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Brian Bulcke
Bengals pursuing Brian Callahan for OC
Sun, Jan 20, 2019, 8:33 AM
Ian Rapoport on Twitter
According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Raiders QBs coach Brian Callahan is a candidate for the Bengals' opening at offensive coordinator.
Analysis: The Bengals are also pursuing Jack Del Rio, who coached alongside Callahan in both Oakland and Denver, for their open defensive coordinator position. Callahan has been a position coach in the league since 2015, but this would be his first coordinating gig. Cincinnati's staff should come together quickly once presumptive head coach Zac Taylor finishes his duties with the Rams, who face New Orleans in Sunday's NFC Championship.
Nathan Peterman
Peter, man: Nate gets reserve/future contract
Tue, Jan 1, 2019, 4:16 PM
Raiders signed QB Nathan Peterman to a reserve/future contract.
Analysis: It adds the worst quarterback of the decade thus far to the Raiders' offseason roster. Coach Jon Gruden now has an entire offseason to mold one of his favorite players. Also signed to reserve/future deals were WR Saeed Blacknall, RB James Butler, LB Cayson Collins, LB James Cowser, WR Rashard Davis, DB Makinton Dorleant, P Drew Kaser, OT Jamar McGloster and FB Ryan Yurachek.
Brian Bulcke
As Seen on TV: Raiders hire Mayock as GM
Mon, Dec 31, 2018, 7:32 AM
Adam Schefter on Twitter
Raiders hired NFL Network's Mike Mayock to be their general manager.
Analysis: That did not take long. Mayock was floated as a "strong candidate" for the job on Sunday, and the deal was apparently done by Monday morning. It is not clear if the Raiders even interviewed anyone else for the job. A former defensive back who spent two seasons in the league, Mayock made his name as an engaging and informative draft analyst, but he has zero front office experience, although he did interview for this same job once when Al Davis was still around. With Mayock on board, the Raiders' power structure consists of two people who have spent the majority of the last decade in T.V. studios rather than in the league. It will be interesting, to say the least, to see how that works out.
Jalen Richard
Jalen Richard logs 5 touches in defeat
Sun, Dec 30, 2018, 7:50 PM
Jalen Richard rushed three times for one yard and caught 2-of-2 targets for 17 yards in the Raiders' Week 17 loss to the Chiefs.
Analysis: Jon Gruden strangely compared Jalen Richard to Charlie Garner in a November press conference, then cut his usage immediately thereafter. Richard does appear likely to return as a 2019 restricted free agent, probably on a second-round tender. He spent all of 2018 as the Raiders' passing-game specialist, parlaying a career-high 68 catches into 607 yards and adding 55/259/1 (4.71 YPC) on the ground.
DeAndre Washington
DeAndre Washington runs 4 times for 30 yards
Sun, Dec 30, 2018, 7:40 PM
DeAndre Washington rushed four times for 30 yards in the Raiders' Week 17 loss to the Chiefs.
Analysis: Washington missed a ton of training camp with a knee injury and never crawled his way out of the hole, finishing as the Raiders' No. 3 back even after Marshawn Lynch went on I.R. Washington has one year left on his rookie deal. The Raiders would likely be willing to trade him for a conditional seventh-round pick.
Doug Martin
Blind squirrels: Gruden right on Doug Martin
Sun, Dec 30, 2018, 6:44 PM
Doug Martin rushed 23 times for 100 yards and caught 1-of-2 targets for two yards in the Raiders' Week 17 loss to the Chiefs.
Analysis: Jon Gruden didn't get much right during his debut season in Oakland, but he was more-or-less correct about Martin having something left in the tank. Arguably the NFL's worst running back across the 2016-2017 seasons in Tampa Bay, Martin did a respectable impression of Marshawn Lynch after Lynch's year-ending injury and closed out the season with back-to-back 100-yard rushing efforts. Martin turns 30 in January. He is not under contract for 2019.
Seth Roberts
Seth Roberts goes 5/31/0 against Chiefs
Sun, Dec 30, 2018, 6:34 PM
Seth Roberts caught 5-of-5 targets for 31 yards in the Raiders' Week 17 loss to Kansas City.
Analysis: He wraps the 2018 season with a 45/494/2 receiving line. A replacement-level slot receiver, Roberts is under contract for one more season but is a "Reggie McKenzie guy," which could threaten his roster security under new power-broker Jon Gruden. Roberts turns 28 in February.
Jordy Nelson
Jordy Nelson's final 2018 stat line: 63/739/3
Sun, Dec 30, 2018, 6:23 PM
Jordy Nelson caught 9-of-12 targets for 78 yards in the Raiders' Week 17 loss to the Chiefs.
Analysis: Amari Cooper's trade, Brandon LaFell's injury, and Martavis Bryant's injury/suspension forced Nelson into the Raiders' clear-cut No. 1 wideout role down the stretch, and he wound up averaging 9.6 targets over Oakland's final five games. Nelson's final 2018 receiving line was 63/739/3. No longer a dynamic playmaker but still a plus route runner with soft hands, Nelson will be worth retaining by the Raiders even as they have embraced rebuild mode. This assumes Jordy won't retire, of course, which was rumored since midseason. He turns 34 in May.
Jared Cook
Jared Cook ends 2018 season with career highs
Sun, Dec 30, 2018, 6:20 PM
Jared Cook caught 3-of-5 targets for 28 yards in the Raiders' Week 17 blowout loss to the Chiefs.
Analysis: It was a quiet ending to a highly productive yet still-strange 2018 campaign for Cook. The Raiders' coaching staff messed with his playing time frequently but he still logged career bests in catches (68), yards (896), and touchdowns (6) as Derek Carr's go-to guy with Amari Cooper (trade), Martavis Bryant (knee, suspension), and Brandon LaFell (Achilles') all falling out of the equation. Turning 31 in April, Cook should keep the Raiders' starting tight end job in 2019, even as the team undergoes a rebuild. He'll be worth drafting as a mid- to low-end TE1 in the middle rounds of season-long leagues.
Derek Carr
D. Carr ends first Gruden season on sour note
Sun, Dec 30, 2018, 6:13 PM
Derek Carr completed 24-of-33 passes for 185 yards, two interceptions, and a lost fumble in the Raiders' Week 17 blowout loss to the Chiefs.
Analysis: His first season under Jon Gruden wraps up at 4,049 yards with a 19:10 TD-to-INT ratio. Worse, Carr took a career-high 51 sacks behind a once-vaunted offensive line that collapsed under first-year OL coach Tom Cable. The Raiders also fielded one of the stone-worst road-game offenses in football. Carr actually played better once the team traded Amari Cooper but finished with a thud. Carr is tentatively expected back as Oakland's starter, but Gruden should seriously consider bringing in competition. Carr's pocket presence has never been a strength, and he is consistently averse to pulling the trigger on tight-window throws. There have also been a multitude of rumors that the locker room doesn't respect him.
Brian Bulcke
T.V. dynasty: Raiders eyeing Mayock for GM
Sun, Dec 30, 2018, 3:23 PM
Mike Garafolo on Twitter
NFL Network's Mike Garofolo reports his colleague Mike Mayock has emerged as a "strong candidate" for the Raiders' general manager vacancy.
Analysis: Mayock has reportedly already interviewed and is "firmly in the mix." Mayock, who has been in television for over 20 years, has zero front office experience, but he has always been a delightful view on basic cable. The same was true of Raiders coach/football czar Jon Gruden, who apparently wants a T.V. army as he looks to rebuild the Raiders on the fly. Mayock would be an extremely risky choice, but whomever is assisting Gruden will merely be a puppet to his whims. This is Gruden's team and front office.
Jalen Richard
Jalen Richard (ankle) upgraded to 'full'
Thu, Dec 27, 2018, 6:04 PM
Jalen Richard (ankle) was upgraded to "full" in Thursday's practice.
Analysis: The Raiders' COP back will be fine for Sunday's finale against the Chiefs.
Jared Cook
Jared Cook remains 'limited' on Thursday
Thu, Dec 27, 2018, 6:03 PM
Jared Cook (ribs) remained "limited" on Thursday.
Analysis: Cook should be ready to go as a top-six tight end for Sunday's finale against the Chiefs.
Brandon LaFell
LaFell wants to continue career in 2019
Thu, Dec 27, 2018, 2:41 PM
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Brandon LaFell (Achilles', injured reserve) wants to continue his career in 2019.
Analysis: "I'm definitely coming back," said LaFell, who turned 32 last month. "I'm leaving on my own terms. I'm not leaving like this. I'll be back. I'll definitely be back." It's an admirable sentiment, but LaFell was already having trouble playing on his terms in 2018. He was not signed by the Raiders until Sep. 3.
Jared Cook
Jared Cook begins week with limited session
Wed, Dec 26, 2018, 5:43 PM
Michael Gehlken on Twitter
Jared Cook (ribs) was limited at Wednesday's practice.
Analysis: The injury sidelined Cook briefly in Monday night's win over Denver. His presence at practice, albeit on a limited basis, suggests he'll be fine for Sunday's finale at Kansas City. Cook leads the Raiders with 868 receiving yards this year, which ranks fourth among tight ends.
Jalen Richard
Jalen Richard (ankle) limited on Wednesday
Wed, Dec 26, 2018, 5:43 PM
Michael Gehlken on Twitter
Jalen Richard (ankle) was limited at Wednesday's practice.
Analysis: This is a new injury for Richard. The limited practice suggests it shouldn't keep him out. With gameflow likely on his side, Richard is on the PPF FLEX map for Week 17 against the Chiefs.
Jalen Richard
Jalen Richard turns 8 touches into 51 yds, TD
Tue, Dec 25, 2018, 11:44 PM
Jalen Richard rushed four times for 11 yards and one score, adding four catches for 40 yards in Oakland's Week 16 victory over the Broncos.
Analysis: It was the fifth-straight game Richard's logged single-digit touches, but that didn't stop him from helping out his owners by punching it in from three-yards out in the fourth quarter. While his on-field usage won't match other low-level RBs in his range, his matchup against the Chiefs in Kansas City suits his style of play better than Doug Martin's. Richard will be a low-end flex/DFS option in that one.
Jared Cook
(Shrug): Jared Cook records 20 yds vs Broncos
Tue, Dec 25, 2018, 11:13 PM
Jared Cook caught 2-of-3 targets for 20 yards in the Raiders' Week 16 win over the Broncos.
Analysis: Derek Carr only threw for 167 yards, thus Cook was utilized sparsely as the team reached for popcorn and watched Doug Martin (21/107/1) send fans away happily into the night in what was likely the team's final game in Oakland Coliseum. With Jordy Nelson (7/75) suddenly becoming Carr's go-to target in the last month, Cook has moved down the pecking order considerably. He'll be a TE1 option in Kansas City next week due solely to the landscape of the position.
Derek Carr
Derek Carr efficient, not needed in victory
Tue, Dec 25, 2018, 11:03 PM
Derek Carr completed 19-of-26 passes for 167 in the Raiders' Week 16 emotional victory over the Broncos.
Analysis: Oakland's offense admittedly works best when Carr isn't needed, and that's exactly how the team built and kept its two score lead throughout the night. Carr and the offense didn't touch the field until late in the first quarter since special teams-ace Dwayne Harris picked up an insane bounced punt return and ran it back 99 yards to put his team up early. Doug Martin (21/107/1) took it from there, becoming the first back to hit pay dirt against the Broncos since Week 6. Although Kansas City's defense is one to attack, Carr is ultimately a QB2 in deep/2-QB leagues at Arrowhead in Week 17.
Jordy Nelson
Nelson (10 targets) stays Carr's go-to option
Mon, Dec 24, 2018, 10:55 PM
Jordy Nelson sealed 7-of-10 targets for 75 yards in the Raiders' Week 16 sendoff of the Broncos (and the city of Oakland).
Analysis: Whether it's because of the lack of options around him or veteran trust, fact of the matter is Nelson's quietly averaged nine targets over his last four games. As Carr's only residing go-to option in the last month, Nelson is again gifted a terrific on-paper matchup in the slot against the Chiefs' injury-riddled secondary in Week 17. He'll be a sneaky high-floor WR3 in that one.