Player News - Raiders

Date: Team: Pos:

ESPN's Paul Gutierrez reports E.J. Manuel has "taken a lead over Connor Cook" in the Raiders' backup quarterback competition.

Coach Jack Del Rio points to Manuel "doing a little more" to deserve the backup role, but he went on to say the "race remains open though." Winning the backup job would be a step in the right direction for the former first-round pick.
Source: ESPN
Aug 19 - 11:18 AM

TMZ Sports reports Raiders CB Sean Smith was arrested and charged with felony assault on Thursday.

The incident allegedly occurred over the July 4 holiday. Officials are saying Smith attacked his sister's boyfriend, beating and stomping on the victim's head. Smith is officially being charged with "felony assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury and battery with serious bodily injury." He could face up to seven years in prison. NFL Network reported earlier Thursday that Smith has been benched and lost his starting job to T.J. Carrie.
Source: TMZ Sports
Aug 17 - 8:41 PM

NFL Network's Steve Wyche reports Raiders CB Sean Smith has lost his job to T.J. Carrie.

This started to happen at the beginning of camp, and now it looks official. Signed to a four-year, $40-million contract last March, Smith rebounded somewhat after being burnt to a crisp and benched his first game with the Raiders, but things have apparently not improved this offseason. He is still seeing snaps in nickel packages, but that may change once first-rounder Gareon Conley (leg) returns to health.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 17 - 12:21 PM

Raiders first round CB Gareon Conley hasn't practiced since minicamp.

Conley was one of the last draft picks to sign due to his legal situation. The Raiders plan to start Conley in the slot, but the lack of training camp reps are a concern for his early-season role. Conley could resume practicing this week.
Source: ESPN
Aug 16 - 6:29 PM

Amari Cooper (leg) returned to Raiders practice on Tuesday.

Cooper had missed six straight practices, and seven of the past eight. The exact nature of his injury was never clear. Dealing with shoulder and back issues, Cooper wore down near the end of his sophomore season.
Aug 15 - 2:31 PM

Jalen Richard came into the game after DeAndre Washington in the Raiders' preseason opener, rushing five times for seven yards.

Washington drew first blood in Marshawn Lynch's absence, but the duo ended up rotating series evenly. Washington was scarcely more effective than Richard, generating only 16 yards on his five carries. Richard was listed ahead of Washington on the Raiders' initial depth chart, but tonight and practice reports suggest Washington has the lead for official No. 2 status.
Aug 13 - 12:07 AM

DeAndre Washington started the Raiders' preseason opener on Saturday, rushing five times for 16 yards.

With Marshawn Lynch chilling on the sideline, Washington "started," but ended up rotating series evenly with Jalen Richard. It's been unclear who has the lead to serve as Lynch's primary backup. The San Francisco Chronicle reported last week that Washington was getting "all" the second-team reps, but then the Raiders promptly listed Richard ahead of him on the depth chart. It could take the entire summer to sort out. More than likely, Washington and Richard will rotate like they did behind Latavius Murray in 2016.
Aug 13 - 12:04 AM

The Las Vegas Review Journal reports third round DT Eddie Vanderdoes is expected to be a Week 1 starter.

The Raiders listed Vanderdoes with the first team on their unofficial depth chart. Despite missing all of OTAs, Vanderdoes has drawn raves for his strong training camp. With Jihad Ward still recovering from surgery, Vanderdoes should see heavy early-season snaps.
Aug 12 - 8:49 PM

Seth Roberts played through a "double hernia" in 2016.

"It wasn't my best and I didn't feel my best but I made it happen," Roberts said, perhaps casting about for an alibi for all his drops. "I had to do it." Roberts has been a favorite of Derek Carr's in the red zone, but did the opposite of justifying it last season. He's a distant third on the depth chart behind Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree.
Aug 10 - 2:58 PM

The San Francisco Chronicle's Vic Tafur reports Derek Carr has been targeting Jared Cook "often" during camp.

Oakland targeted their tight ends on just 14 percent of their attempts last season, the third-lowest rate in the league. "We haven’t really gotten our tight-end position going as much as I’d like," coach Jack Del Rio said. "I think you’re going to see a team that can utilize the tight-end position more in their offensive plan and attack." Carr also is happy with the new addition, saying Cook's speed gives the team more versatility. Going into his ninth season, fantasy players have learned Cook's preseason hype never matches his regular season performance, but he at least offers some intrigue as a late-round flier in best ball formats.
Aug 10 - 12:16 PM

Amari Cooper (leg) has missed the Raiders' last five practices.

He's watched six of the past seven from the sidelines. It's unclear what kind of leg issue Cooper is dealing with, but odds are it's some sort of soft-tissue problem like a calf or hamstring. It's not a long-term concern at the moment. Cooper isn't going to play in the preseason opener, not that he would have played much anyway.
Aug 9 - 3:01 PM

Jalen Richard is listed ahead of DeAndre Washington on the Raiders' initial depth chart.

The designation comes three days after the San Francisco Chronicle reported Washington was getting "all" the second-team reps ahead of Richard. Go figure. As was the case last year, there doesn't seem to be much separation between the back-up backs. If the situation gets settled at all, it will be on the preseason field. Richard was the slightly more productive player in 2016.
Aug 7 - 1:54 PM

Raiders RCB Sean Smith's first-team reps have declined in recent practices.

Disappointing as a 2016 free agent investment, Smith has begun losing reps at outside cornerback to T.J. Carrie, who is now bookending LCB David Amerson with the first team. Smith worked as the second-team right corner in Friday and Saturday's practices, then played nickel linebacker in the Raiders' dime package in Sunday's session. Smith is guaranteed $9.5 million in 2017.
Aug 6 - 9:49 PM

Raiders S Keith McGill is out indefinitely with a Jones fracture.

He'll undergo surgery and miss extensive time. Losing McGill is a blow to Oakland's secondary depth.
Aug 5 - 6:04 PM

DeAndre Washington has been getting "all second-team running back reps" over Jalen Richard at Raiders camp.

It's notable because Richard out-targeted and averaged more yards per touch than Washington last year. Washington is a better stylistic complement to early-down bruiser Marshawn Lynch, though, and is likely being markered in as the Raiders' passing-down specialist. Were 31-year-old Lynch to break down again like he did in 2015, we'd expect a near-even Washington-Richard split.
Aug 4 - 3:17 PM


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