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Jim Plunkett, Marcus Allen split on where Raiders should play

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — A couple of days after former teammate Marcus Allen said he thinks the Raiders should move back to Los Angeles, Jim Plunkett said the fans are better in Oakland. “Oakland was a very crazy place to play a football game,” the former quarterback said on an ESPN Outside the Lines panel on Monday. “The fans […]
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Jones-Drew: London deserves NFL franchise

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew said that he thinks London deserves a full-time NFL team. Jones-Drew will make his second trip to play a game in London this season. He played for the first time at Wembley Stadium in 2013 as a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars, and will play there again in 2014 with […]
  • 12 days ago
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Mack has coaches and teammates very excited

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — Some players make you want to draw, and there was Raiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver scribbling down possible formations and pass rushes on draft night, the closer Oakland got to the fifth pick in the first round. The Raiders got their man, Buffalo outside linebacker Khalil Mack, and the special athlete now has teammates excited […]
  • 33 days ago
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Mark Davis waiting on A’s

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — Raiders owner Mark Davis met with Colony Capital developers again recently about a building a new stadium on the current Oakland Coliseum site, and everyone was fired up. And then the meeting ended. “Talks are always positive but nothing happens after the talks,” he said Thursday after the Raiders mini-camp practice. Davis has been patiently […]
  • 33 days ago
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Jones-Drew impressed with Carr

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — Maurice Jones-Drew has done the rookie quarterback thing in Jacksonville, and it wasn’t that nifty, so he would prefer not to do it again. But … The Raiders running back has been impressed with rookie Derek Carr at offseason practices, and this week’s mini-camp. “I feel like, if it’s me, I would prefer him to […]
  • 34 days ago
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Hayden will miss all of this week’s mini-camp too

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — Cornerback D.J. Hayden, the Raiders’ first-round pick a year ago, will miss this week’s mini-camp as his he remains in a walking boot, three weeks after spraining his ankle. It’s the second straight year that Hayden has essentially missed all of the team’s offseason program. He had follow-up surgery for scar tissue in his abdomen […]
  • 35 days ago
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Streater, Little standing out among WRs as minicamp starts

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — The Raiders start their three-day mini-camp later today, and so far in the first three weeks of offseason practices, all the receivers have looked pretty good. “They’re a year better and a year more comfortable,” offensive coordinator Greg Olson said. Olson, who told the Chronicle last week that rookie quarterback Derek Carr is even better […]
  • 36 days ago
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Carr even better than Raiders thought, may push Schaub for starting job

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — The thinking when the Raiders traded for Matt Schaub in March was that the veteran quarterback would start this season. That’s still the plan, but as coach Dennis Allen said, “everything is written in pencil.” Oakland just finished up its third week of offseason practice on Thursday, and rookie Derek Carr has been very impressive. […]
  • 41 days ago
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D.J. Hayden misses practice with injury

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — Cornerback D.J. Hayden, who just last week was talking about how great it felt to be practicing, was out for Monday’s OTA session, wearing a walking boot on his right foot. We’ll ask Raiders coach Dennis Allen about the injury after practice. Hayden, the team’s first-round pick in 2013, missed all of last year’s offseason […]
  • 51 days ago
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The five starting positions up for grabs on Raiders

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — The Raiders wrap up their first week of offseason practice today and while the coaches love to talk of competition, there actually aren’t that many starting jobs up for grabs. Oakland brought in or traded for nine veterans who they expect to start *(see bottom), plus it then drafted outside linebacker Khalil Mack, who everyone […]
  • 54 days ago
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