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Ex-Raider, Stanford assistant McGlockton dies

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Ex-Raider, Stanford assistant McGlockton dies

Former Raiders Pro Bowler Chester McGlockton, a member of David Shaw's coaching staff at Stanford, has died at the age of 42.

The official cause of death is unknown. According to his hometown newspaper in North Carolina he "he woke up short of breath then apparently suffered a massive heart attack."

McGlockton finished his 12-year NFL career with 555 tackles, 51 sacks, 14 forced fumbles and four interceptions. He delivered a career-best 9.5 sacks in 1994.

A powerful physical presence, he was a first-round pick (16th overall) of the L.A. Raiders in 1992. He played for the Raiders (1992-97), Chiefs (1998-00), Broncos (2001-02) and Jets (2003). He made all four of his Pro Bowl appearances while with the Raiders(1994, '95, '96 and '97).

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He was hired by current 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh as a defensive assistant with the Cardinal in 2010. Stanford University released the news of McGlockton's passing shortly after 9 a.m. Wednesday morning, via this press release:

STANFORD, Calif. -- Chester McGlockton, who has served on Stanfords Football staff for the past two seasons, passed away overnight. He was 42 years old.

Everyone in the Stanford Football family is deeply saddened by the passing of Chester McGlockton, said Bradford M. Freeman Director of Football David Shaw. For the past two seasons, Chester has been a valuable member of our football staff and a wonderful friend to us all. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Chesters wife Zina and their two children.A native of Whiteville, N.C., Mr. McGlockton was in his second season on the Stanford coaching staff as a defensive assistant. A first round pick (16th overall) of the Los Angeles Raiders in 1992, Mr. McGlockton played 12 seasons in the NFL with the Raiders (1992-97), Kansas City Chiefs (1998-00), Denver Broncos (2001-02) and New York Jets (2003). He made all four of his Pro Bowl appearances while with the Raiders (1994, 95, 96 and 97).A three-year standout at Clemson, Mr. McGlockton earned his undergraduate degree from Tennessee-Martin in 2010.

McGlockton spent 2009 as an intern coach at the University of Tennessee under current USC and former Raiders coach Lane Kiffin.

Before earning all-ACC status at Clemson, he earned All-State and All-America honors at Whiteville High School in North Carolina.

McGlockton led the ACC in sacks as a freshman in 1989 and helped Clemton to a top-10 ranking in 1990. In 1991, he earned first team All-ACC honors while spearheading Clemson's top-ranked rushing defense which helped the Tigers to the ACC title. He had 20.5 sacks in his three-year Clemson career.

Following surgery, Raiders activate former second-round pick off PUP list

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Following surgery, Raiders activate former second-round pick off PUP list

Raiders defensive lineman Jihad Ward injured his foot during the team's offseason program and hasn't seen the field since. Last year's second-round pick had it surgically repaired, and missed training camp rehabiltating. 

He's finally ready to go. He passed a physical on Monday and was removed from the physically unable to perform list. The team had a walk-through on Monday. Ward should be active for Tuesday afternoon's practice, the first back at their Alameda practice facility. 

The Illinois product had 30 tackles in 13 starts last season, playing significant snaps with Mario Edwards Jr. out due to a hip injury. He'll have to compete for a spot in the rotation, even after working with the first unit during the offseason program. Rookie third-round pick Eddie Vanderdoes has played well in his absence and could be a three-down player inside. 

Ward was a raw, yet athletic talent capable of playing several techniques across the line. The teams sees great potential, though Ward must continue to develop as a player. 

In addition, the Raiders activated tight end Cooper Helfet off the non-football injury list.

Khalil Mack ready for regular season, but Raiders defense is not

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Khalil Mack ready for regular season, but Raiders defense is not

OAKLAND – The Los Angeles Rams assigned two blockers to Khalil Mack, a common practice against the reigning defensive player of the year. Sometimes it works. This time it didn’t.

The Raiders edge rusher split the double team, found his target and pounced. Jared Goff stood zero chance. There was no evading this one. Mack brought last year’s No. 1 overall pick down with authority, claiming a sack that ultimately won’t count in his 2017 total.

The sacks highlighted a dominant performance that also included three quarterback pressures, four total tackles and two for a loss. All that in three series.

Mack’s clearly ready for the regular season. As a whole, the Raiders defense is not.

Saturday’s 24-21 loss to the Rams at Oakland Coliseum proved that point. A below average offense had no trouble scoring on a starting unit that looks a bit lost.

“I thought our defense was poor, in particular early when we started the game,” head coach Jack Del Rio said in a postgame press conference. “We’re going to have to get a whole lot better there.”

It has to happen quickly, with the regular season bearing down and the Raiders still trying to correct the same old thing. Making proper reads and improved communication has been an emphasis this offseason as coaches work to get this defense playing better together. It’s still preseason and there’s time to teach and coach and fix problems, but the defense isn't quite right.

“I think we’ll go a long way when we clean some of those things up,” Del Rio said. “The things that we’ve talked about for too long in terms of communication errors, eye violations and things like that that just keep you from ever being really good on defense. Those just have to get cleaned up.”

Issues are present in the front seven but more obvious in the back, where explosive pass plays continue to plague the starting unit. The Raiders allowed two plays over 20 yards on the first series and six plays of 10 or more yards in three series on Saturday, when the full starting unit was active. The Rams scored 14 points – Mack’s sack squashed the lone non-scoring drive – in those three series.

Del Rio was bothered by misreads and “eye violations,” in coverage, which make things easier for an opposing offense.

“When you see them, it’s not a good thing,” Del Rio said. “Yeah, I mean it’s really simple. You don’t have your eyes where they belong and you’re playing man? You’re playing man or even in zone. If you’re not seeing what you need to see, it makes it hard.”

Fixing these problems could improve execution and make life harder on opponents. It needs to happen this summer or the Raiders will have to win a lot of shootouts.

“Obviously, I identify what the problem is,” Del Rio said. “Getting it fixed is the challenge.”