Player News - Raiders

Date: Team: Pos:

Raiders DE/OLB Mario Edwards (neck) said he's been medically cleared to return to football.

Edwards tweeted the news, but the Raiders have yet to confirm. Edwards was diagnosed with a genetic condition in December, and his career was in serious question for the past half year. The 2015 second-rounder was a pleasant surprise, playing well both as a pass rusher and run defender.
May 6 - 12:12 PM

Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie talked up fifth-round RB DeAndre Washington, calling him "more than just a third-down back; he's a complete back."

"He can pound it up in there," McKenzie continued. "When he gets out in space, he can make you look silly. He can catch the ball, but he can run between the tackles as well as well as bouncing it outside. We think he’s the total package as a runner." It's notable because the Raiders spent a good portion of the offseason talking about how they wanted to add to their backfield and get Latavius Murray some help/competition. Washington has been the only addition. He'll have a chance to carve out a significant role in year one.
Source: raiders.com
May 4 - 10:12 AM

ESPN's Adam Caplan reports Raiders TE Clive Walford suffered a "big gash" on his knee in an ATV accident.

Caplan reports he suffered the injury a "while ago" and is expected to be "fine." Walford is still likely to miss the majority of the offseason program, but it sounds like the injury could have been worse. He should be ready for training camp. A third-round pick last year, Walford is a sophomore leap candidate.
May 3 - 1:01 PM

FOX Sports reports Raiders TE Clive Walford suffered a knee injury in an ATV accident earlier this offseason.

The specifics of the injury have not been reported, but it is expected Walford will miss the entire offseason program. Per reporter Walford is "weeks removed from his surgery," the nature of which has not been disclosed. Walford should be back for training camp, however, with one source saying the injury "may not be as bad as originally thought." The Raiders are expected to expand the sophomore's role this season, but missing the entire offseason program could hurt his development. Walford posted a 28-329-3 line as a rookie.
Source: FOX Sports
May 3 - 12:21 PM

The Raiders will not exercise CB D.J. Hayden's fifth-year team option for 2017.

It's not a guarantee Hayden even makes the 53-man roster this season. Hayden has been an injury-prone mega bust as the No. 12 overall pick of the 2013 draft.
May 2 - 2:40 PM

The Raiders are not expected to exercise CB D.J. Hayden's fifth-year option.

Hayden has underachieved in his first three seasons and the Raiders upgraded at cornerback by signing Sean Smith this offseason. Smith is expected to start opposite David Amerson with T.J. Carrie sitting behind them at No. 3 on the depth chart. There's no way Oakland is going to fork over $8.026 million for a fourth-string corner. ESPN Raiders reporter Paul Gutierrez has suggested Hayden might not even make the 53-man roster.
May 1 - 9:06 AM

Raiders sign Cincinnati WR Johnny Holton.

Holton (6'1/190) spent two years as a Bearcat after transferring from JUCO, playing special teams and earning sub-package work at wideout. He finished his career with a 46-892-10 (19.4 YPR) receiving line and pedestrian 20.9 yards per kickoff return. Holton's lack of college dominance combined with his average athleticism -- 4.54 forty, 31 1/2-inch vertical -- make him an NFL long shot barring Pro Bowl-level gunner production.
Apr 30 - 8:03 PM

Raiders signed Indiana DL Darius Latham.

Latham (6'4/311) made 20 starts in three years at IU, tallying 18.5 career tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks. He earned honorable mention All-Big Ten as a 2015 true junior, then turned pro. Latham struggled with suspensions and play-to-play consistency with the Hoosiers, but offers big-time run-stuffing and some interior pass-rushing potential as a long-armed (34 3/4") space eater with powerful hands. Latham could settle in as a useful reserve.
Apr 30 - 7:36 PM

Raiders selected LSU OG Vadal Alexander with the No. 234 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Alexander (6'5/326) made 46 career starts for the Tigers, 25 at left guard and 21 at right tackle. He earned second-team All-American honors as a senior. Long armed (35 1/4") with huge hands (10 1/2"), Alexander is a downhill power blocker who underachieved on college tape, too often failing to sustain blocks and consistently struggling with edge speed. Alexander's best chance to hang in the NFL will be as a mauling, phone-booth guard.
Apr 30 - 6:00 PM

Raiders selected Colorado State LB Cory James with the No. 194 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

James (6'1/229) made 46 starts for the Rams, piling up 41 career tackles for loss, 24 sacks, and four forced fumbles. He split time between defensive end and middle linebacker and earned second-team All-Mountain West honors as a senior. James is undersized for both positions, but he did show NFL-level athleticism at CSU's Pro Day by running 4.6-flat with a 10-foot-7 broad jump and 35-inch vertical. James has an NFL future as a special teamer and perhaps an edge rusher in sub-package situations.
Apr 30 - 4:28 PM

Raiders selected Texas Tech RB DeAndre Washington with the No. 143 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Washington (5'8/204) was a two-year starter in the Red Raiders' backfield, compiling a career rushing line of 605-3,411-23 (5.6 YPC) with 124 receptions. He showed his long speed at the Combine, blazing 4.49 with passable marks in the vertical (34 1/2") and broad (9'10") jumps. Despite lofty college production, Washington struggles with drops, pass protection, and fumbles and is undersized by NFL feature back standards. He may have to show special teams value to hang around.
Apr 30 - 2:11 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Matt McGloin will compete with fourth-round pick Connor Cook for the backup quarterback job this season.

Oakland made the puzzling choice of leapfrogging the Cowboys to select Cook with the 100th overall pick. GM Reggie McKenzie is a disciple of former Packers executive Ron Wolf, who was known for developing quarterbacks and turning them into trade assets. Considering he wasn't even drafed, McGloin has fared reasonably well in his three years with Oakland, completing 58.4 percent of his passes for a 76.2 career passer rating. Cook and McGloin will be destined for clipboard duty this season behind franchise quarterback Derek Carr.
Apr 30 - 12:31 PM

Raiders traded up with the Browns to select Michigan State QB Connor Cook with the No. 100 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

This year's A.J. McCarron goes earlier than he probably should. It's an odd move after the Raiders tendered backup Matt McGloin at the second-round level. Cook (6'4/217) made 39 starts for Sparty, posting a 34-5 record, 57.5 career completion rate, 7.86 YPA and 71:22 TD-to-INT ratio. He tested out well in Indy, running 4.79 with a 33-inch vertical. Cook is ideally built with decent arm strength, but his accuracy is worrisome and that can be a fatal flaw. Cook was also persistently knocked for poor leadership at Michigan State, failing to earn team captain as a junior or senior. On the field, Cook profiles as a cross between Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn. He looks the part, but doesn't throw the ball straight or with touch on a consistent basis.
Apr 30 - 12:16 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports "multiple teams" have contacted the Browns about the first pick in the fourth round.

Schefter said a quarterback "figures" to be the target. It is possible teams are trading up to grab Michigan State QB Connor Cook, but it has become abundantly clear the concerns about Cook's maturity and leadership have resonated around the league. Thought to be a second-round value, Baylor DL Andrew Billings is also still on the board.
Apr 30 - 11:42 AM

Raiders selected Michigan State DE Shilique Calhoun with the No. 75 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Calhoun (6'4/251) was a three-time first-team All-Big Ten pick, finishing his decorated career with 44 tackles for loss, 27 sacks, and four forced fumbles across 42 starts. He tested out as an average to above-average athlete in Indianapolis, running 4.82 with a 35-inch vertical and 9-foot-7 broad jump. Calhoun has a basketball background and long arms (34 1/4"), and showed an obvious knack for pressuring quarterbacks in college. He still has a long way to go as a run defender, and is an old prospect having already turned 24. Calhoun projects as a high-floor, arguably low-ceiling edge rusher in the pros.
Apr 29 - 10:14 PM


Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days


Video Center

  •  
    Short: Buy, Sell or Hold?

    Short: Buy, Sell or Hold?
  •  
    Short: Waiver Wired 5-4

    Short: Waiver Wired 5-4
  •  
    Short: Buy, Sell or Hold?

    Short: Buy, Sell or Hold?
  •  
    Short: Waiver Wired 4-27

    Short: Waiver Wired 4-27
  •  
    Short: Saves & Steals

    Short: Saves & Steals
  •  
    Norris: Eagles to Draft QB

    Norris: Eagles to Draft QB
  •  
    Short: Waiver Wired

    Short: Waiver Wired
  •  
    Short: Buy, Sell or Hold?

    Short: Buy, Sell or Hold?