Player News - Raiders

Date: Team: Pos:

Raiders placed RB Roy Helu (hips) on the active/PUP list.

Helu is still working his way back from a pair of surgeries on both of his hips. He needs to get healthy quickly, as he's already considered to be on the roster bubble. Helu is still just 27, but his light is fading fast.
Jul 25 - 6:17 PM

Suspended Raiders OLB Aldon Smith claims it's not him in the "fire up session" video posted on Periscope.

The man who says his name is Aldon Smith in the video certainly sounds like him, but there's no definitive visual evidence. If it ends up being proven to be Smith in the video, it would be a catastrophic blunder from a player currently serving a year-long suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Smith can apply for reinstatement in November.
Jul 25 - 1:17 PM

Newly-signed OLB Bruce Irvin is expected to rush the passer more in Oakland.

The Raiders do not plan to drop Irvin into coverage as much as he did with the Seahawks, which will give him a lot more freedom to get after the quarterback. With Khalil Mack eating up double teams on the other side, Irvin could top his career-high in sacks (8) this season.
Jul 25 - 11:50 AM

ESPN's Adam Caplan reports Raiders TE Clive Walford (lacerated knee) will be "eased in" to camp.

Walford suffered a "big gash" on his knee in an ATV accident this offseason. He was able to run on Sunday, but the Raiders will take it slow with their starting tight end. There appears to be zero concern about his availability for Week 1. On an offense poised to explode, Walford is a great upside target late in drafts.
Jul 25 - 10:15 AM

ESPN's Ed Werder reports the NFL is investigating a Periscope video which allegedly shows Raiders suspended OLB Aldon Smith smoking an unidentified substance.

The video is titled "Fire up session" and shows a lit, hand-rolled cigarette. While Smith's face is not seen on the video in question, his voice is clearly heard, and the post comes from an account which featured Smith on camera several times. A woman astutely warns Smith he should not be posting the video, but Smith says it is fine because "they don't have my name." He then says his name at the end of the video. Already suspended until at least November, this situation is unlikely to earn Smith any more fans in the league office.
Jul 25 - 9:45 AM

Raiders RT Austin Howard is expected to start.

The Raiders gave Howard first-team minicamp reps after he missed OTAs. He had solid PFF grades as a 13-game starter last year, but struggled as a run blocker. Howard is competing with Menelik Watson.
Jul 23 - 3:19 PM

CSN Bay Area's Scott Bair reports the Raiders "certainly hope" fifth-round RB DeAndre Washington wins a role in camp.

The most likely role for the Texas Tech product is on passing downs, but he will have to prove he can handle himself in pass protection to win the job. Washington could also take away some of the early-down work from Latavius Murray, who the Raiders have publically expressed frustration with all offseason. Washington should be given every shot to earn a role. Whether the fifth-round rookie takes advantage will be a story to watch throughout camp.
Jul 22 - 1:55 PM

Roy Helu is on the Raiders' roster bubble heading into training camp.

Helu needs to get healthy first and foremost after undergoing surgery on both of his hips back in February. He's expected to be ready for the start of camp but faces an uphill climb for a spot, even in what looks like a shallow backfield. Latavius Murray is the starter, Taiwan Jones the special teams ace, DeAndre Washington an upside rookie, and Jalen Richard an undrafted rookie.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 20 - 12:23 PM

Raiders first-round SS Karl Joseph (knee) confirmed he’ll be ready for training camp.

The Raiders limited Joseph throughout OTAs. He’s eligible to start camp on active/NFI, but there’s no concern over his status. Oakland is counting on Joseph as a Week 1 starter.
Source: raiders.com
Jul 16 - 5:24 PM

Raiders signed CB David Amerson to a four-year, $38 million extension through 2020.

The deal includes $18 million guaranteed. It's a huge raise for a player who was owed just $880,000 in the final year of his contract. A big, physical press corner, Amerson was an immediate starter for Oakland after getting waived from Washington last year, grading as PFF's No. 9 overall cover corner. Sean Smith will open the season opposite Amerson in a vastly improved Raiders secondary. First-round pick Karl Joseph and 2015 NFL interceptions leader Reggie Nelson will man the safety positions.
Jul 15 - 6:02 PM

Derek Carr said WR Seth Roberts consistently "won his route" last season.

"When you have that and the third corner guarding him or a safety coming down guarding him and have that guy consistently winning, it just opens up so many things," Carr said. "And he’s not just winning, he’s creating separation." Roberts caught 32 passes for 480 yards and five touchdowns in his first real season of NFL action. It is tough to see him blowing past those numbers this year with Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree entrenched atop the depth chart, but it is clear Carr would trust Roberts to make plays if either of the starters went down.
Jul 14 - 12:48 PM

Raiders second-round DL Jihad Ward saw snaps with the first-team defense during the offseason program.

He also earned praise from coach Jack Del Rio, who said Ward was "a little quicker" than he anticipated. Ward probably will not beat out Mario Edwards Jr. or Denico Autry for a starting job at end, but he should be an important part of the defensive line rotation as a rookie.
Jul 4 - 8:32 AM

D.J. Hayden and T.J. Carrie are battling for the starting nickel back position.

Neiko Thorpe will join the mix at slot corner when he returns from injury. Carrie will enter training camp as the favorite after starting 14 games last season. The Raiders declined Hayden's fifth-year option, making this a contract year for the failed former first-round pick. Sean Smith and David Amerson are locked in as the Raiders' first-team boundary corners.
Jul 3 - 12:28 PM

Raiders OC Bill Musgrave expects free-agent addition Kelechi Osemele to help the "run game be more productive."

Osemele appears to agree about where his biggest impact will come. "I’m a mauler, that’s what I do," he said. "I’m a road grader. I like to run people over and leave them there flat, so I’m glad to be on a team that is headed that direction." Latavius Murray struggled with per-carry efficiency last season, but he is now playing behind one of the most imposing offensive lines in the league. If he can hold off fifth-rounder DeAndre Washington on early downs, Murray could return high-end RB2 value.
Source: Raiders.com
Jul 2 - 9:45 AM

Third-round rookie Shilique Calhoun will play as a linebacker for the Raiders.

Calhoun was a defensive end at Michigan State, but he will play as the primary backup to OLBs Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin as a rookie. "I’ve been playing a little bit of everything," Calhoun said. "I’ve been moving around, but I’m mainly at (strongside linebacker) and the LEO." He will be required to work in space more often as a linebacker, but Calhoun's primary job will remain getting to the quarterback.
Jun 28 - 9:14 AM


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