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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.
Aug 30 - 11:33 PM

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.
Aug 30 - 11:00 PM

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.
Aug 30 - 10:58 PM

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.
Aug 30 - 10:57 PM

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.
Aug 30 - 10:54 PM

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.
Aug 30 - 10:50 PM

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.
Aug 30 - 10:48 PM

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.
Aug 30 - 10:37 PM

Larry Fitzgerald caught two passes for 31 yards in the Cardinals' third preseason game.

Fitz made a nifty 26-yard catch on Arizona's second drive, beating Raiders top CB T.J. Carrie on the play. Carson Palmer threw the pass before Fitzgerald even broke into his route, a good sign for the duo's chemistry. While John Brown will give him a run for his money, Fitzgerald is the favorite to lead Arizona in targets this season. He's an underrated WR3 pick in the middle rounds.
Aug 30 - 10:32 PM

John Brown caught one pass for 39 yards in the Cardinals' third preseason game.

Brown made a gorgeous play downfield early in the second quarter, going up and above Raiders CB Neiko Thorpe for a 39-yard gain to secure an underthrown pass from Carson Palmer. Palmer also targeted Brown deep in the second quarter, but narrowly overthrew him. Through three preseason contests, breakout candidate "Smokey" Brown has a receiving line of 5-85-1.
Aug 30 - 10:28 PM

Derek Carr completed 18-of-34 passes for 213 yards and an interception in the Raiders' third preseason game.

He engineered nine drives in two-plus quarters, resulting in five Sebastian Janikowski field goals. Carr's biggest play in the first half came on a deep wheel route to FB Marcel Reece, gaining 42 yards down the sideline. On third-and-long later in the second quarter, Carr made a strong throw to Amari Cooper down the right sideline, exposing Patrick Peterson for a 36-yard hookup. An otherwise mediocre night was sullied when Carr got pick-sixed by Cardinals UDFA corner Cariel Brooks on Oakland's opening drive of the second half. That was Carr's final throw of Sunday's game. Carr is a low-end QB2 in fantasy leagues this season.
Aug 30 - 10:16 PM

Trent Richardson managed 19 yards on five carries in the Raiders' third preseason game, adding three catches for five yards.

After Richardson's night was done, the San Francisco Chronicle's Vic Tafur guessed T-Rich has toted the rock for his final time as a Raider. Through three preseason contests, Richardson has 42 yards on 15 carries (2.80 YPC). Taiwan Jones, Roy Helu, and Marcel Reece all look like better options to back up Latavius Murray. T-Rich's one-year deal contains a $600,000 guarantee.
Aug 30 - 10:07 PM

Carson Palmer completed 8-of-22 passes for 103 yards and two interceptions in the Cardinals' third preseason game.

Bruce Arians let the ones play longer than expected because the offense struggled so much. Palmer was intercepted on Arizona's first drive, getting picked on an errant wide throw by Raiders FS Nate Allen along the sideline. The rest of the first half, Arizona's offensive line was bullied by Khalil Mack & Co., leaving Palmer without clean passing-game looks and forcing him into inaccurate throws. Palmer was picked again by Allen toward the end of the second quarter. Through three preseason contests, Palmer is 15-of-33 passing for 268 yards, one touchdown, and the two picks. He's been sacked five times among 38 dropbacks.
Aug 30 - 10:03 PM

Raiders RT Menelik Watson suffered a potentially serious ankle injury in Sunday night's third preseason game.

"It does not look good," coach Jack Del Rio told NBC's Michele Tafoya. Watson was reportedly "bawling" when doctors informed him of the severity of his injury. The Raiders have turned back to Austin Howard to start at right tackle.
Aug 30 - 10:00 PM

Andre Ellington managed 19 yards on nine carries and eight yards on three receptions in the Cardinals' third preseason game.

Ellington led backfield work with the first-team offense in this one, even executing on an early short-yardage run. He was spelled with the ones by rookie David Johnson, as Chris Johnson (hamstring) was inactive. The Cardinals seem determined to scale back Ellington's workload after he wore down on 20-plus touches per game last season. The Johnsons will play complementary roles behind Ellington. Ellington remains the lead back, but Arizona could end up running a two- or even three-way committee once the season gets rolling. On the ground, Ellington has managed 34 yards on 14 carries (2.43 YPC) this preseason.
Aug 30 - 9:50 PM



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