Raiders Camp Battle: Bartell vs. Chekwa


Raiders Camp Battle: Bartell vs. Chekwa


Ron Bartell vs. Chimdi Chekwa
Tale of the tape:
Bartell: 8th season, 6-1, 210, Howard
Chekwa: 2nd season, 6-0, 190, Ohio State
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Both are physical, rugged hard-hitters for cornerbacks, even if both are coming off season-ending injuries. Bartell, in fact, suffered a broken neck in his first game for the St. Louis Rams last season so there are plenty of questions regarding his durability and willingness to, well, stick his neck out there on a runaway running back. He, however, has no qualms. At least, not yet. "I didn't actually know that I had fractured my neck," said Bartell, who surrendered two completions the three times he was thrown at, for 48 yards, last season. "It felt more like a stingerso I never had to go through that anxiety of getting carted off the field or losing feeling or paralysis or anything. I'm fine. I'm ready to go." Chekwa, meanwhile, dislocated his shoulder on the first day of padded practice last summer, then was shut down with a hamstring injury after appearing in four games with one start. "Last year, I think I competed," said Chekwa, who gave up nine completions the 14 times he was targeted, for 126 yards and a touchdown. "I am happy that I competed, but I had a couple of injuries last year. I am looking forward to doing a better job of staying healthy this year and staying on the field."

Del Rio’s anxiety level up with trio of Raiders going extreme in New Zealand


Del Rio’s anxiety level up with trio of Raiders going extreme in New Zealand

Raiders Pro Bowl left guard Kelechi Osemele, running back Taiwan Jones and safety Brynden Trawick are currently enjoying their offseason in New Zealand. 

But a few videos they posted going white-water rafting and bungee jumping left head coach Jack Del Rio a bit anxious. 

"Anxiety level went up a bit thinking of my BIG pro bowl LG on the rapids!!" Del Rio tweeted Monday. "Can't leave out Brynden or Taiwan either ... have fun and be safe"

Osemele has posted a handful of photos and videos from the trip, including one of a raft capsizing with the caption: "It got real out there!!! Category 4 Rapids #NewZealand." Another showed the 6-foot-5, 333-pounder doing a backflip off a bungee platform with the caption: "Just did a backflip off the highest swing in the WORLD!!!!!!! Crazy!!! #LivingLife"

Report: Former Raiders RB arrested for domestic violence


Report: Former Raiders RB arrested for domestic violence

Trent Richardson is reportedly in some trouble.

Richardson was arrested on Thursday night for domestic violence, according to TMZ Sports.

The former running back was taken into custody on a third degree charge, the report states, with bail being set for $1,000.

The arrest was made in Hoover, Alabama.

The Browns selected Richardson with the third overall pick in the 2012 draft.

He was traded to the Colts in 2013 and played for Indianapolis in 2014.

He signed with the Raiders in 2015 and appeared in three exhibition games, but did not make the team.

The 26-year old was cut by the Ravens last August.