Player News - Raiders

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Raiders signed QB Nathan Peterman to a reserve/future contract.

It adds the worst quarterback of the decade thus far to the Raiders' offseason roster. Coach Jon Gruden now has an entire offseason to mold one of his favorite players. Also signed to reserve/future deals were WR Saeed Blacknall, RB James Butler, LB Cayson Collins, LB James Cowser, WR Rashard Davis, DB Makinton Dorleant, P Drew Kaser, OT Jamar McGloster and FB Ryan Yurachek.
Jan 1 - 5:16 PM

Raiders hired NFL Network's Mike Mayock to be their general manager.

That did not take long. Mayock was floated as a "strong candidate" for the job on Sunday, and the deal was apparently done by Monday morning. It is not clear if the Raiders even interviewed anyone else for the job. A former defensive back who spent two seasons in the league, Mayock made his name as an engaging and informative draft analyst, but he has zero front office experience, although he did interview for this same job once when Al Davis was still around. With Mayock on board, the Raiders' power structure consists of two people who have spent the majority of the last decade in T.V. studios rather than in the league. It will be interesting, to say the least, to see how that works out.
Mon, Dec 31, 2018 08:32:00 AM

Jalen Richard rushed three times for one yard and caught 2-of-2 targets for 17 yards in the Raiders' Week 17 loss to the Chiefs.

Jon Gruden strangely compared Jalen Richard to Charlie Garner in a November press conference, then cut his usage immediately thereafter. Richard does appear likely to return as a 2019 restricted free agent, probably on a second-round tender. He spent all of 2018 as the Raiders' passing-game specialist, parlaying a career-high 68 catches into 607 yards and adding 55/259/1 (4.71 YPC) on the ground.
Sun, Dec 30, 2018 08:50:00 PM

DeAndre Washington rushed four times for 30 yards in the Raiders' Week 17 loss to the Chiefs.

Washington missed a ton of training camp with a knee injury and never crawled his way out of the hole, finishing as the Raiders' No. 3 back even after Marshawn Lynch went on I.R. Washington has one year left on his rookie deal. The Raiders would likely be willing to trade him for a conditional seventh-round pick.
Sun, Dec 30, 2018 08:40:00 PM

Doug Martin rushed 23 times for 100 yards and caught 1-of-2 targets for two yards in the Raiders' Week 17 loss to the Chiefs.

Jon Gruden didn't get much right during his debut season in Oakland, but he was more-or-less correct about Martin having something left in the tank. Arguably the NFL's worst running back across the 2016-2017 seasons in Tampa Bay, Martin did a respectable impression of Marshawn Lynch after Lynch's year-ending injury and closed out the season with back-to-back 100-yard rushing efforts. Martin turns 30 in January. He is not under contract for 2019.
Sun, Dec 30, 2018 07:44:00 PM

Seth Roberts caught 5-of-5 targets for 31 yards in the Raiders' Week 17 loss to Kansas City.

He wraps the 2018 season with a 45/494/2 receiving line. A replacement-level slot receiver, Roberts is under contract for one more season but is a "Reggie McKenzie guy," which could threaten his roster security under new power-broker Jon Gruden. Roberts turns 28 in February.
Sun, Dec 30, 2018 07:34:00 PM

Jordy Nelson caught 9-of-12 targets for 78 yards in the Raiders' Week 17 loss to the Chiefs.

Amari Cooper’s trade, Brandon LaFell’s injury, and Martavis Bryant’s injury/suspension forced Nelson into the Raiders’ clear-cut No. 1 wideout role down the stretch, and he wound up averaging 9.6 targets over Oakland’s final five games. Nelson’s final 2018 receiving line was 63/739/3. No longer a dynamic playmaker but still a plus route runner with soft hands, Nelson will be worth retaining by the Raiders even as they have embraced rebuild mode. This assumes Jordy won’t retire, of course, which was rumored since midseason. He turns 34 in May.
Sun, Dec 30, 2018 07:23:00 PM

Jared Cook caught 3-of-5 targets for 28 yards in the Raiders' Week 17 blowout loss to the Chiefs.

It was a quiet ending to a highly productive yet still-strange 2018 campaign for Cook. The Raiders’ coaching staff messed with his playing time frequently but he still logged career bests in catches (68), yards (896), and touchdowns (6) as Derek Carr’s go-to guy with Amari Cooper (trade), Martavis Bryant (knee, suspension), and Brandon LaFell (Achilles’) all falling out of the equation. Turning 31 in April, Cook is eligible for unrestricted free agency.
Sun, Dec 30, 2018 07:20:00 PM

Derek Carr completed 24-of-33 passes for 185 yards, two interceptions, and a lost fumble in the Raiders' Week 17 blowout loss to the Chiefs.

His first season under Jon Gruden wraps up at 4,049 yards with a 19:10 TD-to-INT ratio. Worse, Carr took a career-high 51 sacks behind a once-vaunted offensive line that collapsed under first-year OL coach Tom Cable. The Raiders also fielded one of the stone-worst road-game offenses in football. Carr actually played better once the team traded Amari Cooper but finished with a thud. Carr is tentatively expected back as Oakland’s starter, but Gruden should seriously consider bringing in competition. Carr’s pocket presence has never been a strength, and he is consistently averse to pulling the trigger on tight-window throws. There have also been a multitude of rumors that the locker room doesn’t respect him.
Sun, Dec 30, 2018 07:13:00 PM

NFL Network's Mike Garofolo reports his colleague Mike Mayock has emerged as a "strong candidate" for the Raiders' general manager vacancy.

Mayock has reportedly already interviewed and is "firmly in the mix." Mayock, who has been in television for over 20 years, has zero front office experience, but he has always been a delightful view on basic cable. The same was true of Raiders coach/football czar Jon Gruden, who apparently wants a T.V. army as he looks to rebuild the Raiders on the fly. Mayock would be an extremely risky choice, but whomever is assisting Gruden will merely be a puppet to his whims. This is Gruden's team and front office.
Sun, Dec 30, 2018 04:23:00 PM

Jalen Richard (ankle) was upgraded to "full" in Thursday's practice.

The Raiders' COP back will be fine for Sunday's finale against the Chiefs.
Thu, Dec 27, 2018 07:04:00 PM

Jared Cook (ribs) remained "limited" on Thursday.

Cook should be ready to go as a top-six tight end for Sunday's finale against the Chiefs.
Thu, Dec 27, 2018 07:03:00 PM

Brandon LaFell (Achilles', injured reserve) wants to continue his career in 2019.

"I’m definitely coming back," said LaFell, who turned 32 last month. "I’m leaving on my own terms. I’m not leaving like this. I’ll be back. I’ll definitely be back." It's an admirable sentiment, but LaFell was already having trouble playing on his terms in 2018. He was not signed by the Raiders until Sep. 3.
Thu, Dec 27, 2018 03:41:00 PM

Jared Cook (ribs) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

The injury sidelined Cook briefly in Monday night's win over Denver. His presence at practice, albeit on a limited basis, suggests he'll be fine for Sunday's finale at Kansas City. Cook leads the Raiders with 868 receiving yards this year, which ranks fourth among tight ends.
Wed, Dec 26, 2018 06:43:00 PM

Jalen Richard (ankle) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

This is a new injury for Richard. The limited practice suggests it shouldn't keep him out. With gameflow likely on his side, Richard is on the FLEX map for Week 17 against the Chiefs.
Wed, Dec 26, 2018 06:43:00 PM

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