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With the preseason having concluded, the Oakland Raiders have until Saturday to pare the roster down to 53 players. Some of the cuts are obvious, but there are several that will remain a mystery until the team's official announcement. Oakland's roster underwent a massive rebuild this past offseason, which meant that almost every spot on the roster was there for the taking. Whether it was for a starting spot or for depth, there were a lot of players on the Raiders' roster who were not only playing for a roster spot but also for substantial playing time. Different players came in with ...
Start the Carr. It doesn’t get any more obvious. After Thursday’s performance against the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks in a 41-31 win—11-of-13 for 143 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions—Oakland Raiders rookie Derek Carr should start in Week 1 versus the New York Jets. Head coach Dennis Allen tried to avoid a quarterback controversy by naming Matt Schaub his starter, but by sticking with him now, he’s only delaying the inevitable.   When the Raiders selected Carr with the 36th overall pick in May, they were making a statement that he was the future. The only question was when the future would arrive for a team that ...
Preseason games don't count, but Derek Carr's dominant display against the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night gives the Oakland Raiders a worthy excuse to jettison Matt Schaub as their starting quarterback. In the fourth and final exhibition content, Oakland reached the end zone in all four of Carr's series. He finished his night with 143 yards and three touchdowns, completing 84 percent of his passing attempts. Just to be clear, he wasn't showing up Richard Sherman and the Legion of Boom, although the starters made a brief cameo during the opening drive. While it's just the preseason, Carr's strong performance forces the ...
The Oakland Raiders have several position battles that could be settled tonight against the Seattle Seahawks, but there's one position that will steal the spotlight: quarterback. Head coach Dennis Allen continues to publicly support Matt Schaub, but a strong performance by Derek Carr will force Allen to seriously consider making a switch at the position. The Raiders will also look to answer some final roster questions at other positions. Neiko Thorpe and T.J. Carrie are currently locked in a battle for the third cornerback spot behind Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown. Their performances tonight will likely be the deciding factor. Oakland will also ...
After three preseason games, the Oakland Raiders still have plenty of questions to answer. They'll be hoping to answer them against the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night. After missing last week's game, Derek Carr suddenly finds himself in a great position. He's healthy, he's played well, and now that Matt Schaub is dealing with an elbow injury, he has an opportunity to make a strong case for the starting job. Head coach Dennis Allen insists there's no quarterback controversy in Oakland. The San Francisco Chronicle's Vic Tafur tweeted Allen is "not concerned" about the injury. That may be true, but Schaub doesn't seem ...
The Oakland A's are all in for 2014, but what happens this offseason if they lose? Heck, what decisions will the team be facing if they win the World Series? The team opened the 2014 season with an $82 million payroll, its biggest in the last 15 years, according to Cot's Baseball Contracts. Winning the World Series or not, the A's aren't likely to spend that kind of money in back-to-back seasons unless there's a strong chance of repeating. Even then, big spending is doubtful. Oakland must decide which players to try to re-sign, which free agents to pursue and how much ...
Coming into 2014, the Oakland Raiders penciled second-year cornerback D.J. Hayden in as a starter opposite Tarell Brown. Hayden was looking to put an injury-plagued rookie season behind him and become the player general manager Reggie McKenzie thought he was getting with the 12th overall selection of the 2013 NFL draft. When the Raiders placed Hayden on the reserve PUP list, they hoped he could rehab a broken foot and be healthy enough to play Week 1. Despite Hayden moving around well Monday, the Raiders opted to put him on the reserve PUP list to start the regular season. Hayden will ...
Quarterback Matt Schaub has had an extremely underwhelming preseason for the Oakland Raiders. Is his bad play the result of recent elbow soreness? Who should get the start Week 1 against the New York Jets? When might the Raiders turn to rookie Derek Carr or Matt McGloin?  Watch as Adam Lefkoe goes in-depth with Bleacher Report NFL Analyst Chris Simms in the video above.Read more Oakland Raiders news on BleacherReport.com
NFL team the Oakland Raiders haven’t tasted Super Bowl glory since 1983. Adding insult to that embarrassing barren spell, on Monday the franchise was named the least desirable team to play for in the NFL. The dubious accolade comes courtesy of an NFL Nation Confidential survey posed to 100-plus players on the following question: "The only way I'd play for [team name] is if they doubled my salary." Of the 82 recipients that responded to the survey, the Raiders topped the charts with 23 percent of the vote. The Buffalo Bills were a close second at 19 percent, the Cleveland Browns finished ...
Updates from Thursday, Aug. 28 Albert Breer of NFL.com reported on Matt Schaub's health:   Original Text Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Schaub was absent from team practice Sunday due to continued problems with his sore right (throwing) elbow. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Schaub has been diagnosed with tendonitis: Head coach Dennis Allen later spoke about Schaub's condition (via Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle): Schaub also spoke on his health on Monday (via Tafur): Schaub, 33, has struggled throughout the preseason and has had particular troubles with downfield passing. He has completed only one of his six passes that traveled 20 or more yards in ...