Oakland Raiders

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Coach Dennis Allen said he saw a "different demeanor" out of Denarius Moore this summer, and believes Moore is "beginning to take that next step."

"D-Mo has really kind of gotten back to where he was maybe a couple of years ago when we first got here," Allen said. "He’s been a lot more consistent." Moore is penciled in as the Raiders' No. 3 receiver behind James Jones and Rod Streater. He'll serve as the deep threat, and is a good fit for rookie QB Derek Carr's cannon of an arm. Moore can run with the best of them, while Carr can chuck it deep. Moore has sneaky upside and is worth watching early on. The Raiders are going to be throwing the ball and playing catch-up a ton this season.
Sep 2 - 11:35 PM

Darren McFadden is listed as the No. 2 running back on the Raiders' "unofficial" depth chart.

Maurice Jones-Drew is the lead dog in the Raiders' committee, but Raiders.com still expects DMC to receive "plenty of carries." McFadden rushed 12 times for 55 yards (4.58 YPC) and a touchdown in the preseason. He's an RB4/5 for fantasy purposes.
Source: raiders.com
Sep 2 - 3:49 PM

Maurice Jones-Drew is still listed as the No. 1 running back on the Raiders' "unofficial" depth chart.

He'll be the lead back in the Raiders' aging and injury-prone backfield, with Darren McFadden coming on to change the pace. Neither will be fantasy dynamos, but MJD is an acceptable RB3/FLEX.
Source: raiders.com
Sep 2 - 3:42 PM

The San Francisco Chronicle expects Matt McGloin, and not Matt Schaub, to back up Derek Carr in Sunday's opener.

It's unclear if reporter Vittorio Tafur's educated guess is related to Schaub's elbow "injury." Either way, a demotion to third string wouldn't be a benching, but a throwing in of the towel. It's the second straight year the Raiders' front office has made a disastrous quarterback decision, only to admit its mistake right before Week 1. That's not an easy way to make a living.
Sep 2 - 3:31 PM

Third-round OG Gabe Jackson is the Raiders' starting left guard.

Jackson was competing with veteran Khalif Barnes for the job for most of camp, and ended up getting the nod after Barnes supplanted Menelik Watson at right tackle. Jackson is a strong power blocker at 6'3/336. The Raiders' line reads LT Donald Penn, LG Jackson, C Stefen Wisniewski, RG Austin Howard, RT Barnes.
Sep 2 - 8:10 AM

The Raiders have benched RT Menelik Watson.

They're turning back to 32-year-old Khalif Barnes after GM Reggie McKenzie's 2013 second-round pick, Watson, couldn't hold off the veteran journeyman. McKenzie's top-two picks in last year's draft were Watson and CB D.J. Hayden, the latter of whom entered the NFL with major injury concerns, and has stayed injured in the NFL. In 2013, Barnes graded out as PFF's No. 59 tackle among 76 qualifiers. This is a huge disappointment for the Raiders.
Sep 1 - 10:27 PM

Matt Schaub has been benched.

This was an easy prediction a half-year ago. Schaub went Full-Delhomme over his final 16 games with Houston, posting a 13:19 TD-to-INT ratio with a mind-blowing five pick-sixes. Apparently, the only people on the planet who didn't realize he was finished work in the Raiders' front office -- which also traded for Matt Flynn last offseason. Oakland will move forward with second-round pick Derek Carr as its starter. All of Schaub's $8 million base salary for 2014 is guaranteed, so he remains a roster lock.
Sep 1 - 10:20 PM

David Ausberry (knee) returned to practice Monday.

Ausberry missed a month after undergoing a scope on his left knee. He and Mychal Rivera will handle tight end duties for the Silver and Black.
Sep 1 - 7:00 PM

FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reports the Raiders will start Derek Carr in Week 1 against the Jets, and have sent Matt Schaub to the bench.

The coaches informed the players on Monday. It's the right call after Schaub had a dumpster fire of a preseason, and Carr sizzled with a 105.2 passer rating on 45 throws. With Schaub nursing a sore elbow in the preseason finale, Carr carved up the Seahawks for 143 yards and three scores on 13 passes. The current regime in Oakland needs to win football games now, and Carr gives the Raiders their best chance at that. It's a tough first test for Carr on the road against a ferocious defensive line. But he should find windows to throw into against what is arguably the worst cornerback group in the league.
Sep 1 - 6:13 PM

Raiders signed CB Ras-I Dowling to the practice squad.

The No. 33 overall pick of the 2011 draft was waived by the Jets at final cuts. Dowling didn't appear in a regular-season game in 2013.
Sep 1 - 3:15 PM

Raiders claimed DE Benson Mayowa off waivers from the Seahawks.

A second-year undrafted free agent out of Idaho, Mayowa appeared in two games for the Super Bowl champions as a rookie, managing 24 snaps on defense. At 6-foot-3, 252 pounds, he's undersized.
Aug 31 - 1:24 PM

With an average age of 27.0, the Raiders are the oldest team in the NFL following Saturday's cuts.

With an average age of 25.09, the Rams are the youngest. Yes, the Raiders — who have averaged five wins over the past 11 seasons — are somehow older than the two teams still starting quarterbacks drafted when Bill Clinton was president. It's a testament to the desperation that's gone into constructing Oakland's 2014 roster, and frankly, ridiculous. A team that should be stockpiling upside has instead populated itself with aging veterans other teams declined to pluck off the scrap heap. It's why time is likely running out on the Reggie McKenzie era, and why the Raiders are poised to remain one of the league's worst teams. Only a Rookie of the Year-caliber season from second-rounder Derek Carr at quarterback could make this team appear on the up and up.
Aug 30 - 8:12 PM

Raiders coach Dennis Allen is waiting for an update on Matt Schaub's elbow injury before naming his Week 1 quarterback.

Schaub's minor elbow issue appears to have given Allen the opening he needed to name Derek Carr the starter, but the Raiders will go through a few formalities first. Carr lit up the Seahawks' 2s and 3s in Thursday night's preseason finale, and has run circles around Schaub all preseason. We expect Carr to get the call against the Jets next weekend. Schaub will be away from the team this weekend as he deals with a "personal issue."
Aug 29 - 7:26 PM

Raiders TE David Ausberry (knee) is expected to return to practice Monday.

He's been sidelined since an early-August scope on his left knee. Ausberry should return to a starting role, but Mychal Rivera played okay in his absence this preseason, catching six balls for 76 yards and a touchdown. No matter who is the "starter," this is a situation to avoid in fantasy.
Aug 29 - 7:26 PM

The San Francisco Chronicle's Vic Tafur believes there's a 100 percent chance Derek Carr is the Raiders' starting quarterback Week 1 against the Jets.

All signs have been pointing to this since Carr torched the Seahawks in last night's preseason finale. Coach Dennis Allen, who had previously been adamant that Matt Schaub would start the opener, became more wishy-washy with his comments Thursday night. It's led beat writers to believe Carr is going to get the nod two Sundays from now in the Meadowlands. Schaub's arm is shot, while Carr's is cocked and loaded with big-time talent. In three preseason games, Carr was 30-of-45 passing for 326 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception.
Aug 29 - 12:30 PM


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