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Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr goes through a drill during the first day of training camp on July 27, 2018, in Napa, California. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

Where should you draft Derek Carr this fantasy season?

Merry Christmas fantasy football fans, the best part of the year is…

 

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman runs through a drill during practice on Aug. 22, 2018, at the team's Santa Clara practice facility. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

Kolsky: Bold predictions for a new NFL season

The NFL season is just around the corner, so it’s time to…

 

Oakland Raiders wide receivers Dwayne Harris (17), Griff Whalen (13), Martavis Bryant (12) and Johnny Holton (16) walk towards a drill during training camp in August of 2018. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

Martavis Bryant behind the curve at Oakland Raiders training camp

NAPA, Calif. -- When the Oakland Raiders traded a third-round pick to…

 

The Raiders gave up their share of first place in the AFC West by losing to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS)

Raiders late rally not enough to undo disastrous start in loss to Chiefs

Facing a Kansas City Chiefs team that had dropped six of seven,…

The Raiders gave up their share of first place in the AFC West by losing to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS)
Jack Del Rio shouldn’t search very far for why the Raiders are underperforming this year. (Courtesy T.C. Perkins Jr./Travis AFB/Flickr)

Always quick to give blame, Jack Del Rio is real reason Raiders are struggling

The Oakland Raiders are in the news for all the wrong reasons…

Jack Del Rio shouldn’t search very far for why the Raiders are underperforming this year. (Courtesy T.C. Perkins Jr./Travis AFB/Flickr)
Matt Moore. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Together, the Giants are running it back

Quick hits with Kolsky The San Francisco Giants were tied for the…

Matt Moore. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The Oakland Raiders needed Derek Carr to put the team on his back on Thursday against the Kansas City Chiefs. That’s exactly what he did. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS)

Jack Del Rio, Amari Cooper get their grooves back thanks to Derek Carr

In the closing minutes of the Oakland Raiders’ first win over the…

The Oakland Raiders needed Derek Carr to put the team on his back on Thursday against the Kansas City Chiefs. That’s exactly what he did. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS)
Amari Cooper isn’t worried about having a bad three-game stretch. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Searching for Coop — exploring the disappearing act of the taciturn Amari Cooper

About an hour after the Oakland Raiders' three-game losing streak began, Josh…

Amari Cooper isn’t worried about having a bad three-game stretch. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The Raiders didn’t feature Amari Cooper in their offense for the third-straight game on Sunday. That is part of the reason they’ve gone 0-3 during that stretch. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)

What’s wrong with the Raiders? Let me count the ways

OAKLAND — Jack Del Rio walked to the podium after his team…

The Raiders didn’t feature Amari Cooper in their offense for the third-straight game on Sunday. That is part of the reason they’ve gone 0-3 during that stretch. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The Baltimore Ravens did most of the celebrating on Sunday. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Raiders fall behing big early, lose for 3rd week in a row

Oakland — Less than four minutes into the Oakland Raiders third loss…

The Baltimore Ravens did most of the celebrating on Sunday. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)
After missing a game with a chest injury, the Oakland Raiders expect wide receiver Michael Crabtree to be active this Sunday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Raiders coach optimistic about return of Michael Crabtree; EJ Manuel hopes to get Amari Cooper ‘rolling’

ALAMEDA — Jack Del Rio offered a brief-yet-illuminating reply when asked whether…

After missing a game with a chest injury, the Oakland Raiders expect wide receiver Michael Crabtree to be active this Sunday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The two seasons Michael Crabtree has spent in Oakland have been two of his best as an NFL player. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Can Michael Crabtree keep improving as he ages?

Michael Crabtree has played in the NFL for eight full seasons, all…

The two seasons Michael Crabtree has spent in Oakland have been two of his best as an NFL player. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Derek Carr gets all the attention for the Oakland Raiders’ rise, but it would be a mistake to overlook the impact of his elite offensive line. (Aleah Fajardo/Special to S.F. Examiner)

5 things worth noting from Game 2 of the Raiders preseason

OAKLAND — Five takeaways from the Raiders 24-21 loss to the Los…

Derek Carr gets all the attention for the Oakland Raiders’ rise, but it would be a mistake to overlook the impact of his elite offensive line. (Aleah Fajardo/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) catches a 36-yard touchdown pass in front of Oakland Raiders cornerback David Amerson (29) in the second quarter at Arrowhead Stadium in Raytown, Mo., on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. (David Eulitt/Kansas City Star/TNS)

Raiders’ divisional title hopes left blowing in the wind

Less than two minutes into the second half on Thursday night, Khalil…

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) catches a 36-yard touchdown pass in front of Oakland Raiders cornerback David Amerson (29) in the second quarter at Arrowhead Stadium in Raytown, Mo., on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. (David Eulitt/Kansas City Star/TNS)
The Oakland Raiders defense chases down Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on November 27, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Turnover battle looms as Raiders host Bills

In the final minute of the Oakland Raiders' 35-32 Week 12-win over…

The Oakland Raiders defense chases down Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on November 27, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Raiders star receiver Amari Cooper, seen here against Denver earlier this month, may be relied upon more heavily today with Michael Crabtree and Latavius Murray questionable.(Aleah Fajardo/Special To S.F. Examiner)

After quick turnaround, Raiders welcome Panthers to Coliseum

After rallying to beat the Houston Texans 27-20 in Mexico City on…

Raiders star receiver Amari Cooper, seen here against Denver earlier this month, may be relied upon more heavily today with Michael Crabtree and Latavius Murray questionable.(Aleah Fajardo/Special To S.F. Examiner)
Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, seen here against the Kansas City Chiefs on Oct. 16, had a big day in an overtime win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS)

Carr overcomes penalties to give Raiders overtime win

With the Oakland Raiders staring at a fourth-and-four with just under two…

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, seen here against the Kansas City Chiefs on Oct. 16, had a big day in an overtime win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS)
Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) calls a play during a huddle against the Atlanta Falcons at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on September 18, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Chiefs capitalize on Raiders’ mistakes in 26-10 loss

OAKLAND — With a herd of reporters surrounding him as he stood…

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) calls a play during a huddle against the Atlanta Falcons at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on September 18, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) celebrates a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on September 18, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on September 18, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Defense and Carr lead Raiders into tie for 1st in AFC West

OAKLAND — Less than 30 minutes after the Oakland Raiders had pulled even…

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) celebrates a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on September 18, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on September 18, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Oakland Raiders running back Jamize Olawale (49) carries the ball against the Tennessee Titans at Oakland Coliseum on Saturday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Raiders first-team offense impresses in preseason home opener

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr impressed during his time at the helm…

Oakland Raiders running back Jamize Olawale (49) carries the ball against the Tennessee Titans at Oakland Coliseum on Saturday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)