Player News - Raiders

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Raiders signed ILB Navorro Bowman, formerly of the 49ers, to a one-year, $3 million contract.

He never even made it to Dallas. Still a useful run defender, Bowman will add toughness to a weak Oakland inside linebacker corps. He is a liability in pass coverage, however, and had been losing passing-down snaps before the 49ers released him. The Raiders play on Thursday Night Football this week, but we wouldn't be surprised to see Bowman log significant snaps right away.
Oct 16 - 4:16 PM

Derek Carr denied that he was limited by his back injury in Sunday's loss to the Chargers.

Carr looked noticeably tentative in his return from a transverse process fracture, mostly sticking to short passes instead of challenging the Chargers downfield. However, Carr was adamant that his dinking and dunking had nothing to do with his ailing back. "It had nothing to do with my back," he said. "There was no talk of trying to get the ball out of my hands or to not take hits or anything like that." Carr and the Raiders will take a four-game losing streak into Thursday night's game against division-leading Kansas City.
Oct 16 - 8:33 AM

Cordarrelle Patterson handled three carries for 55 yards and a touchdown while catching his only target for a gain of five yards Sunday in the Raiders’ Week 6 loss to the Chargers.

The All-Pro return man has only earned 20 touches across six games this season but made his presence felt Sunday by rushing for a 47-yard touchdown on an end-around in the fourth quarter. That put Oakland ahead 16-14 (Giorgio Tavecchio missed the extra point), though the Chargers would go on to win 17-16 on a last-second field goal by Nick Novak. Patterson is still primarily a special teamer and doesn’t need to be owned in fantasy.
Oct 15 - 9:19 PM

Jalen Richard lost a yard on two carries while adding three catches for 27 yards on four targets Sunday in the Raiders’ Week 6 loss to the Chargers.

All of his catches came in the first half. Richard cut into Marshawn Lynch’s workload with nine touches last week against Baltimore but obviously wasn’t a factor on Sunday. He and DeAndre Washington will again fight for scraps behind Lynch Thursday night against Kansas City.
Oct 15 - 9:06 PM

DeAndre Washington lost eight yards on three carries while nabbing his only target for a 10-yard pick-up Sunday in the Raiders’ Week 6 loss to the Chargers.

Washington returned to the lineup Sunday after missing Week 5 with a hamstring injury. Obviously he had very little success on the ground and wasn’t much better in the passing game. Washington still has some dynasty appeal and could potentially gain relevance in redraft leagues if Marshawn Lynch were to get hurt, but until that happens, he’s probably best left on the waiver wire.
Oct 15 - 9:04 PM

Marshawn Lynch traveled 63 yards on 13 carries Sunday in the Raiders’ Week 6 loss to the Chargers.

Lynch was unable to haul in either of his two targets, including a pass that went off his hand for an interception early in the third quarter. The 63 rushing yards were Lynch’s most since Week 1 when he went for 76 yards in a win over Tennessee. Lynch has looked sluggish since coming out of retirement but reminded of the old Beast Mode with a few impressive runs, pushing the pile while carrying multiple defenders on his back. He out-touched Jalen Richard by a decisive 13-5 margin while outgaining him by nearly 40 yards. Lynch will be a low-end RB2 against the Chiefs on Thursday Night Football.
Oct 15 - 9:03 PM

Jared Cook contributed two catches for 14 yards on three targets Sunday in the Raiders’ Week 6 loss to the Chargers.

Cook did nothing of note, catching both of his passes in the second half. Cook’s three targets were a season-low. He’s averaged just 32 yards during Oakland’s four-game losing streak. He won’t have much streaming appeal Thursday against Kansas City.
Oct 15 - 9:01 PM

Michael Crabtree tallied six catches for 52 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets Sunday in the Raiders’ Week 6 loss to the Chargers.

This wasn’t a big yardage game for Crabtree, or really any Raider as Derek Carr opted for more of a dink-and-dunk approach while battling through a painful back injury. But Crabtree still did Crabtree things with his biggest highlight coming on a 23-yard touchdown grab midway through the first quarter. Crabtree beat Trevor Williams on an out route and did a nice job of staying in bounds as he tiptoed down the right sideline. He was the intended target on Carr’s first interception of the day and shoulders some of the blame for not being on the same page as his quarterback. Sunday continued Crabtree’s recent annihilation of the Chargers, who he’s now scored against in five straight games. He’ll be safe to fire up as WR2 Thursday versus the division-leading Chiefs.
Oct 15 - 9:00 PM

Amari Cooper absorbed five-of-six targets for 28 yards Sunday in the Raiders’ Week 6 loss to the Chargers.

This was, in some ways, an improvement on recent weeks as Cooper totaled more yards than he had in his previous three games combined. With that said, it’s a sad state of affairs when a perennial 1,000-yard receiver is getting pats on the back for totaling five catches with a long of just eight yards. Cooper actually made a nice grab late in the first half that would have gone for a 31-yard gain but it was negated by a holding penalty. Just Cooper’s luck. On a more positive note, the slumping Cooper passed Marcus Allen for the most catches by a Raider in his first three seasons with 173. This was also going to be a tough assignment for Cooper going against Casey Hayward and he’ll have his work cut out for him again Thursday versus Chiefs All-Pro corner Marcus Peters.
Oct 15 - 8:58 PM

Derek Carr completed 21-of-30 passes for 171 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions while rushing once for no gain Sunday in the Raiders’ Week 6 loss to the Chargers.

Carr looked rusty in his return from a transverse process fracture, throwing an interception on his first pass of the game. He settled down after that, connecting on a 23-yard touchdown to Michael Crabtree later in the first quarter. Whether it was an attempt to keep himself out of harm’s way or simply how the game played out, Carr didn’t take many chances downfield on Sunday, mostly sticking to short and intermediate throws. His second interception came on a miscommunication with Marshawn Lynch early in the third quarter. Carr tried to get Amari Cooper more involved this week, but to little avail. It doesn’t get any easier for the Raiders, who will take a four-game losing streak into Thursday night’s matchup against the 5-1 Chiefs.
Oct 15 - 8:57 PM

Free agent LB Navorro Bowman is scheduled to visit the Raiders and Cowboys this week.

They're Bowman's first-known visits since he was cut loose on Friday. He's expected to find a new team in short order, perhaps by Monday afternoon.
Oct 15 - 5:40 PM

Raiders declared CB Gareon Conley, QB Connor Cook, LB Marquel Lee, FB Jamize Olawale, OT David Sharpe, DL Jihad Ward and OT Jylan Ware inactive for Week 6 against the Chargers.

Conley remains sidelined with shin splints. David Amerson (shoulder), Cory James (knee) and DeAndre Washington (hamstring) are all active for the Raiders, as is Derek Carr, who was sidelined with a back fracture in Week 5.
Source: raiders.com
Oct 15 - 3:11 PM

Raiders CB Gareon Conley (shin) will visit a doctor on Tuesday.

Conley has been battling shin splints all year without much improvement. Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, he could be sidelined for "weeks." With David Amerson (shoulder) banged up and Sean Smith playing poorly (PFF's No. 75 coverage grade out of 109 cornerbacks), Oakland's secondary is a mess right now.
Oct 15 - 10:53 AM

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport confirms Derek Carr (back) will play Week 6 against the Chargers.

Carr has made better than expected progress despite three fractures in his back. He was already cleared to start and removed from the injury report. Carr was slumping before his injury, and has a shy-away matchup with the Chargers at less than 100 percent.
Oct 15 - 8:35 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports free agent ILB Navorro Bowman and the Raiders "have strong mutual interest."

The match makes sense. Linebacker has been a weak point in Oakland's defense so far this season, and signing with the Raiders would allow Bowman to remain in the Bay Area, at least for now. Rapoport reports the two sides are expected to meet "in the coming days." New England is another destination which makes sense on paper, and ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the 49ers had a deal in place with the Saints before deciding to release Bowman.
Oct 15 - 8:19 AM


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