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  Raiders | Derek Carr close to full health    Wed Feb 22, 02:19 PM

Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (leg) said he is close to fully recovered from the fractured fibula he suffered during the regular season, according to OT Donald Penn.

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  Raiders | Competition for Latavius Murray?    Sun Feb 19, 09:07 PM

Oakland Raiders impending free-agent RB Latavius Murray will have interest from multiple teams, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan, and Caplan believes the market for Murray could make it difficult for Oakland to re-sign him.

Footballguys view: Speculation around the league says the Raiders are ready to move on anyway. Murray is a big-bodied three-down running back with the speed to rip off field-flipping plays. He'll have more than a few suitors, and his price tag may be larger than some have anticipated.

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  Raiders | Michael Crabtree more productive on the road    Sun Feb 19, 04:08 PM

Oakland Raiders WR Michael Crabtree recorded 609 yards and five touchdowns on the road this past season. He recorded 394 yards and three touchdowns at home.

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  Raiders | Subtle changes coming for Oakland offense    Thu Feb 16, 01:55 PM

Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Todd Downing said he will not make changes just for the sake of making them after replacing Bill Musgrave. 'Oh, it will be very subtle,' Downing said in a conference call with reporters Wednesday, Feb. 15. 'We're going to keep the same system terminology. There's no reason to change any of that stuff. All we're doing right now is finding the ways that we can all individually do our jobs better, prepare our positions better, and how we can just quarter-turn a couple things to make the offense as efficient as possible.'

Footballguys view: Don't fix what isn't broken. This was a very successful offense last season before Derek Carr went down, so it makes all the sense in the world for Downing to avoid rocking the boat.

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  Raiders | Derek Carr will have say in game planning    Thu Feb 16, 01:46 PM

Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr will have a voice in the game planning, according to new offensive coordinator Todd Downing, who was promoted from quarterbacks coach after former offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave's contract expired. 'There's been a lot made about his command at the line of scrimmage. There's certainly going to be opportunities for Derek to do that,' Downing said. '... Where I see him needing a little bit more command is just being able to share his thoughts of game plans. Being a student of the game, as he already is, but vocalize what he likes and doesn't like. I think my relationship with him is something that's going to give him the opportunity to voice his opinions. I look forward to him really taking charge of expressing his thoughts on the offense.'

Footballguys view: At this point in his development, we're not surprised. He knows as well as anyone what he can and can't do, and the team might as well take advantage of that. On top of it, this is encouraging because it is the sort of thing we hear about the better quarterbacks in the NFL. Carr may not be among the best yet, but we think this is another sign he is on his way.

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  Raiders | Aldon Smith in domestic violence incident    Tue Feb 14, 12:15 AM

Oakland Raiders LB Aldon Smith is currently being investigated by San Francisco police regarding a domestic violence incident. An incident report was filed on Saturday, Feb. 11, and both Smith and the woman who filed the complaint are cooperating with the investigation. No arrests have been made or charges filed.

Footballguys view: Smith has yet to be reinstated by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, even though he's been cleared to do so since late last year. This incident is still under investigation, and Smith is cooperating with authorities. Even if nothing comes from this, it's not a good sign for Smith.

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  Raiders | Lee Smith will be ready for workouts    Mon Feb 13, 08:20 PM

Oakland Raiders TE Lee Smith (ankle) will be ready for the offseason workouts after missing most of the season because of a broken ankle.

Footballguys view: Smith is a big-bodied blocker, but he offers little as a receiver. The Raiders have a high-powered offense, but they've been putting up points without a consistent presence at tight end. In this fantastic tight end class, we should see them select one in the 2017 NFL draft.

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  Raiders | Latavius Murray may not return    Mon Feb 13, 04:35 PM

Oakland Raiders impending free-agent RB Latavius Murray is not expected to be re-signed, according to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Footballguys view: The Raiders have two change-of-pace backs on the roster in DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard, so we're expecting them to pick up a power back in the 2017 NFL draft. Murray has a good all-around skill set, and there should be a few teams interested in his services.

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  Raiders | Oakland willing to wait on Aldon Smith    Fri Feb 10, 10:25 PM

Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said he won't count on LB Aldon Smith being reinstated, but the team will 'welcome' him back if it happens.

Footballguys view: Smith was cleared to return late last season, but NFL commissioner Roger Goodell never made the decision to activate Smith. Lord only knows when Goodell will get around to reinstating the oft-troubled pass-rusher.

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  Raiders | Jack Del Rio receives new deal    Fri Feb 10, 07:36 PM

Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio signed a new four-year contract Friday, Feb. 10. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Coming off a 12-win season, Del Rio deserves a new deal. The Raiders are finally going in the right direction, but their defense needs improvement. Del Rio has plenty of time as his new deal goes through 2020.

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  Raiders | Aldon Smith could be reinstated in March    Sun Feb 5, 03:04 PM

Oakland Raiders LB Aldon Smith is expected to be reinstated from his substance abuse-induced suspension in March 'barring a slip-up', according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Smith met with commissioner Roger Goodell in December, but his reinstatement was deferred for three months.

Footballguys view: Smith is still under contract with the Raiders and could be the "2" in a lethal one-two pass rush combination with Khalil Mack. The Raiders had a disappointing end to 2016 when Derek Carr went down, but they are poised to do bigger and better things in 2017 with some breaks like Smith's uneventful return to play.

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  Raiders | Khalil Mack named DPOY    Sat Feb 4, 08:43 PM

Oakland Raiders DE Khalil Mack was named the Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year Saturday, Feb. 4.

Footballguys view: Mack took over games at times and anchored a Raiders defense that was part of a massive multi-year turnaround. He's due to become one of the highest paid players in the game by 2019 at the latest, which would be the year after the fifth-year option on his rookie deal.

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  Raiders | Latavius Murray saw touches drop in 2016    Mon Jan 30, 06:33 PM

Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray recorded less carries and receptions in 2016 than he did in 2015. Murray had 195 carries and 33 receptions this season while recording 266 carries and 41 receptions in 2015.

Footballguys view: The Raiders didn't seem totally sold on Murray coming into 2016, and two rookie backs took more playing time away from him as a result. They could bring Murray back in free agency, but he is unlikely to see his role increase.

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  Raiders | Khalil Mack also a priority     Tue Jan 24, 05:20 PM

Oakland Raiders DE Khalil Mack could be in negotiations for a contract extension in the near future, according to general manager Reggie McKenzie.

Footballguys view: Mack's contract is likely to push into or past the type of money Von Miller got from the Broncos. A first-round pick in 2014, the Raiders have an option in 2018 so they basically control his rights for two years. With 30 sacks in three years, the Raiders might want to get something done ASAP before his price continues to climb.

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  Raiders | Derek Carr extension important to Oakland    Tue Jan 24, 05:16 PM

Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr could be in negotiations for a contract extension in the near future, according to general manager Reggie McKenzie. Carr is heading into a contract year in 2017.

Footballguys view: Carr was a second-round pick, so there is no fifth-year option for one of the best young passers in the NFL. He was in the discussion for NFL MVP before a finger injury held him back and a broken leg ended his season. The Raiders have over $46 million in cap space for 2017, so they've got more than enough money to get him a deal that likely pays him over $20 million annually.

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  Raiders | Oakland hires John Pagano    Mon Jan 23, 08:42 PM

The Oakland Raiders hired former Los Angeles Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano to be their assistant head coach/defense.

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  Raiders | Khalil Mack could be extended    Fri Jan 20, 10:56 AM

Oakland Raiders DE Khalil Mack will have discussions on a contract extension this offseason, according to general manager Reggie McKenzie. Mack's contract expires after the 2017 season, and he could be retained on a one-year extension that could exceed $13 million.

Footballguys view: The Raiders will be using the fifth-year option for Mack. That gives them some more time to work out a new long-term deal with the superstar pass-rusher.

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  Raiders | Derek Carr extension on the agenda    Fri Jan 20, 10:43 AM

Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr will have discussions on a contract extension this offseason, according to general manager Reggie McKenzie.

Footballguys view: As a second-round pick, Carr has no fifth-year option on his deal. His rookie contract expires in 2017, and the Raiders are not going to let him go. They'll figure out a way to make this happen.

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  Raiders | Sean Smith had surgery    Thu Jan 19, 05:25 PM

Oakland Raiders CB Sean Smith (shoulder) recently underwent surgery on his injured shoulder, according to general manager Reggie McKenzie. McKenzie added it's nothing to be concerned about.

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  Raiders | Austin Howard undergoes surgery    Thu Jan 19, 01:16 PM

Oakland Raiders OT Austin Howard (shoulder) underwent surgery Wednesday, Jan. 18, to repair shoulder issues that he had during the entire 2016 season.

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  Raiders | Mike Tice still with Oakland    Wed Jan 18, 05:38 PM

Oakland Raiders offensive line coach Mike Tice has agreed to a new deal with the Raiders and will be on the coaching staff next season, according to a source.

Footballguys view: The Raiders have spent a lot of money on their offensive line, but it's Tice who gets everyone to play together as an outstanding group. He's one of the best offensive line coaches in the league, and this hiring insures the strong play up front will continue for the Raiders.

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  Raiders | Latavius Murray will be free agent    Sun Jan 15, 01:39 PM

Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray will be an unrestricted free agent Thursday, March 9, at 4 p.m. EST.

Footballguys view: A sixth-round pick in 2013, Murray has had quite a bit of success with the Raiders. He rushed for a career-high 12 touchdowns in 2016, and he could be brought back for more in 2017. Murray has already expressed a desire to return to the Raiders.

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  Raiders | Jack Del Rio could receive extension    Sun Jan 15, 10:25 AM

The Oakland Raiders are expected to begin contract extension talks with head coach Jack Del Rio soon. His current deal runs through the 2018 season.

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  Raiders | Jake Peetz to be QBs coach    Fri Jan 13, 07:11 PM

Oakland Raiders assistant Jake Peetz has been promoted to quarterbacks coach, according to a source.

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  Raiders | Khalil Mack bows out of Pro Bowl    Thu Jan 12, 10:53 AM

Oakland Raiders DE Khalil Mack (undisclosed) will not play in the Pro Bowl due to an undisclosed injury.

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  Raiders | Todd Downing promoted to coordinator    Tue Jan 10, 06:05 PM

Updating a previous report, Oakland Raiders quarterbacks coach Todd Downing has been promoted to offensive coordinator, as expected, Tuesday, Jan. 10, according to sources.

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  Raiders | Marcus Robertson let go     Tue Jan 10, 05:50 PM

Oakland Raiders defensive backs coach Marcus Robertson was fired Tuesday, Jan. 10.

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  Raiders | Bill Musgrave's contract expires    Tue Jan 10, 04:54 PM

Former Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave's contract has expired.

Footballguys view: The Raiders have the no.6 offense in the NFL, but it wasn't good enough for Musgrave to keep his job. Quarterbacks coach Todd Downing is an in-house candidate to take over as offensive coordinator.

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  Raiders | Matt McGloin wants chance to start    Mon Jan 9, 07:43 PM

Oakland Raiders impending free-agent QB Matt McGloin said he will look to sign with a team that will allow him to compete for the starting quarterback job.

Footballguys view: Don't be surprised to see the Houston Texans show interest. When Bill O'Brien was the head coach of Penn State, McGloin was his quarterback and looked good. In a quarterback-desperate league, there's a chance for McGloin to compete somewhere.

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  Raiders | Oakland signs four to future deals    Mon Jan 9, 06:18 PM

The Oakland Raiders signed WR K.J. Brent, TE Cooper Helfet, WR Jaydon Mickens and TE Ryan O'Malley to Reserve/Future contracts Monday, Jan. 9. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: A rare JUCO transfer to Duke, Cooper Helfet was picked up by the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 2012. Helfet has stayed with the Seahawks for a few years, but only appeared in 24 games during that time. On his career, Helfet has 25 catches, 315 receiving yards and two touchdowns. He cracked a bone in his foot and was done in Seattle earlier this year. In super deep dynasty leagues we'll be monitoring him.

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  Raiders | Latavius Murray open to extension    Mon Jan 9, 01:43 AM

The agent for Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray has had talks with the team about a contract extension. Murray has said he'd like to stay with the team that drafted him.

Footballguys view: A sixth-round pick for the Raiders in 2013, Murray can be a bruising featured back. He'll command some interest if he makes it to the open market. This year the Raiders added two talented rookie RBs in Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington but both are more of the change-of-pace type.

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  Raiders | Donald Penn's injury not serious    Sun Jan 8, 01:15 PM

Oakland Raiders OT Donald Penn's (knee) knee injury is considered relatively minor and likely will not need a lot of time to heal.

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  Raiders | Rodney Hudson in walking boot    Sun Jan 8, 01:14 PM

Oakland Raiders C Rodney Hudson (ankle) was seen wearing a walking boot after the team's Wild Card playoff game. Hudson suffered an ankle injury during the game but was able to return.

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  Raiders | Malcolm Smith sustained hamstring injury    Sun Jan 8, 10:39 AM

Oakland Raiders LB Malcolm Smith (hamstring) left the Wild Card game against the Houston Texans Saturday, Jan. 7, after sustaining a hamstring injury. He was unable to return to action.

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  Raiders | Connor Cook implodes    Sat Jan 7, 09:03 PM

Oakland Raiders QB Connor Cook completed 18 of his 45 passes for 161 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions in a 27-14 loss to the Houston Texans Saturday, Jan. 7.

Footballguys view: Should anyone be surprised by this? Cook was a fourth-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft, and he came with plenty of question marks on and off the field. Making his first start in the playoffs was not going to end well....and it didn't.

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  Raiders | Michael Crabtree sustained concussion    Sat Jan 7, 08:38 PM

Oakland Raiders WR Michael Crabtree (concussion) sustained a concussion in a 27-14 loss to the Houston Texans Saturday, Jan. 7.

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  Raiders | Amari Cooper disappears    Sat Jan 7, 08:16 PM

Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper finished with two catches for 10 yards on 10 targets in a 27-14 loss to the Houston Texans Saturday, Jan. 7.

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  Raiders | Latavius Murray quiet in loss    Sat Jan 7, 08:10 PM

Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray finished with 12 carries for 39 yards and a touchdown and one catch for 12 yards in a 27-14 loss to the Houston Texans Saturday, Jan. 7.

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  Raiders | Michael Crabtree headed to locker room    Sat Jan 7, 07:35 PM

Oakland Raiders WR Michael Crabtree (head) left the Wild Card playoff game Saturday, Jan. 7, in the fourth quarter to be evaluated for a concussion.

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  Raiders | Rodney Hudson back in action     Sat Jan 7, 06:42 PM

Updating a previous story, Oakland Raiders C Rodney Hudson (ankle) returned to the Wild Card playoff game in the second half Saturday, Jan. 7, after sustaining a first-half ankle injury.


  Raiders | Rodney Hudson injures ankle    Sat Jan 7, 06:25 PM

Oakland Raiders C Rodney Hudson (ankle) left the Wild Card playoff game Saturday, Jan. 7, early he suffering a first-half ankle injury. He is considered questionable to return.

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  Raiders | Matt McGloin in uniform    Sat Jan 7, 03:36 PM

Oakland Raiders QB Matt McGloin (shoulder) is officially active for the Wild Card playoff game against the Houston Texans and will serve as the backup quarterback.

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  Raiders | Michael Crabtree active    Sat Jan 7, 03:33 PM

Oakland Raiders WR Michael Crabtree (ankle) is officially active for the Wild Card playoff game against the Houston Texans.

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  Raiders | Amari Cooper will play against Houston    Sat Jan 7, 03:30 PM

Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper (shoulder) is officially active for the Wild Card playoff game against the Houston Texans.

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  Raiders | Donald Penn has fracture in knee    Sat Jan 7, 03:30 PM

Oakland Raiders OT Donald Penn (knee) said he has a small fracture in his knee but will not need surgery.

Footballguys view: Good news for the Raiders if they can advance on Saturday. Penn believes he will be able to play in the Divisional Round playoff game if the Raiders win their Wild Card playoff game.

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  Raiders | Week 18 inactives for Raiders    Sat Jan 7, 03:11 PM

The Oakland Raiders have declared DB Antonio Hamilton, DL Branden Jackson, QB Derek Carr, OT Donald Penn, DL Jihad Ward, FS Nate Allen, OG Vadal Alexander inactive for Week 18.

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  Raiders | Mario Edwards added to injury report    Sat Jan 7, 01:15 PM

Oakland Raiders DE Mario Edwards Jr. (illness) has been added to the injury report for the Wild Card playoff game against the Houston Texans because of an illness and is listed as questionable.

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  Raiders | Matt McGloin expected to be No. 2 QB    Fri Jan 6, 07:18 PM

Oakland Raiders QB Matt McGloin (shoulder) is expected to be the No. 2 quarterback for the Raiders in the Wild Card playoff game after he participated in all three practices this week.

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  Raiders | Menelik Watson expected to play LT    Fri Jan 6, 07:17 PM

Oakland Raiders OT Menelik Watson is expected to start at left tackle in the Wild Card playoff game against the Houston Texans with OT Donald Penn (knee) ruled out. OT Austin Howard likely will fill in at right tackle.

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  Raiders | Friday injury report for Oakland    Fri Jan 6, 04:47 PM

Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (ankle) and FS Nate Allen (concussion) did not participate in practice Friday, Jan. 6, and have been ruled out for the Wild Card playoff game against the Houston Texans. WR Andre Holmes (shoulder), SS Karl Joseph (toe), QB Matt McGloin (shoulder), OG Kelechi Osemele (ankle) and LB Malcolm Smith (hamstring) were limited during practice and are listed as questionable. OT Austin Howard (shoulder) and DT Stacy McGee (groin) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report.

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