Roy Helu - RBPosted 7/6/15 12:01am ET
Oakland Raiders RB Roy Helu had an 'outstanding' offseason and showed good quickness, awareness and hands, according to offensive line coach Mike Tice.
Huddle Up: Helu has averaged 32 receptions a season since entering the league in 2011 and should be the third-down back in Oakland with Latavius Murray as the starter. He's definitely a name that might fly under the radar in PPR drafts.
Michael Crabtree - WRPosted 6/30/15 11:19pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Michael Crabtree has received recognition from QB Derek Carr for his presence in the locker room. 'He's such a great teammate. I love the guy. I talk to him all the time. We're always talking about the game. We're always talking ball. We're always talking routes, concepts, and what we're going to do during the game, and hand signals, all those things. He is a football junkie. He's been a nice guy, a nice addition to our team,' Carr said.
Huddle Up: Crabtree, coming off a 68-698-4 season across the bay in San Fran, is the leading candidate to lead the Silver & Black in targets and receptions while rookie first-round pick Amari Cooper figures to be the team's big-play wideout.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 6/28/15 1:49am ET
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray has the opportunity to be the team's No. 1 running back in 2015, and it's one he embraces. 'It's a great feeling, but every day I have to go in there knowing I need to get better every day,' Murray explained. 'I need to play like it's a new year. Last season is just last season and the year before that it was the year before that. Every season is a new year for me and it's a year I have to go out and prove something.'
Huddle Up: A great discussion of the linear progression of time from Murray, who has shown flashes of excellence when he's been able to stay on the field. We'll find out what this new year holds in store for him soon.
Clive Walford - TEPosted 6/26/15 3:30pm ET
Oakland Raiders TE Clive Walford could be the leading candidate for the starting tight end job this season. Walford performed well during offseason workouts, and the team believes he can be one of the better receiving tight ends in time.
Huddle Up: Second-year TE Mychal Rivera hauled in 58 passes for 534 yards and four TDs last season to finish 17th among fantasy TEs, but the third-round rookie Walford has been impressive in offseason drills. The likely scenario is that Walford starts and garners the most targets, but Rivera still snares his share of the snaps, keeping both below the fantasy radar in all but the deepest of leagues.
Andre Holmes - WRPosted 6/24/15 1:08am ET
Oakland Raiders WR Andre Holmes is believed to be the No. 4 receiver on the depth chart, but expect a strong push from WR Kenbrell Thompkins, who had a strong minicamp.
Huddle Up: Kris Durham, Rod Streater and Brice Butler also are in the mix to fill out the WR depth chart behind projected starters Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, but it'll be tough for any of the reserve wideouts to attain any consistent fantasy value given the added weaponry in Oakland.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 6/12/15 5:01pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray is currently the frontrunner for the starting running back position, according to head coach Jack Del Rio. Del Rio said Murray needs to improve his football intelligence and his versatility.
Huddle Up: With Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew out of the picture -- and newly signed Trent Richardson not much of a threat -- it's definitely Murray's job to lose. But with all of 82 rushes in two seasons, can the 2013 sixth-round pick handle a full-time load? Meanwhile, don't forget about Roy Helu Jr., though, who should -- at the least -- receive some supplemental carries and a fair amount of targets in the passing game.
Amari Cooper - WRPosted 6/11/15 10:53pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper could be used on kick returns this season, although the coaching staff is still speculative as they do not want to overuse Cooper.
Huddle Up: Yeah, the Silver & Black finally seem to have a drafted a can't-miss stud, and the last thing they'd need is for the fourth-overall pick to get hurt on special teams.
Derek Carr - QBPosted 6/9/15 3:57pm ET
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (finger) has been cleared to participate in the team's upcoming minicamp, according to a source. Carr may not be at full strength when throwing at minicamp but should be fully recovered by the start of training camp.
Huddle Up: Good news for the second-year QB who has a new offense and a new cast of pass-catchers, including first-round pick Amari Cooper, to adapt to.
Kris Durham - WRPosted 6/4/15 7:45pm ET
Free-agent WR Kris Durham (Titans) was signed to an undisclosed contract by the Oakland Raiders on Thursday, June 4. TE Scott Simonson was subsequently released.
Huddle Up: The 6-6 Durham was a solid contributor for the Lions in 2013, catching 38 passes for 490 yards and a pair of TDs, but even with the talent-needy Raiders, he'll be fighting for a back-end WR roster spot and doesn't figure to be any kind of fantasy factor.
Derek Carr - QBPosted 6/2/15 8:24pm ET
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (finger) threw a few passes during organized team activities Tuesday, June 2, as he continues to recover from an injury on the ring finger of his throwing hand. The injury is not considered serious. There is no timetable for when Carr will really start throwing or how long the recovery will take.
Huddle Up: It's a small setback with the second-year QB adjusting to a new offense, but the finger should be fine by the time training camp rolls around.
Clive Walford - TEPosted 5/29/15 1:19pm ET
Oakland Raiders TE Clive Walford is garnering praise from head coach Jack Del Rio and tight ends coach Bobby Johnson during organized team activities. Walford averaged 3.26 yards per route run last season, which was No. 1 among draft-eligible tight ends, according to Pro Football Focus. Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle described Walford as a better route runner than Maxx Williams, who was the first tight end selected in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: The 6-4, 255-pound Walford has the skills and potential to become the Raiders' best TE in years, but don't overpay for this coming season as he's a rookie TE and he's not exactly coming into the greatest passing system in the league.
Derek Carr - QBPosted 5/22/15 2:46pm ET
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (finger) will not need surgery on his injured finger and may be able to throw again before the end of offseason workouts, according to his agent.
Huddle Up: That sound you heard was the sigh of relief coming from Raider Nation as the second-year QB can use all the time he can find to adapt to a new offense and build a rapport his shiny new toys, including draft picks Amari Cooper and TE Clive Walford.
Derek Carr - QBPosted 5/19/15 7:46pm ET
Updating a previous report, Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (finger) has a right ring finger injury that could be surgically repaired. A return for training camp is still achievable, however, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Even though Carr isn't likely to miss as much as a training camp practice, the second-year QB still might miss valuable time getting used to the Raiders' new coaches and offense and building an on-field rapport with first-round pick Amari Cooper.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 5/19/15 7:46pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray is looking forward to being the Raiders' starting running back in 2015. 'It's a great feeling, but every day I have to go in there knowing I need to get better every day,' Murray said. 'Every season is a new year for me and it's a year I have to go out and prove something.'
Huddle Up: Murray gained 370 of his 424 rushing yards in the last five games of the 2014 season, averaging 5.2 yards per carry, while all other Silver & Black ballcarriers averaged only 3.2 yards per tote. Still, it's a new offense and new coaching staff and Murray is going to have to prove himself and clearly beat out newcomers Trent Richardson and Roy Helu for the starting gig.
Clive Walford - TEPosted 5/10/15 6:59pm ET
Oakland Raiders TE Clive Walford said he modeled his game after New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski, and general manager Reggie McKenzie said Walford is a 'complete' tight end.
Huddle Up: Mychal Rivera was decent last season with a career-best 58 catches for 534 yards and four TDs last season, but Walford brings another dimension to the Silver & Black passing attack, giving Derek Carr a legit between-the-numbers threat to complement his shiny new outside weapon in rookie WR Amari Cooper.
Amari Cooper - WRPosted 5/7/15 10:43pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper signed a four-year deal, with a fifth-year option Thursday, May 7.
Huddle Up: The draft's fourth-overall pick has signed in plenty of time to get in all the offseason work he needs in preparation for his new role as the Silver & Black's No.1 WR. Don't be surprised if an Offensive Rookie of the Year award follows.
Amari Cooper - WRPosted 4/30/15 9:08pm ET
Alabama WR Amari Cooper was selected fourth overall by the Oakland Raiders in the 2015 NFL Draft on Thursday, April 30.
Huddle Up: Regarded by many as the top can't-miss prospect of the draft, the former Alabama standout has landed with the Silver & Black, who were overjoyed when the Jaguars decided to go with pass-rusher Dante Fowler Jr. with the third-overall selection. The Raiders had a gaggle of pedestrian WRs last season, including James Jones, Andre Holmes and Kenbrell Thompkins, but they have since added to the arsenal of second-year QB Derek Carr, big time, by adding free-agent Michael Crabtree and then swooping up the draft's top WR in Cooper.
Michael Crabtree - WRPosted 4/25/15 12:32am ET
Oakland Raiders WR Michael Crabtree said he has a chip on his shoulder since he did not receive a lot of interest in free agency and believes he has a lot to prove in 2015.
Huddle Up: If so, Crabtree will avoid injury, emerge as the No. 1 WR the Silver & Black desperately needs and help lift second-year QB Derek Carr and the Raiders' passing game to the next level. That's a decent amount on any WR's plate.
Michael Crabtree - WRPosted 4/14/15 2:06pm ET
Updating a previous report, the Oakland Raiders are giving free-agent WR Michael Crabtree (49ers) a one-year, $3 million deal with another $2 million in incentives.
Huddle Up: Crabtree, who's coming off a 68-698-4 season across the bay, is a solid addition for the Silver & Black, and if he's healthy, he should quickly assume the No. 1 WR role, knocking incumbent wideouts James Jones, Andre Holmes and Rod Streater down a fantasy peg or three.
Andre Holmes - WRPosted 4/8/15 9:28am ET
Updating a previous report, Oakland Raiders WR Andre Holmes signed his one-year tender Tuesday, April 7, and the deal is worth $1.542 million. He was present and active for the team's first strength and conditioning workout Tuesday.
Huddle Up: Holmes flashed potential last season, but that the Raiders only used the low tender to secure his services speaks to their thoughts on his value to the organization. And the general apathy towards his reasonably inexpensive availability suggests the league feels the same way. And if the Raiders use the fourth overall pick on a wide receiver, Holmes' fantasy value will be almost nil.
Rod Streater - WRPosted 4/8/15 9:28am ET
Oakland Raiders WR Rod Streater has signed his restricted free-agent tender.
Huddle Up: Lump Streater in with a collection of mediocre Oakland wideouts, one that would be pushed even further down the fantasy value board if they spend an early pick or two on some of the wide receiver talent available in this year's draft.
Andre Holmes - WRPosted 4/7/15 7:48pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Andre Holmes is reportedly signing his restricted free-agent tender Tuesday, April 7.
Huddle Up: Holmes finished third on the Silver & Black with a career-high 47 receptions for 693 yards and four TDs and, as of the moment, is in line to be the team's No. 2 WR barring a free-agent signing or the use of a high draft pick on a WR later this month.
Denarius Moore - WRPosted 4/6/15 4:22pm ET
Free-agent WR Denarius Moore (Raiders) will sign a one-year deal with the Cincinnati Bengals Monday, April 6, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Toss Moore into the mix with Cincy's secondary targets alongside A.J. Green. Barring injury, it looks like a three-way split of secondary numbers, which doesn't bode well for any of the fantasy upsides of Moore, Mohamed Sanu, or Marvin Jones.
Matt Schaub - QBPosted 3/17/15 2:30pm ET
Oakland Raiders QB Matt Schaub was released Monday, March 16.
Huddle Up: What's taken so long?
Rod Streater - WRPosted 3/7/15 11:51pm ET
Oakland Raiders restricted free-agent WR Rod Streater received a second-round tender offer from the team, according to a source.
Huddle Up: It's unlikely there's another team in the league that values Streater as a second-rounder, so you can bank on him returning to the Raiders in 2015.
Andre Holmes - WRPosted 3/7/15 11:51pm ET
Oakland Raiders restricted free-agent WR Andre Holmes received the lowest tender offer from the Raiders. The Raiders would not receive any compensation if Holmes signs with another team.
Huddle Up: A couple things you can read into this move: the Raiders don't value Holmes as anything resembling a starting wideout; Oakland has other plans at the position, be they via free agency or the draft; and the talented but inconsistent Holmes will likely be wearing a different uniform and learning a new offense this season.
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?
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