph (knee) worked on the sidelines during organized team activities Tuesday, May 24.

Footballguys view: Joseph is one of our favorite safeties from this rookie class. He's an enforcer who can play close to the line of scrimmage, and he's got the coverage ability to stay with his man downfield. All reports indicate the rookie should be ready for training camp.

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  Raiders | Menelik Watson participating in OTAs     Tue May 24, 08:53 PM

Oakland Raiders OT Menelik Watson (Achilles') is participating in organized team activities after tearing his Achilles' tendon during the 2015 preseason.

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  Raiders | Mario Edwards participates in OTAs    Tue May 24, 07:35 PM

Oakland Raiders LB Mario Edwards Jr. (neck) is participating in organized team activities Tuesday, May 24, after being medically cleared for football activities earlier this month.

Footballguys view: Great news for the Raiders here. Edwards found out he was dealing with a genetic condition in his neck and a late-season injury last year put his future in the NFL in doubt. Neck injuries are nothing to take lightly, but now Edwards looks like he's ready to rock. The Raiders have the makings of a team who could surprise in 2016.

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Mario Edwards Jr player page


  Raiders | Two players waived    Tue May 24, 06:19 PM

Oakland Raiders WR Andre Debose (undisclosed) was waived/injured Tuesday, May 24. QB Garrett Gilbert was also waived.

Andre Debose player page


  Raiders | Clive Walford should be ready for camp    Tue May 24, 04:48 PM

Oakland Raiders TE Clive Walford (knee) is expected to be cleared well before the beginning of training camp. He did not participate in organized team activities Tuesday, May 24.

Footballguys view: All signs point to this whole "lacerated knee" thing as being quite minor. Walford is one of our favorite young TEs in the league. He's a TE2 for fantasy owners this year, but the upside to be a top-12 fantasy TE is there with the athletic Walford.

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  Raiders | Sign two wide receivers    Tue May 24, 02:07 PM

Free-agent WRs Robert Herron (Dolphins) and Nathan Palmer (Bears) were signed by the Oakland Raiders Tuesday, May 24.

Footballguys view: Herron is the player to watch here in super deep dynasty leagues. He's a sharp route-runner who has spent time with the Bucs and the Dolphins. Both are competing for a spot on the depth chart behind Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree.

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Nathan Palmer player page
Robert Herron player page


  Raiders | Sign Jihad Ward    Wed May 18, 04:26 PM

Oakland Raiders second-round pick DE Jihad Ward signed his four-year rookie contract Wednesday, May 18. Financial terms were undisclosed.

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  Raiders | Connor Cook impressing    Sun May 15, 01:53 PM

Oakland Raiders QB Connor Cook will vie for the backup position with QB Matt McGloin. Cook impressed head coach Jack Del Rio at rookie minicamp. 'I think he's been outstanding,' Del Rio said. 'Obviously he is intelligent. He asks good questions. He's got arm talent. It's a matter of getting familiar [with] what we do and how we do it.'

Footballguys view: Let's pump the brakes here. Cook fell to the fourth round for a reason--mainly accuracy problems and off-field concerns. At Michigan State, Cook never had 60 percent completions and even on passes from 1-10 yards he was the third-worst QB (in completion percentage) in this draft class. Dynasty owners are hording QBs, so Cook has been picked up in most deep dynasty leagues.

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  Raiders | Karl Joseph not on the field    Sat May 14, 11:05 AM

Oakland Raiders SS Karl Joseph (knee) did not participate in practice Friday, May 13, because he is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Footballguys view: We're excited about this rookie. He's an enforcer who can roam the field and has a nose for the ball. Joseph said his rehab is on schedule and expects to be ready for training camp.

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  Raiders | Jihad Ward practices Friday    Sat May 14, 11:03 AM

Oakland Raiders DE Jihad Ward (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, May 13, and said he will not need another surgery on his knee.

Footballguys view: Ward gives the Raiders yet another strong pass-rusher for their defense. He can get to the QB from either end spot, and Ward can even move inside to tackle on certain downs. The team will monitor him closely as they go through the offseason.

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  Raiders | Sign Jaydon Mickens    Thu May 12, 07:36 PM

Undrafted free-agent WR Jaydon Mickens (Washington) signed with the Oakland Raiders Thursday, May 12.

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  Raiders | Sign Greg Townsend    Wed May 11, 06:34 PM

Undrafted free-agent DE Greg Townsend (Southern California) signed with the Oakland Raiders Wednesday, May 11.


  Raiders | DeAndre Washington signs contract    Tue May 10, 10:04 PM

The Oakland Raiders signed RB DeAndre Washington, the team's fifth-round draft pick, to a four-year contract Tuesday, May 10. The deal is worth $2,609,196, with a $269, 196 signing bonus. He was selected 143rd overall by the Raiders.

Footballguys view: We love Washington as a sleeper back fantasy owners need to know about. The Raiders don't seem sold on Latavius Murray, and Washington should be able to prove himself as a runner and receiver out of the backfield. He's small (5'8") but a compact 205 pounds. Washington won't hesitate to run inside where he can get low to the ground and bounce off would-be tacklers. He's also a dangerous player in space. We're excited about his upside, and we'll be watching the rookie closely in the preseason.

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  Raiders | Sign several rookies     Tue May 10, 08:16 PM

Undrafted free-agents WR K.J. Brent (Wake Forest), C Ross Burbank (Virginia), DB Kenneth Durden (Youngstown State) and DB Tony McRae (North Carolina A and T) were signed by the Oakland Raiders Tuesday, May 10.


  Raiders | Karl Joseph signs    Tue May 10, 03:11 PM

Oakland Raiders rookie SS Karl Joseph signed his four-year rookie deal Monday, May 9. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Watch Joseph show up for the Raiders this year. The WVU prospect can roam in coverage, he's not afraid of run support and he can be an intimidating player on defense.

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  Raiders | Karl Joseph likely to start    Tue May 10, 01:14 AM

Oakland Raiders SS Karl Joseph (knee) is a hard hitting strong safety with soft hands. As long as he is fully healed from a knee injury which limited him to four games last season, he has the chance to start immediately. Joseph is a 'perfect fit for what we want to accomplish here,' assistant defensive backs coach Rod Woodson said Monday, May 9.

Footballguys view: Joseph plays a little bit like a combination of T.J. Ward (Broncos) and Darian Stewart (also, Broncos). The rookie from WVU has no problem playing close to the line of scrimmage and excelling as a run defender. He is also rangy and can make plays in coverage. Some think the Raiders picked Joseph a little too high in the first round, but we like the pick.

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  Raiders | Damontre Moore signs    Mon May 9, 07:11 PM

Free-agent DE Damontre Moore (Dolphins) signed with the Oakland Raiders Monday, May 9. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Raiders | Mario Edwards cleared    Fri May 6, 01:37 PM

Oakland Raiders DE Mario Edwards Jr. (neck) posted on social media that he has been medically cleared to return to football Friday, May 6.

Footballguys view: Edwards broke out last year and then came down with this neck issue that seemed to threaten his availability indefinitely. This is great news for a Raiders team that has had a great offseason.

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  Raiders | DeAndre Washington an asset on third down    Tue May 3, 11:32 PM

Oakland Raiders RB DeAndre Washington will be an asset on third down and in passing situations, but general manager Reggie McKenzie said Washington is more than a third-down back. 'We think he's a complete back, and when he gets out in space, he can make you look silly.' McKenzie said. 'He can catch the ball, but he can run between the tackles as well as well as bouncing it outside. We think he's the total package as a runner. We really like him.'

Footballguys view: We really love the pick of Washington late in the draft for the Raiders. He was an impressive player on film at Texas Tech, and he continued to impress earlier this year at the Senior Bowl. Washington is a smaller back, but he is not afraid to punch it up between the tackles. He's electric in the open field and can stack moves on top of moves as a runner in space. Washington will compete to be a change-of-pace back with the Raiders in 2016.

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