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Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio is faced with some tough roster decisions when finalizing the 53-man roster for the September 5 deadline. You can overlook the score in Thursday night's 31-21 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 4 of the preseason, which mostly featured reserves battling for a job. Del Rio looked for players capable of adding depth to his starting unit. Some of the potential backups made the decisions easy, for better or worse, while others put themselves in contention for expanded roles. Here are some of the issues Del Rio must tackle within the next 24-to-36 hours.   Matt McGloin ...
There’s a lot of buzz surrounding the Oakland Raiders leading up to the preseason finale, and it’s not all positive. A slew of events transpired over the past week—from roster cuts to injuries, from meaningless name-calling to an unofficial declaration of a new star. It sounds exciting, but wait until you hear the noteworthy storylines behind each bullet point. Head coach Jack Del Rio stands above the chatter to prepare the team for the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday, as he should. However, his press conference with the local media on Tuesday ended with some cryptic words about a fan favorite, which led to more ...
This is the final Oakland Raiders stock report before the coaching staff finalizes the roster prior to the regular season. The Raiders face some difficult cuts September 5 when the active roster drops to 53 players. The final preseason game will likely feature players battling for backup roles, which come into play as injuries accumulate during the season. This final stock report consists of players capable of stepping in for injured starters or those who need more work before the season kicks off. One name on this list may surprise you, but he’s hurting his chances while attempting to make up ground behind ...
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Seth Roberts didn’t enter the NFL as the cream of the crop within the 2014 draft class, but he rose to the occasion during the 2015 preseason. Roberts isn’t a stranger to delivering on the big stage. He made big, bold statements at his Division II alma mater, West Alabama, in his senior year. Silver & Black Pride writer Levi Damien provided a statistical snapshot of what Roberts accomplished inside an obscure bubble at West Alabama: As a senior, Roberts broke out mainly due to UWA passing the ball more. Having a receiver like him was a big reason ...
The Oakland Raiders trimmed their roster Monday with the regular season approaching and waived wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins, according to Pro Football Talk. Thompkins played 12 games for the Raiders and two for the New England Patriots in 2014 and finished with 262 receiving yards and zero touchdowns. The undrafted free agent out of Cincinnati is yet to establish himself as a consistent threat at the NFL level despite the speed that helped him run a 4.54 second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. Thompkins had one last chance to impress during Sunday’s preseason contest against the Arizona Cardinals but turned ...
After averaging just 2.8 yards per carry in the Oakland Raiders' first three preseason games, Trent Richardson now finds himself out of a job, as the team confirmed his release on Tuesday. ESPN.com's Bill Williamson initially reported the move Monday. Making the team seemed like an uphill battle for Richardson from the start. Latavius Murray is the incumbent starter, and the Raiders signed Roy Helu Jr. to a two-year, $4.1 million deal this offseason to handle more of the passing-downs duties, a role that could've fallen to Richardson. Getting cut this early into the process is a bad look for Richardson, and Steve Corkran of ...
Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio and his coaching staff have the tough task of narrowing down the roster to 75 players by September 1 after a tough loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Three weeks of preseason play helped some players solidify spots on the active roster yet hurt others based on production (you can refer to a previous 53-man roster projection to compare the changes made to the starting lineup and depth of each position). Currently, the Raiders have 88 players on the roster, and at least 13 will look for work elsewhere within the next 24 hours. We’ll fast-forward the ...
The Arizona Cardinals beat the Oakland Raiders 30-23 on Sunday night, but fantasy football players were far more interested in the pass-catching performances from the losing side.  With that in mind, here is a look at the final stat lines from wide receiver Amari Cooper and tight end Mychal Rivera: The numbers are solid, especially since neither played the entire game, but what they say about the big picture for each player is more important than the actual tallies in a preseason contest. Cooper stands out on name recognition alone. He was the fourth overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft and could ...
Derek Carr’s Week 3 performance against the Arizona Cardinals shouldn’t cause a full-blown panic attack, but it deserves a critical eye. On the surface, it looks like another bad game. Some critics may pass the buck onto the offensive line for not blocking well on this particular night, but there’s a poor pattern of execution in critical situations centered around the quarterback. To some, Carr is viewed as the franchise quarterback in a premature gesture, but his decision-making, especially in the red zone, doesn’t warrant that prestigious title. Carr’s placement of the football jumps off the film as the biggest red flag of ...
Oakland Raiders right tackle Menelik Watson was battling for a spot in the starting lineup this year, but he suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon on Sunday against the Cardinals. Continue for updates. Watson Speaks on Severity of Injury Sunday, Aug. 30 Watson took to Twitter following the injury, saying, "Ruptured Achilles tendon... I will be back stronger than ever that's a promise. Main thing is supporting the team right now." Bill Williamson of ESPN.com noted that Austin Howard replaced Watson on Sunday and will likely remain at right tackle throughout the regular season given the significance of the injury. Howard started all 16 games for the Raiders in ...