Player News - Raiders

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Raiders coach Jack Del Rio insisted Latavius Murray's reduced playing time in the third preseason game was not indicative of Murray's starting job coming into question.

Murray took a backseat as rookies DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard ran with the Derek Carr group. Del Rio insists Murray is not falling into a committee, saying "we saw (Latavius) last year. We need to find out who will be the backup." Both rookies shined, with Washington totaling 53 yards and a touchdown on 11 touches and Richard parlaying nine touches into 42 yards. Washington is a recommended handcuff for Murray in all leagues.
Aug 27 - 11:53 PM

DeAndre Washington rushed eight times for 55 yards and caught a six-yard touchdown in the Raiders' third preseason game.

With Washington and Jalen Richard competing for a backup job, the Raiders gave both plenty of work with the first-team Saturday night. Washington seemed to be the front-runner for the job, seeing snaps early in the first possession and capping off the drive with a six-yard touchdown. He also saw extensive work in the red zone at the end of the first half. Washington looked explosive with the ball in his hands Saturday, sprinting through a big hole for a 31-yard gain in the second quarter. He did lose a fumble in the second half, but he was hung out to dry by backup QB Matt McGloin. If Washington wins the backup job, he should push Latavius Murray for work early in the season.
Aug 27 - 11:04 PM

Jalen Richard rushed seven times for 35 yards and caught two passes for seven yards in the Raiders' third preseason game.

With Richard and DeAndre Washington competing for the backup job, the Raiders gave both snaps with the first team. Washington seemed to play ahead of Richard, but the undrafted rookie flashed quickness and burst when he was on the field. The winner of the competition will likely push Latavius Murray for work.
Aug 27 - 10:57 PM

Seth Roberts took his only target 15 yards Saturday night against the Titans.

Roberts worked as the clear No. 3 receiver, but his only look came in the two-minute drill to close out the first half. The third-year UDFA will see inconsistent work behind Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, but Roberts would be in for a big workload if anything ever happened to the starters.
Aug 27 - 10:19 PM

Clive Walford did not catch his only target in the Raiders' third preseason game.

Walford got the start and worked with the first-team offense, but he was not heavily involved. He did manage to get wide open in the back of the end zone on his only target, but Derek Carr overthrew him. Even though the looks weren't there Saturday, he will get plenty of opportunities as the top pass-catching tight end in Oakland. Walford is a great upside-TE2 pick.
Aug 27 - 10:14 PM

Michael Crabtree caught 1-of-4 targets for 41 yards in the Raiders' third preseason game Saturday night.

Crabtree only managed one catch, but he made the most of it. The veteran got a step down the right sideline on the first drive of the game, and Derek Carr hit him in stride for a 41-yard gain. Crabtree will likely take on a smaller role this season as Amari Cooper develops, but he still could return WR3 value in what should be an explosive offense.
Aug 27 - 10:11 PM

Amari Cooper caught all three of his targets for 52 yards and a touchdown Saturday night against the Titans.

Cooper's biggest play of the night came on his 29-yard score. Working down the left sideline, the sophomore fought through good coverage to make a diving grab on a great pass from Derek Carr in the back of the end zone. He also showed good awareness to both come back to the ball and then get out of bounds on a sideline catch in the two-minute drill. Now healthy after playing through a foot injury late last season, Cooper could be ready to explode.
Aug 27 - 10:08 PM

Latavius Murray rushed twice for zero yards and caught two passes for 19 yards Saturday against the Titans.

With the Raiders looking to get both DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard work with the first-team offense, Murray spent much of the first half on the bench. He did return for the two-minute drill, suggesting the Raiders still expect him to be the lead back. It is concerning he lost red-zone work to both Jamize Olawale and Washington, who caught a six-yard touchdown. Murray should enter the season as the starter, but he could be on a short leash.
Aug 27 - 10:01 PM

Derek Carr completed 12-of-18 passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns in the Raiders' third preseason game.

It was a great tune-up for Carr, who threw multiple beautiful passes down field. The first was a dime to Michael Crabtree down the right sideline for 41 yards on the opening drive, and he added another highlight with a perfectly placed throw to Amari Cooper in the back of the end zone for a 29-yard score. He also found rookie RB DeAndre Washington for a six-yard touchdown in the first quarter, but his one blemish came when he overthrew a wide open Clive Walford in the end zone late in the first half. Carr broke out as a sophomore, and he not shown any signs of slowing down this preseason. He is a solid back-end QB1 selection.
Aug 27 - 9:58 PM

Raiders OC Bill Musgrave said undrafted rookie RB Jalen Richard looked "spectacular" early in training camp before suffering a knee injury.

Richard has since missed the first two preseason games, but is expected to play Saturday night against the Titans. The UDFA out of Southern Miss is also expected to get some run with the first-team offense, along with rookie DeAndre Washington, so the Raiders can get a good read of the backup situation behind Latavius Murray. Richard is currently third on the depth chart.
Aug 26 - 12:38 PM

The (currently) Oakland Raiders filed a trademark application for "Las Vegas Raiders."

The move does not mean the team is definitely going to Las Vegas, but it is another strong indication there is more than smoke surrounding the proposed move to Sin City. Owner Mark Davis has said the team will move to Las Vegas if the city "comes through" on a new stadium deal, and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has already publicly supported the move, suggesting there is backing inside the league as well.
Source: Forbes
Aug 25 - 10:41 AM

Asked about Seth Roberts' training camp, Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said he's been "OK."

Del Rio hinted he hasn't been thrilled with his No. 3 wideout's effort this summer. "I think he's starting to feel pushed a little bit, which is what we'd like to have," Del Rio said. Roberts' job isn't in danger, as there's no one who could realistically "push" him. Hopefully the third-year UDFA has gotten the message. Roberts scored five touchdowns on 55 targets last season, and drew praise from Derek Carr earlier this summer.
Aug 23 - 7:40 PM

Khalil Mack's position has been changed from outside linebacker to defensive end on the Rotoworld depth charts.

As explained by Rotoworld IDP/defensive depth charts guru Eric Breeze at the link below, Mack played outside linebacker in the Raiders' 3-4 defense last year. Through two preseason games this year, Mack is playing defensive end in a base 4-3 front, necessitating the depth chart change. Mack moving from linebacker to defensive line significantly enhances his value in IDP leagues.
Aug 21 - 2:04 PM

Menelik Watson is "firmly in the lead" for the Raiders' starting right tackle job.

Watson has been ahead of Austin Howard since training camp opened. He would have been the starter last year but Howard filled in after Watson tore his Achilles'. "I think it’s great to have Menelik back," said coach Jack Del Rio. "He brings a little temperament, a little athleticism to the position." Del Rio hasn't announced a starter yet but it's going to be Watson as long as he stays healthy.
Aug 21 - 12:43 PM

D.J. Hayden has a "stranglehold" on the Raiders' slot corner job.

He was expected to battle T.J. Carrie for slot work, but Hayden has run away with the job. One of the NFL's least effective corners, Hayden will be someone to attack in DFS between stud boundary CBs Sean Smith and David Amerson.
Aug 21 - 12:37 PM


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