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Raiders placed WLB Sio Moore (hip) on active/PUP.

Moore underwent "major" hip surgery in the offseason and needs more time. He was initially expected to be ready for the start of training camp. Moore provided some pass-rush juice opposite Khalil Mack last season, but was bottom-five among 4-3 outside linebackers in missed tackles. The Raiders signed LB Malcolm Smith as insurance and competition for Moore this summer.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 27 - 6:25 PM

ESPN Raiders reporter Bill Williamson expects rookie Clive Walford to win the starting tight end job.

Walford reportedly outplayed Mychal Rivera in OTAs. He has a chance for heavy snaps as a rookie, but will be mostly asked to block as the inline starter. Walford isn't on the re-draft fantasy radar.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 25 - 6:46 PM

ESPN’s Bill Williamson reports the Raiders believe Latavius Murray is "ready to become a standout."

The Raiders waited until Week 14 to start Murray last year, but their offseason suggests he’ll return in at least a two-down role. Murray ran with the first team throughout OTAs. All signs continue to point to Murray being featured by run-heavy OC Bill Musgrave. A SPARQ superstar, Murray is a high-upside RB2.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 25 - 6:27 PM

RaiderBeat.com's Steve Corkran considers third-year OT Menelik Watson to be on the roster bubble.

Watson's been marred by injuries since being the No. 42 pick in the 2013 draft. He appeared in just three games as a rookie before making nine starts at right tackle last season. Watson was easily one of the worst tackles in the league across 496 snaps, taking six penalties and giving up 25 combined QB sacks, hits and hurries. Watson is competing for the Raiders' swing-tackle job.
Jul 22 - 12:38 PM

Raiders KR/RB Taiwan Jones weighed 205 pounds in March.

Coming off foot surgery, Jones was down to 180. He packed on 25 pounds of muscle, which should help in kickoff coverage. Jones, who ran a 4.33 coming out of Eastern Washington, will be in the mix for punt and kickoff return duties as well.
Source: Raiders.com
Jul 14 - 9:54 AM

ESPN Raiders reporter Bill Williamson said the new coaching staff wants D.J. Hayden to "prove" he is a starting corner.

Hayden worked with the second team in minicamp behind 2014 fourth-round pick Keith McGill. Hayden has more natural talent than McGill, but he is still raw entering his third season and has not been able to consistently stay on the field. The Raiders' coaches would undoubtedly like Hayden to step up to the challenge and seize a starting job, but it is not a foregone conclusion.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 11 - 9:27 AM

Raiders OL coach Mike Tice called second-year LG Gabe Jackson a "rising star."

Jackson more than held his own as a third-round rookie last year, showing very well in pass protection while starting 12 games. Adding some power to fit his 6'3/336 frame should help Jackson take the next step. Buoyed by Jackson and the free agent addition of center Rodney Hudson, the Raiders at least have a couple pieces to build around on the offensive line.
Jul 6 - 8:40 AM

According to Raiders OL coach Mike Tice, Trent Richardson shed weight this offseason, which helped some of his quickness to return.

We've been pining for T-Rich to shed weight for years. It sounds like he's finally done so, and according to Tice it showed during the offseason program. "I thought the young man out of Alabama came on," said Tice. "He lost some weight, his quickness came around." Richardson is battling Roy Helu and Latavius Murray for snaps in Oakland's backfield. In all likelihood, Murray will be the Week 1 starter with Helu playing on passing downs.
Source: raiders.com
Jul 5 - 3:37 PM

ESPN Raiders reporter Bill Williamson believes J'Marcus Webb is the favorite to start at right guard heading into camp.

Webb is trying to beat out journeyman Khalif Barnes and rookie Jon Feliciano for the starting gig. A failed left tackle in Chicago, Webb did not play an offensive snap for the Vikings last season.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 4 - 12:05 PM

Raiders first-round WR Amari Cooper drew praise from Derek Carr for his route running.

"He [Cooper] is ridiculous in and out of his breaks," Carr said. "His style of play is perfect for this league. He's good at making fast-twitch movements. I think the sky’s the limit for him." As the No. 1 option in Oakland’s offense, Cooper is set up for early success. Cooper projects for 80-plus catches as a rookie.
Jul 1 - 6:24 PM

The Raiders want rookie TE Clive Walford to be a Week 1 starter.

Walford has a chance to unseat Mychal Rivera in training camp after impressing at OTAs. He’s reportedly looked better than Rivera in the passing game, but projects to get most of his snaps as an inline blocker. Walford remains unlikely to make a rookie-year fantasy impact.
Source: raiders.com
Jun 27 - 4:48 PM

Latavius Murray said he’s ready to be an every-down back.

"I’d like to think I’m a complete back, as far as knowing my assignments and protections," Murray said. "I know who to block. I can be a threat out of the backfield. As long as I’m improving, I think I’ll be fine." Murray shouldn't lose work to Trent Richardson, but needs to hold off Roy Helu for third-down snaps. The Raiders want Murray to be more consistent in practice and improve on inside runs before giving him a featured role. With Oakland moving to Bill Musgrave’s power-run scheme, Murray is one of this year’s top breakout candidates.
Source: raiders.com
Jun 27 - 4:24 PM

Raiders CB D.J. Hayden worked primarily with the second-team defense in minicamp.

2014 fourth-round pick Keith McGill worked with the first team ahead of Hayden. Hayden played just 18 games in his first two seasons as he battled a litany of injuries, but his demotion this offseason has nothing to do with health. Perhaps the Raiders' new coaching staff is simply trying light a fire under the former No. 12 overall pick, but it appears there is a real chance Hayden opens the season on the bench.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 27 - 10:40 AM

The Raiders had a league-low seven sacks from their defensive ends last season.

The Raiders tried to address their pass-rush deficiencies by drafting DE Mario Edwards with the No. 35 overall pick. The issue is Edwards underachieved as a pass rusher at Florida State, recording just eight sacks in three seasons. The addition of Dan Williams will help in run defense, but Edwards will have to improve quickly for the Raiders to have an intimidating pass rush.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 27 - 9:52 AM

Andre Holmes and Kenbrell Thompkins are competing for the Raiders' No. 4 receiver job.

Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree, and Rod Streater were the Raiders' top-three receivers this spring and will head to camp atop the depth chart. Thompkins reportedly impressed at padless practices, while Holmes didn't generate much buzz. Holmes is a legitimate downfield threat, but Derek Carr didn't throw deep as a rookie and Holmes tumbled down the depth chart. It'd probably be best for Holmes to escape the Black Hole and get a fresh start elsewhere.
Jun 23 - 3:39 PM


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