Player News - Raiders

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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

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio called out RB Roy Helu (hamstring) and LB Sio Moore (hip) for missing practice time.

Both finally resumed practicing Wednesday. It's been increasingly common for coaches this year to use the media in an effort to motivate injured players back into practice. Del Rio stated Helu and Moore are "clearly running short of time" to establish roles before Week 1. Moore has lost his starting job to Malcolm Smith. Helu is still the favorite to back up Latavius Murray.
Aug 26 - 8:17 PM

Raiders signed S Taylor Mays.

It's Mays' third team of the offseason after already being released by the Vikings and Lions since June. He rejoins Raiders DC Ken Norton, who coached Mays in college at USC. Mays will have to earn his keep on special teams.
Aug 25 - 9:59 PM

Roy Helu (hamstring) is expected to resume practicing this week.

The hamstring injury kept Helu out of Oakland's second preseason game. After signing a two-year, $4.1 million deal this offseason, Helu remains the favorite to back up Latavius Murray. Helu may siphon passing-down work from Murray.
Aug 23 - 5:40 PM

Trent Richardson rushed five times for five yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Vikings.

T-Rich has just 23 yards on 10 preseason carries (2.3 YPC). His roster odds are hanging on for dear life.
Aug 23 - 12:27 AM

Latavius Murray rushed four times for 20 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason game against the Vikings.

Murray looked great. The backs behind him, not so much. The breakout candidate is now up to 55 yards on only 10 preseason totes (5.5 YPC).
Aug 23 - 12:26 AM

Derek Carr completed 4-of-8 passes for 78 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Vikings.

He didn't throw any touchdowns or interceptions. Most of his yards came on Oakland's second drive of the game including 40 on a pretty completion to Amari Cooper down the right sideline. Carr didn't play again after the game was delayed by lightning in the second quarter. He's completed 10-of-17 passes for 121 yards this preseason.
Aug 23 - 12:17 AM

Amari Cooper caught one pass for 40 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Vikings.

Cooper burned Terence Newman on a deep ball down the right sideline. The 21-year-old has shown good chemistry with Derek Carr throughout camp and should open the year as Oakland's go-to receiver. Look for him to challenge Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota for Rookie of the Year honors.
Aug 23 - 12:09 AM

Raiders RB Roy Helu has been sidelined over two weeks with an undisclosed injury.

Helu missed his second straight preseason game on Saturday. The Raiders haven't offered up any details on their third-down back's injury. He should be considered questionable for next week's regular season dress rehearsal.
Aug 22 - 7:37 PM

Rookie TE Clive Walford (hamstring) has missed 12 of the Raiders' 14 training camp practices.

Walford hasn’t practiced since Oakland’s first preseason game. Coach Jack Del Rio isn't concerned over his injury, but the missed time reduces Walford’s chances of unseating Mychal Rivera before Week 1. Walford has Dynasty potential, but isn’t yet on the redraft radar.
Aug 21 - 6:34 PM

Lions released S Taylor Mays.

Mays reportedly asked for his release after not playing in Thursday's preseason game. The Lions are the second team to release him. Mays was signed for the veteran minimum and should resurface as a backup/sub-package safety.
Aug 21 - 5:09 PM


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