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Khalil Mack has been practicing "a ton" at defensive end in new coach Jack Del Rio's scheme.

Per beat writer Scott Bair, Mack has worked at end "in the base defense, sub packages, and even during individual drills." Mack primarily aligned at Sam linebacker as a rookie, finishing third in Defensive ROY voting. A Rotoworld depth-chart change could be in order if Mack plays defensive end for a sustained stretch in the preseason and/or early in regular season.
Aug 4 - 11:23 AM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Raiders believe Michael Crabtree "is going to be playing himself into a big contract when the year is over."

Widely overlooked in free agency, Crabtree settled for a one-year, $3 million deal with Oakland; a classic prove-it arrangement. Crabtree will hope his prove-it season goes better than Hakeem Nicks' in Indianapolis last year. By all accounts, Crabtree has been shining in early-camp practices, showing sure hands. Not yet 28 years old, Crabtree certainly won't lack for "motivation" this season.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 3 - 5:59 PM

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Michael Crabtree has been the "star" of the Raiders' first three training camp practices.

If your eyes rolled after reading this one, you're not alone. Crabtree looked every bit a declining player in 2014 with San Francisco, relegated to rotational snaps and dropping passes at a career-worst clip. Crabtree is still only 27 years old, however, and it's conceivable his diminished on-field ineffectiveness was symptomatic of the 49ers' franchise dysfunction. From a fantasy standpoint, Crabtree certainly doesn't lack target opportunity in Oakland.
Aug 3 - 8:26 AM

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio confirmed Trent Richardson is on the active/NFI list and not practicing because he reported overweight.

Or, at least over the weight threshold the Raiders set for T-Rich before training camp. "Trent is here," Del Rio said. "He came back very close to the weight, which was a pretty ambitious goal to get to. He’s down in the low 220s. That’s what we asked of him. That’s where he was." Richardson has missed the first three days of camp. He's seen as 50-50 to make the roster.
Source: Raider Beat
Aug 2 - 11:36 PM

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said Sunday that undrafted rookie RB Michael Dyer has "jumped out" early in training camp.

A former five-star high school recruit, Dyer dominated as a true freshman on Auburn's national champion team before oddly bouncing around schools and ending up at Louisville, where he was a backup last year. Dyer does have talent and size (5'9/218), and the depth chart in Oakland is far from proven or established. Dyer is a deep sleeper to monitor, especially in Dynasty leagues.
Aug 2 - 10:11 PM

Roy Helu opened Raiders camp working with the second-team offense.

Undrafted rookie Michael Dyer is working with the threes while Trent Richardson tries to get into shape. Helu is technically Latavius Murray's backup, but should also be Oakland's first-team back on passing downs. We're not entirely ruling out the possibility of Helu pushing Murray to start eventually.
Aug 2 - 9:23 PM

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, "everything so far at camp points to" Latavius Murray being the Raiders' "No. 1 running back."

It's no secret that Murray is getting the first crack at primary power-running duties in new OC Bill Musgrave's power-running offense. Questions surround the Raiders' effectiveness in 2015 -- their Vegas Win Total is a league-worst 5.5 games -- as well as Murray's ability to stay effective on a big workload. He's still a very small-sample-size player at this stage of his career. "Backup" Roy Helu is 6-foot, 220 with a career 4.44 YPC average, and could make things interesting.
Aug 2 - 8:36 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport was told Trent Richardson has a "50 percent" chance of making the Raiders' 53-man roster.

T-Rich opened training camp on the active/NFI list, suggesting he failed his conditioning test. Latavius Murray and Roy Helu are locks for the 53, while FB Marcel Reece can handle the load in a pinch. Richardson may be competing directly with UDFA Michael Dyer for a roster spot. Until T-Rich gets back on the practice field, his odds are going to appear even less than 50:50.
Aug 2 - 5:48 PM

Michael Crabtree "had the look of a playmaker" on the first day of training camp.

"He stood out today, made some nice catches," coach Jack Del Rio said. "Mike's a proven player. I don't think we have to worry much about Mike." There's speculation Crabtree isn't a lock to start Week 1, but he's unlikely to be pushed by Rod Streater. Crabtree should be behind only Amari Cooper for targets.
Aug 1 - 3:26 PM

Raiders WLB Sio Moore (hip) is practicing on Saturday.

That means his time on the PUP list is done. Moore recorded three sacks in 11 starts last season. Moore is expected to start on the weak side, but Malcolm Smith could push him in camp.
Aug 1 - 1:48 PM

Raiders placed WR Rod Streater on the active/NFI list.

Streater reportedly looked healthy and explosive at spring practices, coming off last year's fractured foot. So his placement on the NFI list is a surprise. Typically in these cases, the player failed his conditioning test.
Jul 31 - 2:51 PM

Raiders placed RB Trent Richardson on the active/NFI list.

No explanation has been given yet, but we should get details soon. It seems likely Richardson failed to pass his conditioning test. The San Francisco Chronicle recently passed along "whispers" that the Raiders' flyer on T-Rich is "not going so well." Richardson appears to be squarely on the roster bubble.
Jul 31 - 2:20 PM

CSN Bay Area's Scott Bair suggests Michael Crabtree is not a lock to start in Week 1.

A reclamation signing by the Raiders, Crabtree inked a Hakeem Nicksonian one-year, $3 million deal this offseason. Bair suggests Crabtree could be pushed in training camp by Rod Streater, who led Oakland in receiving in 2013 before missing most of 2014 to injury. Crabtree is an unlikely 2015 fantasy contributor.
Jul 30 - 9:48 AM

The San Francisco Chronicle passes along "whispers" that the Raiders' reclamation flyer on Trent Richardson is "not going so well."

Beat writer Vic Tafur doesn't elaborate beyond that. In early July, OL coach Mike Tice stated T-Rich shed weight this offseason, helping some of his old quickness to return. More-objective observers of Raiders practice must not have seen much from Richardson in the way of positives. Owed only $600,000 in guaranteed money on his two-year, $3.85 million deal, Richardson would be easy to cut.
Jul 30 - 1:00 AM

Jerry Rice compared Raiders first-round pick Amari Cooper to Tim Brown.

Rice played with Brown late in his career, and watched Cooper practice during spring workouts. "Very much like Tim Brown," is how Rice described Cooper. "Very explosive, got speed to burn." It's high praise from the G.O.A.T., who still has a good handle on the game. Brown was a nine-time Pro Bowler who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame early next month.
Jul 30 - 12:56 AM


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