Player News - Raiders

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Raiders S Obi Melifonwu will visit a specialist for a "lower-body" injury.

Melifonwu has missed the past week of training camp. The Athletic's Vic Tafur reports there's "some fear" the issue is related to Melifonwu's 2017 season-ending hip issue. Between his knee and hip, Melifonwu made just five rookie appearances.
Aug 14 - 5:00 PM

The Las Vegas Review Journal is impressed with how Derek Carr has come along in new coach Jon Gruden's system.

Ace beat writer Michael Gehlken considers Carr to be in "real command" of Gruden's attack. "His fluency level exceeds their time together," Gehlken observed. Gehlken also believes Carr is "directing traffic" to a degree he hasn't in the past. Gruden's comeback is going to live or die with Carr's ability to execute his offense.
Aug 14 - 4:22 PM

Donald Penn said he is fine with the Raiders moving him to right tackle.

"I’m not going to play much longer," Penn said Tuesday. "I want to win. I’ll do whatever it takes to win." It's doubtful Penn could have crafted a better message to send to coach Jon Gruden. The Raiders seem committed to No. 15 overall pick Kolton Miller on the blindside. Penn is a valuable insurance policy, but all signs point toward him being on the right side come Week 1. Breno Giacomini is the Raiders' No. 3 tackle.
Aug 14 - 4:13 PM

Raiders activated OT Donald Penn (foot) from the PUP.

A day after restructuring his deal, Penn will practice for the first time this camp. First-rounder Kolton Miller has been working at left tackle, so the Raiders will have to decide where to use Penn once he is ready to go. He reportedly saw snaps at right tackle during Tuesday's practice.
Aug 14 - 12:25 PM

The Raiders and LT Donald Penn have agreed to a restructured contract.

The Raiders were looking to move some money around on Penn's deal, and by doing so, Penn gets more guaranteed money over the remaining two years of the contract. Oakland might be doing this with Penn in order to free some money up for holdout DE Khalil Mack, but there's been no movement there.
Aug 13 - 9:17 PM

Raiders CB Gareon Conley (hip) returned to practice Monday.

The first-round sophomore had been sidelined since suffering a hip injury on the first day of training camp. After missing almost all of his rookie season because of a shin injury, it was the worst possible start for Conley. Still, he has a shot to earn a starting job if he can stay healthy.
Aug 13 - 12:47 PM

Raiders CB Gareon Conley (hip) will resume practicing on Monday.

It will be his first practice since injuring his hip on the first day of training camp. A shin injury limited the 2017 first-rounder to just two games as a rookie. Assuming he can stay on the field, Conley should start opposite free-agent signing Rashaan Melvin in 2018.
Aug 12 - 11:01 AM

According to Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area, Martavis Bryant has been "locked to the second unit" throughout training camp.

He's drawn criticism early on in camp while reportedly struggling with Jon Gruden's playbook. However, Bryant made the most of his 11-on-11 work during Wednesday's practice, impressing with a pair of long touchdowns and a big gain off a tipped pass. "Martavis is not a good talent, he’s a great talent," said Gruden, who had previously been critical of Bryant's performance. "Today showed I think what he’s capable of doing. We have big plans for him." A distant third to Amari Cooper and Jordy Nelson on the team's receiving depth chart, Bryant is little more than a late-round flyer in fantasy.
Aug 10 - 1:33 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports it's "still very much up in the air" whether the Raiders will work out a contract resolution with LT Donald Penn or release or trade him.

Penn remains on the shelf healing from foot surgery. He signed a two-year, $21 million extension last September and carries an $8.38 million-plus cap hit for this season. RapSheet mentions the Raiders could try to trade Penn if he isn't on board with some sort of contract tweak. Penn is now 35 but remained an effective left tackle last year and doesn't have an exorbitant cap number for his position. If Oakland made him available, they could likely find some takers.
Aug 8 - 3:26 PM

Via NFL Network's James Jones, Raiders OC Greg Olson said Martavis Bryant is struggling with new coach Jon Gruden's playbook.

"Coach Olson said talent-wise, there’s probably nobody that can compete with [Bryant] talent-wise," Jones said. "But they said he’s not picking up the playbook, and that’s the reason of a little frustration right now because they want to get him on the field but he’s not able to grasp the playbook yet." This is days after Gruden called out Bryant's poor play in practice. Gruden was known for having a complicated system with heavy verbiage as the Bucs' head coach. Right now, the Raiders aren't getting enough after trading a third-rounder for Bryant.
Aug 8 - 1:45 PM

The Raiders are seeking a pay cut for OT Donald Penn.

The Raiders are reportedly seeking to convert most of his $3 million salary into bonuses or incentives following his two-year, $21 million extension last September. Penn (foot) remains on Oakland's active/PUP list and has yet to practice in camp while recovering from Lisfranc surgery. Oakland would prefer to line up first-rounder Kolton Miller on one side and Penn on the other, but the latter will have to fully recover in his age-35 season for that to happen.
Aug 8 - 12:01 AM

Doug Martin is listed as the No. 2 running back on the Raiders' initial depth chart.

Already a favorite of Jon Gruden's back to the future coaching staff, Martin has vaulted ahead of DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard. Martin has been extraordinarily unproductive over the past two seasons, averaging 2.93 yards on 282 carries. He turned 29 in January. Gruden seems to be seeing the ghosts of 2015 seasons past. We'll know soon enough if it's an apparition.
Aug 6 - 2:56 PM

Raiders coach Jon Gruden said Martavis Bryant needs to "get out here and play better."

Bryant has failed to impress at Raiders camp and now Gruden is putting the contract-year wideout on notice. "Right now, a lot of the other receivers have had a nice camp," said Gruden, who noted that Bryant has missed valuable camp reps due to illness. "He’s got to master the offense and become more versatile and that’s the key to making this team better." Gruden's criticism comes at a bad time for Bryant, who has also been the subject of suspension rumors. Even as a late-round flyer, the 26-year-old is a risky fantasy proposition.
Aug 5 - 11:26 AM

Raiders CB Daryl Worley's legal issues from April have been resolved.

Worley pled guilty to DUI, carrying firearms in public and resisting arrest. He's now subject to a suspension under the league's personal conduct policy that he'll likely serve this season. Worley is competing with Marcus Gilchrist, Dexter McDonald and rookie Nick Nelson for sub-package snaps.
Aug 4 - 3:39 PM

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Jordy Nelson has been "moving like he's 28" in Raiders camp.

Reporter Michael Gehlken admits it "reads like training-camp puff," but says Nelson has had the looks of an asset. Per Gehlken, Nelson is running "polished routes" and developing his timing with Derek Carr. "What they needed," Gehlken said. Nelson's addition ultimately boils down to whether he has more left in the tank than Michael Crabtree. Nelson looked his age (32) in 2017. He turned 33 in May.
Aug 2 - 2:52 PM


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