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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

CSN Bay Area's Scott Bair observed that Rod Streater appeared to have his explosiveness back during spring practices.

Streater missed all but three games with a broken foot that required surgery last season. He's back to 100 percent and appeared to be leading the way as the No. 3 receiver behind Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree at OTAs and minicamp. Andre Holmes and Kenbrell Thompkins are competing for the No. 4 gig.
Jun 23 - 3:33 PM

ESPN Raiders reporter Bill Williamson said rookie Clive Walford has a chance to beat out Mychal Rivera for the starting tight end job.

Williamson wrote that Walford "appears to be more dynamic than Rivera" and "looks like he can make an immediate impact." Rookie tight ends almost never make an immediate offensive impact, so take this praise with a large grain of salt. Still, Walford's presence should prevent Rivera from matching the 99 targets he saw last season. Neither player is an enticing redraft option.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 20 - 11:22 AM

Raiders signed No. 35 overall pick Mario Edwards to a four-year contract.

Edwards is expected to play the Leo role in Jack Del Rio's system. He projects to start at defensive end in base sets. Despite posting eight career sacks at Florida State, the Raiders are counting on Edwards for a major part of their pass rush.
Jun 19 - 6:52 PM

Raiders signed third-round TE Clive Walford to a four-year contract.

Walford was a four-year starter at Miami, displaying plus athleticism and strong hands. He should see immediate year-one snaps as the in-line complement to plodding "move" TE Mychal Rivera. Walford profiles as a blocker early on. He drew some Dwayne Allen comparisons in the pre-draft process.
Jun 16 - 4:25 PM

Latavius Murray has been the first-team running back at Raiders minicamp.

New coach Jack Del Rio says the Raiders are intent on playing power football after finishing last in the NFL in 2014 rushing. "We feel like we can move people up front from the tight end position and we have big, powerful linemen," Del Rio said. "We feel like we have a commitment to (running) and having those people in place will give us opportunity." Del Rio confirmed Murray is "running with the lead group," but "knows he’s got to earn that through camp, through the preseason." Murray will be a high-ceiling, low-floor RB2 target in 2015 fantasy leagues.
Jun 10 - 9:39 PM

Raiders SS Charles Woodson hasn't missed a practice this offseason.

It's the first time in Woodson's career he's been present at every offseason practice. The 38-year-old appears to be in great health as he enters his 18th NFL season. Woodson finished near the bottom of PFF's safety grades last year, but still managed four interceptions, his highest total since 2011.
Jun 10 - 9:48 AM

Derek Carr (finger) said he felt 100 percent in his return to practice Tuesday.

The second-year quarterback took a month off to rest his injured ring finger. He mostly worked on touch passes and slants Tuesday, never throwing at full velocity. Carr also talked up Amari Cooper. "It was nice to get out there and see just how quick he is out of his break," said Carr of his rookie wideout.
Jun 10 - 9:02 AM

During a visit to Raiders camp, a team source told ESPN's Adam Caplan that Latavius Murray "has a chance at a huge year" in new OC Bill Musgrave's system.

Musgrave has overseen prolific power rushing attacks, having coached Adrian Peterson in Minnesota, Michael Turner in Atlanta, and Fred Taylor in Jacksonville. "(Murray) has a chance at a huge year in this system," said the source. "Because he is smart, physically a freak." Last year's coaching staff reportedly believed Murray improved as a pass blocker, but Caplan says Latavius "needs to improve on inside runs" by being more decisive, and the Raiders' 2014 hesitance to play Murray was due to inconsistent practice performance. Murray only has to hold off career third-down back Roy Helu and colossal draft bust Trent Richardson to be the Raiders' feature runner.
Jun 9 - 11:57 PM

J'Marcus Webb is reportedly making a push for the Raiders' starting right guard job.

The known contenders are journeyman liability Khalif Barnes and fourth-round rookie Jon Feliciano. 27 years old (in August), Webb has been bouncing around the league since flopping as an early-career starter at left tackle with the Bears. The Raiders' lone open job on the offensive line is right guard.
Jun 9 - 4:19 PM


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