Derek Carr - QBPosted 8/16/18 6:37pm ET
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr has already 'mastered' the offense, according to head coach Jon Gruden.
Huddle Up: Gruden's offense could help bring out the best in Carr, but he'd need to make a sizeable leap to join the QB1 conversation. Consider him a solid backup option.
Giorgio Tavecchio - PKPosted 8/15/18 11:38am ET
The Houston Texans worked out free-agent PKs Giorgio Tavecchio (Raiders) and Nick Rose on Wednesday, Aug. 15. Both apparently did well, but Tavecchio is now under consideration to be signed.
Huddle Up: Tavecchio played for special teams coach Brad Seely in Oakland. Apparently Ka'imi Fairbairn is dealing with some type of short-term injury, so it's unclear if Tavecchio will be given a real shot to replace him or the team simply wants him just for the next preseason game. No fantasy appeal here, at least not yet.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 8/15/18 4:46pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Martavis Bryant (head) participated in practice Wednesday, Aug. 14, after he missed the previous two practices because of headaches.
Huddle Up: Bryant has had an up-and-down training camp so far, but it appears like he has a good chance to be the team's No. 3 receiver. Bryant is a big-ply threat because of his speed and could be a No. 4 fantasy receiver if he continues to perform well.
Derek Carr - QBPosted 8/14/18 1:52pm ET
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr has been vocal, directive and fluent in head coach Jon Gruden's offense so far. The command of the offense Carr has shown is evident.
Huddle Up: Carr needs a bounce-back year after a disappointing 2017 campaing. Gruden and his regime may be the spark that ignites that rebound. As for fantasy purposes, Carr just doesn't throw for enough yards or enough touchdowns to have his name included with those in QB1 territory.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 8/13/18 12:26pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Martavis Bryant (head) did not participate in practice Monday, Aug. 13, because he was dealing with a headache, according to head coach Jon Gruden.
Huddle Up: Bryant has gotten off to a bit of a rocky start with the Raiders but was performing better recently. He has a chance to serve as the No. 3 receiver and is a big-play threat. Bryant can be at least a No. 4 fantasy receiver in standard leagues.
Derek Carr - QBPosted 8/10/18 8:28pm ET
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr played one series against the Detroit Lions in the preseason opener Friday, Aug. 10, completing two of his four passes for 11 yards.
Huddle Up: There is a chance that Jon Gruden could help Carr take his performance to the next level this year, but he is likely headed for another season of QB2 production.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 8/8/18 11:11am ET
Oakland Raiders WR Martavis Bryant is struggling to learn the playbook so far in training camp, according to offensive coordinator Greg Olson. The Raiders are trying to simplify Bryant's learning process so they can get him on the field more.
Huddle Up: Bryant has the talent to succeed in the NFL, but he's learning a new offense under a new coach on a new team. He's the No. 3 wide receiver behind Amari Cooper and Jordy Nelson anyway, which makes Bryant no more than a speculative WR4.
Jordy Nelson - WRPosted 8/2/18 12:08pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Jordy Nelson has been moving well, running polished routes and showing leadership in training camp. He is also developing good timing with QB Derek Carr.
Huddle Up: Nelson has been unable to get much separation from defenders in recent years, but he can at least serve as a possession receiver for the Raiders. Amari Cooper is still the receiver to own despite recent disappointments, but Nelson looks like an ADP value heading into the preseason.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 8/1/18 6:32pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Martavis Bryant (illness) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Aug. 1, because of an illness, according to head coach Jon Gruden.
Huddle Up: Bryant is coming off a disappointing 2017 season but has a good chance to be a top three receiver for the Raiders. He will have fantasy value because of his big-play ability and can be a No. 4 receiver in most fantasy leagues.
Jordy Nelson - WRPosted 7/27/18 8:01pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Jordy Nelson can still run and is 'one of the fastest skill guys' on the team, according to QB Derek Carr, and head coach Jon Gruden said Nelson can still lineup anywhere and run any route.
Huddle Up: Although Nelson can't be expected to put up the WR1 numbers that he managed while serving as Aaron Rodgers' go-to target, WR3 production wouldn't be a surprise.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 6/21/18 10:34am ET
Oakland Raiders WR Martavis Bryant has stayed clean and hasn't missed a drug test amid rumors that he could be suspended for a violation of the NFL's substance-abuse policy.
Huddle Up: The Raiders need Bryant to stay on the field after losing Michael Crabtree and with Jordy Nelson's game seemingly declining. Bryant will be Oakland's No. 3 receiving option behind the aforementioned receivers, making him a mid- to late-round consideration.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 6/20/18 11:17pm ET
The Oakland Raiders fear WR Martavis Bryant could be facing a suspension, believed to be related to the NFL's substance-abuse policy, according to the Las Vegas Journal-Review's Michael Gehlken.
Huddle Up: While nothing concrete has emerged, reliable sources like the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and ESPN's Paul Gutierrez have made reference to the possibility that something is going on with Bryant. Given Bryant's history, any misstep could result in serious discipline being handed down. There's nothing to do yet but watch and wait, though if you draft early it's something to consider before taking the plunge.
Jordy Nelson - WRPosted 6/8/18 9:10pm ET
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr praised WR Jordy Nelson's attention to detail and said he understands why Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers loved throwing to Nelson.
Huddle Up: If Nelson can continue to develop a chemistry with Carr, there is no reason he can't provide WR3 production in 2018.
Amari Cooper - WRPosted 5/30/18 8:18pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper (hamstring) did not participate in practice Tuesday, May 29, because of the hamstring injury he suffered last week.
Huddle Up: Cooper probably will be limited for the rest of the offseason workouts so the team can make sure he is ready for training camp. He is coming off a disappointing 2017 season but will be the main option in the Raiders' passing game this upcoming season. He can be a No. 2 fantasy receiver in 2018.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 5/29/18 12:26pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Doug Martin could challenge RB Marshawn Lynch for starting running back duties, in the opinion of The Athletic's Vic Tafur. Martin looks quick and has shown burst at organized team activities so far.
Huddle Up: It's easy for beat writers t to be excitable a couple months before meaningful action transpires. Time will tell if this was just hyperbole. As long as Lynch is healthy he should see the majority of carries, but there is no question that Martin hurts Lynch's value. For now, view Lynch as a low-end RB2 to high-end RB3 and Martin as more of a flex.
Jordy Nelson - WRPosted 5/26/18 8:55pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper said he has been learning a lot from WR Jordy Nelson.
Huddle Up: Cooper is coming off his worst season as a pro, but the offseason additions of Nelson and Martavis Bryant could make life easier for Cooper. He is capable of flirting with WR1 status, and he should be available for a WR2 cost after his rough 2017 campaign.
Amari Cooper - WRPosted 5/22/18 1:00pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper (hamstring) left organized team activities early Tuesday, May 22, with a hamstring ailment, according to head coach Jon Gruden.
Huddle Up: This will need some monitoring, but it doesn't sound like the issue is overly concerning. Gruden has already said Cooper will be the focus of the offense in 2017. For now, Cooper has low-end WR1 to high-end WR2 appeal.
Marcell Ateman - WRPosted 4/28/18 2:44pm ET
The Oakland Raiders selected Oklahoma State WR Marcell Ateman with the 228th overall pick (Round 7) in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Ateman could be a steal at this late juncture of the draft. He was part of a prolific offense in Stillwater, showing off good size and strength. He is particularly solid as a pass-blocking wideout, and he might emerge as a red-zone threat sometime down the road. Teams might have let him slide down the board because he is a little older than most rookies at 24 years old, so he'll need to develop quickly.
Derek Carr - QBPosted 4/26/18 8:07pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Martavis Bryant can be a 'dynamic receiver' for quarterback Derek Carr, according to general manager Reggie McKenzie, and McKenzie said Oakland had been working on trading for Bryant for some time.
Huddle Up: Bryant has plenty of upside because of his big-play ability, but he has to stay on the field and show some consistency. He is worth taking a chance on as a WR4.
Amari Cooper - WRPosted 4/23/18 12:10pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper's fifth-year option was officially exercised Monday, April 23. His contract is now extended through 2019.
Huddle Up: Cooper is coming off a disappointing season, but his ceiling remains in low-end WR1 to high-end WR2 territory.
Amari Cooper - WRPosted 4/22/18 6:29pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper is expected to have his fifth-year option picked up soon, according to a source.
Huddle Up: After back-to-back 1,000-yard campaigns to begin his career, Cooper finished with just 680 yards last season. Injuries were apparently part of the problem, and as the clear go-to target in Oakland's passing game, Cooper could rebound in 2018 and recapture his WR2 form.
Amari Cooper - WRPosted 4/20/18 2:50pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper's agent has been in contact with the Raiders about Cooper's contract situation, according to general manager Reggie McKenzie. The Raiders will have to decide this offseason whether to exercise the fifth-year option in Cooper's contract.
Huddle Up: Cooper is coming off a disappointing 2017 season but can still be one of the better receivers in the NFL. He should be the top targets in the Raiders' passing game next season and has a chance to be a No. 2 fantasy receiver.
Amari Cooper - WRPosted 4/2/18 7:03pm ET
Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden reiterated his plans on WR Amari Cooper being a central figure of the offense this season Monday, April 2, and went one step further by suggesting Cooper reminds him of a 'young Tim Brown.' 'I said it when he came out of Alabama, that he reminded me of a young Tim Brown. He has that type of game speed. He's elusive, and has a wide range of routes he can run. ? We're going to make him the main vein of our passing offense and move him around a lot,' Gruden said.
Huddle Up: Gruden has a history of getting production from his top wideout despite working with different types (Michael Clayton, Joey Galloway, Antonio Bryant, Keenan McCardell and Keyshawn Johnson during his time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers alone). With an injury-plagued season hopefully behind him, Cooper is a prime rebound candidate in 2018 and should be drafted as a low-end WR1.
Jon Gruden - HCPosted 3/31/18 7:42pm ET
Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said he likes the way the Kansas City Chiefs utilize three tight ends. 'It's a great package to have,' Gruden said. 'You can run out the clock. You can hand the ball off on the goal line.'
Huddle Up: Jared Cook had a solid 2017 season, finishing seventh in receiving yards among tight ends. He would likely be the biggest beneficiary if the Raiders utilize the position even more in 2018 and could be a low-end TE1.
Marshawn Lynch - RBPosted 3/21/18 5:32am ET
Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch restructured his contract Saturday, March 17, and its base value is worth $5.5 million with $4.5 million guaranteed. He can earn up to $9.25 million with incentives.
Huddle Up: Lynch had moments last season, but the team just added Doug Martin. The two offset each other to a degree, and Lynch is an RB3 in fantasy with minimal upside since he doesn't catch a lot of passes.
Cordarrelle Patterson - WRPosted 3/18/18 3:33pm ET
The Oakland Raiders are trading WR Cordarrelle Patterson to the New England Patriots, a source confirmed Sunday, March 18. It's uncertain what is headed back to the Raiders as compensation.
Huddle Up: He'll likely take over as the primary kick return man in Foxboro, although he could make a splash as a receiver working with Tom Brady as well. At this point, Patterson would only be worth a look as a deep sleeper in larger formats, but he is a player worth monitoring in training camp and the preseason.
Marshawn Lynch - RBPosted 3/17/18 2:07pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch will receive his $1 million bonus Sunday, March 18, and will remain with the team, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Lynch likely will continue to be the starting running back for the Raiders but could lose some touches to Doug Martin. Lynch can be at least a No. 3 running back in standard leagues in 2018.
Michael Crabtree - WRPosted 3/16/18 5:17am ET
Free-agent WR Michael Crabtree (Raiders) will visit the Baltimore Ravens Friday, March 16.
Huddle Up: Crabtree can be a solid WR3 in PPR, but he'll need volume targets to reach that. He has some bust potential.
Michael Crabtree - WRPosted 3/16/18 3:28pm ET
The Baltimore Ravens reached an agreement with free-agent WR Michael Crabtree (Raiders) on a three-year contract on Friday, March 16, according to a source. Financial details were undisclosed.
Huddle Up: Crabtree takes the place of Ryan Grant, who had his deal nullified due to a medical issue. The veteran receiver is probably a better addition than Grant anyway, as the latter never had a 100-yard game. Crabtree is likely to slot as the No. 1 receiver in Baltimore, and he'll be a solid WR3 or flex fantasy option in 2018.
Michael Crabtree - WRPosted 3/15/18 12:55pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Michael Crabtree was released Thursday, March 15, according to a source.
Huddle Up: This move was expected under the condition that the Raiders would be signing Jordy Nelson, so look for that to come to fruition soon. Crabtree will have teams interested in him but is at the point in his career where he can't be drafted as more than a WR3.
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