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Raiders signed WR Vincent Brown to a one-year contract.

It's a sign the Raiders expect de facto No. 1 receiver Rod Streater (hip flexor) to miss time. A 2011 third-round pick of the Chargers, Brown appeared to have a bright future ahead of him before breaking his ankle in 2012. He wasn't the same in 2013, and couldn't survive final cuts this summer. Brown moved like a tight end last season, which is a problem since he's 5-foot-11, 190 pounds. He's an inoffensive flier for a team as talent-deficient as the Raiders, but he's not going to make an impact on the football field.
Sep 15 - 5:30 PM

Rod Streater underwent an MRI on his hip flexor injury on Monday.

The Raiders are giving no details on the results. They like to pretend to be the Patriots when it comes to injury information, but are really a minor league-caliber team. Ironically, Oakland travels to New England this week.
Sep 15 - 5:24 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen passed along word on NFL Insiders Monday that there is already talk amongst NFL people that Raiders coach Dennis Allen's job could be in danger.

"I know a lot of people around the league are talking about it," said Mort. Allen is the least of the Raiders' problems, in our opinion, but every loser loves a scapegoat. Once again, the Raiders cobbled together the worst roster in the league, and once again they are atrociously bad. A full-house cleaning is desperately needed in Oakland. It was needed before the 2014 offseason began.
Sep 15 - 4:03 PM

Maurice Jones-Drew (hand surgery) "didn't sound optimistic" about playing in Week 3 when speaking to reporters on Monday.

The Raiders face the Patriots next. Jones-Drew has refused to provide details on his hand injury, and the Raiders laughably listed him as "questionable" on last Friday's injury report despite the fact that he never had any chance to play. If MJD can't go at New England, Darren McFadden would presumably continue to operate as Oakland's lead back. Latavius Murray got one touch in Week 2.
Sep 15 - 1:48 PM

Free agent WR Vincent Brown is working out for the Raiders Monday.

Rod Streater left Sunday's loss with a hip flexor injury. Brown, who was waived by the Chargers prior to Week 1, proved he isn't a serviceable NFL wideout last year while filling in for Malcom Floyd.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 15 - 12:22 PM

Rod Streater suffered a hip flexor injury in Sunday's Week 2 loss to the Texans.

Streater's departure allowed Andre Holmes (5-45-0 on seven targets) and Denarius Moore (3-29-0 on five targets) to get some extra run. The severity of Streater's injury is unknown right now.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 14 - 10:28 PM

Latavius Murray rushed once for six yards in the Raiders' Week 2 loss to the Texans.

It was an enormously disappointing outing for second-year back Murray, who saw just the one touch and played sparingly on offense while used-up Darren McFadden operated as the Raiders' every-down back. Murray remains an intriguing RB5 stash in deeper leagues, but he needs opportunity. There's no telling whether he's going to get it from the stubborn Raiders coaching staff.
Sep 14 - 8:36 PM

Denarius Moore secured 3-of-5 targets for 29 yards in the Raiders' Week 2 loss to the Texans.

He now has 37 yards on 13 targets through two games. That's the kind of inefficiency coaches despise, and why Moore's role is now likelier to dwindle than grow with James Jones and Andre Holmes simply outplaying him. We'll be crossing our fingers that the Raiders trade Moore to a real team before October's trade deadline. A team that could get him the ball on vertical routes.
Sep 14 - 8:33 PM

Andre Holmes turned seven targets into five receptions for 45 yards in the Raiders' Week 2 loss to the Texans.

Holmes did most of his damage in fourth-quarter garbage time, but it was good to at least see him involved after Holmes played only two snaps in the Raiders' opener. Oakland's ideal two-wide set would involve Holmes at "X" and James Jones at "Z," but at this point they're still mixing and matching. Jones is the only Raiders wideout worth owning in 12- and 14-team leagues.
Sep 14 - 8:30 PM

Mychal Rivera caught 5-of-7 targets for 31 yards in the Raiders' Week 2 loss to the Texans.

The second-year tight end now has 12 targets through two games. Rivera is an average to below-average athlete with a rookie quarterback in a low-percentage passing offense. He's difficult to support even as a TE2 in fantasy leagues.
Sep 14 - 8:24 PM

Rod Streater caught 1-of-3 targets for six yards in the Raiders' Week 2 loss to the Texans.

The stat line wasn't promising on a day where rookie Derek Carr fired off over 40 attempts. Streater doesn't offer much upside even when he gets healthy doses of targets. He's nothing more than a WR5 in fantasy leagues.
Sep 14 - 8:19 PM

James Jones converted 9-of-14 targets into 112 yards and a touchdown in the Raiders' Week 2 loss to the Texans.

The rest of Oakland's receivers are either not good (Denarius Moore) or low-ceiling possession types (Rod Streater, Mychal Rivera), so Jones appears to have a stranglehold on targets as long as he's getting every-down work. He did not in Week 1, but still delivered a 3-34-1 stat line. Jones was an every-down receiver in Week 2, and paid dividends. He faces the Patriots next and will be a high-risk, arguably high-upside WR3 option against Darrelle Revis & Co.
Sep 14 - 8:08 PM

Darren McFadden managed 37 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries and caught two passes for 31 yards in the Raiders' Week 2 loss to Houston.

Although OC Greg Olson promised late in the week to involve Latavius Murray, the sophomore runner only touched the ball once aside from kickoff returns, gaining six yards on his lone carry. McFadden was the every-down back and struggled, having two longer runs called back by penalties at the line of scrimmage and failing to create any of his own running room. Ultimately, neither DMC nor Murray showed any signs of proving a superior option to Maurice Jones-Drew (hand), who was inactive on Sunday.
Sep 14 - 8:01 PM

Derek Carr completed 27-of-42 passes for 263 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions in the Raiders' Week 2 loss to the Texans.

He added four scrambles for 58 yards. Although Carr continues to flash a plus combination of arm strength and athleticism, he is a rookie quarterback trying to battle back from big deficits with a porous defense and near-nonexistent running game to compensate for. Turnovers are going to happen. He did throw a TD pass against Houston, but it was in late garbage time to James Jones. Expect the Patriots to tee off on Carr in Week 3.
Sep 14 - 7:58 PM

Raiders declared RB Maurice Jones-Drew, MLB Nick Roach, QB Matt McGloin, S Jonathan Dowling, OL Tony Bergstrom, OT Matt McCants, and DL Shelby Harris inactive for Week 2 against the Texans.

It will be the Darren McFadden-Latavius Murray show in Oakland's backfield against a Houston run defense that got abused in Week 1 by Alfred Morris and Roy Helu on Opening Day. Roach remains sidelined with a concussion.
Sep 14 - 2:58 PM


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