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Oakland Raiders Sign Andrew East; Release Austin Howard and Taiwan Jones

NAPA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed LS Andrew East and released T Austin Howard and RB Taiwan Jones, the club announced Friday.

East was with the Raiders during the offseason program in 2016 and training camp, appearing in three preseason games with the team before being waived on August 29. Previously, he had spent time during the offseason program and training camp with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2015 and the offseason program with the Seattle Seahawks in 2016.

Howard joined the Raiders as an unrestricted free agent in 2014 and appeared in 40 games with 39 starts at guard and tackle over his three seasons with the Silver and Black.

Jones was originally drafted by the Raiders in the fourth round (125th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. Over six seasons with the club, he appeared in 66 games, seeing time on offense and defense while also playing a key role on all special teams units.

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 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.

20150830_0329SjonasSeth Roberts Make A 4th Qtr.  Catch Versus Arizona  Cardinals

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.

20150830_1564Sjonas_1Khalil Mack Sacks Carson Palmer 

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. 

DSC08589Clive Walford During Rookie Mini Camp

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