Maurice Jones-Drew - RBPosted 2/15/15 2:54pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew will need to keep his weight where it needs to be next season so he can be an explosive runner again, according to head coach Jack Del Rio.
Huddle Up: It a Jacksonville reunion out West with MJD pairing up with Del Rio once again, but the Raiders' new coach certainly isn't going to find the MJD of old -- just an old MJD as the soon-to-be-30-year-old back has rushed for a combined 1,313 yards over the last three seasons, including a paltry 96 on 43 carries (2.2 average) last season. Jones-Drew's biggest fight might be simply maintaining a roster spot this offseason.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 2/13/15 8:40pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray has shown the traits to be a candidate for the starting running back job next season, according to head coach Jack Del Rio. 'I think he has shown enough of the traits to make him a candidate to be that guy,' Del Rio said. 'I don't know that he's earned that yet. He's shown that there is potential there. He's done enough things to pique your interest. He's got size and speed. He can go. There are some things that we will need to work to improve, such as overall awareness and football IQ.' Del Rio said the offensive line can do a better job opening more holes for Murray.
Huddle Up: The second-year Murray gained 370 of his 424 yards over the final five games and he'll be one of the more intriguing fantasy backs to rank and watch next preseason.
Derek Carr - QBPosted 2/11/15 12:13am ET
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr is excited for the team's no-huddle offense under new offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave. 'Sometimes, the games were really slow for me [last season],' Carr said. 'It was almost like I was waiting for it to speed up.' Carr had experience with the no-huddle offense in college at Fresno State University and said he's very comfortable in it.
Huddle Up: Carr, selected in the second round as the fourth QB drafted overall, led all rookies with 348 completions, 3,270 yards and 21 TD passes last season and figures to improve in a new up-tempo attack, especially if the Raiders can provide him with some better weapons.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 1/21/15 5:47pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray is likely to be the team's lead back in 2015, and new offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave plans tailor his system to Murray's talents. Musgrave has guided a top-10 rushing attack in four of his six seasons as an offensive coordinator. Murray had just 82 carries last year and also added 17 catches and 567 total yards of offense.
Huddle Up: Murray is easily the most explosive offensive player on the Raiders' roster, so it makes sense to feature him--especially when the alternatives are the likes of Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew. Not being able to figure that out might have been what opened up the coaching vacancies in Oakland. Now the question becomes can Murray hold up to the kind of workload Musgrave gave, say, Adrian Peterson when he called plays in Minnesota?
Jack Del Rio - HCPosted 1/14/15 6:48pm ET
Updating a previous report, Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio signed a four-year contract Wednesday, Jan. 14. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Mark Davis is a big fan of Del Rio, who had mixed success as the head coach in Jacksonville. The Oakland gig has been a black hole (no pun intended) for a while, but in Del Rio perhaps they have found the right guy to turn things around.
Maurice Jones-Drew - RBPosted 1/7/15 3:26pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew said he hopes to return to the team next season even though he wished he would have received more work this season. Jones-Drew finished the season with 98 yards on 43 carries. The Raiders would save $2.5 million in salary cap space if they released Jones-Drew.
Huddle Up: MJD looked like a mere shell of his former self this season, and if he does return to Oakland it will be in purely a backup role to Latavius Murray.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 1/4/15 5:32pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray likely will be the team's featured running back next season.
Huddle Up: Darren McFadden is a free agent this offseason, and Maurice Jones-Drew looks to be at the end of the line, leaving the soon-to-be 24-year-old Murray as the clear heir apparent to the Silver & Black's starting gig.
Derek Carr - QBPosted 12/18/14 10:12am ET
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (thumb) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Dec. 17.
Huddle Up: There's been no indication Carr might miss this week's contest due to the injury, but it's not as if the Raiders are playing for anything so maybe they'll give him the week off to heal.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 12/5/14 2:18pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray had 112 yards and two touchdowns on just four carries against the Kansas City Chiefs, and the team is excited about what he can provide them down the stretch. "I love the way Latavius runs the football," interim head coach Tony Sparano said. "I like what I've seen, but I've seen (14) carries. I want to see more of them. I'm curious, too. I'm curious just like the fans are curious." Despite Sparano's curiosity, he stated that Murray won't immediately be a workhorse back in Week 14 against the San Francisco 49ers.
Huddle Up: Yeah, Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew will still be involved, but if you've been waiting on Murray and have some RB question marks this week, put him in your lineup and roll with the upside.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 12/4/14 10:28am ET
Updating a previous report, Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray (concussion) has been cleared to play in Week 14 against the San Francisco 49ers after missing the previous game due to a concussion. However, according to interim head coach Tony Sporano Murray won't be the team's workhorse down the stretch.
Huddle Up: Great news about Murray being available this week, but there's no reason the Raiders should be giving carries to anyone else as they attempt to evaluate Murray heading into next season. Misguided decisions like this will likely keep the "interim" in Sporano's job title until the Raiders find someone else with the wherewithal to put Oakland's best playmakers on the field in lieu of retreads like Darren McFadden.
Derek Carr - QBPosted 12/3/14 12:29am ET
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr will remain the team's starting quarterback, according to head coach Tony Sparano. Carr was pulled from the Week 13 contest versus the St. Louis Rams early in the fourth quarter.
Huddle Up: The other options are Matt Schaub and Matt McGloin and those ships sailed a long time ago. And with the Raiders certainly not playing for much of anything (again) the rest of the way, it wouldn't make any sense to not keep the rookie in to learn under fire.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 12/3/14 6:19pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray (concussion) returned to practice Wednesday, Dec. 3, perhaps indicating that he has been fully cleared from the concussion he suffered in Week 12.
Huddle Up: Keep monitoring this throughout the week, but for the moment he looks on track to play against the Niners on Sunday.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 12/3/14 8:47pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray (concussion) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Dec. 3.
Huddle Up: Murray has been cleared to play for Week 14. However, Tony Sparano said he won't be used as a workhorse for the rest of the season. It's hard to believe Sparano has a career .441 winning percentage as a head coach. Apparently instead of getting a better look at Murray, Sparano wants to watch washed up Maurice Jones-Drew run for 2.2 yards per carry. Start Murray but keep your expectations in check.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 11/28/14 5:54pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray will not play in Week 13 after failing the final test of the concussion protocol Friday, Nov. 28.
Huddle Up: Despite the extra few days of recovery time, Murray will be unable to go Sunday in St. Louis, leaving the RB duties to the non-productive Darren McFadden-Maurice Jones-Drew duo.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 11/27/14 5:55pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray (concussion) was limited during practice Thursday, Nov. 27.
Huddle Up: The outlook remains positive for Murray, but he still has one more step to pass in the concussion protocol. That decision likely will come Friday.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 11/26/14 4:05pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray (concussion) was back at practice Wednesday, Nov. 25, though his participation status was undisclosed.
Huddle Up: He's still not in the clear yet, but it's a solid sign pointing toward Murray playing this Sunday in St. Louis.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 11/25/14 3:49pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray (concussion) will undergo baseline testing for his concussion Tuesday, Nov. 25, according to a league source. He is feeling good, but he must go through the league's concussion protocol before being cleared for Week 13 against the St. Louis Rams.
Huddle Up: The extra couple days of recovery time might make all the difference for Murray, who's one of this week's hottest waiver-wire commodities.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 11/24/14 4:26pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray (concussion) is not participating in practice Monday, Nov. 24.
Huddle Up: Murray is going through the NFL's concussion protocol. He should be the Raiders top back once he's cleared to play. Murray is the top waiver wire pickup this week if he's still available.
Marcel Reece - RBPosted 11/22/14 7:26pm ET
Oakland Raiders FB Marcel Reece earned more carries after his performance in Week 12 Thursday, Nov. 20. Reece rushed for 46 yards during a crucial 17-play, 80-yard drive late in the game. Interim head coach Tony Sparano said he could envision using Reece as the primary running back again.
Huddle Up: Reece and Latavius Murray have likely passed struggling veterans Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew on the depth chart. Murray ran for 112 yards and two scores on just four carries Thursday but suffered a concussion. Reece has performed well in spot starts in the past. He's a solid waiver wire addition next week.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 11/21/14 1:51am ET
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray left in the second quarter of the game Thursday, Nov. 20 with a possible concussion and didn't return. He finished with a game- and career-high 112 rushing yards and two touchdowns on four carries.
Huddle Up: Murray, a 2013 sixth-round pick, has shown recent flashes and burst out in a big way, thanks mainly to his 90-yard scoring burst early in the second quarter that propelled the Silver & Black toward snapping their 16-game losing streak. Murray suffered his injury on a helmet-to-helmet shot on a run soon after, but he's likely earned himself the lead RB role going forward given the disappointing seasons Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden have had for the league's worst rushing team. That is, of course, if the injury isn't anything more serious than a typical concussion. McFadden rushed for 29 yards on 12 carries in the game, while the ghost of MJD had three rushes for minus-1.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 11/21/14 11:12am ET
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray (concussion) has earned himself a larger role in the offense, according to interim head coach Tony Sparano. His concussion, obviously, will dictate when that plan will be put into motion. 'The way he ran the ball today he earned more snaps, no doubt about it,' Sparano said. 'We just have to see how he comes out of this thing.'
Huddle Up: There is no logical reason for the Raiders to give carries to any back other than Murray once he's back from his concussion. Neither Darren McFadden nor Maurice Jones-Drew are in the club's future, so why not see what Murray brings to the table and get a good look at what the club needs to add around offensive cornerstones Derek Carr, Andre Holmes, and Murray?
Derek Carr - QBPosted 11/18/14 6:08pm ET
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (quadriceps) was limited in practiceTuesday, Nov. 18.
Huddle Up: The rookie was listed as limited for the second straight day, but there's been no indication that he's in any danger of missing Thursday night's game against the Chiefs.
Andre Holmes - WRPosted 11/10/14 7:48pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Andre Holmes was not even targeted in the team's Week 10 loss to the Denver Broncos.
Huddle Up: A crushing turn of events for those fantasy GMs who started Holmes on Sunday, especially considering Derek Carr threw 47 passes Sunday. The wideout had been targeted 37 times over the previous 5 games, and Week 10 might be best chalked up as a simple anomaly.
Brice Butler - WRPosted 10/23/14 4:23pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Brice Butler could receive more playing time moving forward after making a big play in each of the last two weeks. Butler said he has not lobbied for more playing time but hopes his play speaks for itself.
Huddle Up: Butler has certainly flashed over the last 2 weeks with 119 yards and a TD on 4 catches, but there's just limited room for individual upside in the Raiders' offense with rookie Derek Carr throwing to a number of similarly-talented wideouts in Butler, James Jones, Andre Holmes and Denarius Moore.
Derek Carr - QBPosted 10/16/14 9:58am ET
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (ankle, knee) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Oct. 15.
Huddle Up: Carr's ankle injury limited his practice work last week, but he showed up on Sunday and threw four TDs. The Raiders are being cautious, but there's no reason to think he won't answer the bell again this week.
Derek Carr - QBPosted 10/16/14 6:44pm ET
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (ankle, knee) participated fully in practice Thursday, Oct. 16.
Huddle Up: The rookie will be good to go Sunday as he looks for a second straight strong fantasy outing after throwing for a season-high 282 yards and 4 scores last Sunday against the Chargers.
Darren McFadden - RBPosted 10/14/14 11:37pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden carried the ball on 14 of the team's 20 rush attempts in Week 6, and interim coach Tony Sparano said he wants to emphasize the run going forward.
Huddle Up: As long as -- or if -- he can remain healthy and the Raiders don't keep falling too far behind and remain committed to the run, McFadden could find himself with some sneaky value as a low-end RB3/flex option.
Denarius Moore - WRPosted 10/9/14 8:58am ET
Oakland Raiders WR Denarius Moore, who was inactive in the team's last game in Week 4, will get a clean slate, interim head coach Tony Sparano said Wednesday, Oct. 8.
Huddle Up: Hooray for Moore and his clean slate, but at this juncture he's behind James Jones, Andre Holmes and maybe even Vincent Brown in the Oakland receiver rotation. We'll see how quickly he reascends the depth chart.
Derek Carr - QBPosted 10/9/14 8:00pm ET
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (ankle, knee) was a limited participant in practice Thursday, Oct. 9.
Huddle Up: The rookie has been limited coming off the bye week, but he has told ESPN he plans to play Sunday against the Chargers.
Derek Carr - QBPosted 10/1/14 8:56pm ET
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (ankle, knee) said he expects to play against the San Diego Chargers in Week 6 following the team's bye week.
Huddle Up: Carr has played decent this year given the circumstances. However, the rookie remains a low end QB2 in Oakland's mess of an offense.
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