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Derek Carr will start the opener

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — Rookie quarterback Derek Carr will start the season-opener against the New York Jets on Sept. 7, as Dennis Allen informed the team at Monday’s practice. He beats out Matt Schaub, who the Raiders traded for and gave $8 million, after the former Texan was ineffective the first three preseason games and then came down with […]
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Raiders claim former Seahawks DE

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — The Raiders claimed defensive end Benson Mayowa off waivers from the Seahawks on Sunday. Oakland waived/injured linebacker Kaelin Burnett with a knee injury. Mayowa, an undrafted free agent out of Idaho in 2013, played two games for Seattle last season. The 6-foot-3, 252-pound Mayowa had three solo tackles, including two behind the line of scrimmage, […]
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Raiders cut Little, Crawford, Stewart, 19 others

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — There were no major surprises as the Raiders cut down to 53 players Saturday afternoon. Former Browns receiver Greg Little let off the gas a little bit after a nice start to camp, and was beaten out by Denarius Moore and Brice Butler. Third-year defensive lineman Jack Crawford, meanwhile, will not get the chance to […]
  • 2 days ago
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Allen talks about quarterback decision

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Friday that “we’ll know exactly what we’re doing’’ on Monday with regard to the starting quarterback. If you think that’s a far cry from last week’s (and the past month’s) declarations that Matt Schaub is his starter, you’re right. The team returns to practice Monday, and Allen will apparently weigh […]
  • 3 days ago
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Murphy takes cut at trying to make the cut

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — (Student Ethan Gaines had a chance to talk with Raiders tight end Jake Murphy, who is trying to make the team with a good performance against the Seahawks tonight in the preseason finale. Here is his report:) Jake Murphy comes from good, professional stock. His older brother played four years in the NFL with the […]
  • 5 days ago
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Hayden officially placed on PUP list, out six weeks

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — The rumors were true. Despite coach Dennis Allen saying that DJ Hayden looked good in workouts and the Raiders would wait until Saturday, the cornerback was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list. That means last year’s first-round pick, who had surgery for a stress fracture in his foot in June, is out the […]
  • 6 days ago
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Schaub said sore elbow has been lingering, hasn’t affected his throwing

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — Matt Schaub missed a second straight day of practice Monday, and then said the elbow soreness has been lingering for a few weeks. It hasn’t affected his throwing though, Schaub said, and he is getting ready for the season-opener on Sept. 7 against the Jets in New York. The quarterback said he is “100 percent” […]
  • 7 days ago
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“Hands up, don’t shoot” touchdown pose important to Jones-Drew

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — Maurice Jones-Drew sprinted the last 30 yards into the endzone Friday night, stopped, put his head down and his hands up and froze. “Hands up, don’t shoot.” It was an important statement for the Raiders running back to make, in support of the protestors of the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, […]
  • 7 days ago
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Player poll: Raiders leaset desirable to play for

SFGate.com (Mike Lerseth) — Adding insult to injury – and a decade of non-winning seasons – a new poll by NFL Nation Confidential shows that nearly one-quarter (23 percent) of more than 100 players surveyed said they would play for the Raiders only if their salary was doubled. Ouch. The only other teams in double digits: Buffalo (19 percent) […]
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Schaub misses practice with a sore elbow

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — Quarterback Matt Schaub missed practice on Sunday afternoon with a sore elbow. Dennis Allen said the quarterback first told him about the soreness on Saturday, and rookie Derek Carr worked with the first team on Sunday. In a conference call Saturday afternoon, Allen was asked if he was concerned with what seems to be a […]
  • 8 days ago
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Raiders cut seven players

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — The Raiders made seven cuts Sunday. They released tight end Kyle Auffray, tackle Emmett Cleary, linebacker Justin Cole, receiver Mike Davis, defensive tackle Torell Troup, receiver Rahsaan Vaughn and cornerback Jansen Watson. That gets them down to 83 players (82 once running back Kory Sheets is placed on injured reserve with a torn Achilles tendon). […]
  • 8 days ago
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Derek Carr returns to practice

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — Raiders rookie quarterback Derek Carr returned to practice on Monday, three days after sustaining a concussion and a hit to his ribs against the Lions on Friday. Carr was wearing extra padding around his ribs. Carr got some first-team reps in the second preseason game, but coach Dennis Allen doesn’t anticipate that happening again Friday […]
  • 14 days ago
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Woodson on slow start, Green Bay, and possibility of Raiders leaving Oakland

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — While coach Dennis Allen said he is not concerned at all about his defense after the first two preseason games, safety Charles Woodson admitted that the Raiders have to be a “tiny” bit. Starting quarterbacks Matt Cassel and Matthews Stafford have gone a combined 14-for-16 for 150 yards and three touchdown drives in three series […]
  • 15 days ago
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Quick hits from Sunday’s practice

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — Rookie quarterback Derek Carr has on the practice field as a spectator, still out with a concussion after a hit Friday night … Rookie defensive tackle Justin Ellis has been sidelined with a concussion for nine days now … Cornerback Chimdi Chekwa will likely be out until the season-openr with a knee injury. … Fullback […]
  • 15 days ago
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X-rays on Carr’s ribs negative; Hayden not back this week

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — Coach Dennis Allen said Saturday that X-rays on rookie quarterback Derek Carr’s ribs were negative and he is feeling much better than he did after the injury Friday night. Carr also suffered a concussion on the hard hit by Lions defensive end Larry Webster. Carr got some playing time with the first-team Friday, but even […]
  • 16 days ago
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