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Oakland Raiders Release P Marquette King and Waive TE Clive Walford

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have released P Marquette King and waived TE Clive Walford, the club announced Friday.

King, originally signed by the club as an undrafted free agent in 2012, has spent his first six years with the Raiders. Over his six-year career, he has played in 80 games, recorded 426 punts for 19,941 yards (46.8 avg.) and pinned opponents inside the 20-yard line 156 times with 33 touchbacks.

Walford, originally drafted by the club in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft, totaled 44 games played with 10 starts as a Raider. Over his three-year career with the team, Walford made 70 receptions for 768 yards (11.0 avg.) and added six touchdowns.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Raiders Fall 35-38 In Pittsburgh; Antonio Brown Breaks Franchise Record

PITTSBURGH, PA.- The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Oakland Raiders 38-35 on an 18-yard field goal with :02 left in the game. The old school rivalry didn’t disappoint. With over 1,000 yards of total offense combined it was a high flying score fest with defenses getting burned nearly every tick of the clock. The Steelers physical defense caused five forced fumbles three were recovered by Pittsburgh. Despite four turnovers the Raiders had it’s opportunities to win the game thanks to Derek Carr and a recently potent Oakland Offense.

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QB Derek Carr

Raiders Quarterback Derek Carr  threw for 301 yards on 24-of-44 passing (54.5 percent) with four touchdowns and one interception, giving him a passer rating of 96.9.

Carr is the second Raider with four 300-yard games through the team’s first eight contests (Rich Gannon in 2002).

Carr now has 19 touchdown passes on the season, the most by a Raider through eight games since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. Carr has thrown 11 touchdowns of 20-or-more yards.

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Carr is the third Raider with four touchdown passes in back-to-back games and the first since the 1970 merger (Cotton Davidson in 1964 and Tom Flores in 1963).

Carr entered Week 9 leading the NFL in first-half touchdown passes and tossed two more today to improve his season total to 13 with only one interception (13.0 TD-INT ratio).

Ben Roethlisberger

Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was having a big day as well throwing to what appeared to be Superman without the cape. Big Ben was 24-of-44 passing for 334 yards and two touchdowns before being knocked out of the game with a foot injury.

Antonio Brown

Wide receiver Antonio Brown had a franchise day he had 17 receptions for 284 yards.  He also added 22yards on the ground.

Running back DeAngelo Williams ran for 170 yards and two touchdowns as the Steelers rolled up 597 yards of total offense.

Cooper and Crabtree Over 45 Receptions, Four Touchdowns

Wide Receivers  Amari Cooper (45) and Michael Crabtree (47) are the first pair of Raiders to be on pace for 90 receptions each through eight games since Charlie Garner and Jerry Rice in 2002.The pair has also combined for nine receiving touchdowns this season, four by Cooper and five by Crabtree.

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WR Michael Crabtree

Wide Receiver Michael Crabtree hauled in seven passes for 108 yards (15.4 avg.) and two touchdowns for his 11th career 100-yard game and third of the season.

He has 100-yard games in back-to-back outings within a regular season for the first time in his career.

Crabtree hauled in two touchdowns in a game for the fifth time in his career and the first time since 2012. He now has five touchdowns on the season and 31 career scores.Crabtree has caught a touchdown pass in three straight games for the second time in his career (2012).

Amari Cooper

Wide Receiver Amari Cooper finished the day with seven receptions for 88 yards (12.6 avg.) and one touchdown.

Cooper set the franchise record for receptions by a rookie, passing Zach Miler (45 in 2007). With his sixth reception, he passed Tim Brown (43 in 1988) for the most by a rookie wide receiver in team history.

Cooper hauled in his fourth receiving touchdown of the season on a 15-yard pass from Carr.

Latavius Murray

Running Back Latavius Murray averaged 5.65 yards per carry on 17 attempts for 96 yards before leaving the game in the third quarter. Murray’s first carry of the game went for 44 yards, his sixth rush of 20-plus yards this season.

Seth Roberts

Wide Receiver Seth Roberts had three crucial catches in the game, totaling 73 yards (24.3 avg.) with a 36-yard long.

All three of Roberts’ catches were for at least 18 yards, and he had a 19-yarder and a 26-yard catch in the fourth quarter.

Jamize Olawale

Fullback Jamize Olawale recorded a career-long 19-yard run for his first career rushing touchdown, bringing the Raiders back within seven points in the fourth quarter.

Clive Walford

Tight End Clive Walford caught his second career touchdown on a 1-yard reception from Carr in the third quarter, tying the game at 21-21. Walford is the 10th tight end in team history to catch at least two touchdowns as a rookie.

David Amerson

Cornerback David Amerson intercepted his first pass as a Raider in the third quarter, giving him three career interceptions. He finished with eight solo tackles, three passes defensed and the one interception with one return yard.
Aldon Smith

Linebacker Aldon Smith got to Ben Roethlisberger on a third-and-10 in the fourth quarter for the team’s first sack of the game, giving him 2.5 sacks this season and 46.5 sacks in his caree

Oakland Raiders Release Updated Depth Chart For Week One Of The Regular Season

All photos by Shawn Jonas

Alameda, CA. – The Oakland Raiders release their updated depth chart for their first regular season game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Notable Changes:

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Taiwan Jones Listed as second running back, he leap frogs Roy Helu Jr.  Somewhat surprising because Jones played defensive back last season under Dennis Allen.  HC Del Rio and OC Musgrave switched him back to his original position, running back,  early in the Raiders 2015 off season program.  Helu Jr.  was injured most of training camp and many expected him to be third down back and brought in during passing downs. Jones may take some of those reps and be use as that Percy Harvin type roll from when Musgrave was with Vikings.

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Wide receiver Seth Roberts also overtook Brice Butler with an impressive performance against the Seahawks.

Highlights

Rookie Amari Cooper listed as a starter in his first NFL game.

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Khalil Mack who was moved to Defensive End will start his first regular season game at that position. His rookie year he was a linebacker. 

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Mychal Rivera listed as #1 Tight End above new comers veteran Lee Smith and Rookie Clive Walford. Walford was projected as the starter by many he was lowed most of training camp with a hamstring injury.

The Raiders have an all new Starting Linebacking core with Curtis Lofton manning the middle. Ray Ray Armstrong and Superbowl MVP Malcolm Smith  fill in the outside linebacking position.

OFFENSE

WR 15 Michael Crabtree,  10 Seth Roberts,  12 Brice Butler
LT 72 Donald Penn,  69 Khalif Barnes
LG 66 Gabe Jackson,  68 Jon Feliciano
C  61 Rodney Hudson,  70 Tony Bergstrom
RG  76 J’Marcus Webb,  68 Jon Feliciano
RT  77 Austin Howard,  73 Matt McCants
TE  81 Mychal Rivera,  86 Lee Smith,  88 Clive Walford,  82 Gabe Holmes
WR  89 Amari Cooper,  80 Rod Streater,  18 Andre Holmes
QB  4 Derek Carr,  14 Matt McGloin
RB  28 Latavius Murray,  22 Taiwan Jones,  26 Roy Helu, Jr.
FB  45 Marcel Reece,  49 Jamize Olawale

DEFENSE

DE  91 Justin Tuck 97,  Mario Edwards Jr. 93 Lavar Edwards
DT  90 Dan Williams,  96 Denico Autry
NT  78 Justin Ellis 92, Stacy McGee
DE  52 Khalil Mack,  95 Benson Mayowa
OLB  57 Ray-Ray Armstrong,  56 Lorenzo Alexander
MLB  50 Curtis Lofton,  51 Ben Heeney
OLB  53 Malcolm Smith,  58 Neiron Ball
CB  25 DJ Hayden,  31 Neiko Thorpe,  21 Dexter McDonald
CB  38 TJ Carrie,  39 Keith McGill
S  24 Charles Woodson,  42 Larry Asante
S  20 Nate Allen,  32 Keenan Lambert

SPECIAL TEAMS

P 7 Marquette King
K 11 Sebastian Janikowski
H 7 Marquette King
LS 59 Jon Condo 86 Lee Smith
KR 22 Taiwan Jones
PR 38 TJ Carrie

Oakland Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rios’ Goal, Win The Division

All photos by Shawn Jonas

The Raiders have missed the post season for the past 12 seasons, but that doesn’t change the expectations for head coach Jack Del Rio. He’s entering the 2015 season letting his players, the league, and the Raider Nation know what his number one goal is.

Del Rio wants the Raiders to secure the AFC West crown in 2015. It would be the Raiders’ first division title since 2002.

“Goal No. 1 is to win our division, and I don’t see why not,” Del Rio said via the Raiders’ team website.

The sentements in the building aren’t just Del Rio’s alone.  Just ask offensive line coach Mike Tice, who tossed out an even loftier goal for the Raiders.

“We’re going to be a championship football team,” Tice said.

The mindset of the entire organization has changed since Del Rio, Ken Norton Jr., Mike Tice and the rest of this coaching staff was assembled.

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Reggie McKenzie has done his part by bolstering the roster with premier talent such as Amari Cooper, Mario Edwards Jr., and Clive Walford in the draft.  The roster has been influxed with a mix of young talent with much added depth in free agency as well.

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The Raiders have the most talent and depth in almost a decade. The biggest question  if these young players can take the next step. The bulk of the players they will rely on have been in  the league less than three years. Derek Carr,  Khalil Mack, Amari Cooper will have a lot of weight on their shoulders in 2015.

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The AFC West quarterback group is an aging one, with the likes of Peyton Manning possibly having only 1-2 years left. Del Rio did coach against him everyday in practice for three years.  Chargers’ Phillip Rivers is also on the backside of his career.  He’s also in th middle of a contract situation. Does he return to San Diego?  Chiefs’ Alex Smith has been very productive in the winning column, but is yet to take that next step as a big passing threat.  Smith didn’t throw a touchdown pass to any wide receivers the entire 2015 season.  Who can forget the Raiders first win of the season on Thursday Night  Football to help knock the Chiefs out of the 2014 playoffs.

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Del Rio’s expectations are lofty, but who’s to say there isn’t a change in the winds.

 

The Raiders 2015 Draft Class Jersey Numbers

Friday May 8 , 2015 11:00 AM PT

Photos by Shawn Jonas

Raiders 2015 Draft Class Arrive

The Oakland Raiders 2015 Rookie Mini-Camp begins today. Here are the jersey numbers the 2015 Draft Class will be wearing when they take the field:

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Amari Cooper – 89
Mario Edwards Jr. – 97

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Clive Walford – 88

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Jon Feliciano – 68
Ben Heeney – 51
Neiron Ball – 58
Max Valles – 94

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Anthony Morris – 79

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Andre Debose – 84
Dexter McDonald – 21

Oakland Raiders Selected Tight End Clive Walford In The Third Round

May 1,  2015 6:52 PM PT

Alameda, California – The Oakland Raiders selected University of Miami (Fla.) TE Clive Walford in the 3rd round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Walford is a dual-threat tight end with a basketball background with  huge upside. He dominated the Senior Bowl, showing athleticism, a feel for space and a big catch radius. Walford is a very good move-blocker who can seal off the edge with an angle block and does well getting off his initial assignment to get to the second level.

He effectively uses his 34-inch arms to lock out defenders and is a tough player at the point of attack. He’s a three-down tight end with the versatility to play in-line, in motion or flexed into the slot. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see an NFL team use Walford in the backfield at times if it doesn’t carry a fullback.

2014 STATISTICS

Receptions: 44
Receiving Yards: 676
Touchdowns: 7

College Bio:

2014 (Senior): Has established himself as one of country’s premier tight ends in final year…Started in season opener at Louisville, recording three catches for 38 yards…Hauled in team’s first touchdown of season, two-yard catch in back of endzone…Registered long catch of 31 yards against Cardinals…Caught two passes against FAMU for 31 yards, including long of 16…Recorded three passes, including second touchdown of season, totaling 57 yards against Arkansas State…Led team with seven catches against Nebraska, finished with 80 yards and one touchdown…Caught two passes for 23 yards in start against Duke…Totaled 37 yards on two receptions in start against Georgia Tech…Led team with four catches in start against Cincinnati, finishing with 40 yards and one touchdown…Had team-high totals of six catches, 89 yards and two receiving touchdowns in start against North Carolina…Had game-high totals of four catches and 127 yards, including 61-yard touchdown catch, in start against Florida State…Recorded game-high totals of 105 yards on seven catches in start against Virginia…Totaled 49 receiving yards on four catches in start against Pittsburgh, including long of 31 yards.

2013 (Junior): Played in all 13 games, making 12 starts at tight end … Finished season with 454 receiving yards and two TDs on 34 catches … Ranked second on team in receptions … Opened season with three catches for 34 yards and TD in win over FAU … Added 50 yards on two catches, including season-long 36-yard grab, in win over Savannah State … Second TD of season came in home win over Georgia Tech … Had 4 receptions in three straight games – four for 33 yards vs. Wake Forest, four for 46 yards at Florida State and five for 23 yards vs. Virginia Tech … Streak of 27 consecutive games with at least one reception snapped in home win vs. Virginia … First game without catch since Oct. 22, 2011, vs. Georgia Tech … Had two catches for 40 yards at Pitt, including 32-yarder … Eclipsed 1,000-yard mark for career in bowl game vs. Louisville … Hauled in four passes for 82 yards vs. Louisville in Russell Athletic Bowl … Earned letter.

2012 (Sophomore): Played in all 12 games, making five starts … Enjoyed career season as second-year TE, finishing third on team with 451 yards on 25 catches and tied for team lead with four receiving TDs … One of only two Hurricanes to catch at least one pass in all 12 games … Scored team’s lone TD at Kansas State, finishing with three grabs for 61 yards … Had two catches for 56 yards in win over Virginia Tech … Closed season with 3 TDs in final three games … Had 13 yards and TD on two catches in road loss at Virginia … Hauled in career-high 135 receiving yards and TD on three catches in home win over USF … Finished one yard shy of second 100-yard game at Duke, catching four passes for 99 yards and TD … Earned letter.
2011 (Redshirt Freshman): Played in all 12 games and earned eight starts, emerging as team’s primary target at tight end … Registered at least one catch in 10 of team’s 12 games … Finished fourth on team in catches (18) and yards (172) … Led Hurricanes with four catches and career-best 66 yards against then-No. 21 Virginia Tech … Also recorded career-long 25-yard reception againt Hokies … Scored career-first touchdown against Florida State … Earned letter.
2010 (True Freshman): Sat out first season at Miami, redshirted to retain eligibility.

Oakland Raiders Q & A Transcript

Q: Did you have any expectations about where you would fall in the draft? Were you surprised either in a good way or a bad way?
Walford: “I really didn’t have any preference. I thought was going to go more in the second but that didn’t work out. I’m not tripping. It is what it is.”

Q: Have you had any contact with the Raiders in the pre-draft process?

Walford: “Yeah at the combine and at the Senior Bowl. I talked to the Raiders a lot.”

Q: What would you say your strengths are as a player?

Walford: “I can hop for the ball. I’m a great pass-catcher. I’m a great run-blocker. I’m just a dual-threat tight end.”

Q: Are there NFL tight ends who you have followed or who you might model yourself after at all?

Walford: “Yeah of course. Rob Gronkowski from the Patriots.”

Q: Why would you say that your senior season went so well? You were obviously pretty productive.

Walford: “Just maturity, and becoming a legitimate leader and just focusing more.”

Q: Who have you talked to here with the Raiders so far?

Walford: “I talked to the offensive coordinator [Bill Musgrave], the GM [Reggie McKenzie], and I think the tight ends coach [Bobby Johnson], if I’m not mistaken.”

Q: What did Bill Musgrave tell you about your role here?

Walford: “He really didn’t say anything about my role. He just asked me if I’m ready to be a Raider, and I told him I’m ready.”

Q: Do you see the role of the tight end as diminishing in the NFL, or do you think you can be on the field for a lot of snaps?

Walford: “I mean, I don’t know. I’m going to go out to Oakland and just compete. I’m not looking to go start right away. I’m going out there to learn from the veterans and take some of their advice, but you know I’m going to compete at the same time. If I win that starting spot, then that’s all on God.”

Q: How much special teams background do you have?
Walford: “I played kick return in college. I played punt block. I played field goal.”

Q: Miami has a pretty good tradition of tight ends. Is that what attracted you to go there?

Walford: “We’ve got a great line of them, from Bubba Franks, Jimmy Graham, Greg Olsen, Kellen Winslow, you name them. That’s what we do, we build tight ends. Standish Dobard is up next, a young tight end coming out of Miami.”

GM Reggie McKenzies Comments on Clive Walford

“We see him as a complete tight end,” Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said. “He’s not just a blocker or a receiver. He has the strength to block a defensive lineman or he can flex out and go catch a pass. He’s the total package when you’re looking at a tight end.”

Walford said he models his game from New England Patriot Rob Gronkowski.

McKenzie chose a Raider who he reminded him of.

“How about Raymond Chester,” he said with a laugh.