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Kasa making up ground quick in TE competition

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — One would think two third-year veterans would have a big edge over two rookies and two undrafted free agents in a battle for a starting spot. One would be wrong when it comes to the Raiders’ tight end position. Rookie Nick Kasa picked that up quickly at training camp. “It’s really, really competitive between all six guys,” he said. “It’s for grabs and the guy that works the hardest is going to...
  • 351 days ago
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Hayden tweaks hamstring, out for preseason opener anyway

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — Raiders first-round draft pick D.J. Hayden tweaked his hamstring in practice Monday but wasn’t going to play in Friday’s preseason opener against Dallas anyway. Coach Dennis Allen said the decision to hold the rookie cornerback out was related to Hayden’s recovery from offseason abdominal surgery. “We’ll see where he’s at when we come back to work Wednesday,” Allen said. “It’s more of a...
  • 352 days ago
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Raiders’ plans to speed up game entry are in the bag

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — The Raiders have given out plastic tote bags to season-ticket holders to help speed up entry into home games this season. (The bags will be one sale to the public next month.) There is an NFL policy limiting the size and type of bags that may be brought into the stadium this season, so the team is providing a clear 12 by 6 by 12 Raiders bag to help clear up the traffic jam of fans coming into...
  • 352 days ago
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Trask hires an agent, wants to try hand at broadcasting

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — Former Raiders chief executive officer Amy Trask has hired an agent and is looking to try her hand at broadcasting. Trask resigned from her post in Oakland in May, ending the tenure of one of the highest-ranking women in American professional sports. “I’m eagerly embracing exciting opportunities while of course wishing the Raider Nation all the very best,” Trask said. Trask said she is also...
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Walking wounded count hits 20

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — The Raiders couldn’t have a padded practice Sunday as they only had seven healthy defensive linemen. Oakland coach Dennis Allen called it “frustrating” as the number of injured players is up to 20, including six potential defensive starters. Defensive tackle Pat Sims has been out for all of camp, while defensive end Lamarr Houston, defensive tackle Vance Walker and rookie linebacker Sio Moore...
  • 353 days ago
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Tyler Wilson “behind from a mental part of the game”

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — At Sunday’s practice, Matt Flynn, Terrelle Pryor and then undrafted Matt McGloin took turns in the two-minute drill, driving the team downfield. Fourth-round pick Tyler Wilson watched and when the buzzer sounded, jogged on to the next drill. He barely threw the ball all practice, as he has fallen to fourth on the depth chart after a week and half at training camp. “Well, I think he’s got the...
  • 353 days ago
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Condo hated long snapping at first

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — Two-time Pro Bowl long snapper Jon Condo, who got a three-year contract extension from the Raiders Sunday, hated his craft at first. He was a college linebacker at Maryland when his life changed. “I hated it. I was playing outside linebacker and there was no other snapper and they just threw me in there,” Condo said. “It took away from the defensive side of the ball. The coach keep doing this...
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Raiders lock up Condo

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — A couple of days after extending kicker Sebastian Janikowski’s contract, the Raiders signed long snapper Jon Condo to a three-year contract extension on Sunday. Condo, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, has handled long-snapping duties in each of the past six seasons for the Raiders.
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A “competition” at No. 3 QB, while Pryor improving daily at No. 2

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — While some thought fourth-round pick Tyler Wilson might give Terrelle Pryor a run for his money for the Raiders’ backup quarterback job, the rookie is having a hard time holding off Matt McGloin for the No. 3 spot. After a week in camp, the undrafted free agent out of Penn State has started taking snaps away from Wilson in practice. “It’s a great competition,” offensive coordinator Greg Olson...
  • 354 days ago
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Autumn wind still blowing

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — Sebastian Janikowski, who signed a four-year extension Friday, needs to play in 37 games to break Tim Brown’s record for career service with the Raiders. The top nine: 240 Tim Brown, 1988-2003 217 Gene Upshaw, 1967-81 210 Jim Otto, 1960-74 207 Art Shell, 1968-81 207 Ray Guy, 1973-86 206, Steve Wisniewski, 1989-01 206, Shane Lechler, 2000-12 205, Dave Dalby, 1972-85 204, Janikowski, 2000-13...
  • 355 days ago
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Janikowski signs four-year extension

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — The Raiders signed kicker Sebastian Janikowski to a four-year contract extension on Friday. “(McKenzie) called me in the offseason and said let’s get this done … it’s important for me to finish my career here,” Janikowski said. Seabass made clear he has no plans to retire after the extension. Janikowski is the Raiders’ all-time leading scorer with 1,318 points since entering the NFL as...
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Moore, Rivera respond to challenges at practice, other notes

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — Raiders coach Dennis Allen said receiver Denarius Moore and tight end Mychal Rivera both “responded to the challenge … made some plays.” Rivers made a nice move and beat safety Usama Young on a deep pass from Tyler Wilson, and also had a couple of other nice catches on Thursday afternoon. “He has a nice feel for the passing game,” Allen said. Rivera is in a four-way battle for the starting...
  • 356 days ago
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D.J. Hayden waiting on “doctor’s decision”

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — We covered what’s going through Denarius Moore’s and Rod Streater’s minds regarding the No. 1 receiver job in this morning’s paper. And we may be overly perceptive (or sensitive, or nitpicky) as reporters, but we thought we picked up on a slight change in rookie cornerback D.J. Hayden’s status on Tuesday. Hayden is coming off surgeries for a torn heart vein and scar tissue in his abdomen. The...
  • 357 days ago
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Injuries piling up for Raiders

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — Rookie running back Latavius Murray was the latest Raiders player to join the injured group, missing practice Tuesday, and then rookie defensive tackle Stacy McGee, center Alex Parsons, receiver Conner Vernon weren’t able to finish practice. That makes 14 guys who are hurt. The Raiders aren’t disclosing the injuries but coach Dennis Allen said none seem serious. Second-round pick Menelik...
  • 358 days ago
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Pryor throwing well, but not necessarily closing gap on Flynn

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — The Raiders’ Terrelle Pryor completed some pretty deep passes over receivers’ shoulders during Saturday’s training camp practice and then showed Sunday that he also made progress throwing short- and medium-range passes. Pryor has worked hard on his footwork and throwing mechanics, and he has looked considerably better this week than he did at offseason workouts. “I think it has gotten better,”...
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