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Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Moore (concussion) returned to practice Tuesday, the Contra Costa Times reports.
Impact: Moore was carted off the field on a stretcher during Friday's preseason game. While he did suffer a concussion and a neck strain, fortunately X-rays on Moore's neck returned negative. Fresh off avoiding a more serious setback, Moore returned to practice Tuesday to reclaim his starting weakside linebacker position.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tavecchio was claimed off waivers by the Raiders on Tuesday.
Impact: After losing out to Nate Freese for the Lions' kicking job a day earlier, Tavecchio didn't take long to find a new home. He'll serve as the Raiders' kicker for their preseason finale Thursday, but with Sebastian Janikowski (quad) expected to be ready to go for the regular season, Tavecchio could soon be sent back out on the waiver wire.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Goessling was waived by the Raiders on Tuesday, Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Impact: The Raiders were keeping Goessling around as an insurance policy with Sebastian Janikowski dealing with a quad injury and unlikely to play in Thursday's preseason finale, but the team elected to drop him after Giorgio Tavecchio became available off waivers. Goessling will have to wait for a kicking job to open up with another club before receiving his next chance to compete.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | STATS
News: Hayden will miss at least the first six weeks of the season after being placed on the physically unable to perform list with a stress fracture in his right foot.
Impact: The move Tuesday is the latest setback to Hayden since being drafted 12th overall in 2013 with general manager Reggie McKenzie's first first-round pick in Oakland.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Schaub (elbow) is not expected to play in Thursday's preseason finale, CSN California reports.
Impact: Schaub has missed the past three practices due to soreness in his elbow, which is believed to have tendinitis as well. While rookie Derek Carr is slated to start Thursday's last exhibition outing, Schaub remains on track to be ready to start Week 1 of the regular season.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Janikowski (quadriceps) probably won't play in Thursday's preseason finale versus the Seahawks, the Contra Costa Times reports.
Impact: Janikowski was scratched from Friday's preseason game with a right quad injury that isn't considered serious. The veteran kicker will likely rest Thursday to ensure he's firing on all cylinders when Week 1 rolls around.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Edwards was released by the Raiders on Tuesday, Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times reports.
Impact: Edwards competed against Matt McGloin for the Raiders' third quarterback job, but he ended up on the wrong side of the battle and is back on the market.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Criner was waived by the Raiders on Tuesday, Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times reports.
Impact: Criner showed promise in his rookie season of 2012, but he caught just three passes all of last season and did not show enough during camp to stick around in Oakland. Criner is entering his third season, so there is a good chance he finds work with another team.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hayden (foot) will begin the regular season on the Raiders' PUP list, NFL.com reports.
Impact: Hayden appeared destined for this roster move, since a bevy of injuries have hampered his progress throughout the offseason. Following an eight-game rookie season, Hayden sprained his ankle this summer and underwent surgery to repair a stress fracture in his foot just before training camp. The oft-injured cornerback is currently rehabbing his foot, but the Raiders want to ensure their 2013 first-rounder is fully healthy once he's activated. With that goal, Oakland will keep Hayden sidelined for the first six games of this season before he becomes eligible to join the team in practice. Until that happens, offseason signings Tarell Brown and Carlos Rodgers will comprise the Raiders' starting cornerback duo.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | STATS
News: Schaub missed his second straight day of practice with a sore throwing elbow, a problem that has lingered throughout the preseason.
Impact: Schaub's status for Thursday night's exhibition finale against Seattle remains up in the air but he and coach Dennis Allen say they are confident he will be healthy enough to start the season opener Sept. 7 against the New York Jets.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Schaub missed his second straight day of practice Monday due to soreness in his throwing elbow, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Impact: That said, coach Dennis Allen doesn't view Schaub's elbow issue as a serious injury, with the report noting that the veteran QB remains on track to the start the Raiders' regular season opener, Sept. 7 against the Jets. When quizzed about the similarities between Schaub's current elbow woes and those of Matt Flynn, who lost his job last year to Terrelle Pryor in advance of Week 1, Allen replied, "I don't see those two situations as the same."
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Lions have released Tavecchio, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Impact: As a result, seventh-round draft pick Nate Freese is in line to serve as the Lions' kicker out of the gate, while Tavecchio will try to catch on elsewhere in the coming days.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: With Schaub missing practice Sunday due to a sore elbow, Derek Carr worked with the Raiders' first team offense in his place, SFGate.com reports. "We'll see where [Schaub's] at tomorrow and kind of take that day-by-day," coach Dennis Allen noted Sunday.
Impact: In three preseason games thus far, Schaub has completed 24-of-47 passes for 218 yards and an interception, with questions about his arm strength having cropped up in the process. The report notes that the veteran QB is scheduled to talk to reporters after practice Monday, with NFL.com's Ian Rapoport suggesting that Schaub's elbow issue is believed to be a case of tendinitis, with no major structural damage in play.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Dennis Allen indicated that Carr (ribs) "looked good" while working with the Raiders' starters in place of Matt Schaub (sore elbow) on Sunday, SFGate.com reports.
Impact: The report adds that Carr will play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Seahawks, and while we won't overreact to Schaub's elbow issue at this time, it's a situation to monitor in the coming days, with Schaub currently in the day-to-day category, according to Allen.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Schaub is dealing with a sore elbow, Jerry McDonald of the Oakland Tribune reports.
Impact: Schaub's injury is not believed to be serious, but it prevented him from practicing Sunday, and he will be evaluated daily moving forward. It remains to be seen if the setback will threaten his chances of playing in Week 1.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Carr (concussion/ribs) is expected to play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Seahawks, Scott Bair of CSN California reports.
Impact: Despite clearing the NFL's rigorous protocol for head injuries Thursday, Carr missed Friday's game in Green Bay due to the residual effects of the concussion and rib injury that he sustained in the previous exhibition. Active status would equal reps in the Raiders' offense, but the ailments have likely sealed his fate as the backup quarterback to Matt Schaub to begin the season.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Leonhardt, who caught one pass for 14 yards on two targets in Friday's preseason game against the Packers, could see playing time as an in-line tight end, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Impact: With David Ausberry (knee) in danger of missing Week 1, Leonhardt will likely open the season as the Raiders' No. 2 tight end, behind only the unimpressive Mychal Rivera, who is primarily used in the passing game, albeit to little effect. As noted in the report, Jeron Mastrud started 12 games as the in-line tight end last season, and he finished the year with just six receptions for 88 yards. Leonhardt is a candidate to poach a touchdown or two on goal-line play-action passes, but anything beyond that would be surprising.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Holmes caught two passes for 27 yards on three targets in Friday's preseason game against the Packers.
Impact: While the numbers were fine, all three of Holmes' targets came with the second-team offense, and Denarius Moore worked as the clear No. 3 receiver. Despite his excellent physical tools, Holmes will likely open this season as the fourth or fifth wide receiver in a shaky offense.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: X-rays on Moore's neck were returned negative.
Impact: A scary scene unfolded at Lambeau Field on Friday, as Moore was hit in the neck and had to be taken off the field on a stretcher. It seems he was fortunate enough to escape with just a neck strain, and he even flew home with the team Saturday morning, but coach Dennis Allen said after the game that he was uncertain as to a timetable for Moore's return. Moore, a third-round pick last year, recorded 50 tackles (38 solo) and 4.5 sacks as a rookie. His injury may thrust Miles Burris into a starting role at weakside linebacker.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sheets tore his Achilles' tendon Friday and is out for the season, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Sheets played the last two years in the CFL. Sheets had an strong camp, but he was still buried on the depth chart.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Carr (concussion, ribs) did not play in Friday's preseason game against the Packers.
Impact: Although he did suit up, Carr was held out of action, as expected, after suffering a concussion and a rib injury in the team's second preseason game. The 23-year-old was able to practice throughout the week, but he'll need to be fully cleared via the league's concussion protocol in order to play in the final exhibition contest. Matt Schaub completed just 13-of-27 passes for 110 yards in Friday's tilt, and if his struggles continue, it could open the door for Carr to see some first-team reps in practice.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Reece (foot) caught one pass for four yards in Friday's preseason game against the Packers.
Impact: Reece has merely been dealing with foot soreness, though he did wear a protective boot earlier this week. He'll likely be fine for the regular season, and is still locked in as the starting fullback. With his weight down to 238 pounds (from 250), there's been some talk of Reece handling an increased role in the passing game. Realistically, he'll probably be somewhat underused again, as the Raiders signed Maurice Jones-Drew in the offseason, and Darren McFadden is healthy. Reece may be a better third-down back than both of those guys, but that doesn't mean he'll be consistently used in the role.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Moore caught two passes for 46 yards on three targets in Friday's preseason game against the Packers.
Impact: Moore drew a pair of pass-interference penalties, but he also appeared to get away with one of his own on a 40-yard reception. After seeing his role come into question a few weeks ago, Moore is the clear favorite to enter Week 1 as the Raiders' No. 3 wide receiver. With Matt Schaub looking awful through three preseason games, Moore probably won't find that role to be very fruitful.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Schaub completed 13-of-27 passes for 110 yards in Friday's preseason game against the Packers.
Impact: Despite his awful preseason, Schaub is seemingly locked in as the Week 1 starter. Derek Carr (concussion) did not play in Friday's game after performing well in the Raiders' second exhibition contest, but he may be healthy in time for the regular season. If Schaub doesn't improve in a hurry, he won't hold on to the starting job for long.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | STATS
News: Roach left in the first half of Friday's preseason game against Green Bay.
Impact: A head injury forced Roach out of the game.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | STATS
News: Brown left in the first half of Friday's preseason game versus Green Bay.
Impact: Brown suffered a head injury.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | STATS
News: Moore was taken off the field on a stretcher with a neck injury after getting hurt in the second quarter of a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers. Moore moved his legs back and forth while face down on the field after pursuing running back DuJuan Harris. It appeared Moore may have been hit in the head.
Impact: Trainers placed Moore on a board and moved him to the stretcher, where he was immobilized. He gave a thumbs-up as he was taken off the field to a standing ovation. Moore had 4 1/2 sacks last season in 15 games, including 14 starts.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jones caught four passes for 36 yards on 10 targets in Friday's preseason game against the Packers.
Impact: It wasn't the greatest return to Lambeau Field, as Jones had a touchdown overturned while recording just 3.6 yards per target. More concerning than his stat line is Matt Schaub's awful play this preseason. On the bright side, Jones and Rod Streater seem to be locked in as the starting duo, and the Raiders will probably need to do quite a bit of passing this season.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McFadden had five yards on three carries and lost two yards on one reception in Friday's preseason game against the Packers.
Impact: McFadden hasn't done nearly enough to leapfrog Maurice Jones-Drew, who broke off a 40-yard touchdown run in Friday's game. Jones-Drew has locked down the starting job, and also figures to be more active in the passing game. It's not entirely clear how the goal-line work will be distributed, but history suggests that Jones-Drew is the better bet from in close. If Matt Schaub doesn't shape up, it may be a while before anyone finds out.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jones-Drew had 45 yards and a touchdown on three carries in Friday's preseason game against the Packers.
Impact: It was a short night for Jones-Drew, who took his third carry for a 40-yard touchdown, and then gave way to Darren McFadden. MJD has left no questions regarding who will be the Week 1 starter, and he also figures to handle the vast majority of third-down work. McFadden may be more of a threat at the goal line, but their respective track records indicate that MJD should also get most of those touches. Rejuvenated or not, Jones-Drew will probably be held back by what figures to be a poor offense. Of course, that should hurt him less than McFadden, as Jones-Drew can at least pile up some receptions if the Raiders spend most of the season playing catch-up. Then again, with Marcel Reece still around, Jones-Drew's ceiling for receptions isn't all that high.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Brown left Friday's game with a head injury and will not return, CSN California's Scott Blair reports.
Impact: Brown wasn't the only Raider to leave with an injury Friday, as Sio Moore (neck) and Nick Roach (head) also left for good. Brown is atop the Raiders depth chart at cornerback on the right side, and if he has to miss significant time, Chimdi Chekwa would step in.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Roach left Friday's game with a head injury and will not return, CSN California's Scott Blair reports.
Impact: Friday's game was a devastating affair for the Raiders' defense, as Tarell Brown (head) and Sio Moore (neck) also left with injuries. The Raiders will hope Roach can get back on the field soon, as rookie Khalil Mack is the only healthy starting linebacker they have left.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Moore left Friday's game with a head/neck injury and was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation, the Contra Costa Times' Steve Corkran reports.
Impact: He was down on the field for some time and was barely moving, but gave a thumbs up to the crowd as he was being carted off, which is something of a good sign. Moore was atop the Raiders' depth chart at weak-side linebacker, so this is a big blow to the Raiders' defense, as it doesn't seem likely that Moore will return to the field anytime soon. Miles Burris may be next in line on the weak side.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Carr (concussion/ribs) is in uniform and was not on the list of players who were unavailable for Friday's preseason game against Green Bay, the Contra Costa Times' Steve Corkran reports.
Impact: It was originally reported that Carr would not play Friday, which may still be the case, but the fact that the Raiders didn't rule him out prior to the game leaves the door open for Carr to see some action.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Janikowski was scratched Friday due to a right quad injury, CSN California's Scott Bair reports.
Impact: This is the first we've heard of Janikowski dealing with a quad injury, and it's unclear how serious it is. We should know more about his status next week, but for now it doesn't seem like anything that would put his status for Week 1 in jeopardy.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Carr (concussion/ribs) won't play Friday against the Packers, according to NFL Network's Steve Wyche.
Impact: On the plus side, coach Dennis Allen relays that Carr has cleared his concussion protocol, but the rookie QB is still dealing with sore ribs at this stage and will be held out Friday.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Reece (foot) is expected to play in Friday's preseason game against the Packers, the Bay Area News Group reports. "He looked good out there running around so he should be good to go for the game," coach Dennis Allen said Wednesday.
Impact: The Raiders ordered X-ray and MRI exams after Reece suffered the injury in last Friday's exhibition game, but coach Dennis Allen has not disclosed the results, instead opting to go no further than to identify his injury as a "foot." Reece has reported improvement in the last two days and does not believe the ailment will require maintenance throughout the regular season. However, he's still in a protective boot, and while Reece thinks he'll be fine to go Friday, there's an outside chance Allen could change his mind about Reece playing.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | STATS
News: Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Tuesday the team will decide by next week whether cornerback DJ Hayden is healthy enough to start the season on the active roster or if he will go on the physically unable to perform list.
Impact: Hayden is recovering from surgery in June on a stress fracture in his right foot and has been unable to practice this summer. He has done limited running on the side and is making progress. But time is running out if he wants to play to start the season.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kasa is out for the year after tearing his ACL, sfgate.com reports.
Impact: With David Ausberry also hurting, the Raiders signed Kyle Auffray on Sunday to bolster the team's depth at tight end.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hayden (foot) appears poised to begin this season on the PUP list, which would force him to miss Oakland's first six games, NFL.com reports.
Impact: Hayden's brief NFL career has been marred by injuries. Following abdomen surgery, as well as hamstring and groin problems during his rookie season, Hayden sprained his ankle this offseason and needed surgery to repair a stress fracture in his foot just before training camp. As such, Hayden played only eight games last season and will begin his second year on the Raiders' PUP list. Although the 2013 12th overall pick has increased his workout activity of late, it sounds like Oakland is comfortable easing him back to action to ensure he's finally completely functional once he returns. If Hayden misses the start of the season, Tarell Brown and Carlos Rodgers would be the Raiders' starting cornerback duo.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Butler is dealing with a concussion, SFGate.com reports.
Impact: Though listed pretty far down the Raiders' posted unofficial depth chart, through two exhibition games, Butler leads the Raiders with eight catches for 118 yards. Once he returns to action, Butler figures to jostle with the likes of Denarius Moore, Andre Holmes, Juron Criner, and Greg Little for slotting behind the team's likely top wideout duo of Rod Streater and James Jones.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hayden (foot) is increasing his workout activity and appears to be moving well following July surgery to repair a stress fracture, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Impact: Hayden played only eight games as a rookie last year and not only sprained his ankle over the summer but also needed foot surgery just before training camp started. As such, the former 12th overall pick has been sidelined and limited to work with the Raiders' trainers thus far. With coach Dennis Allen previously expecting to have Hayden back by the end of the preseason, news of the cornerback moving and cutting well on his foot is encouraging. Nonetheless, Hayden remains on Oakland's PUP list and hasn't been cleared to return to action, leaving Tarell Brown to start opposite Carlos Rogers at cornerback.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Reece (foot) missed practice Monday, SFGate.com reports.
Impact: We'll consider Reece, who is dealing with some foot soreness, and has an MRI on tap, day-to-day for now. While the fullback's role in the Raiders' attack out of the gate is unclear, Reece -- a capable pass catcher -- has occasionally provided fantasy utility in the past, when pressed into extended action due to injuries in the Oakland backfield.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Carr, who suffered a concussion and a took a hit to his ribs during Friday's contest against the Lions, was able to practice Monday, SFGate.com reports.
Impact: Carr, who was sporting extra padding around his ribs Monday, saw some first-team reps in the Raiders' second preseason game, but coach Dennis Allen indicated that's not likely to occur Friday against the Packers, with presumed starting quarterback Matt Schaub in line to see extended action in that contest.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | STATS
News: Carr returned to practice three days after being knocked out of a preseason game with a concussion and sore ribs.
Impact: Carr practiced on a limited basis Monday and his status for the upcoming exhibition game in Green Bay on Friday night remains a question. Carr got hurt in the fourth quarter last Friday against Detroit when he was hit from behind by Larry Webster.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: X-rays on Carr's ribs came back negative, but the quarterback suffered a concussion Friday against the Lions, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Carr will thus need to go through the NFL-mandated concussion protocol before he returns to action, at which point he'll resume working behind Matt Schaub, who continues to remain the Raiders' presumed starter at QB.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jones got the start in Friday's preseason game against the Lions and finished with two receptions for 29 yards.
Impact: While Jones is still listed behind Andre Holmes on the unofficial depth chart, he saw five targets in the first half Friday whereas Holmes didn't see a pass thrown his way until the final drive of the third quarter. Jones was inked to a three-year deal in the offseason, but the team seems intent on making him earn a job along the outside. Despite his age (30), Jones should be up to the task, after hauling in 310 passes for 4,305 yards and 37 touchdowns during his eight seasons in Green Bay.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Schaub completed 8-of-13 passes for 87 yards and an interception in Friday's preseason game against the Lions.
Impact: The 33-year-old is averaging just 5.4 yards per attempt through two exhibition games, but he did lead his first scoring drive as a Raider in his final series Friday. It's telling that the team gave Derek Carr a series with the first unit, after coach Dennis Allen said earlier in the week that it wasn't in the plans, but Carr suffered a concussion in the game, further cementing Schaub as the starter.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Branch left Friday's preseason game against the Lions with an ankle injury, Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Impact: An ankle injury limited Branch to just two games last season, and while coach Dennis Allen said immediately after Friday's game he didn't think his latest setback was serious, he added that he wasn't positive as to the extent of the issue. Brandian Ross seems like the top candidate to see increased reps at strong safety should Branch miss practice time.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jones-Drew suffered a finger injury in Friday's preseason game against the Lions, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: The 29-year-old left early in the second quarter and did not return, but the team has yet to elaborate on severity of the injury. Jones-Drew got the start for the Raiders and totaled 12 yards on six carries, with just three of those carries going for positive yardage, but he did haul in a 22-yard catch. If Jones-Drew is forced to miss practice time, Darren McFadden would presumably see most of the first-team work, though Latavius Murray could see some reps as well.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Carr suffered a concussion in Friday's preseason game against the Lions, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Carr immediately grabbed at his ribs after 262-pound defensive end Larry Webster landed violently on top of him in the fourth quarter, and apparently the second-round pick suffered a concussion on the play. He'll now be subjected to the battery of tests mandated by the league's concussion protocol. Prior to exiting, Carr played six series, including one with the first-team offense, after coach Dennis Allen suggested earlier in the week that Carr likely wouldn't see any run with the first unit during the exhibition season.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Carr left Friday's preseason game with an apparent rib injury, Steve Corkran of the Bay Area News Group reports.
Impact: Perhaps more noteworthy than the injury, Carr turned in a solid performance, while Matt Schaub struggled for a second straight week. The Raiders have been adamant about starting Schaub, but that tune could change if the veteran struggles through the first few weeks of the regular season.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Working as the No. 3 wide receiver, Moore caught one pass for eight yards on his only target in Friday's preseason game against the Lions.
Impact: Last week, Moore was speculated to be on the roster bubble, while Andre Holmes was a threat to James Jones' playing time. This week, Moore was back as the third receiver, while Holmes was banished to playing with the third-team offense. The Raiders have good competition going, but it seems to be more a result of frustration with certain players than anything else. Rod Streater is apparently above the fray, and James Jones should be safe as the other starter. Moore can be considered the favorite for the No. 3 role, but it won't be all that surprising if he falls back down the depth chart.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: One week after starting, Holmes wasn't targeted until late in the third quarter of Friday's preseason game against the Lions.
Impact: Holmes caught two passes for 42 yards on seven targets, but more importantly, he was invisible in the first half. A week ago, there was speculation that he might challenge James Jones for playing time. Now, that looks far less likely, and he may just be fighting for a role as the third or fourth receiver. Though he had a quiet game, Denarius Moore worked as the No. 3 wide receiver Friday night.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rivera caught two passes for 26 yards on two targets in Friday's preseason game against the Lions.
Impact: After dropping a pair of passes last week, Rivera turned in a batter performance in the second preseason game. He's the starter for now, but it's unclear how things will shape up once David Ausberry (knee) returns. Ausberry, who is listed atop the depth chart, may be in danger of missing the start of the regular season.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jones caught two passes for 29 yards on five targets in Friday's preseason game against the Lions.
Impact: Jones was active in the offense from the start of Friday's game, though his five targets produced just three catches, one of which went to the other team. Andre Holmes, who is surprisingly listed ahead of Jones on the depth chart, didn't see a pass until the end of the third quarter. There has been some concern about Jones' role in the offense, but he still figures to start across from Rod Streater. The Oakland offense doesn't figure to be particularly good, and Streater has a strong case to be the team's most frequently targeted receiver.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McFadden ran eight times for 27 yards and a touchdown in Friday's preseason game against the Lions.
Impact: McFadden's eight touches included three consecutive carries at the goal line, with the last of those going for a one-yard touchdown. Maurice Jones-Drew started and drew two targets, but McFadden was also quite active with the first-team offense. While we can't assume that McFadden will get most of the goal-line carries, it's quite possible that the Raiders favor him for such a role. As the superior receiver, MJD seems to be the favorite for third-down work.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jones-Drew gained 12 yards on six carries and 22 yards on one reception in Friday's preseason game against the Lions.
Impact: The Raiders played things the same as last week, as Jones-Drew started while Darren McFadden also saw significant playing time with the first-team offense. McFadden got three consecutive goal-line carries and scored a touchdown, which may have created a mini-panic among those who have already drafted MJD. It's unwise to assume that McFadden will dominate the goal-line touches, but it's a possibility that should be considered, at least for the time being. Hopefully someone from the Raiders will comment on the situation soon.
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Raiders coach Dennis Allen said he does not anticipate using Carr with the first-team in preseason games, CSNBayArea.com reports.
Impact: Matt Schaub's Raiders debut last Friday was wholly underwhelming, as he went 3-of-7 for 21 yards while leading the team to just one first down in three series. Carr, meanwhile, went 10-of-16 for 74 yards, and while he did also throw an interception, the pass deflected off his receiver's hands. Allen said, however, that getting Carr time with the first-team is "not really part of the plan right now," with Schaub needing all the reps he can to prepare for the start of the regular season.
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: There are fears that Kasa, who was carted off the field Tuesday, suffered a torn ACL, CSN's Scott Bair reports.
Impact: That's based on preliminary reports, but if Kasa did indeed tear his ACL, the Raiders' TE depth would be further taxed, with David Ausberry currently sidelined following a knee procedure.
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ausberry, who underwent a procedure on his left knee last week, was spotted at Raiders' practice with a small wrap on his knee, csnbayarea.com reports.
Impact: While it's unclear how long Ausberry will be out, the report suggests encouragingly that a small wrap on his knee represents a better sign than if the tight end were on crutches or wearing a large knee brace at this stage. With Ausberry currently sidelined, Mychal Rivera and Brian Leonhardt slot in as the Raiders' top two healthy tight ends.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kasa was carted off the field at Tuesday's practice with an apparent knee injury, Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Impact: The Raiders were already painfully thin at tight end with David Ausberry out with a knee injury, so the team could be motivated to sign a player if Kasa's injury proves serious. Kasa suited up for all 16 games last season, but only made one catch -- a nine-yard touchdown reception.
Sun. Aug 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Johnson is done for the season.
Impact: He has no fantasy value.
Thu. Aug 7, 2014 | STATS
News: Oakland waived Palardy with a non-football illness.
Impact: The move was to make room on the roster for the signing of free agent kicker Kevin Goessling.