Raiders gear up for season opener in earnest


Raiders gear up for season opener in earnest

The Raiders begin formal preparations today for their Monday night season opener against San Diego with a 53-man roster, an eight-player practice squad and, based on Thursday night's pratfall at Seattle by their second- and third-stringers, much to prove.As rookie coach Dennis Allen said after that lackluster 21-3 defeat to the Seahawks, the Raiders were not ready for primetime. At least, not the bottom of their depth chart."I don't know if (I'm) more concerned," Allen said. "That's been a concern, the depth of our roster. I think it just reconfirmed that we've got to upgrade the bottom half of the roster because our depth is a concern."In fact, Allen was asked about his team's toughness and discipline."Theres been progress in that regard," he said. "Obviously, we havent been perfect and were not going to be perfect, but weve made a lot of progress in that regard. I think we are a tough football team. I think we do have tough-minded people. I think weve played smart in situations. Weve executed some situational football really well. And then I do think some of that discipline is showing up on the field."A year after setting NFL single-season records for penalties and penalty yardage and averaging 10.2 penalties and 84.9 penalty yards per game, the Raiders averaged six penalties and 43.3 penalty yards in the exhibition season."Its still not the final product that were looking for," Allen said. "Were always going to strive for improvement and were looking for perfection, but I have seen improvement in that regard."Then came Friday's cuts to get the roster down from 75 to 53 players. Saturday's transactions saw three more players signed, and three others shown the door, so to speak."Were definitely looking and whatever moves we feelgive us a chance to be better, were going to make those moves," Allen said. "Were evaluating any and all positions to see if there is somebody out there that can help us."A look, then, at the Raiders' current 53-man rosterQuarterbacks (3)
Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart, Terrelle PryorRunning backs (5)
Darren McFadden, Marcel Reece, Taiwan Jones, Mike Goodson, Owen SchmittOffensive line (10)
Jared Veldheer, Cooper Carlisle, Stefen Wisniewski, Mike Brisiel, Khalif Barnes, Joseph Barksdale, Alex Parsons, Tony Bergstrom, Lucas Nix, Willie SmithTight ends (3)
Brandon Myers, Richard Gordon, David AusberryWide receivers (5)
Darrius Heyward-Bey, Denarius Moore, Jacoby Ford, Rod Streater, Juron CrinerDefensive line (8)
Lamarr Houston, Richard Seymour, Tommy Kelly, Matt Shaughnessy, Desmond Bryant, Dave Tollefson, Christo Bilukidi, Jack CrawfordLinebackers (6)
Miles Burris, Rolando McClain, Philip Wheeler, Travis Goethel, Carl Ihenacho, Keenan Clayton (Aaron Curry-PUP)Cornerbacks (6)
Ron Bartell, Shawntae Spencer, DeMarcus Van Dyke, Pat Lee, Coye Francies, Phillip AdamsSafeties (4)
Michael Huff, Tyvon Branch, Matt Giordano, Mike MitchellSpecialists (3)
PK Sebastian Janikowski, P Shane Lechler, LS Jon CondoPractice squad (8)
LB Nate Stupar, LB Kaelin Burnett, WR Travionte Session, WR Brandon Carswell, CB Chimdi Chekwa, DT Vaughn Meatoga, C Colin Miller, RB Jeremy Stewart.

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.