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Latavius Murray's concussion in Week 12 was the first of his football career.

Murray doesn't have any history of concussions. After breaking out for 112 yards and two touchdowns on Thursday night, the Raiders are hoping he won't miss any games. Murray has 10 days to get cleared for Week 13.
Nov 22 - 9:04 PM

Coach Tony Sparano admits Latavius Murray "earned more snaps" after his four-carry, 112-yard, two-touchdown effort against the Chiefs on Thursday night.

Ya think? Murray didn't get the start Thursday, but entered early in the first quarter and capped off the second and fourth possessions with 11- and 90-yard touchdown runs, respectively. Murray has always been long on talent; it just took Sparano taking over as the coach for the Raiders to realize it and start giving him more snaps. Murray has 10 days to get cleared of his concussion before Week 13 at St. Louis. He has maybe the toughest Weeks 13-16 schedule of any running back.
Nov 21 - 9:38 AM

Marcel Reece rushed eight times for 37 yards in Oakland's Week 12 win over the Chiefs, adding an eight-yard reception.

The nine touches were by far Reece's most of the season. The Raiders finally appear to be turning the page on their Darren McFadden/Maurice Jones-Drew backfield, but Reece is unlikely to come into legitimate 12-14 team league value.
Nov 21 - 12:43 AM

Mychal Rivera caught 1-of-4 targets for eight yards in Oakland's Week 12 win over the Chiefs.

Rivera now has just four grabs for 48 yards on nine targets over his past two games. He's going to remain a part of the Raiders' game plan going forward, but won't be a recommended Week 13 streaming option against a Rams defense that puts the clampdown on tight ends.
Nov 21 - 12:26 AM

James Jones caught 5-of-6 targets for 47 yards and a touchdown in Oakland's Week 12 win over the Chiefs.

For once, Jones' touchdown didn't come in garbage time. The 30-year-old veteran ran a beautiful route to get open for his nine-yard score with 1:42 remaining. It ended up holding up as the game winner. Jones still has plenty of juice left in his legs, but he's going to keep struggling for consistency in the Raiders' bogged-down passing attack. He's a WR4 who will hurt you when he doesn't find the end zone.
Nov 21 - 12:23 AM

Andre Holmes caught 5-of-10 targets for 55 yards in Oakland's Week 10 win over the Chiefs.

The five catches were Holmes' most since Week 8. Altogether, it wasn't that great of a night for the fourth-year pro, who had a few miscommunications with Derek Carr. His biggest catch could have easily been a Chiefs interception, but DB Ron Parker mistimed his jump. Holmes will remain a crapshoot WR4/5 for Week 13 against the Rams.
Nov 21 - 12:20 AM

Maurice Jones-Drew rushed three times in Oakland's Week 12 win over the Chiefs, but ended up with -1 yards.

This has gotten sad. MJD's three carries went for one, -2 and zero yards. For the season, he's now rushed 36 times for 69 yards (1.91 YPC). The Raiders would be within their rights to release MJD during their long 10-day layoff between now and Week 13, but we don't expect that to happen. MJD has been a warrior during his nine-year career, but he's out of gas.
Nov 21 - 12:16 AM

Darren McFadden rushed 12 times for 29 yards in Oakland's Week 12 win over the Chiefs, adding two catches for an additional five yards.

McFadden once again led the Raiders in (ineffective) touches, but refreshingly, that's not how they drew it up. Oakland came out handing the ball off to Latavius Murray after DMC drew the "start," but a wildly effective Murray (4/112/2) was limited to only four carries by a concussion. Then McFadden took over and the Raiders' rushing attack went back in the tank. DMC simply doesn't make defenders miss. He's now averaging 3.37 yards per carry. Provided Murray can get cleared for Week 13, we fully expect him to be the Raiders' new lead rusher.
Nov 21 - 12:12 AM

Derek Carr completed 18-of-35 passes for 174 yards and a touchdown in the Raiders' 24-20, Week 12 win over the Chiefs.

In a scene that evoked the 0-13 2007 Dolphins' Week 15 win over the Ravens, the Raiders threw everything they had at the Chiefs, and escaped with the narrowest of victories. Carr added two critical quarterback sneaks for first downs on the Raiders' game-winning drive. He found James Jones in the back of the end zone for his lone score with 1:42 remaining. Carr could hardly be described as "good" this evening — he averaged 4.97 yards per pass attempt — but avoided big mistakes, and generally kept the Raiders out of 3rd-and-longs. Carr's play has stagnated in recent weeks. He's going to be in for a very long afternoon against the Rams' defense in St. Louis in Week 13.
Nov 20 - 11:46 PM

Latavius Murray was forced from Oakland's Week 12 game against the Chiefs with a concussion, and will not return.

What a shame. Finally unleashed behind finished veterans Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew, Murray rushed four times for 112 yards and two touchdowns. He notched scores of 11 and 90 yards, using vicious cutbacks to break free on both runs. The second was the longest play by any player in the NFL this season. Murray took a helmet-to-helmet hit on his fourth rush, however, and was obviously woozy. If there's good news, it's that he has 10 days to get healthy for next week's game against the Rams. It's safe to assume Murray will be the Raiders' new starter when healthy. Following his 90-yard score, Murray's 107 yards on the evening represented 14.4 percent of the Raiders' season total.
Nov 20 - 10:06 PM

Speaking before Thursday's game against the Chiefs, Raiders coach Tony Sparano said RB Latavius Murray will "get the ball a little bit more."

Faded Darren McFadden is still getting the "start," but it sounds like the Raiders finally understand they have to do something to jump-start their historically-awful rushing "attack." We wouldn't recommend Murray as more than an RB4 in re-draft leagues, but he's a go-for-the-gold option in daily tournaments.
Nov 20 - 7:06 PM

Derek Carr (quad) is active for Week 12 against the Chiefs.

Carr's status was never in doubt. He's a bottom-barrel QB2 against the Chiefs' stout pass defense. Oakland's passing "attack" has really gone in the tank the past few weeks. Inactive for the Raiders are QB Matt McGloin, CB Carlos Rogers, CB Travis Carrie, S Jonathan Dowling, OG Gabe Jackson, OG Tony Bergstrom and TE David Ausberry.
Nov 20 - 6:57 PM

The Raiders are on pace for 1,008 rushing yards, which would be the fewest ever for a 16-game season.

If you've found the Raiders' run game to be monumentally futile, that's because it has been. Nevertheless, Oakland has trudged on giving carries to has-beens Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew. That might change in Thursday's game against the Chiefs, as ESPN's Adam Caplan has reported Latavius Murray will finally be in for a bigger workload. There's no reason to expect Murray to be a star, but it's long past time for the Raiders to find out what they have in the 2013 sixth-rounder. DMC and MJD are done.
Nov 20 - 3:27 PM

Speaking Thursday, Raiders owner Mark Davis said GM Reggie McKenzie still had "strong support," but declined to guarantee he'll be back for 2015.

Davis tried to be effusive in his praise, but his lack of a guarantee speaks volumes. McKenzie appears to have had a productive draft, but his free-agent class has proven downright embarrassing for the second-consecutive season. There remains no real excuse for letting LT Jared Veldheer walk in free agency. Davis' lack of a guarantee is likely tied up in the fact that he could be open to hiring a coach who would name his own general manager, a la Jeff Fisher in St. Louis.
Nov 20 - 3:23 PM

ESPN's Adam Caplan expects Latavius Murray to "at the very least" split time with Darren McFadden in Thursday night's game against the Chiefs.

Murray "got more work than normal" in practice after leading the backfield in snaps last week. It's a long overdue move from the Raiders, who have been giving carries to a declining McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew. Murray has potential to run with the starting job, and is worth rostering as an RB5 stash.
Nov 19 - 6:00 PM


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