Player News - Raiders

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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

David Amerson is fully expected to be the Raiders' starting corner opposite Sean Smith.

We haven't had a blurb on Amerson since he was waived by the Redskins last September. The Raiders claimed him and immediately plugged him in as the starter Week 4. A second-round bust in D.C., Amerson's career path took a 180-degree turn. From Week 4 on, Amerson was PFF's No. 9 overall cover corner, allowing a 55-percent catch rate and 2:4 TD:INT ratio with 13 pass breakups. With Smith and Amerson, the Raiders might finally have a respectable corner duo.
Jun 22 - 1:46 PM

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said he "wouldn't read too much into" the quarterback reps at minicamp.

Rookie Connor Cook appeared to be ahead of Matt McGloin at minicamp, but that may not be permanent. "There are a lot of different combinations this time of year, making sure we give guys exposure," Del Rio said. "So, no, I wouldn’t read too much into any particular position." The Raiders would probably like Cook to win the backup job after their fourth-round investment, but they also handed out a $2.553 million tender to McGloin. Oakland could end up keeping both behind entrenched starter Derek Carr.
Source: Raiders.com
Jun 18 - 9:35 AM

Raiders signed third-round OLB Shilique Calhoun to a four-year contract.

Calhoun got reps with the second-team defense at OTAs/minicamp. He'll open his career backing up Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin. The Raiders have signed their entire 2016 draft class.
Jun 17 - 6:21 PM

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said he expects to have a healthy team going into training camp next month.

That includes Roy Helu, who missed OTAs after offseason hip surgery. Helu was expected to have a major role on passing downs in his first year in Oakland but essentially disappeared, accruing just 26 touches over nine contests. He'll need a strong showing at camp to preserve his roster spot.
Jun 17 - 2:37 PM

Raiders CB D.J. Hayden sat out the final day of minicamp with a leg injury.

There's no indication it's a major injury, just a further reminder of Hayden's fragility. Hayden actually managed to appear in all 16 games last season, but was extremely ineffective. He's on the roster bubble.
Jun 16 - 2:38 PM

Clive Walford (lacerated knee) sat out minicamp.

It's not surprising. Walford is still expected to be ready well ahead of training camp.
Jun 16 - 2:35 PM

Raiders fourth-round QB Connor Cook has been ahead of Matt McGloin on the depth chart in minicamp.

Cook's selection was surprising after the Raiders re-signed McGloin to a one-year, $2.553 million contract, but it appears he'll be given a leg up on winning No. 2 duties behind Derek Carr. With Carr looking mighty durable through the first two years of his career, neither McGloin nor Cook is likely to see action in 2016.
Jun 14 - 3:27 PM

Raiders RT Austin Howard (knee) is running with the first-team offense in minicamp.

Howard went down late in the season, and was sidelined for most of the offseason. Coach Jack Del Rio implied in March that Howard would face competition for his job, but it appears he's getting the benefit of the doubt. If Howard gets pushed, it will be by Menelik Watson.
Jun 14 - 3:23 PM

Raiders second-round DT Jihad Ward has flashed at OTAs.

"He’s probably a little quicker than I anticipated," coach Jack Del Rio said. "He’s natural when it comes to finding the quarterback. That’s been a pleasant surprise." Ward has practiced fully despite pre-draft concerns over his knee. He’s expected to see regular snaps in Oakland’s defensive line rotation.
Source: raiders.com
Jun 4 - 5:21 PM

Raiders waived/injured WR Andre Debose.

His injury is undisclosed. A seventh-round pick in 2015, Debose tore his Achilles' last offseason. When healthy, he could catch on as a return specialist.
Jun 3 - 4:44 PM


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