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Date: Team: Pos:

A league source tells CSN Bay Area that Derek Carr isn't considering hand surgery.

Carr's agent had already publicly decreed he wouldn't be going under the knife, and it's apparently the same story behind the scenes. Per beat writer Scott Bair, Carr is expected to resume throwing "well before training camp," but isn't guaranteed to be ready for next month's minicamp.
May 21 - 9:12 PM

Raiders signed No. 161 overall pick LB Neiron Ball to a four-year contract.

Ball started just 16 games for the University of Florida, and is recovering from microfracture surgery. He's a project for the Raiders, one who might begin the season on the reserve/PUP list.
May 21 - 8:03 PM

The agent for Derek Carr is claiming his client doesn't need hand surgery.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Wednesday that Carr might need an operation to address "numbness" in his right (throwing) ring finger. Carr's agent referred to it as a "nonstory," and a "very minor situation." The injury is significant enough to sideline Carr for post-draft OTAs. Agent Tim Younger says Carr "is probably going to be throwing" before training camp. "If he was really going to have hand surgery, I’d tell you," Younger said. "I’d tell everybody."
May 20 - 10:01 PM

Raiders signed fifth-round LB Ben Heeney to a four-year contract.

Heeney should spend 2015 developing behind MLB Curtis Lofton. He has the athleticism to back up at the WILL spot in Jack Del Rio's scheme, running 4.59 with a 10-foot broad jump at the Combine. Heeney will get the majority of his snaps on special teams as a rookie.
May 20 - 7:54 PM

Updating a previous report, Derek Carr is experiencing "numbness" in his right (throwing) ring finger.

The Raiders are giving Carr a break in hopes that rest and rehab will cure the issue, allowing Carr to avoid surgery. Per ESPN's Chris Mortensen, "nobody" in the organization "sounds overly alarmed for now." Carr seems likely to miss the remainder of OTAs, while his status for veteran minicamp in up in the air.
May 20 - 8:26 AM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports Derek Carr has a right finger injury that "may require surgery," but that Carr remains "optimistic" about training camp.

Specifically, the injury is to Carr's ring finger. It explains Carr's absence from Tuesday's OTAs session, and is a major drag for a player who could have used a full offseason. Per Mortensen, Carr could miss the rest of OTAs. A firm timeline won't exist until Carr makes a decision on surgery, but there's zero reason to believe Carr won't be ready for Week 1.
May 19 - 6:02 PM

Raiders re-signed CB Chimdi Chekwa.

A restricted free agent, Chekwa wasn't tendered a contract by the Raiders. He was then signed by the Patriots, but released after only two months. Chekwa played 89 defensive snaps across 10 games last season. He's a depth signing.
May 19 - 4:06 PM

Raiders owner Mark Davis says he has no interest in moving to St. Louis, and that he'll "never" put the team up for sale.

There's been speculation that the league's game of stadium roulette in Los Angeles could end up sending the Raiders east, but Davis insists he's focused on California. Davis has never been connected to St. Louis in a meaningful fashion, and the only city he's spent time courting outside of the Golden State is San Antonio. For now, the Raiders appear unlikely to head for St. Louis should they lose out on their Oakland and L.A. stadium bids.
May 19 - 3:39 PM

ESPN Raiders reporter Bill Williamson sees Amari Cooper catching 80-90 passes as a rookie.

We'd agree. Cooper is ready to win at the NFL level right now, the Raiders project to be trailing in the majority of their games (again) and Derek Carr has no one else competent to target. Cooper, perhaps even a threat to break Anquan Boldin's rookie record of 101 catches, will lead the Raiders in targets by a wide margin.
Source: ESPN.com
May 19 - 10:51 AM

Patriots released CB Chimdi Chekwa.

It's a terrible sign for Chekwa that he lasted just two months on the roster of a CB-needy team. The Raiders declined to tender him as a restricted free agent in March.
May 18 - 8:42 AM

ESPN Raiders reporter Bill Williamson believes Rod Streater will emerge as the No. 3 wide receiver behind Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree.

Streater posted a solid 60-888-4 line in 2013, but was limited to just three games after suffering a fractured foot early last season. Though Crabtree is a much bigger name, he has been woefully ineffective since tearing his Achilles' two years ago. It is not unthinkable Streater or Andre Holmes earns a bigger role than Crabtree this season.
Source: ESPN.com
May 16 - 11:41 AM

Raiders signed fourth-round OG Jon Feliciano to a four-year contract.

Feliciano was an athletically-limited brawler in the trenches at Miami. He will be given a chance to push Khalif Barnes at right guard in Raiders camp.
May 15 - 3:28 PM

Raiders signed sixth-round DE/OLB Max Valles to a four-year contract.

A long (6'5/251) edge player with plus athleticism, Valles is a project who spent only two seasons at Virginia after transferring from a military academy. The Raiders are listing Valles as a defensive end, where he should compete for playing time on the right side with more highly-drafted Mario Edwards.
May 15 - 3:04 PM

ESPN Raiders reporter Bill Williamson says third-round TE Clive Walford will "get his chance early."

Williamson projects Walford as the Week 1 starter ahead of Mychal Rivera. Ultimately, we'll likely see a lot of two-TE sets featuring Walford in-line and Rivera in the "move" role. It's hard to get excited about either one from a fantasy perspective given Derek Carr's limitations and the team's desire to be run-heavy.
Source: ESPN.com
May 14 - 12:40 PM

Raiders signed seventh-round WR Andre Debose and seventh-round OT Anthony Morris to four-year contracts.

Debose was highly-touted when he enrolled at Florida, but couldn't stay healthy in Gainesville. He managed just 30 career catches, though he was a force on special teams, scoring four touchdowns on kick returns.
May 12 - 8:20 PM


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