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Raiders' Roy Helu: Bouncing back fron hip woes
by RotoWire Staff | Special to

Helu has yet to practice this offseason as he recovers from hip procedures, CSN Bay Area reports.

That said, the East Bay Times notes that coach Jack Del Rio expects Helu to be ready to go by training camp, at which time the change-of-pace back will have to contend with rookie DeAndre Washington and veteran Taiwan Jones to a lesser degree for complementary work behind the Raiders' top back, Latavius Murray.

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Raiders' DeAndre Washington: Slated to work in complementary role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Washington saw some work with the Raiders' first unit during last week's minicamp, CSN Bay Area reports.

While the reps he saw on that front do not signal that he's a threat to overtake top back Latavius Murray, the Raiders continue to evaluate the rookie, with an eye toward grooming him as a complementary option behind Murray. "He's really worked well for us thus far, so we're putting him in different situations, again, to get a feel for (his) strengths and how we can tailor plays, tailor situations so he can really flash for us," offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said of Washington. "He's going to be good in first, second or third down." In order to secure enough of a role in the Oakland offense to merit fantasy consideration, Washington -- a fifth-round pick in April -- will need to overtake Roy Helu Jr. and Taiwan Jones on the team's RB depth chart, but that's a very plausible outcome at this stage.

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Raiders' Mario Edwards: Logs first full-length practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Edwards revealed his season-ending neck injury was just a sprain and "was always confident he'd be back at full health," Scott Bair of CSN California reports.

Edwards participated in minicamp Tuesday, logging his first full-length practice of the offseason. Afterword, he addressed concerns over the veiled neck injury he suffered during Oakland's Week 15 loss to Green Bay, and explained he had only been dealing with a sprain. Amid speculation that he may never be able to play again, it appears Edwards is on track for a full recovery. This is obviously a fantastic reality for the 2015 second-rounder, but is also great news for the Raiders, who will remain without Aldon Smith (suspension) for at least the beginning of 2016.

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Raiders' Clive Walford: Should be cleared for camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Walford (knee) will likely be cleared before training camp, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.

Walford is sitting out the first round of OTAs after injuring his knee in an offseason ATV accident. He may miss out on a few reps, but he should still have every opportunity to push for an increased role, likely at the expense of Mychal Rivera. The 2015 third-rounder caught 28 passes for 329 yards and three scores on 51 targets as a rookie; Rivera had 32 receptions for 280 yards and a touchdown on 46 targets.

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Raiders' Connor Cook: Draws praise from coach
by RotoWire Staff | Special to

Cook is expected to compete with Matt McGloin to be the Raiders' second-string quarterback this season, reports.

Cook was taken in the fourth round of last month's draft after a highly successful four-year college career at Michigan State, but with Derek Carr clearly Oakland's long-term answer at quarterback, Cook was selected primarily to bolster the Raiders' backup options. Although Cook understandably had some hiccups during the Raiders' rookie camp last week, head coach Jack del Rio reportedly walked away impressed by his approach and mentality, which figures to help him as he vies for an increased snap count once OTAs begin.

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