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Jack Del Rio Foundation Hosts First Bocce Ball Tournament

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Jack Del Rio Foundation is proud to host its first ever bocce ball tournament tomorrow at Campo di Bocce in Fremont. The event will benefit Hayward High School/Mt. Eden High School/Tennyson High School athletics, NorCal Special Olympics and the Alameda County Deputy Sheriff’s Athletic League.

“Linda and I have made a long standing commitment to give back to the community, primarily to underserved youth who face continuous challenges and uncompromising adversity,” said Jack Del Rio. “We desire to make a difference in the lives of others and encourage all of us to look outward for opportunities to serve, whether it be through financial support, time, or by volunteering our skills and talents.”

The Jack Del Rio Bocce Ball Tournament will include 32 teams and will begin at 12 p.m. The event will include a live auction and a trophy presentation following competition. The championship round is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.

The title sponsor of the Jack Del Rio Bocce Ball Tournament is Clear Channel Outdoor and elite-level sponsors include BCCI Builders and the Carson Valley Inn.

Proceeds from this sold-out event will go to support the Jack Del Rio Foundation’s mission, which is to motivate our community to meet the needs of underserved youth. The Jack Del Rio Foundation seeks to energize, educate and enrich the lives of our youth through the generous investment of financial support, time and devotion.

For more information, please visit jackdelriofoundation.org/bocce-tournament

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raider Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign New Deal With Coach Jack Del Rio

“The Raiders have torn up Jack Del Rio’s original contract and rewarded him with a new four-year deal. We are excited to continue building on the strong foundation that has been established and this is a significant step in achieving that goal.” – Raiders Owner Mark Davis

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Team Up With Jack Del Rio Foundation For Community Work In Mexico City

A Silver and Black contingent will travel to Mexico City to perform philanthropic endeavors in advance of the Oakland Raiders arriving for their Monday Night, November 21 contest against the Houston Texans at Azteca Stadium. Linda and Lauren Del Rio, wife and daughter of Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio, will lead the group in Mexico City to participate in charitable work on Sunday, November 20, when the Jack Del Rio Foundation will donate backpacks, school supplies and playground balls to underserved children.

“I was inspired by the Sport in the Service of Humanity Conference in Rome,” said Linda Del Rio. “After speaking with my fellow delegates, who all do amazing charitable work in the world of sport globally and in Third World countries on a daily basis, I believed that this would be a fantastic opportunity to give something sustainable back to Mexico City within the world of sport.”

In addition, a $10,000 check will be gifted to Mano Amiga from the Del Rio Foundation and NFL Mexico and toiletry kits will be provided to the parents within Mano Amiga. The Jack Del Rio Foundation is also donating a check in the amount of $8,000 to Mano Amiga for the purchase of athletic uniforms. Mano Amiga is a 20-year-old 501c3 non-profit company that organizes and facilitates mission trips for youth organizations from churches and schools and works to help people from Latin American countries that are in need.

Mano Amiga thanks the Del Rio Foundation for the opportunity you offer our students to widen their horizons and aspirations through the passion and generosity of people and organizations like yours. Thank you for joining the mission of transforming lives through Mano Amiga,” said Gina Chavez of Mano Amiga.

The Del Rios will be joined at the event in Mexico City by Raiders Alumnus Lincoln Kennedy, members of the Raiders Women’s Association, Raiderettes, Raider Rusher, as well as representatives from NFL Mexico and Mano Amiga.

Local students in the Mano Amiga organization will participate in a free youth football clinic facilitated by the team and geared towards boys and girls.  The clinic features the educational and recreational benefits of football presented in a safe and fun environment. The curriculum makes it so that any student can participate regardless of age, gender, ability or experience.

The Raiders have made several previous trips to Mexico City already this year. The Silver and Black hosted a Fan Fest to celebrate Day 3 of the 2016 NFL Draft at the Estadio Azteca Plaza in late April, where fans in attendance watched rounds 4-7 of the NFL Draft on large screens and experiences selection announcements, live performances, appearances by Raiders players and alumni, and performances by the Raiderettes. In addition, earlier this year Raiders running backs Latavius Murray and Taiwan Jones squared off in a can’t-miss matchup as the two served as guest coaches in the Tochito Flag Football Championship in Mexico City.

The Raiders were also involved in a number activities recently in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. During a game in October, the Raiders honored Oakland’s Chicana Latina Foundation Executive Director Olga Talamante as the recipient of the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award. The awards recognize the contributions of Hispanic leaders in each NFL market.

The Raiders also celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month by partnering with a local Ballet Folklorico performance group to educate local underserved youth from Roosevelt Elementary School in the Oakland suburb of San Leandro about the history of Ballet Folklorico and its significance to the heritage of Mexico and Latin American culture.  Raiders players Shilique Calhoun, Gabe Jackson, Taiwan Jones and Jaydon Mickens joined the Mexico Danza dancers and students in an energetic Ballet Folklorico session of learning traditional dance moves. The event tied in with Play 60 messaging of dance being an easy and fun way to be active for at least 60 minutes a day. Additionally, the group put on a traditional Ballet Folklorico performance.

Earlier this year, the Raiders were one of seven NFL teams to participate in an NFL PLAY 60 Character Camp. The camps are presented in partnership with the Muñoz Agency and USA Football and are part of the NFL’s year-round Hispanic outreach initiative, focused on offering youth opportunities to play and experience the game of football while emphasizing exercise and reinforcing the importance of character in athletics and life. 

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Justin Tuck Announces Retirement from NFL

Photo by Shawn  Jonas

ALAMEDA, Calif.Oakland Raiders DE Justin Tuck announced today that he will retire from the National Football League.

Justin Tuck has been an invaluable part of the Raiders organization since the day he arrived here,” General Manager Reggie McKenzie said. “Everyone in the building appreciates all that he has done both on and off the field. His leadership in the locker room and mentorship of young players like Khalil Mack is immeasurable. The Raiders wish him and his family the absolute best.”

Justin Tuck is a leader and a true professional on and off the field,” Head Coach Jack Del Rio said. “His commitment to his teammates and the organization was awesome and he was a pleasure to coach. I wish Justin and his family nothing but the best.”

Tuck retires after 11 seasons in the league, playing his first nine with the New York Giants from 2005-13 and final two with Oakland from 2014-15. For his career, he played in 147 games with 107 starts and totaled 499 tackles (348 solo), 66.5 sacks, 22 forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries, three interceptions and 32 passes defensed. Tuck also appeared in 10 postseason games and posted 32 tackles (26 solo), 5.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one pass defensed.

Originally drafted by the Giants in the third round (74th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft, Tuck is a two-time Pro Bowler, having been selected in 2008 and 2010. He was also named a first-team All-Pro in 2008 after he set a career high with 12 sacks. Tuck helped the Giants win two Super Bowls during his tenure in New York, Super Bowls XLII and XLVI. He ranks second in Super Bowl history with four sacks, having posted two in each of his Super Bowl appearances.

The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder signed with the Raiders as an unrestricted free agent in March 2014. He played in 15 games for Oakland in 2014 and led the team with five sacks. In 2015, he started the first five games before suffering a season-ending injury in Week 5 that landed him on the Reserve/Injured List.

Off the field, Tuck has created a lasting impact in the community. The Raiders’ nominee in 2015 for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, Tuck’s extensive philanthropic work has been recognized and honored by numerous charitable organizations, both national and international. In 2008, he and his wife, Lauran, established Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy, a program focused on providing access to books, combating summer learning loss, and closing the educational opportunity gap that exists for low-income Americans. The program has given more than 65,000 books to over 11,000 students across the country.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Raiders Come From Behind On The Road To Upset Broncos 15-12

Denver, CO. – The Raiders traveled to Denver and laid an egg in the first half. Oakland battled back in the second half fueld by two Derek Carr Touchdown passes, and Khalil Macks‘ five sacks of Brock Osweiler including one in the end zone for a safety. Oakland (6-7) upset the Broncos(10-3) on the road 15-12.

The Raiders trailed at the half 0-12 as Oaklands’ defense  held the Broncos to four first-half Brandon McManus field goals. The Raiders offense struggled on all fronts. They only ran 15 plays the entire first half for a total of -12 yards.

Derek Carr Struggles & Fights Through Adversity

Derek Carr completed just 12 of 29 passes for 135 yards. But two of his throws were for touchdowns, and the Raiders (6-7) beat the Broncos for the first time since Sept. 12, 2011 despite being held to minus-12 yards in the first half — the worst performance by a team heading into halftime in nearly a quarter-century.

The Raiders drove 80 yards to open the second half and trim Denver’s lead to 12-7 when Carr threw an 11-yard pass to Seth Roberts.

Khalil Macks’ Huge Day

Mack’s fifth sack crushed Denver’s  hopes on the final drive. Afterward, he said he counts this performance as sweeter than his big game at Ohio State in 2013 that cemented his first-round status because “this is the Broncos.”

Mack said the Raiders knew they had a chance when they held the Broncos out of the end zone four times in the first half.

safety pulled the Raiders to 12-9 when Mack sacked Osweiler in the end zone and Broncos guard Max Garcia recovered the loose ball.

Jack Del Rio On Macks Performance

“He was unbelievable,” Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said of Mack. “He’s just getting better and better.”

Charles Woodson On Macks Performance

“I remember playing Derrick Thomas my first game in the NFL against the Chiefs and he had six sacks against us,” Oakland’s 18-year veteran safety Charles Woodson said. “Today, Khalil kind of reminded me of that.”

Defense Holds in First Half, Dominates in Second

The Raiders held the Broncos to three field goals on three red zone trips in the first half and did not allow Denver back into the red zone for the entire second half.

The Raiders held the Broncos scoreless in the second half for the first time since Oct. 15, 2006, a 3-13 loss. The last time the Raiders did so in a win was Nov. 22, 1992 (24-0).

The Raiders did not allow the Broncos to run more than three offensive plays on five-of-eight second-half drives. Broncos 0-for-3 in the red zone in the first half


Raiders Stifle Broncos’ Rushing Attack

The Raiders held the Broncos to 34 rushing yards, giving the Broncos 77 total rushing yards against the Raiders this season. That marks the Broncos’ second lowest season total versus the Raiders (51 yards in 1972).

Along with 1963 (96 yards), this marks the third time in team history the Raiders allowed less than 100 rushing yards to Denver in a season (excluding the strike-shortened 1982 season).

The Raiders allowed 25-or-fewer rushing yards in a first half for the fourth time this season and the second time in three weeks (also Nov. 29 at Tennessee).

2-Point Conversion Dilema 

Oakland long snapper Jon Condo recovered Emmanuel Sanders’ muffed punt at the Denver 11 early in the fourth quarter, but he injured his right shoulder in the pile. He was in the locker room getting it looked at when Carr threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to tight end Mychal Rivera to put Oakland ahead 15-12 with 14:26 remaining.

Without Condo, the Raiders went for 2 and Carr threw an incompletion, leaving the margin at a field goal.

Kicking Game 

Brandon McManus clanked a 49-yarder that would have tied it off the left upright with 10:22 remaining. Sebastian Janikowski then missed a 43-yarder with 5:07 remaining, giving the Broncos good field position at their 33, but Davis had his big drop on fourth down after that.

Gary Kubiak Talks First-Half Opportunities, Turnovers, Drops 

The Broncos couldn’t get into the end zone in the first half despite 224 yards of offense, settling for four field goals from McManus, each one shorter than the previous — 41, 35, 29 and 21 yards.

“We had a chance to really do some damage in the first half and didn’t do it,” Denver coach Gary Kubiak lamented. “And we obviously helped them in the second half with turnovers, I think four or five drops. We lost line of scrimmage offensively. We played great defense.”

Oakland’s lack of production in the first 30 minutes was the lowest figure by any team in the first half since Nov. 1, 1992, when the Chargers held the Colts to minus-5 yards.

Raiders Defeat Broncos on the Road, 15-12

The Raiders defeated the Broncos 15-12 to snap the team’s eight-game losing streak against Denver. The team’s last win against Denver came on Sept. 12, 2011.
For the first time in the Raiders-Broncos series history, the Raiders did not allow the Broncos an offensive touchdown in a season. It marks the sixth time the Raiders held Denver without a passing touchdown (last: 2002) and the eighth time without a rushing touchdown (last: 1993) in a season series.

Raiders Comeback To Beat Titans 24-21; Derek Carr Drives Team 90 Yards For Go Ahead Score

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Oakland Raiders found a way to pull out a win on a wet, rainy day.  Derek Carr threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Seth Roberts with 1:21 left.  The Raiders stopped a three-game skid by edging the Tennessee Titans 24-21 Sunday.

The Raiders (5-6) had a 17-6 lead in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter with just minutes remaining they found themselves behind 17-21.

Offensive Coordinator/Play Caller Bill Musgrave went ultra conservative after the 17-6 lead.  Almost every Raiders offensive series started with two runs on first and second down followed by a desperate 3rd down pass. Most passes were at or behind the line of scrimmage.  Bubble screens were used in back to back drives.  The team went 3-and-out multiple times during that stretch. The play calling was confusing seeing that the Raiders only had a 3-point lead for most of the second half. The young cast on offense struggled to get in any rhythm until Musgrave finally took the reigns off Carr on their final offensive drive with a 4-point deficit.   To add to the offense stalling out, Derek Carr fumbled the ball on a Center exchange with back up Tony Bergstrom. The Titans took advantage of the short field and scored the go ahead touchdown with 4:13 remaining.

“I’m really proud of the way they guys stayed in it,” Oakland coach Jack Del Rio said. “It was tough. There was a reason to be discouraged. You’re in control of the game, you fumble it and all of a sudden they go down and get a score. And it’s `Oh my gosh, what are we going to do?’ Well, we’re going to go down there and find a way to get it in there and get a score.”

The Titans (2-9) lost for the ninth time in 10 games after rallying to take a 21-17 lead. They thought they had a game-saving play when safety Michael Griffin broke up a pass in the end zone on fourth down.

But officials flagged B.W. Webb for holding on the other side of the field.

Del Rio said rookie Amari Cooper was held. Webb tried to find the official, saying later he never held the receiver. Titans interim coach Mike Mularkey said he had no idea where the flag came from and did not agree with the penalty.

“The one call is the call, it changes the game, changes the outcome of the game,” Mularkey said. “It’s frustrating, very frustrating.”

Carr said he started yelling instantly about the flag. Two plays later, Carr hit Roberts for the winning touchdown. He finished with 330 yards and three TDs in his sixth 300-yard passing game this season.

“We get another chance, and we go win it,” Carr said. “Finally, we won today and it just feels good.”

Nate Allen ended the Titans’ last chance by intercepting rookie Marcus Mariota with 43 seconds left. Mariota took the blame for not looking elsewhere.

“I’ll find ways to get better and help our team win some games,” he said.

Roberts finished with six catches for 113 yards and two TDs, and Cooper had seven receptions for 115 yards. Khalil Mack had two sacks for the Raiders, who outgained Tennessee 407-249 and held the ball for nearly 35 minutes.

The Titans now have lost 11 straight on their home field and are tied for the third-worst home skid. Mariota threw for 218 yards and three TDs, but he was intercepted twice, with the last one coming with no receiver in the area.

Oakland’s mistakes helped Tennessee turn a game where the Raiders had been cruising into a frantic finish.

The Raiders were flagged 11 times for 94 yards, with two of those penalties keeping Tennessee TD drives alive, and Carr himself set up the Titans’ go-ahead TD by fumbling a snap. Defensive end DaQuan Jones fell on the ball for the Titans, and Mariota threw a 1-yard TD pass to Jalston Fowler to make it 21-17 with 4:41 left.

Carr briefly left after taking a shot from Jones on the opening series of the game. But the second-year quarterback returned in time to throw for 187 yards and a touchdown by halftime and Oakland led 10-6 at the break.

Game notes
Carr joined Rich Gannon (10 in 2002) and Carson Palmer (six in 2012) as the only Raiders quarterbacks with six or more 300-yard passing games in a season. … Denico Autry blocked Ryan Succop’s first extra-point try for the first miss by the Titans since 2006 and the first missed extra point in Succop’s career. The Titans kicker had been perfect on his first 205 attempts, including all 18 this season. … Crabtree now has a TD catch in five of his past six games. … Oakland is 4-0 when being flagged for 10 or more penalties.

Raiders Take Their Foot Off The Gas; Fall To Bears 22-20 By Last Second Field Goal

By Shawn Jonas

CHICAGO, Ill.– The Oakland Raiders conservative play calling on final offensive drive, and two turnovers cost them their second straight road win.  Jay Cutler vindicated himself following an interception by driving his squad down the field on a 12 play 48-yard drive in the last 2:02 and two timeouts. The drive set up a 49-yard field goal attempt with :07 remaining by Robbie Gould on Sunday. The ball split the uprights with :02 on the clock leading the Chicago Bears to a 22-20 victory over the Raiders.

The Raiders Last Offensive Drive

The Raiders (2-2) grabbed the lead on a field goal by Sebastian Janikowski with just over two minutes remaining set up by an interception by Charles Woodson deep in Oakland territory.

The drive started on Oaklands 9-yard line following Woodsons’ interception. The drive started with a nice mix of run and pass including a deep 25 yard pass to Michael Crabtree to Oaklands’ 34 yard line. The next play Roy Helu Jr. squirted up the middle of the field for a 12 yard gain down to Chicago’s 41. Following an incompletion Carr completed a 8 yard gain to Mychal Rivera who was pushed out of bounds on the 33. That was the last time Oakland passed the ball. The next four plays would be run plays by Helu Jr.

3rd and 2 – CHI 33
(4:21) 26-R.Helu left guard to CHI 30 for 3 yards (96-J.Jenkins).

1st and 10 – CHI 30
(3:41) 26-R.Helu left guard to CHI 26 for 4 yards (59-C.Jones).

2nd and 6  – CHI 26
(2:56) 26-R.Helu right guard to CHI 22 for 4 yards (23-K.Fuller).
Timeout #1 by CHI at 02:50.

3rd and 2 – CHI 22
(2:50) 26-R.Helu left guard to CHI 23 for -1 yards (92-P.McPhee).

4th and 3 – CHI 23
(2:10) ( 11-S.Janikowski 41 yard field goal

With the last four play calls being run plays, it was if the coaching staff were satisfied with kicking a field goal and trusting their defense to win a third straight game.

Carr Bears

Question: On the last one were you thinking field goal? Or just didn’t want to throw the ball all around?

Derek Carr – “We always think we’re in Bass’ range whenever you cross the fifty, but the point there is if you can get the first down there, then yeah.”

Carr later added “I just do whats called”.

On offensive struggles:

Carr – “They had the ball a lot in the first half, Its hard to get in a rhythm. Still so much to get better at in a short week ”

Question: What were they doing in coverage?

Carr – “Yeah they liked to double Amari a lot. They liked to give help to those guys. I don’t blame them he’s a good football player.

Donald Penn, Post Game – Locker Room

Question: What cost you this game?

Donald Penn – “I can’t tell you that, can you guys tell me,”  Penn said.   “We had opportunities we gotta score touchdowns instead of field goals. that would help. We gotta be better on our opportunities when we get them. We can’t let them go.”

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Charles Woodson

Question: What cost you this game?

Charles Woodson – “Defensively, staying on the field too long. Not getting off the field on third down. Especially before the half we had them at 3rd and 14. They threw a quick check down in the flat. They got a first down. They go down and end up scoring. Then we turn the ball over. When you have those things, not getting off on third down and turnovers, its hard to win games like that.”

Raiders Tired Defense

The coaching staffs third down run call would suggest they were alright with leaning on a defense to close out the game.  The same  defense that had been on the field most of afternoon. The Bears owned the time of posession battle with 33:22 . At one point they had a 10 minute advantage around half-time.

The offense had multiple 3-and-outs in the first half. A vanilla inside running scheme with the majority coming on the offensive lines  right side was the theme of the day. The Raiders ended the day with only 70 rushing yards.

Different Game Plan?

In their two previous wins Oakland had thrown the ball to open up running lanes. The game plan was different in Chicago. Derek Carr and the passing game wasn’t as efficient when they did throw against the Bears. Carr  threw the ball 33 times with 20 completions for 219 yards and 2 touchdowns.  He also had one interception that wasn’t his fault.

Murray Int

Latavius Murray had a rough day. He had 16 carries for 49-yards rushing  with only a 3.1 yard average.  He was responsible for two turnovers a fumbled  pitch on an outside running play that Chicago recovered . He was also to blame on an interception where the ball deflected off his chest into Bears outside linebacker Pernell McPhee’s hands. Bears started on the Raiders 15 yard-line. Oaklands’ defense held Chicago to just a field goal. Murray also added 3 receptions for 13 yards. He struggled catching the ball after taking a shot to his right shoulder that took him out of the game briefly in the first half.

Murray – “Me having those two turnovers hurt us a lot. We gotta find a way to win these tight games. Again… I’ll play better, keep my head up, and get back to work.”

Da Bears

The Bears shook off two embarrassing losses, including their first shutout since 2002 last week at Seattle, to give Fox his first victory since he was hired in the offseason. The win came at the expense of Oakland coach Jack Del Rio, his defensive coordinator in Carolina and Denver. And it capped a busy week that saw Chicago trade Jared Allen to Carolina.

Cutler completed 28 of 43 passes for 281 yards after missing a game because of a strained hamstring. Matt Forte had 91 yards rushing and 64 receiving. Martellus Bennett caught 11 passes for 83 yards and a touchdown. Marquess Wilson added 80 yards receiving. Eddie Royal caught a touchdown on the game’s opening possession.

The Bears lost center Will Montgomery (ankle) on the opening possession. Cutler looked sharp right from the start, orchestrating an 80-yard touchdown drive to a 7-yard scoring pass to Royal. Gould’s extra point got blocked.

Game Notes From Chicago

Janikowski Ties Tim Brown’s Games Played Record

K Sebastian Janikowski played in his 240th game as a Raider, tying the franchise record also held by Tim Brown. Janikowski will have the opportunity to set the franchise games played record next week against Denver.

Janikowski converted two field goals and two extra points in the game, improving his season record to 7-for-7 from the field and 10-for-10 on extra points for 31 total points.

Woodson Moves Into Top 10

Charles Woodson hauled in his second fourth-quarter interception in the last two games, giving him 62 career interceptions, tying him with Dick Lebeau and Davie Brown for ninth on the all-time list.

Woodson has at least two picks in back-to-back seasons for the first time as a Raider, becoming the first Raider to do it since Stanford Routt from 2010-11.

Crabtree Leads Receivers; Cooper Taps His Toes

WR Michael Crabtree led the team with five receptions and 80 receiving yards, giving him 23 catches and 264 yards on the season with one touchdown.

WR Amari Cooper hauled in four passes for 49 yards in the contest, including a 26-yard touchdown pass from Carr in the second quarter for his second career touchdown.

Crabtree and Cooper are the first pair of Raiders teammates since 2005 (LaMont Jordan, Randy Moss), and the second pair in franchise history, to each record at least four receptions in each of the team’s first four games.

Carr Tosses Two Touchdowns

QB Derek Carr finished the game 20-for-33 passing for 196 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. Carr had two first-half touchdowns for the third time in his career, and the first time in back-to-back games.

Carr now has 28 career passing touchdowns, moving him ahead of Tom Flores (27) for the most by a Raider through his first two seasons.

Three Timely Takeaways

The Raiders defense produced three key takeaways in the game, two fumble recoveries and one Charles Woodson interception. That marks the first time the Raiders have had three takeaways since Sept. 28, 2014 at Miami.

Two Team TD’s

The Raiders offense has posted at least two touchdowns in six straight games for the first time since Weeks 6-11 of the 2012 season.

The offense has produced two passing touchdowns in four straight games, the longest stretch since Weeks 8-11 in 2012.

Helu, Jr. Finds the End Zone

RB Roy Helu, Jr. scored his first touchdown as a Raider on a 4-yard reception in the second quarter, marking his fourth career receiving score.

Helu, Jr. was also a key part of the offense late in the game, carrying the ball five times for 22 yards and finishing the game with two receptions for 13 yards.

Williams and McGee Recover Key Fumbles

DT Dan Williams came up with a fumbled snap by the Bears to give the Raiders control on the Bears’ 25-yard line. That marks Williams’ second career fumble recovery and his first since 2012.

DT Stacy McGee recovered a Matt Forte fumble in the third quarter, his second career fumble recovery. The ball was forced out by CB David Amerson, his first career forced fumble.

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Aldon Smith Notches First Raiders Sack

LB Aldon Smith closed the first half with a 5-yard sack, his first as an Oakland Raider and the 45th of his career. Smith’s last sack came on Nov. 23, 2014 vs. Washington.

Mack and Tuck Get to Cutler

DE Khalil Mack and DE Justin Tuck each reached Bears QB Jay Cutler for a sack, with Mack’s 1-yard sack coming late in the fourth quarter. Mack now has three sacks on the season.

Tuck’s sack gives him 66.5 career sacks, six as a Raider and his first of the season.

Malcolm Smith Leads Tacklers

LB Malcolm Smith again led the Raiders in tackling with 10 stops (nine solo), adding a quarterback pressure and a forced fumble in the contest, according to unofficial press box statistics. Smith now has four career forced fumbles and his first as a Raider.
Blocked Extra Point

DE Denico Autry stuck a hand up and blocked Robbie Gould’s extra point attempt in the first quarter, marking the Raiders’ second blocked extra point attempt this season (Justin Tuck, Sept. 13, 2015 vs. Cin.).

 

Oakland Raiders Sign DE Aldon Smith

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent LB Aldon Smith, the club announced Friday.

Smith joins the Raiders after four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers in which he totaled 44 sacks in 50 games. His career totals also include 192 tackles (141 solo), five passes defensed, one interception and 5.5 sacks in eight career playoff games.

The 49ers’ first-round draft pick (seventh overall) in 2011, Smith was the runner-up in the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year voting after recording 14 sacks in his first season. In 2012, Smith was named to the Pro Bowl and selected for first-team All Pro honors after posting 19.5 sacks and his first career interception. He totaled 10.5 sacks over the past two seasons with San Francisco.

“Aldon is an extremely talented young player,” said Head Coach Jack Del Rio. “We welcome him to the Raiders family and expect him to bring his best every day and be a great teammate.”

“We are confident that the Raiders provide an environment where Aldon can thrive through the support, structure and leadership within the building,” said General Manager Reggie McKenzie. “We are excited to have Aldon here in the Raiders family.”

To make room on the roster, the Raiders have waived DE Lavar Edwards.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Defensive Coordinator Ken Norton Jr. Addresses Media

All Photos by Shawn Jonas

Napa Valley, California – After Monday’s practice Ken Norton Jr. spoke to the media. The Oakland Raiders had their second straight practice in pads on Day 4 of Training Camp 15.

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NAPA

“I’m really excited. Really like Napa. Really nice town. The team is really working hard and I’m really happy to be here, putting my stamp on this defense and it’s been really exciting so far.”

ENERGY

“I’ve always patterned my coaching after how I played, and I’m going to approach it that way, with a lot of energy, with a lot of enthusiasm and really enjoy what I do, and it’s contagious to my players.”

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COACHING THE WHOLE DEFENSE

“The biggest difference is that I don’t have one position to coach. I’m coaching all the positions now. I have the whole group. In the old days it was just the linebackers, now the whole room is my room. The whole room feels who I am, what’s important to me, and I’m able to spread myself amongst others.”

SMART, TOUGH, AND ENTHUSIASTIC

“Very competitive, smart, tough, enthusiastic, and just playing really hard. I want them to know that we coach effort first. What are they made of? How hard are you playing? When you guys watch them play I want them to jump off the film, that these guys really want it. They’re really playing hard.”

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LOVE BALL

“I think if you love what you do, it’s not work. You just wake up clapping, and you just go to work, and this is what we do. I want to make sure everybody enjoys being here. If you don’t enjoy being here you’re in the wrong place. We love ball.”

THE RAIDERS NEW MIDDLE LINEBACKER CURTIS LOFTON

“When you have a former middle linebacker as your coordinator, and a former middle linebacker as your head coach, that position becomes very important. You look at Curtis’ background, he’s played a lot of football for a long time and hasn’t missed any games. He’s very, very productive, very smart, knows how to play ball and knows how to run the defense. I’m glad we have him.”

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THE YOUNG  SECONDARY NEEDS TIME AND DEVELOPMENT

“We’ve only been here for a little over a week. The competition is there. The young corners that I’ve been with in the past, they started out with no one knowing who they were and then all of a sudden they’re the stars of the league, and it’s a matter of coaching, developing, time, energy, effort and just the whole village raising everybody. I’m real happy with where we are and we still have a long ways to go.”

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KHALIL MACK CLASS OF HIS OWN

“Khalil is special. There are a lot of players that might be similar, but he’s in a class of his own. Defensive end Bruce Irvin in Seattle was similar, but at the same time, Khalil’s built. He’s athletic. He’s talented. He’s smart and he’s relentless. He’s amazing and he’s the type of guy that you want to surround him with good football players.”

NFL NETWORK Insider Ian Rapoport Visits Oakland Raiders Training Camp

All photos by Shawn Jonas

Napa Valley, California – NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport visited the Oakland Raiders Napa Valley Training Complex on Sunday.  He made his assesment on Head Coach Jack Del Rio, quarterback Derek Carr and the rest of the Silver and Black.

Prior to the start of practice, Rapoport took some time to talk with Raiders.com and spoke about the 2015 outlook for the Raiders, the additions that General Manager Reggie McKenzie made during the offseason and more.

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RAPOPORT ON COACH DEL RIO

“This team, to me, seems like a pretty good fit because he can come in and he can teach, and he can re-energize this place a little bit, but he also has a bunch of young guys who can really play, and try to figure out what this team is going to look like. We already know they have a quarterback. We already know they have in Derek Carr. We already know they have his counterpart on defense in Khalil Mack, so you have a coach who’s strong and has won in a very difficult place to win, and you have two building blocks, one offense, one defense, so at the least you have the foundation of what you think this place is going to look like.”

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DEREK CARR 

“A lot of it is going to happen for him because he’s just going to be a little older. Everything’s going to relax a little bit and so I think, to me, what happens for a young quarterback is either you become flustered quickly and you throw it away or you become flustered quickly and you check down. Derek tended to check down, and now he has weapons. He doesn’t need to check down as much. He can let it rip, and I think being comfortable in the pocket and being comfortable enough to let it rip will be something you’ll probably see more from Derek this year than last year.”

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AMARI COOPER

“He is a pro. He is a legit pro and he’s been a pro even when he wasn’t a pro. He is gym rat who just only wants to play football. On the field, he’s just polished. You’re not going to have to say, ‘okay, you’re only playing this position,’ or, ‘we’re only putting you on this side of the field.’ He is smart enough and savvy enough to do a lot of things, and that’s great. If he’s the kind of player that the Raiders think and a lot of other people around the NFL think, then you’re going to have to find ways to get him out of double coverage, and moving him around will help.”

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MICHAEL CRABTREE 

“I think that he has a lot to prove, and it’s really two-fold. Can he still run like he needs to run? We know he’s had a lot of lower-leg injuries and that was an issue for some teams in free agency. It doesn’t mean he can’t run. It just means some teams weren’t sure, so all he has to do is go out and prove it. On the field, the best thing that he does is he is amazing at catching the football. I know that sounds weird, but for receivers, it’s a skill that doesn’t get as much attention. When you throw the ball near him, he will catch it, and for everyone, including a young quarterback, that’s pretty important.”

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KHALIL MACK

“The best thing that he does is be disruptive and go after the quarterback. The best thing that you want is for Khalil Mack to go get the quarterback. What you’re going to see this year from this staff is he’s going to be put in position to get after it. I don’t know how good he’s going to be, but he can be as good as it gets.”

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 DJ HAYDEN

“Talent has never been a question. When he’s been healthy and played, and really believed in himself, I think you’ve seen that this guy can really play. You almost have to forget that he’s a first-round pick, and he has to earn his job all over again which is great. I’ll be curious to see if he does it. If he plays like he’s capable, then he’s going to be the player they drafted him to be, but he has to get it too. Just watching his development will I think will be pretty interesting.”