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Raiders sign Daniel Carlson to be new kicker
Tue, Oct 23, 2018, 2:41 PM
Matt Schneidman on Twitter
Raiders signed K Daniel Carlson.
Analysis: The Raiders are moving on from Matthew McCrane as they wait on Mike Nugent (hip) to get healthy. A fifth-round rookie out of Auburn, Carlson was cut by the Vikings following a disastrous two-week stint. The Raiders are getting their tank on, and Carlos was good in the SEC, so they are taking a no-risk gamble as they play for draft position and wait on Nugent.
Derek Carr
Carr, teammates have 'fractured relationship'
Tue, Oct 23, 2018, 9:44 AM
The Athletic
The Athletic's Marcus Thompson reports Derek Carr has a "fractured relationship" with his teammates.
Marshawn Lynch
Raiders place Marshawn Lynch on inj. reserve
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, 4:50 PM
Raiders placed RB Marshawn Lynch (groin/core muscle) on injured reserve.
Analysis: Lynch is officially out of commission until Week 16 at soonest, although he has undoubtedly played his final down in Oakland. The tanking Raiders had no use for Lynch, and will move forward with Doug Martin, Jalen Richard, and DeAndre Washington. Lynch's tenure in Oakland certainly fell short of his personal hopes, but his on-field performance was quietly excellent. He was the Raiders' best offensive player from midway through the 2017 season up until his 2018 core muscle injury. We suspect Lynch will retire for good at age 32. He is not under contract for 2019.
Eddie Vanderdoes
Eddie Vanderdoes (knee) resumes practicing
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, 2:35 PM
Paul Gutierrez on Twitter
Raiders DT Eddie Vanderdoes (knee, PUP) has resumed practicing.
Analysis: It opens a three-week window for the Raiders to activate the second-year pro. If Vanderdoes remains sidelined through that time, his season will end. The Raiders could certainly use his help.
Kelechi Osemele
Kelechi Osemele expected back for Week 8
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, 1:46 PM
Michael Gehlken on Twitter
Raiders LG Kelechi Osemele (knee) is expected back for Week 8 against the Colts.
Analysis: Osemele was a shock inactive for Week 6 after the Raiders fudged his injury report status. They were fined $20 large for the infraction. Osemele will be returning to pave lanes for a running game missing Marshawn Lynch (groin).
Amari Cooper
WR-needy Cowboys looking into Amari Cooper
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, 9:43 AM
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Cowboys are "gathering information" on Amari Cooper ahead of next week's trade deadline.
Marshawn Lynch
Report: Marshawn Lynch likely headed to IR
Fri, Oct 19, 2018, 3:35 PM
Ian Rapoport on Twitter
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports injured reserve is a "strong possibility" for Marshawn Lynch.
Analysis: Lynch is expected to miss at least a month with his groin injury. He'll rehab for now, but surgery hasn't been ruled out. Going on IR would effectively end Lynch's season. Doug Martin will replace Lynch on early downs, with Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington playing change-up roles.
Marshawn Lynch
Marshawn Lynch (groin) out at least a month
Fri, Oct 19, 2018, 2:06 PM
Ian Rapoport on Twitter
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Marshawn Lynch will miss at least a month with his groin injury.
Analysis: It's another blow to the Raiders' offense. Lynch has been a bright spot for Oakland this year, averaging a respectable 4.2 yards per carry with three touchdowns through his first six games. Without him, the Raiders will turn to a committee featuring some combination of Doug Martin and Jalen Richard. Perhaps Oakland will scour the free agent market to see what running backs are available.
Kelechi Osemele
Raiders fined $20K for injury report lying
Thu, Oct 18, 2018, 2:01 PM
Scott Bair on Twitter
The Raiders have been fined $20,000 for improperly designating Kelechi Osemele as "questionable" on last week's injury report when he failed to make the team's trip to London.
Analysis: Players are supposed to be designated as "out" if they don't make the trip, obviously. The shenanigans did not gain much of a #CompetitiveAdvantage for coach Jon Gruden as his team got beat down 27-3 across the pond. The Raiders are not doing anything right in 2018.
Derek Carr
Gruden gives Derek Carr vote of confidence
Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 3:48 PM
Vic Tafur on Twitter
Speaking Tuesday, Jon Gruden gave Derek Carr a vote of confidence as the Raiders' quarterback.
Marshawn Lynch
Raiders concerned about Lynch's groin injury
Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 3:06 PM
Vic Tafur on Twitter
Raiders coach Jon Gruden admits the team is concerned about Marshawn Lynch's groin injury, and that it could be a long-term issue.
Analysis: Yikes. It sounds like Lynch will be seeing some doctors during the Raiders' Week 7 bye. Ageless Lynch has a been rare bright spot for Jon Gruden's unmitigated disaster of a team so far this season. His loss would be massive on offense.
Rashaan Melvin
Rashaan Melvin says benching was 'tough'
Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 10:24 AM
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Raiders CB Rashaan Melvin said his benching in Week 6 was "tough."
Analysis: Signed to a one-year deal in March, Melvin opened the season as the starter, but he worked behind both Daryl Worley and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie against the Seahawks. A breakout player last season, Melvin believes his struggles this year stem from the Raiders forcing him into techniques and a style which does not fit him. "I'm done trying to change my style," Melvin wrote on Twitter. "It's not me. Back to what I know and what got me here!!" It is possible Melvin is traded or cut in the coming weeks.
Amari Cooper
Raiders want 1st-round pick for Amari Cooper
Mon, Oct 15, 2018, 3:47 PM
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Raiders are seeking a first-round pick in exchange for Amari Cooper.
Analysis: It's safe to say they're not going to get it based on Cooper's inconsistency and Week 6 concussion. Nevertheless, this is further confirmation Jon Gruden is aiming to tear apart the organization after trading Khalil Mack and dangling 2016 first-round S Karl Joseph. Gruden even benched 2017 first-round CB Gareon Conley last week. Cooper was in-limbo GM Reggie McKenzie's 2015 first-round pick. Mack was McKenzie's first-rounder in 2014.
Derek Carr
Report: Raiders QB Carr (arm) won't miss time
Mon, Oct 15, 2018, 3:28 PM
Ian Rapoport on Twitter
Despite leaving Sunday's loss in London early with an arm injury, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Derek Carr is not in danger of missing time.
Analysis: It's not surprising. Carr's injury was never feared to be severe, and the Raiders have a Week 7 bye forthcoming. It will be at least a few weeks before we see A.J. McCarron replacing Carr as Oakland's gunshy checkdown specialist.
Jared Cook
Jared Cook goes 2/10/0 against Seattle
Sun, Oct 14, 2018, 3:20 PM
Jared Cook caught 2-of-2 targets for 10 yards in the Raiders' Week 6 loss to Seattle.
Analysis: We're going to get outcomes like this when Derek Carr has no time to throw and is unwilling to make difficult throws, and both scenarios played out against the Seahawks. Cook will enter the Raiders' Week 7 bye coming off two slow games. He remains a huge part of the passing offense as an every-week TE1.
Jordy Nelson
Jordy Nelson does nothing against Seattle
Sun, Oct 14, 2018, 3:16 PM
Jordy Nelson caught 2-of-3 targets for six yards in Week 6 versus Seattle.
Analysis: This was a very disappointing outcome in a game where Amari Cooper (concussion) and Seth Roberts (concussion) both went down. Derek Carr refused to pull the trigger on difficult throws, however, and Seattle's pass rush dominated Oakland's beat-up offensive line. Nelson will emerge from the Raiders' Week 7 bye as a shaky WR3/flex option.
Martavis Bryant
Martavis Bryant quiet in London loss
Sun, Oct 14, 2018, 3:14 PM
Martavis Bryant caught 2-of-3 targets for 18 yards in the Raiders' Week 6 loss to Seattle.
Analysis: Bryant has struggled with drops and turnovers this season, and he failed to capitalize on Seth Roberts (concussion) and Amari Cooper's (concussion) early Week 6 exits. A situational deep threat on a team whose quarterback doesn't enjoy pulling the trigger to go deep, Bryant is all but worthless in fantasy leagues.
Jalen Richard
Jalen Richard leads OAK in receiving (7/48/0)
Sun, Oct 14, 2018, 3:10 PM
Jalen Richard caught 7-of-8 targets for 48 yards and rushed twice for three yards in the Raiders' Week 6 loss to Seattle.
Analysis: When the Raiders play from behind, Richard's usage spikes as a frequent checkdown target for checkdown-loving Derek Carr. The team's leading receiver in Sunday's blowout loss, Richard will remain a negative-game-script-dependent, PPR-only flex option when Oakland emerges from its Week 7 bye.
Marshawn Lynch
Marshawn Lynch held to 59 scoreless yards
Sun, Oct 14, 2018, 3:00 PM
Marshawn Lynch rushed 13 times for 45 yards and caught 3-of-5 targets for 14 yards in the Raiders' Week 6 loss to Seattle.
Analysis: It was a frustrating day for the entire Raiders' offense, which would have gotten shut out if not for a garbage-time field goal to "cut the deficit" to 27-3. Lynch has been Oakland's best offensive player, but he has been boom or bust in fantasy because the Raiders have too often found themselves in negative game script. Lynch now draws a Week 7 bye to rest his 32-year-old legs.
Derek Carr
Derek Carr ineffective, hurt in London game
Sun, Oct 14, 2018, 2:46 PM
Derek Carr completed 23-of-31 passes for 142 yards and rushed four times for 31 yards in the Raiders' Week 6 loss to Seattle.
Analysis: Carr took six sacks and lost two fumbles, and he suffered an apparent left-arm injury in the fourth quarter. The Raiders opted to let A.J. McCarron finish out the game down 27-3. Carr has had one productive fantasy performance out of six so far this year while repeatedly earning the ire of first-year coach Jon Gruden. As the Raiders head into their Week 7 bye, Carr has long been droppable in 14- and even 16-team fantasy leagues.