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  Raiders | LaMarr Woodley will be released    Sun Mar 1, 07:07 PM

The Oakland Raiders plan to release DE LaMarr Woodley, a league source said Sunday, March 1. He made just five tackles in six games before his season ended due to a torn biceps.

Footballguys view: The Raiders save $5.187 million against the salary cap without adding any dead money with the transaction. Last year, the Raiders added a bunch of older free agents like Woodley and it just didn't work out. Woodley is not the same player he used to be, and there may not be much interest in him on the open market.

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  Raiders | Raiders interested in Julius Thomas?    Fri Feb 27, 09:38 PM

Denver Broncos impending free-agent TE Julius Thomas is drawing interest from the Oakland Raiders, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.

Footballguys view: The Raiders could have interest, but they might not be the favorite to land Thomas. He grew up in the area, and Thomas was a Raiders fan as a kid. The Raiders could use a guy like Thomas on offense, but he's expected to get plenty of interest on the open market.

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  Raiders | Maurice Jones-Drew on the bubble?    Wed Feb 25, 04:17 PM

Oakland Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew could be on his way out of Oakland after a disappointing 2014 campaign. The veteran running back played in 12 games and averaged just 2.2 yards on 43 carries.

Footballguys view: Of course Jones-Drew is on the bubble. We could see the team go in a different direction (Reggie Bush?) as Jones-Drew isn't the player he used to be.

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Maurice Jones-Drew player page


  Raiders | OAK may make run at Randall Cobb    Wed Feb 25, 07:24 AM

Free-agent WR Randall Cobb (Packers) may be targeted by the Oakland Raiders if he reaches free agency.

Footballguys view: The Raiders have a ton of money to spend in free agency, and we're expecting them to make a run at several big players. Cobb would be a great fit in the offense, and he'd give Derek Carr a quality target.

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  Raiders | Nick Roach may sit out next season    Wed Feb 25, 07:15 AM

Oakland Raiders MLB Nick Roach (head) is still having headaches related to a concussion he suffered last season, and he may not play next season according to team sources.

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  Raiders | Giorgio Tavecchio signs    Mon Feb 23, 03:03 PM

The Oakland Raiders signed PK Giorgio Tavecchio to an undisclosed contract Monday, Feb. 23.

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  Raiders | Might not be interested in Julius Thomas    Fri Feb 20, 12:32 PM

The Oakland Raiders might not have as much interest in impending free agent tight end Julius Thomas (Broncos) as originally thought. An Oakland native, many expected Thomas to land with the Raiders if the Broncos let him leave in free agency.

Footballguys view: The Raiders have a lot of needs and sinking a ton of money into a tight end might not seem prudent. He certainly would be a big help to second-year quarterback Derek Carr, but the Raiders could also choose to address that need in the draft.

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  Raiders | Sio Moore could miss OTAs    Wed Feb 18, 06:49 PM

Oakland Raiders LB Sio Moore (hip) will be brought along slowly this offseason, following surgery after the season, and will likely miss organized team activities.

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  Raiders | Expected to show interest in Terrance Knighton    Sun Feb 15, 02:08 PM

Denver Broncos impending free-agent DT Terrance Knighton is expected to receive interest from the Oakland Raiders if he hits the free-agent market.

Footballguys view: Knighton worked well under Jack Del Rio (new Raiders head coach, former Broncos defensive coordinator) over the last two seasons. This comes as no surprise because Knighton was drafted by the Jaguars when Del Rio was the head coach in Jacksonville. Behind Ndamukong Suh, Knighton is arguably the best defensive tackle on the open market.

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  Raiders | Maurice Jones-Drew needs to stay in shape    Fri Feb 13, 06:25 PM

Oakland Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew will need to keep his weight where it needs to be next season so he can be an explosive runner again, according to head coach Jack Del Rio.

Footballguys view: Jones-Drew just isn't the same player he used to be. We should see Latavius Murray as the Raiders lead back in 2015. Jones-Drew will give the team veteran depth at the position.

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Maurice Jones-Drew player page


  Raiders | Latavius Murray has chance to start    Fri Feb 13, 06:20 PM

Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray has shown the traits to be a candidate for the starting running back job next season, according to head coach Jack Del Rio. 'I think he has shown enough of the traits to make him a candidate to be that guy,' Del Rio said. 'I don't know that he's earned that yet. He's shown that there is potential there. He's done enough things to pique your interest. He's got size and speed. He can go. There are some things that we will need to work to improve, such as overall awareness and football IQ.' Del Rio said the offensive line can do a better job opening more holes for Murray.

Footballguys view: Has a chance? Really Del Rio? Murray is the Raiders best option at the running back position. He should emerge as the starter in training camp.

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  Raiders | Derek Carr excited for new offense    Tue Feb 10, 04:19 PM

Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr is excited for the team's no-huddle offense under new offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave. 'Sometimes, the games were really slow for me [last season],' Carr said. 'It was almost like I was waiting for it to speed up.'

Footballguys view: The Raiders are no NFL powerhouse, but they're closer to being relevant than some think. They have a young quarterback with upside, and that's certainly a great start. Carr had experience with the no-huddle offense in college at Fresno State University and said he's very comfortable in it.

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  Raiders | Tim Holt hired    Thu Jan 29, 03:55 AM

Former Stetson OL coach Tim Holt was hired by the Oakland Raiders on Wednesday, Jan. 28, as an assistant offensive line coach.

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  Raiders | Bobby Johnson hired    Mon Jan 26, 03:00 AM

Detroit Lions assistant offensive line coach Bobby Johnson will join the Oakland Raiders as the team's tight ends coach.

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  Raiders | Set to hire two coaches    Mon Jan 26, 02:53 AM

Bernie Parmalee and Rob Moore are set to join the Oakland Raiders coaching staff. Parmalee will coach running backs and Moore will be a wide receivers coach.

Footballguys view: Parmalee and Moore have plenty of experience from their playing days in the NFL. We'll see if the Raiders can add better WRs to the mix for Moore. Parmalee will get to coach one of the most exciting young running backs in the game in Latavius Murray.

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  Raiders | Mel Tucker in hunt for Oakland DC job    Wed Jan 21, 09:01 PM

Former Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker is on the radar of the Oakland Raiders for their defensive coordinator opening.

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  Raiders | Latavius Murray to be featured in offense    Wed Jan 21, 12:40 PM

Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray is likely to be the team's lead back in 2015, and new offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave plans tailor his system to Murray's talents. Musgrave has guided a top-10 rushing attack in four of his six seasons as an offensive coordinator. Murray had just 82 carries last year and also added 17 catches and 567 total yards of offense.

Footballguys view: We're excited about Murray's upside, provided he can stay healthy. He has a great size/speed combination and looks swift to and through the hole as a runner. Murray can be a featured back for the Raiders, and it wouldn't surprise us to see him put up strong RB2 numbers in 2015.

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Latavius Murray player page


  Raiders | Oakland looking at Mike Smith for DC    Tue Jan 20, 11:15 PM

Former Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith is expected to interview with the Oakland Raiders for their defensive coordinator opening, a source said Tuesday, Jan. 20.

Footballguys view: Smith would be a good hire for the Raiders at that position. Things fell apart for him as head coach of the Falcons, but Smith is a solid defensive coordinator. We feel he would work well with new Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio.

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  Raiders | New OC good for Latavius Murray?    Mon Jan 19, 09:40 PM

Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray could benefit from offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave, who has used a run-heavy style in the past.

Footballguys view: Murray is a ascending talent with star potential. His size/speed combination makes him a dangerous weapon as a runner between the tackles. Murray is a decent receiver out of the backfield, and he can break off long runs if he gets daylight.

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  Raiders | Interested in Mike Smith    Fri Jan 16, 03:03 PM

Free-agent coach Mike Smith (Falcons) is getting interest from the Oakland Raiders for their open defensive coordinator position. It is unlikely that Smith will end up in Oakland.

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  Raiders | Jack Del Rio agrees to four-year deal    Wed Jan 14, 04:36 PM

Updating a previous report, Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio signed a four-year contract Wednesday, Jan. 14. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Raiders | Hire Jack Del Rio    Wed Jan 14, 04:15 PM

The Oakland Raiders have officially hired Jack Del Rio (Broncos) as their next head coach.

Footballguys view: Del Rio's tenure with the Jaguars was better than you remember. He turned a team coming off of three straight losing seasons into a winner in year two, and a playoff team in year three, despite playing in a division with Peyton Manning among others. He also made the tough call to switch quarterbacks right before the 2007 season and it resulted in a 11-5 season. He might not get the Raiders to a Super Bowl, but there's a good chance Del Rio will get them going in the right direction.

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  Raiders | John Madden assisting in interviews    Thu Jan 8, 02:46 AM

Former Oakland Raiders coach and television analyst John Madden sat in on the interview with free-agent coach Mike Shanahan (Redskins) for the head coach job, and sources indicate he will be present when the team interviews Tony Sparano.

Footballguys view: Madden is a legendary figure in the NFL, and he certainly has the respect of Raiders owner Mark Davis. He's done this before. Madden sat in on Reggie McKenzie's interview when the team hired their current GM in 2012.

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  Raiders | Maurice Jones-Drew hopes to return    Wed Jan 7, 12:03 PM

Oakland Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew said he hopes to return to the team next season even though he wished he would have received more work this season. Jones-Drew finished the season with 98 yards on 43 carries.

Footballguys view: Why would they bring Jones-Drew back? He's simply not the same player he used to be. The Raiders would save $2.5 million in salary cap space if they released Jones-Drew.

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  Raiders | Oakland interested in Kyle Shanahan    Wed Jan 7, 12:31 AM

The Oakland Raiders are interested in possibly hiring Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan as their offensive coordinator, sources said Tuesday, Jan. 6.

Footballguys view: The Raiders are showing due diligence here by examining multiple different coaching options. Shanahan is open to a lateral move due to friction in Cleveland between coaches and the front office.

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  Raiders | Mike Shanahan interviews    Mon Jan 5, 12:45 PM

Former Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan interviewed for the Oakland Raiders' head coaching position.

Footballguys view: Don't the Raiders still owe him money from the last time he was their head coach? The move for Shanahan would be an interesting one to say the least. As the Raiders head coach, Shanahan would be poised to play his former team the Denver Broncos twice a year. We think Shanahan gets back into coaching this year, but it seems like Oakland is a long shot to secure his services.

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  Raiders | Latavius Murray likely will be top back    Sun Jan 4, 02:15 PM

Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray likely will be the team's featured running back next season.

Footballguys view: Good! We like what Murray showed this year in a larger role. At the end of the season, Murray flashed power and speed as the starting running back. He finishes his second season with 424 yards rushing (5.2 YPC) and 153 yards receiving.

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  Raiders | Derek Carr needs to improve against blitz    Fri Jan 2, 06:16 PM

Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr will focus on improving against the blitz heading into next season. When Carr was blitzed in his rookie season, he completed 46.6% of his passes for 857 yards, six touchdowns and a passer rating of 61.2. Against a standard rush, he completed 63.5% of his passes for 2,413 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Footballguys view: Carr wasn't as bad against the blitz as we thought the rookie would be. He struggled under duress in college at Fresno State, so these stats come as no surprise.

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  Raiders | Sign several players to Futures contracts    Tue Dec 30, 07:24 PM

The Oakland Raiders signed RB Terrance Cobb, WRs Seth Roberts and Jeremy Gallon, OG Lamar Mady, OT Dan Kistler, DB Vernon Kearney, LB Justin Jackson and CB Jansen Watson to Reserve/Futures contracts Tuesday, Dec. 30.

Footballguys view: We're still interested (from a deep dynasty perspective) in Cobb and Gallon here. Cobb, the brother of former Buccaneers running back (and current 49ers scout) Reggie Cobb, was a record setting back at NAIA school the University of the Cumberlands. We like his size/speed combination and instincts for running the football. Gallon was a standout in college for Michigan. He could be a good return man in the pros, and Gallon can get open with ease on short routes.

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  Raiders | Sign Kona Schwenke    Tue Dec 30, 06:30 PM

The Oakland Raiders signed DT Kona Schwenke to a Reserve/Futures contract from the New York Jets practice squad Tuesday, Dec. 30.

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  Raiders | Jack Del Rio may be HC option    Mon Dec 29, 04:28 AM

With Jim Harbaugh expected to take the University of Michigan head coaching job, the Oakland Raiders may look at Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio as a possible head coaching candidate.

Footballguys view: It would be interesting to see the Raiders take Del Rio off the Broncos hands after they did the same thing with their last head coach. Dennis Allen was the Broncos defensive coordinator before the Raiders lured him away a few years ago. Allen was fired after Week 4 this year, and Tony Sparano was put in place as the interim head coach. Del Rio has plenty of experience as a head coach from his days as the top guy in Jacksonville.

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  Raiders | Derek Carr spread the ball    Sun Dec 28, 08:04 PM

Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr spread the ball nicely in Week 17 versus the Denver Broncos. However, he completed only 50.0% of his passes and threw for just 158 yards. Nine of Carr's 18 completions were to different players.

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  Raiders | Week 17 Inactives    Sun Dec 28, 03:34 PM

The Oakland Raiders have declared CB Chimdi Chekwa, WR Denarius Moore, OT Menelik Watson, DL Stacy McGee, OG Tony Bergstrom, CB Travis Carrie, WR Vincent Brown inactive for Week 17.

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  Raiders | Week 17 Inactives    Sun Dec 28, 03:26 PM

The Oakland Raiders have declared CB Chimdi Chekwa, WR Denarius Moore, OT Menelik Watson, DL Stacy McGee, OG Tony Bergstrom, CB Travis Carrie inactive for Week 17.

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  Raiders | Travis Carrie downgraded    Sat Dec 27, 02:32 PM

Oakland Raiders CB Travis Carrie (ankle) has been downgraded to out for Week 17.

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  Raiders | Friday injury report    Fri Dec 26, 04:53 PM

Oakland Raiders WRs Vincent Brown (groin) and Denarius Moore (knee, ankle) and CB Chimdi Chekwa (hamstring) have been ruled out for Week 17. CB Travis Carrie (ankle), LB Khalil Mack (hamstring) and OT Menelik Watson (foot, ankle) are questionable. DB Ras-I Dowling (hamstring) is probable.

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  Raiders | Derek Carr off injury report    Fri Dec 26, 04:50 PM

Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (illness) was not on the team's injury report Friday, Dec. 26, and is good to go for Week 17.

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  Raiders | Derek Carr practices in full    Thu Dec 25, 10:55 PM

Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (illness) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Dec. 25.

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  Raiders | Thursday practice report    Thu Dec 25, 09:56 PM

Oakland Raiders WR Vincent Brown (groin), CB Travis Carrie (ankle), CB Chimdi Chekwa (hamstring), TE Brian Leonhardt (head), WR Denarius Moore (knee, ankle) and OT Menelik Watson (foot, ankle) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 25. CB Ras-I Dowling (hamstring) and LB Khalil Mack (hamstring) were limited participants.

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Denarius Moore player page
Ras-I Dowling player page
Chimdi Chekwa player page
Khalil Mack player page


  Raiders | Wednesday's practice report    Wed Dec 24, 06:26 PM

Oakland Raiders WR Vincent Brown (groin), CB Travis Carrie (ankle), CB Chimdi Chekwa (hamstring), TE Brian Leonhardt (concussion), WR Denarius Moore (ankle, knee) and OT Menelik Watson (ankle, foot) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 24. DB Ras-I Dowling (hamstring) and LB Khalil Mack (hamstring) were listed as limited participants.

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Denarius Moore player page
Ras-I Dowling player page
Chimdi Chekwa player page
Khalil Mack player page


  Raiders | Derek Carr returns to practice    Wed Dec 24, 03:06 PM

Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (illness) returned to practice Wednesday, Dec. 24, and will play against the Denver Broncos this week.

Footballguys view: It will be interesting to see what kind of fight the Raiders will put up this week. The Broncos will need to win to secure the number two seed--and a first-round bye--in the playoffs.

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Derek Carr player page


  Raiders | Justin Jackson signs    Tue Dec 23, 06:33 PM

The Oakland Raiders signed free-agent LB Justin Jackson (Redskins) to their practice squad Tuesday, Dec. 23.


  Raiders | Derek Carr limps off    Sun Dec 21, 06:38 PM

Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (lower leg) left the Week 16 game against the Buffalo Bills in the fourth quarter after suffering an undisclosed lower leg injury. He attempted to limp off, but then crumpled to the ground before getting helped by the training staff.

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  Raiders | Week 16 Inactives    Sun Dec 21, 03:07 PM

The Oakland Raiders have declared OG Tony Bergstrom, WR Vincent Brown, CB Chimdi Chekwa, TE Brian Leonhardt, DT Stacy McGee, WR Denarius Moore, OT Menelik Watson inactive for Week 16.

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Stacy McGee player page


  Raiders | Tarell Brown to IR    Sat Dec 20, 05:01 PM

Oakland Raiders CB Tarell Brown (foot) was placed on Reserve/Injured Saturday, Dec. 20. LB Spencer Hadley was promoted to the 53-man roster.

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  Raiders | Friday injury report    Fri Dec 19, 05:04 PM

Oakland Raiders CB Tarell Brown (foot), WR Vincent Brown (groin), CB Chimdi Chekwa (hamstring), TE Brian Leonhardt (concussion), WR Denarius Moore (ankle, knee) and OT Menelik Watson (ankle, foot) have been ruled out for Week 16. DE C.J. Wilson (knee) and CB D.J. Hayden (back) are listed as questionable, while CB Travis Carrie (ankle) is listed as probable. Wilson and Carrie fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 19. Hayden was limited during practice, while the other players did not participate in practice.

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C.J. Wilson player page
Vincent Brown player page
Denarius Moore player page
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D.J. Hayden player page


  Raiders | Derek Carr probable for Week 16    Fri Dec 19, 04:49 PM

Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (thumb) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 19, and is listed as probable for Week 16.

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  Raiders | Greg Jenkins re-signs    Thu Dec 18, 06:49 PM

The Oakland Raiders re-signed WR Greg Jenkins to their practice squad Thursday, Dec. 18.

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  Raiders | Full practice for Derek Carr    Thu Dec 18, 05:54 PM

Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (thumb) practiced in full Thursday, Dec. 18, after being limited Wednesday, Dec. 17.

Footballguys view: Carr is another quarterback we're excited to see next year but not in your lineup this week. He is no better than a QB3 at very best.

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  Raiders | Thursday practice report    Thu Dec 18, 05:48 PM

Oakland Raiders CB Tarell Brown (foot), WR Vincent Brown (groin), CB Chimdi Chekwa (hamstring), TE Brian Leonhardt (concussion), WR Denarius Moore (knee, ankle) and OT Menelik Watson (foot, ankle) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 18. CB Travis Carrie (ankle), CB D.J. Hayden (back) and DE C.J. Wilson (knee) were limited.

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