Player News - Raiders

Date: Team: Pos:

Jalen Richard played 8-of-65 (12 percent) snaps Week 2 against the Broncos.

Richard was a hot waiver name after seeing 11 targets in the season opener, but that usage was clearly script driven. Behind both Marshawn Lynch and Doug Martin in the pecking order, Richard could have some spike games, but they will only happen when the Raiders are down big. On the bright side, that could be the case often this season.
Sep 17 - 10:11 AM

Jared Cook caught 4-of-4 targets for 49 yards in Sunday's Week 2 loss to the Broncos.

After a massive opening week to the season, Cook fell back in line with his career output, but was still tied for second on the team in targets. Catching 13-of-16 targets to open the season, Cook will remain a fringe TE1 entering Week 3 versus the Dolphins.
Sep 16 - 8:24 PM

Jordy Nelson caught 2-of-4 targets for 30 yards in Sunday's Week 2 loss to the Broncos.

Nelson caught a 23-yard pass on the second offensive play of the game then all but disappeared afterwards. He has now posted 35 receiving yards or less in 11 consecutive games dating back to last season. Nelson is not a starting option Week 3 versus the Dolphins.
Sep 16 - 8:22 PM

Marshawn Lynch rushed 18 times for 65 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's Week 2 loss to the Broncos.

Lynch added two receptions for two yards in the passing game. He found the end zone on a 1-yard plunge to put the Raiders up 12-0 with 35 seconds left in the first half, but found no success on the ground otherwise. Lynch has now found the end zone in each of the opening two games, but has rushed 29 times for 105 yards combined over the opening two weeks. Lynch will be a fringe RB2 in Week 3 when the Raiders visit the Dolphins.
Sep 16 - 8:18 PM

Amari Cooper caught 10-of-10 targets for 116 yards in Sunday's Week 2 loss to the Broncos.

Cooper had just 17 receptions for 160 yards in six career games versus the Broncos prior to today, so this was an extremely positive game for Cooper after catching just one pass for nine yards in Week 1. No other Oakland player had more than four targets as Cooper played inside and outside during the game and was the clear number one target in the offense. Being a boom-or-bust option to this point in his career, Cooper will look to build off this game Week 3 versus the Dolphins.
Sep 16 - 8:13 PM

Derek Carr completed 29-of-32 passes for 288 yards and one touchdown in Sunday's Week 2 loss to the Broncos.

Carr was borderline flawless all afternoon, throwing just one incompletion in the first half and just three all game while averaging 8.3 yards per pass attempt. His lone touchdown was a 20-yard touchdown strike to Seth Roberts that put the Raiders up 19-7 in the 3rd quarter. Carr's Week 2 game was a big step forward after a lackluster open to the season, but will remain in the QB2 mix as Oakland heads to Miami in Week 3.
Sep 16 - 8:07 PM

Raiders declared DT P.J. Hall, DE Fadol Brown, OT T.J. Clemmings, WR Dwayne Harris, OT Justin Murray, CB Nick Nelson, and RB DeAndre Washington for Sunday's Week 2 game versus the Broncos.

The second-round pick suffered an ankle injury in Monday Night's game versus the Rams and failed to practice during the week. Fellow rookie fifth-round pick Maurice Hurst and Johnathan Hankins will play a larger role in the Oakland defense against a Broncos team that rushed for 146 yards in Week 1.
Sep 16 - 3:09 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Martavis Bryant has indeed been given another year-long suspension, but that the NFL is allowing him to play while it is on appeal.

There had been confusion about whether Bryant was actually facing another suspension, but the circumstantial evidence was long overwhelming. Per Schefter, Bryant is "confident that he has a chance to win the appeal." It will be heard in the "next couple of weeks." The desperate Raiders are going to trot Bryant out there when/until his ban is upheld. A player with Bryant's history has little shot of getting the benefit of the doubt.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 16 - 12:46 PM

DeAndre Washington (knee) is questionable for Week 2 against the Broncos.

Washington returned to practice for the first time this week. He only got in limited reps, so it would be a surprise if he was active. The Raiders have no reason to rush Washington with Marshawn Lynch, Doug Martin, and Jalen Richard all healthy.
Sep 14 - 5:15 PM

Brandon LaFell (back) wasn't listed on the Raiders' final injury report for Week 2 against the Broncos.

LaFell was limited to start the week but graduated to a full practice on Thursday, leading the Raiders to take him off their injury report. The ex-Bengal was a healthy scratch for Monday night's opener after signing just a week earlier, but will likely make his Raiders debut Sunday at Denver.
Sep 14 - 4:56 PM

Marshawn Lynch (shoulder) wasn't listed on the Raiders' final injury report for Week 2 against the Broncos.

Lynch was limited on Wednesday coming off the Raiders' Monday night game but he's practiced fully the past two days. Beast Mode went for 49 yards (41 rushing, eight receiving) while scoring an impressive touchdown in last week's opener. He'll be in play as an RB3 Sunday at Denver.
Sep 14 - 4:54 PM

Marshawn Lynch (shoulder) was upgraded to "full" in Thursday's practice.

Beast Mode's practice reps figure to be rationed all season. He will serve as an RB3 against the Broncos.
Sep 13 - 6:57 PM

Speaking Thursday, Martavis Bryant declined comment on reports that he is facing another suspension.

"I don’t know nothing about none of that," Bryant said. It's hardly a denial that something is/was brewing. Fantasy owners should consider Bryant a week-to-week proposition until clarity is gained. He's not worth a Week 2 speculative start against the Broncos' strong secondary.
Sep 13 - 2:56 PM

The Raiders have converted practice squad WR Johnny Holton to cornerback.

"Just a valuable football player," OC Greg Olson said. If/when Holton gets promoted back to the 53-man roster, it will be as a special teamer.
Sep 13 - 2:47 PM

Raiders OC Greg Olson said the team plans to move Amari Cooper around the formation "a lot."

Olson said the same is true of Jared Cook. "Critical to our success," Olson emphasized. Olson and coach Jon Gruden lived up to that pledge on Monday, running Cooper out of the slot on 45.2 percent of his routes. That's compared to 21.8 percent in 2017. Cooper had just one catch for nine yards on three targets, but Gruden believes he got open plenty, and not so subtly admonished Derek Carr for passing up open looks to his No. 1 wideout. It's going to be hard for Cooper to get going against Chris Harris and company in Week 2.
Sep 13 - 2:32 PM


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