Updating a previous item, Raiders RT Menelik Watson is done for the year with a torn Achilles' tendon.
It was originally announced as an ankle injury. The Raiders will turn to 2014 free agent flop Austin Howard at right tackle, with J'Marcus Webb manning the starting position at right guard. It's a downgrade for Oakland's offensive line from an athleticism standpoint. Watson was having a strong training camp.
Mychal Rivera caught three passes for 42 yards in the Raiders' third preseason game.
Rivera remained Derek Carr's chain-moving safety valve, making tough catches over the middle. There was early-camp talk of Rivera losing his starting job to rookie Clive Walford, but Walford has missed almost all of training camp with a hamstring injury. Through three preseason affairs, Rivera has four catches for 61 yards. He'll be a low-ceiling TE2 in fantasy this season.
Rod Streater caught three passes for 20 yards in the Raiders' third preseason game.
Streater got off to a slow start at training camp, but he mixed in with the ones during Oakland's third preseason game, operating as the No. 3 wideout behind Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree. The Raiders are expected to primarily run a shotgun/three-wide offense. If they do, Streater should be a regular alongside Cooper and Crabtree in three-receiver packages.
Roy Helu managed eight yards on four carries but caught two passes for 14 yards in the Raiders' third preseason game.
Helu made his preseason debut after battling injuries early in camp. He worked with the first-team offense, but entered the game behind Latavius Murray and sharing time with Trent Richardson. T-Rich seems like a lock to not make the 53, which would solidify Helu as Murray's top backup. Whether Helu opens the season as Oakland's passing-down back remains to be seen, but he's the Raiders' best option in that role.
David Johnson lost two yards on four carries but caught four passes for 40 yards and a touchdown in the Cardinals' third preseason game.
The third-round rookie took a step back from last week, fumbling on a first-quarter short-yardage carry and failing to maximize his running opportunities. The good news is Johnson saw some action with the first-team offense, but keep in mind Chris Johnson (hamstring) was scratched. With the Drew Stanton group in the second half, Johnson was a primary checkdown target and secured an eight-yard touchdown catch early in the fourth quarter, beating Raiders rookie LB Ben Heeney in coverage. Johnson's role is unclear entering the season, but he is very much a threat to Andre Ellington's workload. Strictly on the ground, Johnson has 17 carries for 64 yards this preseason.
Rookie WR J.J. Nelson finished the Cardinals' third preseason game without a reception.
A fifth-round draft pick out of UAB, Brown worked with the Carson Palmer group in this one, replacing Michael Floyd (hand) in three-wide sets alongside John Brown and Larry Fitzgerald. Nelson appeared to run a bad route on a second-quarter target, miscommunicating with Palmer and resulting in an incompletion. Nelson and Palmer frequently seemed to not be on the same page. The Cardinals need Floyd back healthy to run vertical routes.
Amari Cooper caught four passes for 62 yards in the Raiders' third preseason game.
Cooper apparently lost a pair of second-quarter passes in the sun, something he'll have to learn to deal with better in the Black Hole. One was a clear drop. Cooper bounced back to beat Patrick Peterson for a 36-yard gain later in the first half, creating separation, securing the pass, and tacking on yards after catch. Cooper put on a route-running and YAC clinic on a series of late-second-quarter receptions. Through three preseason games, Cooper is sitting on eight catches and 124 yards. He'll be an every-week PPR starter to open the season.
Michael Crabtree caught one pass for six yards in the Raiders' third preseason game.
Crabtree is reportedly having a strong camp, but he isn't doing much in preseason. Derek Carr slightly overthrew Crabtree on an end-zone fade, but Crabtree didn't extend his body in an attempt to make a play, and Oakland settled for a field goal. Plays later, Crabtree dropped a Carr pass right in front of the end zone. Through three preseason affairs, Crabtree has three receptions for 21 yards. We're highly skeptical he'll make any noise in re-draft leagues this year.