Player News - Raiders

Date: Team: Pos:

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Cowboys are "gathering information" on Amari Cooper ahead of next week's trade deadline.

No team is in greater need of pass-catching help than the receiver-starved Cowboys, who are currently trotting out the likes of Cole Beasley, Allen Hurns and rookie Michael Gallup at wide receiver. Dallas has begun to do its due diligence on Cooper, who has also drawn trade interest from the Colts and Redskins. The Raiders have been adamant they won't accept anything less than a first-round pick for Cooper, which is a steep cost for a player whose career has been riddled by inconsistency. The 24-year-old also has health concerns coming off a concussion in Week 6.
Source: ESPN.com
Oct 21 - 10:43 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports injured reserve is a "strong possibility" for Marshawn Lynch.

Lynch is expected to miss at least a month with his groin injury. He'll rehab for now, but surgery hasn't been ruled out. Going on IR would effectively end Lynch's season. Doug Martin will replace Lynch on early downs, with Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington playing change-up roles.
Oct 19 - 4:35 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Marshawn Lynch will miss at least a month with his groin injury.

It's another blow to the Raiders' offense. Lynch has been a bright spot for Oakland this year, averaging a respectable 4.2 yards per carry with three touchdowns through his first six games. Without him, the Raiders will turn to a committee featuring some combination of Doug Martin and Jalen Richard. Perhaps Oakland will scour the free agent market to see what running backs are available.
Oct 19 - 3:06 PM

The Raiders have been fined $20,000 for improperly designating Kelechi Osemele as "questionable" on last week's injury report when he failed to make the team's trip to London.

Players are supposed to be designated as "out" if they don't make the trip, obviously. The shenanigans did not gain much of a #CompetitiveAdvantage for coach Jon Gruden as his team got beat down 27-3 across the pond. The Raiders are not doing anything right in 2018.
Oct 18 - 3:01 PM

Speaking Tuesday, Jon Gruden gave Derek Carr a vote of confidence as the Raiders' quarterback.

"He is the strength of this football team," Gruden said. "He is on my watch. I said it when I got here, if he doesn't play well, I've failed." This goes beyond a normal coachspeak vote of confidence. Gruden seems completely sincere. Plus, the Raiders don't have a legitimate option behind Carr. Gruden has actually managed to dramatically increase both Carr's completion percentage and yards per attempt, but Carr has been a turnover machine and seemed to lack confidence at times. He was unspeakably bad in the Raiders' London loss to the Seahawks. The duo has two weeks to draw something up for the Colts in Week 8.
Oct 16 - 4:48 PM

Raiders coach Jon Gruden admits the team is concerned about Marshawn Lynch's groin injury, and that it could be a long-term issue.

Yikes. It sounds like Lynch will be seeing some doctors during the Raiders' Week 7 bye. Ageless Lynch has a been rare bright spot for Jon Gruden's unmitigated disaster of a team so far this season. His loss would be massive on offense. Although Jalen Richard is catching a ton of passes, Doug Martin is the next man up for Lynch's role.
Oct 16 - 4:06 PM

Raiders CB Rashaan Melvin said his benching in Week 6 was "tough."

Signed to a one-year deal in March, Melvin opened the season as the starter, but he worked behind both Daryl Worley and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie against the Seahawks. A breakout player last season, Melvin believes his struggles this year stem from the Raiders forcing him into techniques and a style which does not fit him. "I’m done trying to change my style," Melvin wrote on Twitter. "It’s not me. Back to what I know and what got me here!!" It is possible Melvin is traded or cut in the coming weeks.
Oct 16 - 11:24 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Raiders are seeking a first-round pick in exchange for Amari Cooper.

It's safe to say they're not going to get it based on Cooper's inconsistency and Week 6 concussion. Nevertheless, this is further confirmation Jon Gruden is aiming to tear apart the organization after trading Khalil Mack and dangling 2016 first-round S Karl Joseph. Gruden even benched 2017 first-round CB Gareon Conley last week. Cooper was in-limbo GM Reggie McKenzie's 2015 first-round pick. Mack was McKenzie's first-rounder in 2014.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 15 - 4:47 PM

Despite leaving Sunday's loss in London early with an arm injury, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Derek Carr is not in danger of missing time.

It's not surprising. Carr's injury was never feared to be severe, and the Raiders have a Week 7 bye forthcoming. It will be at least a few weeks before we see A.J. McCarron replacing Carr as Oakland's gunshy checkdown specialist.
Oct 15 - 4:28 PM

Jared Cook caught 2-of-2 targets for 10 yards in the Raiders' Week 6 loss to Seattle.

We're going to get outcomes like this when Derek Carr has no time to throw and is unwilling to make difficult throws, and both scenarios played out against the Seahawks. Cook will enter the Raiders' Week 7 bye coming off two slow games. He remains a huge part of the passing offense as an every-week TE1.
Oct 14 - 4:20 PM

Jordy Nelson caught 2-of-3 targets for six yards in Week 6 versus Seattle.

This was a very disappointing outcome in a game where Amari Cooper (concussion) and Seth Roberts (concussion) both went down. Derek Carr refused to pull the trigger on difficult throws, however, and Seattle's pass rush dominated Oakland's beat-up offensive line. Nelson will emerge from the Raiders' Week 7 bye as a shaky WR3/flex option.
Oct 14 - 4:16 PM

Martavis Bryant caught 2-of-3 targets for 18 yards in the Raiders' Week 6 loss to Seattle.

Bryant has struggled with drops and turnovers this season, and he failed to capitalize on Seth Roberts (concussion) and Amari Cooper's (concussion) early Week 6 exits. A situational deep threat on a team whose quarterback doesn't enjoy pulling the trigger to go deep, Bryant is all but worthless in fantasy leagues.
Oct 14 - 4:14 PM

Jalen Richard caught 7-of-8 targets for 48 yards and rushed twice for three yards in the Raiders' Week 6 loss to Seattle.

When the Raiders play from behind, Richard's usage spikes as a frequent checkdown target for checkdown-loving Derek Carr. The team's leading receiver in Sunday's blowout loss, Richard will remain a negative-game-script-dependent, PPR-only flex option when Oakland emerges from its Week 7 bye.
Oct 14 - 4:10 PM

Marshawn Lynch rushed 13 times for 45 yards and caught 3-of-5 targets for 14 yards in the Raiders' Week 6 loss to Seattle.

It was a frustrating day for the entire Raiders' offense, which would have gotten shut out if not for a garbage-time field goal to "cut the deficit" to 27-3. Lynch has been Oakland's best offensive player, but he has been boom or bust in fantasy because the Raiders have too often found themselves in negative game script. Lynch now draws a Week 7 bye to rest his 32-year-old legs.
Oct 14 - 4:00 PM

Derek Carr completed 23-of-31 passes for 142 yards and rushed four times for 31 yards in the Raiders' Week 6 loss to Seattle.

Carr took six sacks and lost two fumbles, and he suffered an apparent left-arm injury in the fourth quarter. The Raiders opted to let A.J. McCarron finish out the game down 27-3. Carr has had one productive fantasy performance out of six so far this year while repeatedly earning the ire of first-year coach Jon Gruden. As the Raiders head into their Week 7 bye, Carr has long been droppable in 14- and even 16-team fantasy leagues.
Oct 14 - 3:46 PM


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