Roy Helu - RBPosted 8/26/15 4:49pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Roy Helu returned to practice Wednesday, Aug. 26 after sitting out nearly three weeks with a hamstring strain.
Huddle Up: Helu still projects as the Silver & Black's No. 2/pass-catching back, complementing starter Latavius Murray, but let's see how his hammy holds up over the next few weeks.
Andre Holmes - WRPosted 8/19/15 5:27pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Andre Holmes suffered a fractured hand during practice Sunday, Aug. 16, and is expected to be sidelined for three to four weeks, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Holmes, who hit career highs with 47 receptions for 693 yards and 4 TDs last season, is battling for a reserve WR role in back of Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree and this certainly won't help his cause.
Clive Walford - TEPosted 8/17/15 9:53am ET
Oakland Raiders TE Clive Walford had two catches for 28 yards, including a 22-yard reception, in a preseason game against the St. Louis Rams Friday, Aug. 14.
Huddle Up: The Raiders are extremely high on Walford and his potential contributions to their new-look offense, and he certainly did not disappoint in the preseason opener. A word of caution, though, regarding rookie tight ends: they rarely deliver consistent fantasy assistance in their first NFL season. Best treat Walford as a backup with considerable upside.
Rod Streater - WRPosted 8/16/15 6:35pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Rod Streater (undisclosed) was activated from the Non-Football Injury list Sunday, Aug. 16 and practiced with the team.
Huddle Up: Streater led the Silver & Black in receiving (60-888-4) in 2013 and then started the first three games last season before a broken foot ended his season. If all goes well with his continued recovery, he should be the team's No. 3 WR behind newcomers Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree.
Clive Walford - TEPosted 8/11/15 11:42pm ET
Oakland Raiders TE Clive Walford (hamstring) returned to practice Tuesday, Aug. 11, after missing the first nine days of practice.
Huddle Up: The Raiders still have high hopes for the third-round pick, but he'll now need to spend most of the exhibition season getting caught up.
Trent Richardson - RBPosted 8/10/15 3:50pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Trent Richardson is listed as the backup behind RB Latavius Murray.
Huddle Up: Richardson is listed as the No. 2 right now but Roy Helu is going to play on passing downs. Richardson needs to impress this preseason just to solidify a spot on the final roster.
Amari Cooper - WRPosted 8/7/15 9:39am ET
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper was praised by offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave for his hard work in drills and attention in meetings. 'I know we have a good one there, so we're thankful to have him,' Musgrave said Thursday, Aug. 6.
Huddle Up: Cooper has been every bit as good as advertised thus far in Oakland. If any rookie receiver is to live up to the legacy of last year's class, to certainly looks as if Cooper is the one.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 8/6/15 2:27pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray has taken all of the first-team repetitions and has looked powerful running, according to beat writer Vic Tafur. 'The biggest improvement has been in his explosiveness and his conditioning,' Murray's trainer Vinny Scollo told Syracuse.com. 'Last year, we really had to taper the workouts and work around his injury. This year, his conditioning, his wind, is 100 percent there.'
Huddle Up: Murray tantalized fantasy GMs with his late-season showing in 2014, and he currently owns a late-sixth-round ADP (59), going 19th overall among all RBs, so there is some value to be had if he winds up being the Silver & Black's no-doubt No. 1 for the season.
Michael Crabtree - WRPosted 8/6/15 11:50pm ET
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr is building on-field chemistry with WR Michael Crabtree, according to offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave. 'He [Crabtree] and Derek [Carr] have definitely established a rapport in the short time they've been together. We love the fact that they're making plays in practice, because we want to play the same way in the game. They're working hard. They work hard together. I'm glad that Michael's part of our team,' said Musgrave.
Huddle Up: Rookie first-round pick Amari Cooper has received most of the pub and accolades so far in the Silver & Black camp, but don't forget about Crabtree, the former No. 1 WR across the bay who posted a 68-698-4 line last season despite being less than a year removed from an Achilles' tear and playing in an overall sputtering offense.
Derek Carr - QBPosted 8/5/15 12:26am ET
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr may look to throw more downfield this year due to new WRs Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, a new coaching staff and a more solid offensive line.
Huddle Up: Yeah, count on that happening one way or another as Carr easily finished with a league-worst 5.46 yards per attempt last season as a rookie, throwing for 3,270 yards on 599 passes.
Trent Richardson - RBPosted 8/2/15 11:17pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Trent Richardson is likely competing with undrafted rookie RB Michael Dyer for a spot on the 53-man roster, and NFL.com's Ian Rapoport puts Richardson's chances of making the final roster at 50-50.
Huddle Up: In a word: Yikes! If T-Rich hasn't reached rock bottom yet, he's getting awfully close.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 8/1/15 12:07am ET
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray said he understands how important it is for him to perform well in 2015. 'I know the success I've had doesnt matter,' Murray said Friday, July 31. 'What matters now is what I [do going] forward and what I do this upcoming season, this upcoming training camp. Again, do anything I can just to get better and help the team.'
Huddle Up: Murray flashed potential late last season when he got an opportunity and fantasy owners are hoping he'll become the Raiders' primary ball carrier this year. Roy Helu is in the mix for touches too but Murray should dominate the early down work. He currently has a fourth round ADP.
Trent Richardson - RBPosted 7/31/15 7:12pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Trent Richardson (undisclosed) was placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury list Friday, July 31.
Huddle Up: A reason wasn't given but there's a possibility Richardson failed his conditioning test. It would be a bad sign for his chances of making the Raiders' roster. Reports earlier this week said Richardson didn't look good early in camp. It seems unthinkable but a former first-round pick who was then traded for a first-round pick may be done at the age of 25.
Trent Richardson - RBPosted 7/28/15 9:58pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Trent Richardson plans to make the most of a fresh start in Oakland. 'I know what they [the coaching staff] expect and how they're going to spread the field, putting me in a position to be successful,' said Richardson. 'With that, in talking to [Head] Coach [Jack Del Rio], he just said there is just a lot of opportunity out here. He said he isn't going to promise me anything, but if I come in and work, I can be that bell cow,' Richardson said Tuesday, July 28.
Huddle Up: Even with the price dirt cheap, ignore the talk and resist the temptation to buy low on T-Rich. If you're still tempted, go back and review his Indy stats from the past two seasons.
Sio Moore - LBPosted 7/27/15 11:21pm ET
Oakland Raiders LB Sio Moore (hip) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, July 27.
Huddle Up: The Silver & Black were hoping to have one of their best defenders back by the start of training camp this week, but according to reports, they only expect this to be a minor setback and anticipate Moore won't miss much more time. In 11 games last season, Moore finished third on the squad in both total tackles (89) and sacks (3).
Amari Cooper - WRPosted 7/26/15 1:25pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper was praised by retired WR Tim Brown. 'This guy is just a superb, great receiver,' Brown said. 'He's going to be dominant Day 1.'
Huddle Up: With a current ADP of 39.7, Cooper is going third among all rookies and first among rookie wideouts. Overall, among all WRs, he's currently going 18th, showing that fantasy GMs are counting on the fourth-overall pick to pick up where last season's record-setting rookie WR class left off.
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.
Trent Richardson - RBPosted 7/6/15 3:25pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Trent Richardson lost some weight this offseason and showed some quickness during offseason workouts, according to offensive line coach Mike Tice.
Huddle Up: This story would have more fantasy importance if Tice were telling us Richardson was putting on weight and playing guard for the Raiders. After his showing the past two seasons few if any fantasy owners are banking on Richardson--lighter or not--bringing anything to the fantasy table as a possible backup to Latavius Murray.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 7/6/15 3:25pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray performed well during the mandatory minicamp this offseason, according to offensive line coach Mike Tice. Tice said Murray showed good speed and finish during practices.
Huddle Up: Murray should have every opportunity to claim the Raiders' RB1 gig. If he's able to stay healthy he's demonstrated he has the talent to be successful in that role.
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.
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