Oakland Raiders Notes: Cory James, Karl Joseph, & Ken Norton Jr.
The Raiders will play rookie Corey James more on Sunday versus Tennessee, according to CSN Bay Area.
Starter Ben Heeney put up mixed results, but head coach Jack Del Rio said his backup Cowser is a ball magnent.
“It took some time to grow on me since OTAs and everything, but I think I’m getting more and more comfortable with it,” James said. “…I’m still learning, still working to get more comfortable with recognizing formations and things like that, but I still need work there. Playing and knowing the plays, I am pretty comfortable with that.”
As for how much James will play versus the Titans, Del Rio said there was no benefit to declaring the team’s plans.
Speaking of rookies getting more plenty time, first-round draft pick Karl Joseph should make his NFL debut.
Del Rio said he is impressed with Joseph’s attitude and overall work ethic via the Raiders.com
“I think the health issue is really kind of behind him now.” Del Rio said. “I feel good about that. I feel good about the way he’s preparing. Now we just look forward to all of us going out and playing well on Sunday.”
Ken Norton Jr.
Defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. took some of the blame for the Raiders’ poor defensive outings in two games, via SF Gate.
“ I’m accountable for it. We have to work harder, work better and we expect to come out of this.” Norton said.
The defensive coordinator said he still believes the team can turn it around.
“Again, no one said it was going to be easy. You’re going to have adverse times and those adverse times really reveal us, reveal who you are, and I think that the team has come together, come close.” Norton said. “You can tell the guys really care. No one wants to play as bad as we’ve played.”