Player News - Raiders

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Speaking on Sirius XM NFL Radio, Derek Carr admitted Amari Cooper wasn't healthy in 2017.

Cooper did miss a pair of games late in the year due to a concussion and a high-ankle sprain, but even before that, he never looked right. "He would never say it to you but I'll say it to you to have his back," said Carr. "That man was out there giving anything he could and honestly, a lot of guys probably wouldn't have played with what he had." Though he inexplicably scored a career-high seven touchdowns, Cooper's 48 catches and 680 receiving yards were both career-lows. He was also among the league leaders in drops with 10. Still just 23, Cooper will be a prime bounce-back candidate if he can stay healthy in 2018.
Feb 16 - 1:34 PM

Raiders coach Jon Gruden told the San Jose Mercury News one of his 2018 goals is to "get the best out of" Michael Crabtree.

"I got to bump into Crabtree," Gruden said. "Hopefully we can get the best out of Crabtree and his career." Gruden was never known as the most honest coach when it came to personnel in Tampa Bay, but the comments suggest he plans to hang onto Crabtree. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported in December that GM Reggie McKenzie planned to release Crabtree. This could be the first sign Gruden is overtaking McKenzie on personnel decisions.
Feb 15 - 12:16 AM

According to Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Marshawn Lynch has met with coach Jon Gruden at Raiders headquarters on "multiple occasions."

There were rumblings that Lynch had blown off Gruden, but apparently those rumors were unfounded. Lynch still has one year remaining on his contract but turns 32 in April. Beast Mode fared reasonably well in his return from a one-year hiatus, averaging 4.3 yards per carry with seven touchdowns in 15 games this past season. He'll be on the RB2/3 radar if he sticks with Oakland in 2018.
Feb 9 - 4:25 PM

Raiders CB T.J. Carrie is expected to test free agency.

Carrie was Oakland’s top corner last year, with the majority of his snaps coming in the slot. The Raiders can’t afford to lose Carrie after cutting ties with David Amerson but may not be able to match what he can get on the open market. 27-year-old Carrie is one of the better free agents available this offseason.
Feb 6 - 11:31 AM

Raiders hired Brian Callahan as QB coach.

Callahan interviewed for Tennessee's offensive coordinator job and also had interest from the Jets. In Oakland, he'll work under Jon Gruden and be tasked with turning around Derek Carr after a down 2017. This is a lateral move for Callahan, but he's a well-connected coach on the rise. If Callahan can fix Carr, he'll be on track for a coordinating role next offseason.
Jan 26 - 6:40 PM

Ex-Lions QBs coach Brian Callahan will interview for the Titans' offensive-coordinator vacancy.

He will also interview to be the Jets' QBs coach. Callahan left the Lions earlier this week as they embark on a new journey with coach-to-be Matt Patricia. Callahan had a good relationship with Matthew Stafford and has overseen two of his best seasons the past two years since Callahan came over from a six-year run with the Broncos that saw him win the Super Bowl as Peyton Manning's QBs coach. Callahan is an up-and-comer.
Jan 24 - 3:17 PM

Derek Carr admitted his back injury affected him throughout the season.

Carr never looked the same after suffering the injury in Week 4. "When you break three bones in your back, it doesn’t feel good," he said. "I had to deal with it." Carr probably came back too soon, missing just one game after originally being given a 2-4 week recovery window. The 26-year-old will have his work cut out for him in 2018 working under demanding head coach Jon Gruden.
Jan 23 - 1:54 PM

Derek Carr said he wants new coach Jon Gruden "to be tough" on him.

Gruden has said he will "demand more" from his quarterback moving forward, and it sounds like Carr is fine with that. "I hope that he demands of me. I hope he’s hard on me," Carr said. "Let’s go fix problems that I have and let’s do what I need to do to win championships." Carr has plenty of problems to fix coming off a down season, but he has shown in the past he can be a quality quarterback. His willingness to accept criticism and work with Gruden is a good sign he will get back to that level again.
Jan 23 - 10:32 AM

MMQB's Albert Breer reports the Lions are parting ways with QBs coach Brian Callahan.

It is a bit of a surprise despite the change at head coach. Callahan seems to be respected in coaching circles, and his name popped up in offensive coordinator searches this cycle. He should not have a problem finding another job. Callahan leaving could be an ominous sign for OC Jim Bob Cooter.
Jan 23 - 9:05 AM

New Raiders DC Paul Guenther hopes the team re-signs impending free agent MLB Navorro Bowman.

Bowman joined the Raiders in Week 7 following his release from the 49ers and started the final 10 games. He received real strong marks from Pro Football Focus for his run defense. Bowman turns 30 this offseason and likely won't have a ton of offers at his age. We'd bet he'd welcome a return to Oakland.
Jan 17 - 2:24 PM

Raiders hired Tom Cable as offensive line coach.

This is an odd hire after the Seahawks' offensive line struggled mightily the past few seasons under Cable despite pouring draft and free agency resources into the unit. Cable returns to Oakland after being the Raiders' head coach from 2008 through 2010. He joins Gruden and a new staff with the Raiders looking to revitalize the team after a down year. As Cable is known to have a tight bond with Marshawn Lynch, Cable's hire may increase the chances Lynch plays another season before the team moves to Las Vegas.
Jan 13 - 1:09 PM

Raiders hired Rich Bisaccia as special teams coordinator.

He served as Jon Gruden's special teams coordinator throughout his seven-year tenure in Tampa Bay and will now follow Gruden back to Oakland. Bisaccia spent his previous five seasons in Dallas and has coached in the league in some capacity since 2002.
Jan 12 - 3:46 PM

The NFL has confirmed it is "looking into" the Raiders' hiring of Jon Gruden and whether they violated the Rooney Rule in the process.

Although it was later revealed they interviewed two minority candidates — in-house TEs coach Bobby Johnson and USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin — the Raiders appear to have settled on Gruden first then complied with the Rooney Rule later. Ultimately, by the letter of the law/technicality, they did comply, so it's hard to see the league taking action even though the optics of the situation were undeniably bad.
Jan 11 - 6:01 PM

Raiders coach Jon Gruden said he is "going to ask a lot more from Derek Carr at the line of scrimmage."

"We're going to put him in a position to do some of the things we did in the past with his recognition of defenses, his ability to communicate and showcase his talented arm," Gruden continued. "I think the offense will demand more from him, which will really improve him." Carr's regression along with the rest of the offense certainly played a role in Jack Del Rio getting the boot, so it makes sense for Gruden to focus in on his quarterback right from the start. Getting more out of the receiver room, especially Amari Cooper, should be a priority as well.
Jan 11 - 9:21 AM

Seahawks fired OL coach Tom Cable.

The Seahawks are cleaning house after missing the postseason for the first time in six years. They've already parted ways with four of their assistants including OC Darrell Bevell, DC Kris Richard, QBs coach Carl Davis and now Cable. Seattle's offensive line was among the league's worst this year, consistently failing to protect Russell Wilson while also opening up few holes in the running game. Personnel was an issue but obviously Cable didn't do enough with the pieces he was given. He had been with the Seahawks since 2011.
Jan 10 - 5:36 PM

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