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Oakland Raiders Announce Pre-Training Camp Transactions

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have made the following transactions, the club announced Monday. All three players count towards the team’s active roster.

DECLARED NON-FOOTBALL INJURY

Alexander, Vadal Guard 6’5″ 326 lbs.  Rookie LSU

DECLARED PHYSICALLY UNABLE TO PERFORM

Helu, Jr., Roy Running Back  5’11” 215 lbs 6th year Nebraska
Townsend Jr., Greg Defensive End 6′ 3″ 275 lbs. Rookie USC
Courtesy of Oakland Raiders Media Relations

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Oakland Raiders Defensive Coordinator Ken Norton Jr. Addresses Media

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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.”

Jack Del Rio On Day 3 Of Oakland Raiders Training Camp; First Day In Pads

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Napa Valley, California – The Oakland Raiders 2015 Training Camp Day 3 was their first in pads. It was time for Head Coach Jack Del Rio and the rest of the coaching staff to get a good look at the players being more physical and in different sets of drills.

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COACH DEL RIO’S ASSEMENT ON DAY 3

“As coaches, you know what you want it to look like in the end, and so we’re just focused on teaching, and growing, and developing and all those things. I thought the energy was good. We’re a long way from being clean, a lot of work to do.”

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DEL RIO, MICHAEL CRABTREE AS ADVERTISED

“I think Mike is a proven player. I think you’re seeing a guy that’s a good player making some plays out here. That’s what he should do. That’s what he will do. It’s been great to see, but that’s kind of what we expected when we brought him here.”

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THE DEFENSIVE BACKS

“They are young. There’s no denying that. They are young. There weren’t many veteran corners available. The best option, in our opinion, was to develop. That’s what we’re doing. They are young and we need them to grow up. We need them to come along and develop, and I like the way we’re working at it.”

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THE OFFENSIVE LINE

“We’ve got a big, strong group of men in our offensive and defensive lines. We’ve got some big, active men so it’ll be good tape to go over. It’s day one in pads. There were some good things, some things we’ll be a lot better at, but I like the eagerness. We have an eager team. They’re working hard and it’s just day one.”

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RUNNING BACK MICHAEL DYER MAKING BIG STRIDES

“I think Michael has done a nice job developing from what we saw in the spring to where he is now. He’s more comfortable. He’s more accountable, more dependable on special teams units, in the offense, and every now and then he’ll pop through there and show some of that speed that he has. I think he’s off to a nice start.”

Oakland Raiders Coach Jack Del Rio Speaks To Media After Day 2 Of Training Camp

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Napa Valley, California – Head Coach Jack Del Rio spoke on a number of topics to the media  after Saturday’s session of on-field work at the Oakland Raiders Napa Valley Training Complex.

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Head Coach Jack Del Rio

“That right there is the last of our acclimation practices, now we can actually put the pads on tomorrow, so we’ll do that. I thought it was a pretty solid day’s work. So much to get done, but energy was good. I think having the pretty good crowd out there today was nice. The game’s played in pads, so you really can’t get a full evaluation until you get your team in pads and see them compete. That’s the next part, so we’re excited to get that phase going and that’ll be part of what we do.”

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THE YOUNG DEFENSIVE BACKS

The decision in free agency by Reggie McKenzie to stay with the young defensive backs that he already had on the roster is one up for debate. Coach Del Rio feels that he and his staff can develop the group.

ON THE FIELD REPORTS SHAWN JONAS  ASKS COACH:

Your young defensive backs did pretty well out there today. How confident are you feeling in that group right now?

“We feel like we have a group there that has a chance to develop. Some young, talented guys, physically-talented guys that need work. They’re going to get that. It’s going to be a very competitive camp and we’ll let them be developed, be coached, let them compete against each other and let the guys who are the most productive play the most. We feel like we have a good young group.”

HIGHLIGHT PLAYS FROM THE DEFENSIVE BACKS ON DAY 2

Newly acquired free agent  Nate Allen picked off a pass from Derek Carr intended for Michael Crabtree. Carr scrambled to his right on the play trying to buy some time for someone to get open. He tried to drop it over the top, but Allen made a nice play on the ball.

Second year corner back out of Utah Keith McGill punched a ball out from rookie Amari Cooper. The forced fumble created by McGill was recovered by second year corner back TJ Carrie.

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LINEBACKER SIO MOORE RETURNS

“We need to find out what he can bring. I haven’t really seen him full tilt, but he is active now. He has joined the team again now in a full-go capacity and so I’ll get to learn more about him. We’ll learn more as we go with him. We need all of our players to grow, and to improve and to become great teammates, and he’s no different.”

Del Rio Talks The Importance Of His Coaches Ability To Teach

“I think we’ve assembled a great group of teachers, so we’re busy teaching. There was a segment there, prior to the field goal-kicking segment, about two periods before the end, it was like a 15-minute teaching period, and in that you’re seeing individual coaching going on, and individual techniques being stressed. As we get the pads on, some of that will be a little more physical in nature, but the bottom line is we believe in fundamentals. We’re going to stress fundamentals and we have a staff that understands that and are good teachers.”

RODNEY HUDSON LEADERSHIP

“It helps if the center is that type of guy, because basically it all starts with him. He’s going to make the calls. He’s going to snap the ball, so every play starts with him. I knew that he was, I think, an emerging player in the league, having gone against him twice a year. I felt like he was one of, if not the best, centers in the league and had a lot of respect for his game and so we were able to acquire him and I’m very excited about that.”

Oakland Raiders Second Year Cornerback T J Carrie Excited For Training Camp

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T J Carrie the Oakland Raiders second-year cornerback addressed the media on Thursday at the team’s Napa Valley Training Complex.

Carrie and other Raiders’ veterans arrived at the team’s Napa Valley Training Complex Thursday morning. Carrie is excited to get back to work.

“I’m excited, man. A lot of energy has been boiling up. A lot of hard work has been prepared and put in to come down to this moment and start Day 1 of training camp. So we’ll get it kicked off today with the conditioning test and go from there.”

OFFSEASON

“A lot of working on technique and focusing on learning different aspects of the defense. We’ve got a new system going in and things like that. So just getting acclimated to what we’ve got to perform on the field and definitely working on my craft.”

Talks Team

“A lot has been asked from all of us as individuals to perform at a high level coming into season two. The coaches have put a lot of trust into us as far as the prior draft classes and things, so the expectation is high for each and every one of us. I’m glad we’ve been able to put in some work as a team and as a unit in OTAs and mini-camp. Today we’ll be able to hash out some more things and be able to become more one as a team.”

Expectations

“When you are looked at as a starter, the mistakes and errors have to be limited to pretty much none. So last year as a rookie, they’re willing to give you those mistakes and opportunities to fail because you’re learning, you’re getting acclimated to the NFL and to the season and the different aspects of what you have to do. But coming into the next year and you’re projected to be a starter, they expect more of a higher level from you as an athlete. The pressure is definitely building higher. That’s something that we live to play this game for, is to be in the pressure. All pressure is good pressure.”

Carrie’s Thoughts Of Amari Cooper

“Amari has been able to do tremendous things on that field. He’s coming in and he has a business mind-like, a professional mind-like at a young stage, which is very good, because the pressure they’re going to continue to put on him and the rest of the receiving corps is going to be vital. “I think he’s made everyone on that defense better as far as him and, like I said, the other receivers. Bringing in more receivers and their expectation of being great challenges us to – iron sharpening iron as far as us being able to go at each other and battle each other every day, day in and day out, and sharpen each other’s skills.”