Player News - Raiders

Date: Team: Pos:

Raiders RT Austin Howard is expected to start.

The Raiders gave Howard first-team minicamp reps after he missed OTAs. He had solid PFF grades as a 13-game starter last year, but struggled as a run blocker. Howard is competing with Menelik Watson.
Jul 23 - 3:19 PM

CSN Bay Area's Scott Bair reports the Raiders "certainly hope" fifth-round RB DeAndre Washington wins a role in camp.

The most likely role for the Texas Tech product is on passing downs, but he will have to prove he can handle himself in pass protection to win the job. Washington could also take away some of the early-down work from Latavius Murray, who the Raiders have publically expressed frustration with all offseason. Washington should be given every shot to earn a role. Whether the fifth-round rookie takes advantage will be a story to watch throughout camp.
Jul 22 - 1:55 PM

Roy Helu is on the Raiders' roster bubble heading into training camp.

Helu needs to get healthy first and foremost after undergoing surgery on both of his hips back in February. He's expected to be ready for the start of camp but faces an uphill climb for a spot, even in what looks like a shallow backfield. Latavius Murray is the starter, Taiwan Jones the special teams ace, DeAndre Washington an upside rookie, and Jalen Richard an undrafted rookie.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 20 - 12:23 PM

Raiders first-round SS Karl Joseph (knee) confirmed he’ll be ready for training camp.

The Raiders limited Joseph throughout OTAs. He’s eligible to start camp on active/NFI, but there’s no concern over his status. Oakland is counting on Joseph as a Week 1 starter.
Source: raiders.com
Jul 16 - 5:24 PM

Raiders signed CB David Amerson to a four-year, $38 million extension through 2020.

The deal includes $18 million guaranteed. It's a huge raise for a player who was owed just $880,000 in the final year of his contract. A big, physical press corner, Amerson was an immediate starter for Oakland after getting waived from Washington last year, grading as PFF's No. 9 overall cover corner. Sean Smith will open the season opposite Amerson in a vastly improved Raiders secondary. First-round pick Karl Joseph and 2015 NFL interceptions leader Reggie Nelson will man the safety positions.
Jul 15 - 6:02 PM

Derek Carr said WR Seth Roberts consistently "won his route" last season.

"When you have that and the third corner guarding him or a safety coming down guarding him and have that guy consistently winning, it just opens up so many things," Carr said. "And he’s not just winning, he’s creating separation." Roberts caught 32 passes for 480 yards and five touchdowns in his first real season of NFL action. It is tough to see him blowing past those numbers this year with Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree entrenched atop the depth chart, but it is clear Carr would trust Roberts to make plays if either of the starters went down.
Jul 14 - 12:48 PM

Raiders second-round DL Jihad Ward saw snaps with the first-team defense during the offseason program.

He also earned praise from coach Jack Del Rio, who said Ward was "a little quicker" than he anticipated. Ward probably will not beat out Mario Edwards Jr. or Denico Autry for a starting job at end, but he should be an important part of the defensive line rotation as a rookie.
Jul 4 - 8:32 AM

D.J. Hayden and T.J. Carrie are battling for the starting nickel back position.

Neiko Thorpe will join the mix at slot corner when he returns from injury. Carrie will enter training camp as the favorite after starting 14 games last season. The Raiders declined Hayden's fifth-year option, making this a contract year for the failed former first-round pick. Sean Smith and David Amerson are locked in as the Raiders' first-team boundary corners.
Jul 3 - 12:28 PM

Raiders OC Bill Musgrave expects free-agent addition Kelechi Osemele to help the "run game be more productive."

Osemele appears to agree about where his biggest impact will come. "I’m a mauler, that’s what I do," he said. "I’m a road grader. I like to run people over and leave them there flat, so I’m glad to be on a team that is headed that direction." Latavius Murray struggled with per-carry efficiency last season, but he is now playing behind one of the most imposing offensive lines in the league. If he can hold off fifth-rounder DeAndre Washington on early downs, Murray could return high-end RB2 value.
Source: Raiders.com
Jul 2 - 9:45 AM

Third-round rookie Shilique Calhoun will play as a linebacker for the Raiders.

Calhoun was a defensive end at Michigan State, but he will play as the primary backup to OLBs Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin as a rookie. "I’ve been playing a little bit of everything," Calhoun said. "I’ve been moving around, but I’m mainly at (strongside linebacker) and the LEO." He will be required to work in space more often as a linebacker, but Calhoun's primary job will remain getting to the quarterback.
Jun 28 - 9:14 AM

CSN Bay Area's Scott Bair said Amari Cooper was "excellent" in offseason practices.

Bair added "there’s clearly growth" between Cooper and Derek Carr. In part because of a foot injury, Cooper hit the rookie wall hard last season, managing more than 20 yards just once in his final four games. Now healthy and more comfortable in the offense, Cooper should take a step forward this season.
Jun 27 - 11:48 AM

CSN’s Jimmy Durkin confirms Roy Helu (hip) will be ready for training camp.

Helu missed OTAs after offseason surgery. He should be cleared for the start of camp, but his roster spot’s in danger. DeAndre Washington saw reps with the first team this spring and projects to open as the No. 2 back.
Jun 25 - 7:20 PM

Updating a previous item, Raiders suspended OLB Aldon Smith's Friday hearing for a probation violation did not stem from a new incident.

Smith was also in court Friday to dispute DUI charges picked up in August of 2015, charges which violated his probation. Although the violation does not stem from a new incident, it is a reminder of the amount of trouble Smith has found himself in throughout his career. He is not eligible for reinstatement until November.
Jun 25 - 10:50 AM

Suspended Raiders OLB Aldon Smith will be arraigned for a probation violation Friday.

Smith will also be in court to argue a motion to suppress evidence in a DUI case from August of 2015. Those charges led to his release from the 49ers and his current one-year suspension. Smith is eligible to apply for reinstatement in November. A probation violation will not help his cause.
Jun 23 - 11:46 PM

Fifth-round pick DeAndre Washington mixed in with the Raiders' first-team offense at minicamp.

"We're putting him in different situations to get a feel for his strengths and how we can tailor plays, tailor situations so he can really flash for us," said OC Bill Musgrave. "He's going to be good in first, second, or third down." Immediately after the draft, GM Reggie McKenzie called Washington a "complete back" with the ability to contribute in all phases. The Raiders were not satisfied with Latavius Murray last year, particularly in the second half of the season. A 5-foot-8, 204-pound prospect with 4.49 speed and 124 receptions on his college resume, Washington is a candidate for a significant rookie-year role.
Jun 22 - 11:04 PM


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