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Maurice Jones-Drew - RB Posted 7/8/14 7:45pm et
Oakland Raiders OT Donald Penn said the team plans to run the ball often in 2014. 'We're gonna run the ball, run the ball, then run it again, until the defense stops us,' Penn said. Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew should have ample opportunities to run the ball. However, they're going to need an effective passing game to keep eight defenders out of the box limiting their daylight. The winner of the lion's share of carries should be an RB3 with the second back a flex option.
Huddle Up: The Silver & Black had the league's 16th-most rushing attempts (437) last season but finished with the 12th-most yards (2,000) and sixth-best yards-per-carry average (4.6). Sure, those numbers were boosted by the presence of running QB Terrelle Pryor, but with the passing-game threats still limited at best, don't be surprised if the Raiders finish well inside the top 10 in all three aforementioned rushing categories in 2014.

Maurice Jones-Drew - RB Posted 6/30/14 12:25am et
Oakland Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) considered retiring after the 2013 season. 'For awhile, I was contemplating retirement because I just didn't feel like I had it anymore,' Jones-Drew said earlier this month. 'But that wasn't the case. My trainer helped me get back in shape and gain that foundation that I'd lost with the surgery.'
Huddle Up: In coming back from his 2012 foot problems, MJD just didn't look like himself in compiling career full-season lows in yards from scrimmage (1,117) and totals TDs (5) last season. Now he joins a shaky offensive situation in Oakland, where Darren McFadden and Latavius Murray will also be in the mix for touches. That puts MJD in RB3/4 territory from this vantage point.

David Ausberry - TE Posted 6/24/14 10:26am et
Oakland Raiders TE David Ausberry could be a receiving threat this upcoming season, according to head coach Dennis Allen. Ausberry said he feels more comfortable in the offense, after missing the entire 2013 season with a shoulder injury.
Huddle Up: The Raiders have talked about Ausberry's potential before, but nothing much has materialized. However, with a quarterback in Matt Schaub who is familiar with throwing to the tight end, maybe this will finally be the season.

Denarius Moore - WR Posted 6/13/14 2:13pm et
Oakland Raiders WR Andre Holmes reportedly has passed WR Denarius Moore as the team's No. 3 wide receiver on the depth chart.
Huddle Up: If Matt Schaub remembers what color jerseys to throw to, or Derek Carr develops more quickly than anticipated, the Raiders passing game might provide some sneaky fantasy help. And if Holmes continues to hold off Moore on the depth chart, the receiving end of that fantasy success might be an even more surprising source. Holmes is an intriguing athlete, and while Moore is the far more recognized name he won't provide nearly the fantasy bang if he's riding pine behind Holmes.

Derek Carr - QB Posted 6/13/14 2:13pm et
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said QB Derek Carr has made significant improvement in his brief time with the team. Offensive coordinator Greg Olson said Carr is a lot better than they thought he would be.
Huddle Up: The Raiders have Matt Schaub as a placeholder quarterback, but they wouldn't be disappointed if Carr came along more quickly than expected.

Matt Schaub - QB Posted 6/9/14 12:11am et
There is an internal belief that Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr could push QB Matt Schaub to start. He has already proven to the staff he won't need to sit on the sidelines in the 2014 season.
Huddle Up: There's no doubt Schaub will have a short leash with the team spending a second-round pick on Carr, an area college standout, and the rookie will get his shot if the veteran's 2013 yips start to resurface.

Maurice Jones-Drew - RB Posted 5/28/14 12:29am et
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said he is considering using RB Maurice Jones-Drew to return punts.
Huddle Up: This would be a very curious move to say the least as MJD has struggled with production and health issues the past 2 seasons since leading the NFL in rushing with 1,606 yards in 2011.

David Ausberry - TE Posted 5/25/14 2:55pm et
Oakland Raiders TE David Ausberry (shoulder) took part in the team's voluntary workout program. He is expected to compete with TE Mychal Rivera for the starting job, and the team also could bring in a veteran to compete after cuts are made in training camp and the preseason.
Huddle Up: It's a make-or-break season for Ausberry, a seventh-round pick in 2011 who missed all of last season due to a preseason shoulder injury. He's shown some flashes -- mainly in practice -- but has done little in the games that count, catching 9 passes for 106 yards.

Khalil Mack - LB Posted 5/15/14 11:04pm et
Updating a previous report, Oakland Raiders first-round LB Khalil Mack agreed to a four-year deal on Thursday, May 15. The deal worth $18.677 million and includes an $11.9 million signing bonus.
Huddle Up: Mack, the fifth-overall pick in the draft, is charged with infusing more life to the Silver & Black pass rush, which notched only 38 sacks last season. It's particularly important in the offensive- minded AFC West featuring Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers and Alex Smith.

Derek Carr - QB Posted 5/9/14 8:08pm et
The Oakland Raiders selected Fresno State QB Derek Carr with the 36th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: The Texans couldn't pull the trigger on David Carr's little brother, but the Raiders don't view him with quite as much baggage and have him lined up to succeed Matt Schaub under center--likely sooner rather than later.

Mychal Rivera - TE Posted 4/28/14 11:26am et
The Oakland Raiders are counting on TE Mychal Rivera to be an active part of the passing game this upcoming season. Rivera will need to improve his blocking if he wants to become an every-down player.
Huddle Up: Blocking is nice for a tight end, but Rivera is more of the pass-catching TE that fantasy owners can truly appreciate. And if he's on the field in a Matt Schaub-run offense, there's a good chance he'll make some fantasy noise.

Denarius Moore - WR Posted 4/27/14 10:00pm et
The Oakland Raiders could consider trading WR Denarius Moore if they select Clemson WR Sammy Watkins in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Moore has started 28 games and has 97 receptions and 12 TDs over the past 2 seasons, but he would certainly be expendable if the Raiders snare Watkins given they've already signed free-agent James Jones this offseason. The question is what they could they reasonably expect to get for him?

Darren McFadden - RB Posted 4/20/14 4:53pm et
If healthy, Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden is expected to be the team's starting tailback with RB Maurice Jones-Drew as his backup.
Huddle Up: The key words above, of course, are the first two with McFadden having missed nearly the equivalent of 2 full seasons (29 combined games) over his first 6 years in Oaktown. In other words, MJD should see plenty or work even though he's longer a clear-cut No. 1 as he was in J'ville.

Terrelle Pryor - QB Posted 4/19/14 10:37pm et
The Oakland Raiders will release QB Terrelle Pryor if they are not able to trade him by Monday, April 21.
Huddle Up: That's not exactly news that will drive Pryor's price tag up. Sounds like next week will be open season for teams interested in adding a running quarterback.

Terrelle Pryor - QB Posted 4/16/14 6:53pm et
The Oakland Raiders hope to trade QB Terrelle Pryor before the start of the offseason program Monday, April 21.
Huddle Up: The Raiders were unable to make their offense work with the run-first Pryor at the helm, so they're moving forward with Matt Schaub. We'll see what team wants to give the athletic Pryor a shot at a backup gig.

Jeremy Stewart - RB Posted 4/3/14 2:45pm et
Oakland Raiders RB Jeremy Stewart has signed his exclusive-rights tender.
Huddle Up: Stewart will stay in Oakland for a third straight year but, for fantasy purposes, is 4th in the team's RB pecking order behind Darren McFadden, Maurice Jones-Drew and Latavius Murray.

Jacoby Ford - WR Posted 4/1/14 9:47pm et
The New York Jets signed WR Jacoby Ford (Raiders) on Tuedsay, April 1. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Ford brings some speed and big-play ability to the Big Apple, but his reception totals have declined each season since his 25-catch debut in 2010. He also missed the 2012 season to injury.

Maurice Jones-Drew - RB Posted 3/28/14 11:24am et
The Oakland Raiders agreed with free-agent RB Maurice Jones-Drew (Jaguars) on a three-year deal. He's set to take a physical Friday, March 28, and sign the deal later in the day.
Huddle Up: Jones-Drew will share carries with Darren McFadden, or perhaps they can stagger their injuries so the Raiders always have at least one former elite back at their disposal. Either way, what little fantasy value there was in Oakland's backfield is now sliced in half.

Terrelle Pryor - QB Posted 3/25/14 2:19pm et
Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said QB Terrelle Pryor likely will be released or traded in the near future. McKenzie said Pryor wants to be a starting quarterback next season.
Huddle Up: Pryor did finish second among all QBs with 576 rushing yards a year ago, but his starting run in Oakland lasted only 10 games, and it's hard to find another team at the moment where he'd have a decent chance to start right away.

Matt McGloin - QB Posted 3/23/14 4:00pm et
Now that the Oakland Raiders have traded for QB Matt Schaub, the team is content to keep QB Matt McGloin in a backup role. McGloin will likely be a No. 2, with QB Terrelle Pryor headed elsewhere.
Huddle Up: McGloin, who threw for 1,547 yards, 8 TDs and 8 picks in 7 starts as an undrafted rookie this past season, would seem to be an ideal backup for the veteran Schaub.

Matt Schaub - QB Posted 3/21/14 8:32pm et
The Oakland Raiders acquired QB Matt Schaub (Texans) Friday, March 26, in exchange for a 6th round draft pick. Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said he believes Schaub could be the team's starting quarterback for more than one or two seasons.
Huddle Up: At minimum Schaub gives the Raiders flexibility if they don't like their quarterback options early in Round 1, or if they'd prefer to go another direction with that pick. Ideally he'll be a short-term solution/mentor for an incoming rookie, but if the Raiders opt to go with a pocket passer instead of a runner like Terrelle Pryor he could be a two-year option.

Darren McFadden - RB Posted 3/11/14 6:13pm et
The Oakland Raiders have re-signed free-agent RB Darren McFadden to a one-year deal worth $4 million. However, only $100,000 of the deal is guaranteed.
Huddle Up: After it appeared that McFadden was headed elsewhere, he'll remain in Oakland for a 7th season on an incentive-stacked deal. But unless his durability improves, that does little to change his fantasy outlook as an injury-prone, underachieving back.

Charles Woodson - S Posted 2/25/14 11:44pm et
Oakland Raiders FS Charles Woodson definitely expects to play in 2014 and the Raiders have gone on record as saying they want him back. A reunion with the Green Bay Packers does not appear likely.
Huddle Up: Woodson, who will turn 38 in October, has a Bay Area winery and look for him to retire as Raider, possibly next offseason.

Darren McFadden - RB Posted 1/16/14 10:38pm et
Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said he expects impending free-agent RB Darren McFadden to hit the free-agent market this offseason.
Huddle Up: It's looking like McFadden's health will be some other team's concern after an injury-filled 6-year run in Oakland.

Darren McFadden - RB Posted 1/14/14 7:20pm et
Ian Greengross, agent for Oakland Raiders impending free-agent RB Darren McFadden, said McFadden would like to re-sign with the Raiders this offseason but no contract talks have taken place at this time. Greengross said McFadden is open to accepting a complementary role next season.
Huddle Up: After a 6-year run with the Raiders filled with injuries (29 missed games) and unrealized expectations (only 1 1,000-yard rushing season), McFadden's days in Silver & Black appear to be over. If so, you can count on some team signing McFadden to a low-risk deal, and one immediate guess is Cincinnati, where former Raiders coach and McFadden supporter Hue Jackson has been promoted to offensive coordinator.

Dennis Allen - HC Posted 1/8/14 12:45pm et
Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis said head coach Dennis Allen will remain with the team. 'We met this evening at the Raider facility, and the meeting went really well,' Davis said. 'We talked about a lot of things, from personnel issues to the coaches to a review of the past season to the draft and our needs for next season. We're ready to rock and roll.' Allen has two years remaining on his current four-year deal.
Huddle Up: While Allen keeps his job, there are plenty of other issues yet to deal with--like both of Oakland's running backs heading for free agency, or the big question mark at quarterback.

Dennis Allen - HC Posted 12/31/13 11:27am et
Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis indicated Monday, Dec. 30, that no official decision has been made on the status of head coach Dennis Allen, but he gave every indication that Allen is likely to be back in 2014. General manager Reggie McKenzie is on even firmer ground, and it seems likely the GM is sticking with Allen, too.
Huddle Up: There were some rumblings about a shake-up in Oakland, but now it appears like Allen and McKenzie will get at least one more season to turn things around.

Terrelle Pryor - QB Posted 12/31/13 4:01pm et
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen isn't sure if the team's future quarterback is currently on their roster. Allen has said QB Matt McGloin has a future with the team but hasn't been as optimistic about QB Terrelle Pryor. 'I'm not sure that we have the quarterback of the future in the building right now, but again I think we'll go through the offseason evaluation process, I think we'll go back through all the tapes, we'll comb through everything. I do think we have a better idea of what we have at the quarterback position, but again I think, listen, that's the most important position on the football field,' Allen said.
Huddle Up: Both Prior and McGloin had brief flashes of success, but neither appears to be the solution in Oakland. A new quarterback might buy Dennis Allen a couple more seasons at the helm, but it's no guarantee.

Denarius Moore - WR Posted 12/27/13 11:48pm et
Oakland Raiders WR Denarius Moore (shoulder) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 27, and is listed as probable for Week 17.
Huddle Up: Moore, who back in Week 15 from a 3-game injury absence, has fallen to No. 3 in the Raiders' WR pecking order behind Rod Streater and Andre Holmes. Don't expect much in Week 17, even with a promising matchup against the Broncos' secondary.

Terrelle Pryor - QB Posted 12/24/13 10:54pm et
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen fired back Tuesday, Dec. 24, about the claims of QB Terrelle Pryor's agent, who said Monday, Dec. 23, that the coach is setting the quarterback up to fail by starting him in Week 17 against the Denver Broncos. "Well, first is, I'd say that's the stupidest thing I've ever frickin' heard,' Allen said. 'No coach in their right mind -- this isn't 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.' This isn't made-for-TV drama. This is football, and we make our football decisions based solely on that. Nothing other than that."
Huddle Up: If you thought another lost season for the Silver & Black was going to end peacefully, think again.

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