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Seth Roberts
Raiders likely to shop Seth Roberts
Sat, Aug 18, 2018, 5:12 PM
Las Vegas Review-Journal
The Las Vegas Review-Journal expects the Raiders to shop Seth Roberts.
Analysis: Roberts is an overpaid fourth receiver behind Amari Cooper, Jordy Nelson, and Martavis Bryant. He's dealt with injuries during training camp, but returned to practice this week. The Raiders wouldn't get more than a conditiaonal pick for Roberts. Releasing Roberts would leave $4.25 million in dead money.
Khalil Mack
'No end in sight' to Khalil Mack holdout
Thu, Aug 16, 2018, 6:33 PM
Adam Schefter on Twitter
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports there is "no end in sight" to Khalil Mack's holdout.
Analysis: Mack will be up to $1.628 million in fines after missing Saturday's second preseason game. Those fines will probably eventually be waived, but the sides seem to have made genuinely no progress. It can't be taken for granted that Mack will be in uniform come Week 1. That would be an unmitigated disaster for the Silver and Black in the first year of Jon Gruden's 10-year, $100 million contract.
Derek Carr
Gruden: Derek Carr has 'mastered' offense
Thu, Aug 16, 2018, 4:39 PM
NBC Sports Bay Area
Raiders coach Jon Gruden believes Derek Carr has already "mastered" his offense.
Analysis: "I think he's one of the best, in terms of processing information," Gruden said of his quarterback. "He wants more… 'What do we have today? ... He has a photographic memory. It comes so easy to him. He's got the offense mastered more than I do." Beat writer Scott Bair says this is "evident" in practice. They're just words, but considering Gruden has returned to the NFL playing up his reputation as an old school, hard-nosed coach, it's certainly notable he's already heaping such praise on his quarterback.
Ryan Switzer
Switzer behind Griff Whalen at Raiders camp
Wed, Aug 15, 2018, 8:14 PM
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Raiders WR Ryan Switzer has worked behind journeyman Griff Whalen at recent training camp practices.
Analysis: Switzer also ran behind Whalen in Oakland's preseason opener, although Switzer caught a touchdown pass and played well in the game. Switzer and Whalen are competing to upgrade on Seth Roberts, who is on the chopping block and has missed recent time with an undisclosed injury. Oakland's slot battle is unlikely to produce fantasy value, but that could change if Jordy Nelson goes down.
Ahtyba Rubin
Ahtyba Rubin lands on IR
Wed, Aug 15, 2018, 5:11 PM
Michael Gehlken on Twitter
Raiders placed DT Ahtyba Rubin (arm) on injured reserve.
Analysis: Rubin is done for the year after tearing his biceps in the first preseason game. The Raiders replaced Rubin with DT Gabe Wright.
Gabe Wright
Raiders add DT Gabe Wright off waivers
Wed, Aug 15, 2018, 3:35 PM
Raiders claimed DT Gabe Wright off waivers from the Dolphins.
Analysis: Wright was cut from Miami after taking a cheap shot at a helmet-less Kenyan Drake in training camp. The 2015 fourth-rounder has bounced around the league but has experience in 4-3 scheme. He'll give the Raiders rotational depth.
Obi Melifonwu
Melifonwu (lower body) visiting specialist
Tue, Aug 14, 2018, 4:00 PM
Vic Tafur on Twitter
Raiders S Obi Melifonwu will visit a specialist for a "lower-body" injury.
Analysis: Melifonwu has missed the past week of training camp. The Athletic's Vic Tafur reports there's "some fear" the issue is related to Melifonwu's 2017 season-ending hip issue. Between his knee and hip, Melifonwu made just five rookie appearances.
Derek Carr
Derek Carr impressing in Jon Gruden's system
Tue, Aug 14, 2018, 3:22 PM
Michael Gehlken on Twitter
The Las Vegas Review Journal is impressed with how Derek Carr has come along in new coach Jon Gruden's system.
Analysis: Ace beat writer Michael Gehlken considers Carr to be in "real command" of Gruden's attack. "His fluency level exceeds their time together," Gehlken observed. Gehlken also believes Carr is "directing traffic" to a degree he hasn't in the past. Gruden's comeback is going to live or die with Carr's ability to execute his offense.
Donald Penn
Donald Penn philosophical about move to RT
Tue, Aug 14, 2018, 3:13 PM
Profootballtalk on
Donald Penn said he is fine with the Raiders moving him to right tackle.
Analysis: "I'm not going to play much longer," Penn said Tuesday. "I want to win. I'll do whatever it takes to win." It's doubtful Penn could have crafted a better message to send to coach Jon Gruden. The Raiders seem committed to No. 15 overall pick Kolton Miller on the blindside. Penn is a valuable insurance policy, but all signs point toward him being on the right side come Week 1. Breno Giacomini is the Raiders' No. 3 tackle.
Donald Penn
Donald Penn (foot) activated from the PUP
Tue, Aug 14, 2018, 11:25 AM
Matt Schneidman on Twitter
Raiders activated OT Donald Penn (foot) from the PUP.
Analysis: A day after restructuring his deal, Penn will practice for the first time this camp. First-rounder Kolton Miller has been working at left tackle, so the Raiders will have to decide where to use Penn once he is ready to go. He reportedly saw snaps at right tackle during Tuesday's practice.
Donald Penn
Raiders, LT Penn agree to 'restructured' deal
Mon, Aug 13, 2018, 8:17 PM
Michael Gehlken on Twitter
The Raiders and LT Donald Penn have agreed to a restructured contract.
Analysis: The Raiders were looking to move some money around on Penn's deal, and by doing so, Penn gets more guaranteed money over the remaining two years of the contract. Oakland might be doing this with Penn in order to free some money up for holdout DE Khalil Mack, but there's been no movement there.
Gareon Conley
Gareon Conley (hip) back at practice
Mon, Aug 13, 2018, 11:47 AM
Matt Kawahara on Twitter
Raiders CB Gareon Conley (hip) returned to practice Monday.
Analysis: The first-round sophomore had been sidelined since suffering a hip injury on the first day of training camp. After missing almost all of his rookie season because of a shin injury, it was the worst possible start for Conley. Still, he has a shot to earn a starting job if he can stay healthy.
Gareon Conley
Gareon Conley (hip) to return Monday
Sun, Aug 12, 2018, 10:01 AM
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Raiders CB Gareon Conley (hip) will resume practicing on Monday.
Analysis: It will be his first practice since injuring his hip on the first day of training camp. A shin injury limited the 2017 first-rounder to just two games as a rookie. Assuming he can stay on the field, Conley should start opposite free-agent signing Rashaan Melvin in 2018.
Martavis Bryant
Martavis Bryant practicing with second team
Fri, Aug 10, 2018, 12:33 PM
NBC Sports Bay Area
According to Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area, Martavis Bryant has been "locked to the second unit" throughout training camp.
Analysis: He's drawn criticism early on in camp while reportedly struggling with Jon Gruden's playbook. However, Bryant made the most of his 11-on-11 work during Wednesday's practice, impressing with a pair of long touchdowns and a big gain off a tipped pass. "Martavis is not a good talent, he's a great talent," said Gruden, who had previously been critical of Bryant's performance. "Today showed I think what he's capable of doing. We have big plans for him." A distant third to Amari Cooper and Jordy Nelson on the team's receiving depth chart, Bryant is little more than a late-round flyer in fantasy.
Donald Penn
Raiders seeking pay cut for OT Donald Penn
Wed, Aug 8, 2018, 11:01 PM
Michael Gehlken on Twitter
The Raiders are seeking a pay cut for OT Donald Penn.
Analysis: The Raiders are reportedly seeking to convert most of his $3 million salary into bonuses or incentives following his two-year, $21 million extension last September. Penn (foot) remains on Oakland's active/PUP list and has yet to practice in camp while recovering from Lisfranc surgery. Oakland would prefer to line up first-rounder Kolton Miller on one side and Penn on the other, but the latter will have to fully recover in his age-35 season for that to happen.
Donald Penn
RapSheet: Up in air if Raiders will keep Penn
Wed, Aug 8, 2018, 2:26 PM
Ian Rapoport on Twitter
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports it's "still very much up in the air" whether the Raiders will work out a contract resolution with LT Donald Penn or release or trade him.
Analysis: Penn remains on the shelf healing from foot surgery. He signed a two-year, $21 million extension last September and carries an $8.38 million-plus cap hit for this season. RapSheet mentions the Raiders could try to trade Penn if he isn't on board with some sort of contract tweak. Penn is now 35 but remained an effective left tackle last year and doesn't have an exorbitant cap number for his position. If Oakland made him available, they could likely find some takers.
Martavis Bryant
Martavis Bryant struggling with the playbook
Wed, Aug 8, 2018, 12:45 PM
Profootballtalk on NBC Sports
Via NFL Network's James Jones, Raiders OC Greg Olson said Martavis Bryant is struggling with new coach Jon Gruden's playbook.
Analysis: "Coach Olson said talent-wise, there's probably nobody that can compete with [Bryant] talent-wise," Jones said. "But they said he's not picking up the playbook, and that's the reason of a little frustration right now because they want to get him on the field but he's not able to grasp the playbook yet." This is days after Gruden called out Bryant's poor play in practice. Gruden was known for having a complicated system with heavy verbiage as the Bucs' head coach. Right now, the Raiders aren't getting enough after trading a third-rounder for Bryant.
Doug Martin
Doug Martin listed as Raiders' No. 2 back
Mon, Aug 6, 2018, 1:56 PM
Paul Gutierrez on Twitter
Doug Martin is listed as the No. 2 running back on the Raiders' initial depth chart.
Analysis: Already a favorite of Jon Gruden's back to the future coaching staff, Martin has vaulted ahead of DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard. Martin has been extraordinarily unproductive over the past two seasons, averaging 2.93 yards on 282 carries. He turned 29 in January. Gruden seems to be seeing the ghosts of 2015 seasons past. We'll know soon enough if it's an apparition.
Martavis Bryant
Gruden calls out Bryant for poor performance
Sun, Aug 5, 2018, 10:26 AM
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Raiders coach Jon Gruden said Martavis Bryant needs to "get out here and play better."
Analysis: Bryant has failed to impress at Raiders camp and now Gruden is putting the contract-year wideout on notice. "Right now, a lot of the other receivers have had a nice camp," said Gruden, who noted that Bryant has missed valuable camp reps due to illness. "He's got to master the offense and become more versatile and that's the key to making this team better." Gruden's criticism comes at a bad time for Bryant, who has also been the subject of suspension rumors. Even as a late-round flyer, the 26-year-old is a risky fantasy proposition.
Daryl Worley
Daryl Worley has legal issues resolved
Sat, Aug 4, 2018, 2:39 PM
Vic Tafur on Twitter
Raiders CB Daryl Worley's legal issues from April have been resolved.
Analysis: Worley pled guilty to DUI, carrying firearms in public and resisting arrest. He's now subject to a suspension under the league's personal conduct policy that he'll likely serve this season. Worley is competing with Marcus Gilchrist, Dexter McDonald and rookie Nick Nelson for sub-package snaps.