Player News - Raiders

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Updating a previous item, Raiders RT Menelik Watson is done for the year with a torn Achilles' tendon.

It was originally announced as an ankle injury. The Raiders will turn to 2014 free agent flop Austin Howard at right tackle, with J'Marcus Webb manning the starting position at right guard. It's a downgrade for Oakland's offensive line from an athleticism standpoint. Watson was having a strong training camp.
Aug 30 - 11:33 PM

Mychal Rivera caught three passes for 42 yards in the Raiders' third preseason game.

Rivera remained Derek Carr's chain-moving safety valve, making tough catches over the middle. There was early-camp talk of Rivera losing his starting job to rookie Clive Walford, but Walford has missed almost all of training camp with a hamstring injury. Through three preseason affairs, Rivera has four catches for 61 yards. He'll be a low-ceiling TE2 in fantasy this season.
Aug 30 - 11:00 PM

Rod Streater caught three passes for 20 yards in the Raiders' third preseason game.

Streater got off to a slow start at training camp, but he mixed in with the ones during Oakland's third preseason game, operating as the No. 3 wideout behind Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree. The Raiders are expected to primarily run a shotgun/three-wide offense. If they do, Streater should be a regular alongside Cooper and Crabtree in three-receiver packages.
Aug 30 - 10:58 PM

Roy Helu managed eight yards on four carries but caught two passes for 14 yards in the Raiders' third preseason game.

Helu made his preseason debut after battling injuries early in camp. He worked with the first-team offense, but entered the game behind Latavius Murray and sharing time with Trent Richardson. T-Rich seems like a lock to not make the 53, which would solidify Helu as Murray's top backup. Whether Helu opens the season as Oakland's passing-down back remains to be seen, but he's the Raiders' best option in that role.
Aug 30 - 10:57 PM

Amari Cooper caught four passes for 62 yards in the Raiders' third preseason game.

Cooper apparently lost a pair of second-quarter passes in the sun, something he'll have to learn to deal with better in the Black Hole. One was a clear drop. Cooper bounced back to beat Patrick Peterson for a 36-yard gain later in the first half, creating separation, securing the pass, and tacking on yards after catch. Cooper put on a route-running and YAC clinic on a series of late-second-quarter receptions. Through three preseason games, Cooper is sitting on eight catches and 124 yards. He'll be an every-week PPR starter to open the season.
Aug 30 - 10:48 PM

Michael Crabtree caught one pass for six yards in the Raiders' third preseason game.

Crabtree is reportedly having a strong camp, but he isn't doing much in preseason. Derek Carr slightly overthrew Crabtree on an end-zone fade, but Crabtree didn't extend his body in an attempt to make a play, and Oakland settled for a field goal. Plays later, Crabtree dropped a Carr pass right in front of the end zone. Through three preseason affairs, Crabtree has three receptions for 21 yards. We're highly skeptical he'll make any noise in re-draft leagues this year.
Aug 30 - 10:37 PM

Derek Carr completed 18-of-34 passes for 213 yards and an interception in the Raiders' third preseason game.

He engineered nine drives in two-plus quarters, resulting in five Sebastian Janikowski field goals. Carr's biggest play in the first half came on a deep wheel route to FB Marcel Reece, gaining 42 yards down the sideline. On third-and-long later in the second quarter, Carr made a strong throw to Amari Cooper down the right sideline, exposing Patrick Peterson for a 36-yard hookup. An otherwise mediocre night was sullied when Carr got pick-sixed by Cardinals UDFA corner Cariel Brooks on Oakland's opening drive of the second half. That was Carr's final throw of Sunday's game. Carr is a low-end QB2 in fantasy leagues this season.
Aug 30 - 10:16 PM

Trent Richardson managed 19 yards on five carries in the Raiders' third preseason game, adding three catches for five yards.

After Richardson's night was done, the San Francisco Chronicle's Vic Tafur guessed T-Rich has toted the rock for his final time as a Raider. Through three preseason contests, Richardson has 42 yards on 15 carries (2.80 YPC). Taiwan Jones, Roy Helu, and Marcel Reece all look like better options to back up Latavius Murray. T-Rich's one-year deal contains a $600,000 guarantee.
Aug 30 - 10:07 PM

Raiders RT Menelik Watson suffered a potentially serious ankle injury in Sunday night's third preseason game.

"It does not look good," coach Jack Del Rio told NBC's Michele Tafoya. Watson was reportedly "bawling" when doctors informed him of the severity of his injury. The Raiders have turned back to Austin Howard to start at right tackle.
Aug 30 - 10:00 PM

Latavius Murray managed one yard on seven carries in the Raiders' third preseason game.

Stuffed relentlessly by Arizona's perennially stout defensive front, Murray managed -9 yards on his opening five carries. He busted a 13-yard gain on his sixth run, then took a seat with Trent Richardson taking over in Oakland's backfield. Through three preseason games, Murray has 56 yards and a TD on 17 carries (3.29 YPC). Murray has not caught a pass in August games.
Aug 30 - 9:16 PM

The San Francisco Chronicle expects Carson Palmer and the Arizona Cardinals passing attack to test the unproven cornerbacks of the Oakland Raiders when the two squads face off in Week 3 of the preseason.

The Oakland defense accumulated just nine interceptions and was dead last in the NFL in points allowed per game in 2014, leaving them far off the fantasy radar when D/ST units are being selected in drafts. Sunday’s meeting with Palmer will be a tough matchup for the young Oakland corners, but the Raiders are hoping new defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. can begin to change the defensive culture in Oakland after serving as the linebackers coach for the stout Seattle Seahawks defense over the last five seasons.
Aug 30 - 1:59 AM

ESPN Raiders reporter Bill Williamson says Trent Richardson is on the roster bubble.

Despite getting $600,000 guaranteed in the two-year deal he signed in March, Richardson appears to be in real danger of losing his job to undrafted rookie Michael Dyer. Richardson has just 23 yards on 10 preseason carries.
Source: ESPN
Aug 29 - 12:51 PM

Raiders OC Bill Musgrave praised Latavius Murray's hands, body, agility, and vision Thursday.

"He’s made very positive impressions," Musgrave said. "He has been working a lot on his hands so he can be a good receiver out of the backfield. He’s got great vision." The Murray buzz was in full-force earlier this offseason but has quieted down since camps opened, suggesting his value peaked pretty early. But Murray has done nothing to relinquish his spot atop the depth chart. Roy Helu has been hurt, and Trent Richardson hasn't stood out. It's possible Murray opens the year getting all the early-down work and even some pass-game reps. His ADP has risen to the middle of the third round where he's being taken as RB16.
Aug 28 - 12:47 PM

Raiders QB Derek Carr said RB Roy Helu can help the team in a lot of ways.

"He's very smart, so he's going to be great in protection," Carr said. "He's also a very good receiving back -- very good hands. He has a good feel in the screen game. There's a lot of things that he does really well." Helu has missed time in training camp with a hamstring injury, but he is back practicing and should open the season as the No. 2 behind Latavius Murray. With the Raiders likely to be trailing in a lot of games, Helu could have a bigger role than expected.
Source: ESPN
Aug 27 - 11:30 AM

Rookie TE Clive Walford (hamstring) still isn't practicing at Raiders camp.

We noted on August 21 that Walford had missed 12 of Oakland's 14 training camp practices to that point. He's missed everything in between, putting him at nearly three lost weeks. At this rate, Walford isn't going to be opening the season as a starter. He can be ruled out for the Raiders' third preseason game.
Aug 26 - 9:28 PM


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