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Chekwa taking advantage of his opportunity

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — He can see clearly now. And Raiders cornerback Chimdi Chekwa is not talking about the Lasik surgery he had to improve his vision. “I think earlier in my career I made the mistake of comparing myself to other guys,” Chekwa said. “Now my competition is against myself.” And that is going pretty well, as the […]
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Antonio Smith weighs in on critics, old dogs and fans

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — Antonio Smith is 32, Justin Tuck 31 and LaMarr Woodley 29, which by most accounts is old for defensive linemen in the NFL. But Smith said the Raiders’ three free-agent defensive linemen don’t care about most accounts. And you shouldn’t either. “Man, they can criticize all they want, but Tuck, me, and Wood outstack probably […]
  • 3 days ago
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“Schaubby’s getting his mojo back”

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — A year ago in Napa, Day 2 or 3 of training camp, Raiders coaches and teammates started to notice a lack of zip in Matt Flynn’s passes. Then he came out a few days later wrapped nearly head to toe in ice. The confidence, and months later Flynn himself, followed his arm strength out the […]
  • 4 days ago
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Optimistic Raiders put in Day 1 of “long journey”

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — The Raiders, who had their first practice of camp Friday behind the Napa Valley Marriott, are a happy and positive bunch, almost as much as the other hotel residents who stumble back in after a day of wine-tasting. Not even the 103-degree heat could dampen the players’ enthusiasm. “We do feel good about what’s happening […]
  • 5 days ago
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McKenzie not hitting panic button yet regarding Hayden, cornerbacks

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — Four weeks have gone by since Raiders cornerback DJ Hayden had surgery to repair a stress fracture in his right foot. He will miss the start of training camp later today and could be out another month, yet general manager Reggie McKenzie hasn’t signed a free agent to replace the projected starter. Why? “We don’t […]
  • 5 days ago
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Hayden had surgery for broken foot, out for start of camp

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — Cornerback DJ Hayden will miss the start, and likely all, of training camp after having surgery to repair a stress fracture on his right foot. Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Hayden had the procedure after the team’s minicamp four weeks ago, and when pushed for a timetable said 4-8 weeks after the surgery. Hayden, who […]
  • 6 days ago
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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 […]
  • 8 days ago
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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 […]
  • 19 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 […]
  • 41 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 […]
  • 41 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 […]
  • 42 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 […]
  • 43 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 […]
  • 43 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. […]
  • 48 days ago
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