Raiders pick Wisniewski with 48th overall pick


Raiders pick Wisniewski with 48th overall pick


ALAMEDA -- The Raiders selected Stefen Wisniewski with the 48th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Wisniewski, an offensive lineman from Penn State, was a first-team All American in 2010.

Wisniewski comes from a football family. His father, Leo Wisniewski, played three seasons with the Colts and his uncle Steve Wisniewski was an eight-time Pro Bowler for the Raiders.

Steve Wisniewski was hired as a Raiders assistant coach on Jan. 27.

RELATED: Raiders hire Wisniewski as assistant coachCollege career: Wisniewski, nephew of former Raiders great and Oakland's new assistant offensive line coach Steve, started 37 of his last 38 games for the Nittany Lions. In 2010, Li'l Wiz was at right guard, after starting all 13 games of the 2009 season at center. In 47 career games, he had 265 knockdown blocks and, in three seasons as a starter, was credited with 37 touchdown-producing blocks. He was Penn States first three-time Academic All-American and its 81st first-team All-American selection.Scouting report: He has a disposition as nasty as is his Raiders legacy clear. He also said his on-field temperament is on par with his uncle's legendary temper. Wiz 2.0 has stated a reference to playing at guard but can also play center. He has the tools to step in and start immediately for a re-tooled offensive line.How he fits with Raiders: Coach Hue Jackson made no bones about it - Li'l Wiz is the team's center, which might come as a surprise to Samson Satele, who was slapped with an original-round tender. Wisniewski, though, has the blessing of perhaps the greatest Raider of all - Hall of Fame center Jim Otto. So Li'l Wiz has that going for him, which is nice.

Carr, Murray treat Raiders' linemen to Warriors game, witness history

Carr, Murray treat Raiders' linemen to Warriors game, witness history

No NFL regular starting quarterback has been sacked fewer times than Derek Carr. Latavius Murray has 11 touchdowns in as many games, with steady production running between the tackles.

These Raiders aren’t dumb. Carr and Murray know their success comes in large part from the big boys up front.

They acknowledged that with an early holiday gift. Carr and Murray bought five offensive linemen courtside seats to Monday’s game between the Warriors and Indiana Pacers.

Donald Penn, Gabe Jackson, Menelik Watson, Rodney Hudson and Austin Howard all attended that game and enjoyed watching Klay Thompson put up 60 points in a blowout Warriors win.

Afterward the Raiders had a shootaround on the Oracle Arena floor, without much success. Howard missed a dunk, an effort he says was complicated by wearing slacks and dress shoes. Murray missed a layup. “I was fouled,” he said with a smile. Donald Penn missed a free throw, though “my shoulder hurt.”

Then Carr stepped up and buried a 3-pointer much to the remaining crowd’s delight.

Taking care of offensive linemen is common in these parts. Last year Carr bought his line flatscreen televisions. Amari Cooper gave everyone Beats headphones. Warriors tickets were on the docket this year, in addition to a dinner at Carr’s house last week.

The Raiders were able to have a little fun after Monday’s practice as they prepare for a road game at Kansas City on Thursday night.

Injury report: Joseph skips another practice despite Raiders taking it easy

Injury report: Joseph skips another practice despite Raiders taking it easy

ALAMEDA – The Raiders are taking in easy in practice prior to Thursday night’s game against Kansas City. They conducted a walk-through on Monday and Tuesday, the only day to increase intensity during this compacted work week, they practiced without helmets.

A lightened load is designed to help the Raiders be as physically ready for the rival Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday in a battle for control of the AFC West.

“I think you do the best you can to recover as we begin our preparations,” head coach Jack Del Rio said. “That’s just part of it. I know late in my career, if you played on a Thursday, you’re going to take some soreness into the game, typically. The older guys for sure. Some of the younger guys even.”

The Raiders don’t need many repetitions at this stage, and can prep largely through mental work.

It’s also a bit easier because the division rivals know each other well, especially after meeting in Week 6. That should ease some burden of playing a huge game on a short week.

“I think both teams, from that standpoint, it helps a little bit,” Del Rio said. “You’re not scrambling to get to know somebody. I think both teams experience that.”

The short week takes a physical toll on healthy and hurt players alike. There isn’t enough recovery time for either. Those healthy are sore. Those hurt likely won’t have time to make it back.

That seems to be the case for rookie strong safety Karl Joseph. His injured toe has kept him out two light practices, making it tough to see how he could be ready to go on Thursday.

Defensive tackles Darius Latham and Stacy McGee were also out, along with edge rusher Shilique Calhoun.

Raiders participation report
Did not practice:
LB Shilique Calhoun (knee), S Karl Joseph (toe), DT Darius Latham (ankle), DT Stacy McGee (ankle)
Limited participation: LB Cory James (shoulder), LG Kelechi Osemele (knee)

Chiefs participation report
Limited participation:
OLB Tamba Hali (knee)
Full participation: WR Jeremy Maclin (groin), NT Dontari Poe (back), DE Kendall Reyes (knee), CB Phillip Gaines (knee)