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Sources have informed former NFL scout John Middlekauf that Raiders second-year CB D.J. Hayden (ankle) is still not healthy, and may open training camp on the active/PUP list.

Unreal. According to Middlekauf, even if Hayden doesn't end up on PUP, he's not expected to be a full participant in training camp, "similar to last season." Hayden was reportedly out of his walking boot earlier this month, but still can't seem to get his ankle right. Hayden battled a heart issue in college before undergoing abdominal surgery shortly after the Raiders drafted him with last year's No. 12 pick. He then played in eight games before landing on I.R. with a groin injury. The Raiders don't have much at corner behind Hayden, Carlos Rogers, and Tarell Brown. Fourth-round rookie Keith McGill would be the next man up.
Jul 22 - 10:56 AM

CSN Bay Area believes Matt Schaub will start the entire 2014 season "if all goes according to plan."

The Raiders want to give Derek Carr a year to develop behind Schaub, and don't think he's ready to compete. Schaub will need to be an effective game manager to keep the starting job, but it would be shocking if he made all 16 starts. The odds are high that Carr replaces Schaub at some point this season.
Jul 19 - 4:47 PM

New LT Donald Penn said the Raiders plan to "run the ball, run the ball, then run it again, until the defense stops us."

The Raiders signed Maurice Jones-Drew to a three-year, $7.5 million deal, making him the favorite for lead-back duties ahead of Darren McFadden. DMC is the more talented runner at this stage of their respective careers, but he's obviously a massive injury risk. The Raiders upgraded their line by adding power blockers LT Penn and RG Austin Howard. They may want to run the ball at will, but an insanely tough schedule may prevent them from doing so at a high clip.
Jul 8 - 8:45 AM

Raiders special teamer Taiwan Jones wants to play more cornerback this season.

Jones played just ten snaps in his first season as a full-time corner in 2013. He knows his main contributions will come on special teams -- where he racked up a team-high 14 tackles last season -- but wants to become more complete. Jones inked a three-year contract extension in February.
Source: raiders.com
Jul 7 - 6:36 PM

The Contra Costa Times' Steve Corkran expects Darren McFadden to be the Raiders' starting running back if healthy.

Corkran also expects McFadden to have the most yards from scrimmage of any Oakland back this season. It is a bold position to take considering McFadden's injury history and the presence of newly-acquired RB Maurice Jones-Drew. No matter who is the "starter," the Oakland backfield projects as an almost straight timeshare between two backs on the downsides of their career. Not exactly a blueprint for fantasy success.
Jul 5 - 11:38 AM

The Contra Costa Times' Steve Corkran said second-year CB D.J. Hayden is out of his walking boot and expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

Raiders coach Dennis Allen said the ankle injury suffered during OTAs has put Hayden "behind," but he should be able to catch up in training camp. After a rookie season marred by injury and inconsistent play, Hayden needs to stay healthy to prove he was worthy of the No. 12 overall pick.
Jul 5 - 11:15 AM

ESPN Raiders reporter Paul Gutierrez expects the team to use more odd-man fronts on defense this season.

Meaning, more three- and five-man fronts. Oakland is deep at linebacker, including rookie Khalil Mack, second-year pro Sio Moore, and veterans Nick Roach, Kevin Burnett, and Miles Burris. LaMarr Woodley, a 3-4 OLB his entire career, was signed in the offseason. The Raiders could field a front of LE Justin Tuck, NT Pat Sims, RE Antonio Smith, OLBs Mack and Woodley, and ILBs Roach and Moore on certain passing downs. They have an interesting pass-rush corps.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 30 - 7:04 PM

Maurice Jones-Drew admitted to the Los Angeles Times that he contemplated retiring after the 2013 season.

Jones-Drew averaged a career-worst 3.4 YPC in 2013. He remained somewhat effective between the tackles, but obviously lacked a second gear on the rare occasions Jacksonville's blocking sprung him into the open field. "For awhile, I was contemplating retirement because I just didn't feel like I had it anymore," Jones-Drew conceded. "... I watched the game tape and I'd say, 'Man, why'd I do this? Why didn't I do that?' Part of it was, just physically, I wasn't able to do some of the same things I'm used to doing." MJD insists he's in better shape now and can rebound with the Raiders. The odds are firmly against him at age 29.
Jun 29 - 2:23 PM

Matt Schaub believes WR Andre Holmes is "a guy that can stretch the field for us."

Holmes, 26, is someone to monitor. He stands 6-foot-4, 210 with 4.45-4.51 speed and averaged 17.2 yards on 25 receptions last season. "He’s a long strider, a big guy who can stretch the field vertically and go up and get the football," described Schaub. With James Jones nursing injuries, Holmes ran with Oakland's first-team offense during OTAs, lining up across from Rod Streater. He looks to have passed Denarius Moore on the depth chart.
Jun 26 - 5:11 PM

Raiders LB Miles Burris is fully healthy and has been mixing in with the first-team defense at weak-side linebacker.

Burris missed all but six games with a knee injury last season and played just 42 defensive snaps. As a fourth-round rookie in 2012, he started 15-of-16 games and recorded 96 tackles and 1.5 sacks. Kevin Burnett, last year's starting weak-side 'backer, is still on the roster and is coming off a strong season. Sio Moore, who manned the strong side in 2013, is also in the mix at WILL with Khalil Mack expected to occupy the SAM spot as a rookie.
Jun 25 - 9:51 AM

Raiders coach Dennis Allen confirmed Kevin Burnett "remains in the mix" to start at weak-side linebacker.

Burnett missed OTAs with an ankle injury, but will be ready for camp. Sio Moore got the majority of snaps opposite Khalil Mack in his absence and is the favorite to start. Burnett, 31, started all 16 games for the Raiders last season, recording 105 tackles, three forced fumbles, and 2.5 sacks.
Jun 20 - 9:00 PM

Raiders OC Greg Olsen stated Wednesday that he sees second-year RB Latavius Murray as possessing "the biggest upside" in Oakland's running back corps.

"We’re looking for big things from Latavius Murray right now, coming off the foot injury," said Olsen, a power run-game proponent. "He’s shown, to me, the biggest upside right now in what we’ve seen thus far, if he can stay healthy." Murray stands 6-foot-3, 223 with sub-4.4 jets and a 10-foot-4 broad jump. Behind short-term stopgaps Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden, 24-year-old Murray should receive every opportunity to succeed if he shows well in practice.
Jun 19 - 7:42 PM

James Jones will be sidelined until training camp with a sprained shoulder.

He'd missed previous practice time with a hamstring strain. Jones is a 31-year-old veteran, but he could've used the reps with new QB Matt Schaub. Jones does offer some potential to flirt with WR3 value as Oakland's top pass catcher.
Jun 19 - 7:37 PM

Raiders coach Dennis Allen concedes second-year CB D.J. Hayden (ankle) is "behind" after sitting out this week's minicamp.

"I don't think there's any way you can sugar coat that," Allen said. Allen did add he believes Hayden can overcome the missed time, but it's clear he's disappointed Hayden has been relegated to the sideline for an important part of the offseason program. Hayden remained in a walking boot this week, giving him a month to get healthy for training camp.
Jun 19 - 5:17 PM

Derek Carr will enter training camp as the Raiders' No. 2 quarterback.

There won't be a manufactured "competition" with 2013 UDFA Matt McGloin. NFL Network's Albert Breer reported earlier this month there's "internal belief" in Oakland that Carr could push Matt Schaub for the starting job, but he'd have to have a perfect preseason to unseat the Raiders' prized trade acquisition. Carr could very easily make starts this season, but it probably won't be before October.
Jun 19 - 5:13 PM


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