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  Raiders | Four more players cut by Oakland    Mon Aug 29, 05:40 PM

Oakland Raiders WR Joe Hansley, Nathan Palmer, PK Giorgio Tavecchio and TE Colton Underwood were released Monday, Aug. 29.

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Nathan Palmer player page


  Raiders | Max McCaffrey waived     Mon Aug 29, 05:25 PM

Oakland Raiders WR Max McCaffrey was waived Monday, Aug. 29.

Footballguys view: McCaffrey is the son of former Broncos star WR Ed McCaffrey, and he's the older brother of Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey. The former Duke WR has a lot of speed and can get by defenders on deep routes. Perhaps he'll find a way onto some team's practice squad.

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  Raiders | Michael Crabtree improving chemistry     Mon Aug 29, 12:31 AM

Oakland Raiders WR Michael Crabtree said he has been practicing all the routes during practice and continues to improve his chemistry with QB Derek Carr.

Footballguys view: Crabtree showed well last year with the Raiders, and he's looking to do even more this season. We like him as a WR4 for fantasy owners in PPR leagues. His current ADP is WR37 (7.10) in 12-team leagues.

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Derek Carr player page


  Raiders | Latavius Murray's job not in question    Sun Aug 28, 12:49 AM

Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray had a limited role in the team's third preseason game Saturday, Aug. 27, against the Tennessee Titans, but head coach Jack Del Rio said it is not indicative of Murray's job being in question. 'We saw him last year. We need to find out who will be the backup,' Del Rio said.

Footballguys view: Murray is the lead man for the Raiders, and he's got RB2 written all over him for fantasy owners. His backup should be rookie DeAndre Washington. He's a compact runner who isn't afraid to run between the tackles, and Washington is elusive and quick in the open field. Consider Washington a late-round 'lottery ticket' pick for your fantasy squad.

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  Raiders | Johnny Holton limps off    Sat Aug 27, 10:49 PM

Oakland Raiders WR Johnny Holton (ankle) limped off in the fourth quarter of the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 27, against the Tennessee Titans due to an apparent right ankle injury.

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  Raiders | Menelik Watson ahead in competition    Thu Aug 25, 10:35 PM

Oakland Raiders OT Menelik Watson is currently ahead of OT Austin Howard in the battle for the starting right tackle job, but head coach Jack Del Rio said the competition is ongoing.

Footballguys view: Howard would be one of the best guard/tackle depth players in the league if Watson beats him out. No matter the outcome this just underscores the quality of the Raiders offensive line this year.

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  Raiders | Reggie Nelson unlikely to play    Thu Aug 25, 06:27 PM

Oakland Raiders FS Reggie Nelson (knee) is not expected to play against the Tennessee Titans Saturday, Aug. 27, according to head coach Jack Del Rio. Nelson did not practice this week and sat out the Raiders' offseason program with a knee issue. FS Nate Allen should see additional repetitions in Nelson's place.

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Nate Allen player page


  Raiders | Seth Roberts not standing out    Tue Aug 23, 10:50 PM

Oakland Raiders WR Seth Roberts hasn't been standing out in training camp or the preseason, as he head coach Jack Del Rio did not seem overly impressed Tuesday, Aug. 23. 'I would say Seth has been OK. Yeah, he's been OK. He made a really nice catch last week in practice. I think he's been working at it. I think he's starting to feel pushed a little bit, which is what we'd like to have. Yeah, he's been a good player for us,' Del Rio said.

Footballguys view: It sounds like the no.3 wideout in Oakland is in the coach's doghouse. Earlier this offseason QB Derek Carr praised Roberts, and his emergence could help further strengthen this passing game. However, Roberts needs to pick it up if he wants to duplicate or best his numbers from last year (32 catches, 480 yards, 5 touchdowns).

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  Raiders | Two out, two banged up    Wed Aug 17, 10:22 PM

Oakland Raiders DE Mario Edwards Jr. (hip) and TE Gabe Holmes (ankle) will not play in the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 18, against the Green Bay Packers, and LB Ben Heeney (leg) and RB Jalen Richard (knee) are questionable to play.

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Ben Heeney player page


  Raiders | DeAndre Washington claims No. 2 RB job    Wed Aug 17, 08:38 PM

Oakland Raiders RB DeAndre Washington has grabbed hold of the No. 2 running back job heading into the team's second preseason game. 'We've been seeing signs during camp of improving the running game,' said head coach Jack Del Rio.

Footballguys view: Washington is a rookie RB we're really keeping our eyes on. He's a compact runner who can run inside before bursting to the outside. Washington has good foot frequency and does a good job of making defenders miss in tight spaces. He's competing to be the backup behind Latavius Murray in the regular season.

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  Raiders | Oakland signs Jake McGee    Tue Aug 16, 05:37 PM

Free-agent TE Jake McGee (Panthers) signed with the Oakland Raiders Tuesday, Aug. 16.

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  Raiders | Latavius Murray may receive more work    Mon Aug 15, 05:08 PM

Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said he would like RB Latavius Murray to receive more carries than he did last season.

Footballguys view: Keep this in mind when considering Murray for your fantasy team. Murray had a career-high 266 carries in 2015, and he finished last season as the 10th-ranked RB in fantasy football (standard leagues). This year, Murray should get around 250 carries but perhaps he gets more. He's going off the board at RB15 (4.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Raiders | Gabe Holmes expected to go on IR    Mon Aug 15, 05:06 PM

Oakland Raiders TE Gabe Holmes (ankle) likely will be placed on the Reserve/Injured list because of his ankle injury, according to head coach Jack Del Rio.

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  Raiders | No surgery for Mario Edwards    Mon Aug 15, 05:06 PM

Updating a previous report, Oakland Raiders DE Mario Edwards Jr. (hip) will not need surgery on his injured hip but will miss a few weeks, according to head coach Jack Del Rio.

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  Raiders | Mario Edwards expected to miss 4-6 weeks    Sun Aug 14, 07:31 PM

Oakland Raiders DE Mario Edwards Jr. (hip) is expected to miss four to six weeks after being diagnosed with a hip strain suffered in the team's preseason opener Friday, Aug. 12.

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  Raiders | Jalen Richard unlikely to play Thursday    Sun Aug 14, 11:22 AM

Oakland Raiders RB Jalen Richard (knee) is considered week-to-week because of a knee issue. He is unlikely to play in the preseason game against the Green Bay Packers Thursday, Aug. 18.

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  Raiders | Gabe Holmes has serious ankle injury    Sun Aug 14, 10:53 AM

Oakland Raiders TE Gabe Holmes (ankle) could be sidelined for several weeks due to a significant ankle injury and the possibility exists that he could be placed on season-ending injured reserve. He suffered the injury in the preseason opener versus the Arizona Cardinals Friday, Aug. 12.

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  Raiders | George Atkinson has terrific performance    Sat Aug 13, 08:10 AM

Oakland Raiders RB George Atkinson III rushed for 97 yards and two touchdowns on five carries in the preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals Friday, Aug. 12.

Footballguys view: Undrafted out of Notre Dame in 2014, Atkinson has a good size/speed combination. Measuring in at 6'1" 220 pounds, Atkinson can carry a large workload if called upon. A former track star, Atkinson has been clocked below 10.4 seconds in the 100 meter dash. He's played RB, WR and cornerback through his football career and is growing into the position of RB in the NFL. Atkinson is a one-cut runner who certainly has the attention of dynasty owners. He's trying to win the backup job to starter Latavius Murray in 2016.

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  Raiders | Mario Edwards carted off    Sat Aug 13, 08:06 AM

Oakland Raiders DE Mario Edwards Jr. (hip) was carted off the field during the preseason game Friday, Aug. 12, because of a hip injury, but the injury is not considered serious, according to a source.

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  Raiders | Clive Walford to have big role?    Thu Aug 11, 10:07 PM

Oakland Raiders TE Clive Walford said he is more comfortable in the offense this year, and offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said Walford is going to be a 'big part' of what the Raiders do on offense.

Footballguys view: Last year was a decent rookie season for Walford and we expect him to build on it this season. He may rank behind Lee Smith right now but that is bound to change sooner than later. While we see him as a TE2/TE3, he has some real upside this season.

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  Raiders | Amari Cooper talks 2015 injury    Tue Aug 9, 01:57 PM

Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper said a foot injury nearly shut down his 2015 rookie season that ended in him failing to top 20 receiving yards in three of his four December games. Cooper said Monday, Aug. 8, in an interview with KGMZ in San Francisco, he was not himself and everything about his play was affected. Cooper noted his inability to create separation off the line and out of breaks because of the injury.

Footballguys view: He's one of the best young WRs in the game today, and we're thrilled about his upside in the Raiders passing game. Cooper is a great route-runner and now that he's healthy there should be no problem gaining separation. We see him as a high-end WR2 or low-end WR1 in year two of his pro career.

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  Raiders | Clive Walford listed as backup    Mon Aug 8, 02:14 PM

Oakland Raiders TE Clive Walford is not listed as the starting tight end on Raiders' initial depth chart. TE Lee Smith is listed ahead of Walford.

Footballguys view: Walford is a favorite dynasty TE for us, but he clearly needs to impress more in camp to win that top spot on the depth chart. Smith is a big TE, but he lacks the athleticism and seam-stretching ability of Walford.

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  Raiders | Giorgio Tavecchio pushing for roster spot    Sun Aug 7, 11:32 AM

Oakland Raiders PK Giorgio Tavecchio is competing with PK Sebastian Janikowski for the kicker job during training camp, according to special teams coach Brad Seely. Seely said Janikowski is the frontrunner because of his experience.

Footballguys view: Janikowski is getting paid 3.6 million dollars this year, which could factor in if the battle is close.

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  Raiders | Latavius Murray having strong camp    Sat Aug 6, 08:35 PM

Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray is 'cruising' through training camp, according to beat writer Vic Tafur.

Footballguys view: Murray didn't seem to have the confidence of the organization this offseason, but he is the starter and set up to get 300+ touches again behind a great offensive line unless fifth-round pick DeAndre Washington really impresses as a rookie - which is possible. Murray should be a solid RB2 as long as he is the starter, and the quality of the offensive line and passing game could make him even better even if he doesn't improve from last year's mediocre level of play.

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  Raiders | Damontre Moore released    Sat Aug 6, 11:17 AM

The Oakland Raiders have released DE Damontre Moore.

Footballguys view: Well that didn't last long. Moore was with the Raiders for about two months before they decided enough was enough. A third-round pick of the Giants in the 2013 NFL draft, Moore has been a career disappointment. We thought Oakland was his last chance, but there's a team (Dallas?) who could show interest in Moore as a part-time pass-rusher.

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  Raiders | Karl Joseph not completely healthy    Fri Aug 5, 07:59 PM

Oakland Raiders SS Karl Joseph (knee) participated in practice Friday, Aug. 5, after missing practice Thursday, Aug. 4. Joseph said his knee is not 100% at this point and that he will need a few days off so he can rest the knee.

Footballguys view: Joseph has a Bob Sanders profile as a hitter and in coverage, but we hope he can avoid the litany of injuries that shortened his career. He should be an IDP star with Reggie Nelson playing centerfield.

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  Raiders | Latavius Murray practices     Fri Aug 5, 02:27 PM

Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray returned to practice Friday, Aug. 5, after he sat out Thursday, Aug. 4.

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  Raiders | Denico Autry off PUP list    Fri Aug 5, 02:18 PM

Oakland Raiders DT Denico Autry (undisclosed) is no longer on the Physically Unable to Perform list, and he ran with the first-team defense Friday, Aug. 5.

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  Raiders | Menelik Watson, Austin Howard competing     Fri Aug 5, 12:55 AM

Oakland Raiders OT Menelik Watson and OT Austin Howard will see equal reps as they compete for the starting right tackle job, and the loser of the competition will serve as a backup for both tackle spots, offensive line coach Mike Tice said.

Footballguys view: The Raiders will have one of the best offensive lines in the league, and this shows they will also have the luxury of good depth. Their offense is on the rise.

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  Raiders | Neiko Thorpe restructures    Wed Aug 3, 08:53 AM

Oakland Raiders CB Neiko Thorpe restructured his contract Wednesday, Aug. 3, and took a pay cut. He was due $2.553 million in 2016, and his base salary is now $675,000 with a potential to earn $1 million total.

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  Raiders | Roy Helu released from IR    Tue Aug 2, 05:24 PM

Oakland Raiders RB Roy Helu (hip) was released from the Reserve/Injured list with an injury settlement Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Footballguys view: Helu is now free to sign with any team, but we can't imagine anyone lined up for his services. He's a decent receiving back when healthy, but his body seems to be broken down. Perhaps we've seen the end of Helu in the NFL.

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  Raiders | Clive Walford not being restricted    Sun Jul 31, 10:36 AM

Oakland Raiders TE Clive Walford (knee) has been a full participant in training camp following an offseason all-terrain vehicle accident.

Footballguys view: Walford isn't a TE1 for fantasy yet, but he had some plays showing surprising downfield speed last year, and with a strong wide receiver group, he could face some of the better matchups each week in the middle of the field. He's worth a late pick if you wait at tight end, and he is certainly on our breakout TE candidate list.

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  Raiders | Denico Autry on PUP list    Fri Jul 29, 07:23 PM

Oakland Raiders DT Denico Autry (undisclosed) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Friday, July 29.

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  Raiders | Roy Helu placed on IR    Fri Jul 29, 05:27 PM

Updating a previous report, Oakland Raiders RB Roy Helu (hip) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Friday, July 29. The two sides likely will reach an injury settlement in the near future.

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  Raiders | Roy Helu released    Fri Jul 29, 05:13 PM

Oakland Raiders RB Roy Helu was released Friday, July 29.

Footballguys view: Fifth round pick DeAndre Washington's path to the passing down role is clear now. If he can flash on his touches there, he could to cut into Latavius Murray's starter workload. He's one of the best rookie running backs to target in the second half of drafts.

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  Raiders | Austin Howard working with starters    Fri Jul 29, 03:12 PM

Oakland Raiders OT Austin Howard is working at right tackle with the first-team offense during practice Friday, July 29.

Footballguys view: 2013 second-round pick Menelik Watson was seen as a high ceiling but raw prospect coming out and he is Howard's main competition.

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  Raiders | Roy Helu placed on PUP list    Mon Jul 25, 08:44 PM

Oakland Raiders RB Roy Helu (hip) was put on the active/physically unable to perform list Monday, July 25.

Footballguys view: Helu can come off the PUP list at any time during camp, and the team will monitor him closely as he continues to recover. He's certainly on the roster bubble, so he'll need to get healthy and impress in camp if he wants a spot on the 53-man roster.

Roy Helu player page


  Raiders | Aldon Smith being investigated    Mon Jul 25, 12:58 PM

Oakland Raiders LB Aldon Smith will be investigated by the NFL to see if he violated the protocols required of a suspended player seeking reinstatement to the league after his violation of the substance-abuse policy, according to a league source. An online video circulated that shows an unidentified man and woman talking about a hand-rolled cigarette.

Footballguys view: Smith is currently serving a year-long suspension and will be eligible to apply for reinstatement in September.

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  Raiders | Relaxed attitude helping Amari Cooper     Sun Jul 24, 11:16 PM

Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper has appeared more relaxed this season, and retired WR Jerry Rice said Cooper's attitude will help him avoid the drops that hurt him at times as a rookie.

Footballguys view: Cooper's drop-per-target rate of 7.9 percent ranked 3rd-worst in the league last season. Only Chris Hogan (8.5 percent) and Brandon LaFell (8.5 percent) were worse in 2015. Cooper is incredibly talented, but he does need to improve his concentration and drop fewer passes this year in order to play up to his enormous potential.

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  Raiders | Amari Cooper earning Derek Carr's trust    Sun Jul 24, 09:03 PM

Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper said he has a better idea of where QB Derek Carr wants to go with the football this season, and Carr said he is able to throw the ball to Cooper earlier because he knows where Cooper will be.

Footballguys view: Message! We're already excited by the Raiders offense...primarily because of their passing game. Reading these type of reports only get us more hyped for the upcoming season. Carr is one of the best young QBs in the game today, and he should perform like a low-end QB1 for fantasy owners this year. Cooper has always reminded us of a young Marvin Harrison (Colts) because of his quickness and elite route-running ability. He's a low-end WR1 with the upside to be a top-5 fantasy WR this season.

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Derek Carr player page
Amari Cooper player page


  Raiders | Karl Joseph will be ready    Sun Jul 24, 01:21 PM

Oakland Raiders rookie SS Karl Joseph (knee) will be ready to participate in training camp, according to head coach Jack Del Rio. Joseph is expected to start opposite FS Reggie Nelson.

Footballguys view: The Raiders already have one of the best rising defensive stars in the NFL in Khalil Mack. The addition of Nelson and Bob Sanders-esque talent Joseph in the back of the defense should help them create more interceptions when Mack and company get after the quarterback.

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  Raiders | Taiwan Jones likely to keep returner job    Fri Jul 22, 05:28 PM

Oakland Raiders RB Taiwan Jones likely will be the main kick returner in 2016 as long as he can stay healthy, according to special teams coordinator Brad Seely.

Footballguys view: With the addition of DeAndre Washington, Jones will have to contribute on special teams and probably beat out Roy Helu to make the roster because the team also has Marcel Reece and Jamize Olawale as RB/FB tweeners.

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  Raiders | Oakland will have RT competition    Fri Jul 22, 04:06 PM

Oakland Raiders OTs Austin Howard and Menelik Watson will compete for the starting right tackle job during training camp. Neither player appears to have an advantage in the competition entering camp.

Footballguys view: Watson went down last summer with an achilles rupture and Howard, slated to start at guard, was a solid right tackle before he got hurt. This battle highlights the high quality of the Raiders line, with the best interior starters in the league and one of these two players giving them excellent depth at tackle, if not tackle and guard in Howard's case.

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  Raiders | DeAndre Washington may have role early    Fri Jul 22, 03:22 PM

Oakland Raiders RB DeAndre Washington likely receive a solid role in the offense because the coaching staff thinks he can contribute right away. He could be used as a third-down back that can run inside and be a receiver out of the backfield. Washington can be a compliment to RB Latavius Murray since they have different skills.

Footballguys view: The Raiders seem far from sold on Murray, so Washington getting on the field at all will be something to watch. It's not difficult to picture Washington looking much better than Murray in initial burst and lateral agility, so he can stake a claim for more touches with success as a third-down back. Washington is a great running back target in the second half of your draft.

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  Raiders | Roy Helu may be on bubble    Wed Jul 20, 06:10 PM

Oakland Raiders RB Roy Helu (hip) may be on the roster bubble during training camp because RBs DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard have similar skill sets to Helu. Helu also missed all of the offseason workouts because of his hip injury.

Footballguys view: We could see the Raiders moving on from Helu if the young RBs show well in camp and the preseason. We really like Washington here. He's a compact runner who was among the leaders in the FBS in rush-yards-after-contact-per-rush average (for 1,000-yard rushers) at 2.7 yards. Washington is dangerous in space and can be used effectively as a receiver out of the backfield.

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DeAndre Washington player page


  Raiders | David Amerson talks improvement    Tue Jul 19, 07:29 PM

Oakland Raiders CB David Amerson said he increased his work ethic and worked on the little things to improve as a player after being cut by the Washington Redskins. Amerson also credited encouragement from former teammates for helping improve his confidence and his game. Oakland coaches played a big role as well, according to Amerson. The cornerback's improvement and performance led him to a contract extension this offseason.

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  Raiders | George Atkinson III could carve out role    Sun Jul 17, 11:41 PM

Oakland Raiders RB George Atkinson III impressed with his straight-line speed and explosiveness during offseason workouts, and he will have a chance to earn more reps in training camp.

Footballguys view: Undrafted out of Notre Dame in 2014, Atkinson has spent the last two years on the Raiders practice squad. He's certainly on the roster bubble this year as his eligibility for the practice squad is running out of time. Behind starter Latavius Murray, we really like rookie RB DeAndre Washington (Texas Tech). He's a smaller back, but he's a willing inside runner with the speed and agility to make defenders miss in the open field. Outside of those top two backs, we don't see a ton of talent in the Raiders' RB corps.

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  Raiders | Karl Joseph making most of downtime    Fri Jul 15, 09:56 PM

Oakland Raiders SS Karl Joseph (knee) said he is eager to be back on the field but has been using the downtime to learn the playbook and work on the mental aspect of his game.

Footballguys view: Joseph was one of our favorite rookies in this class. He plays with little regard for his personal safety. The best pro comparison for Joseph's game is that he plays a little like a combination of Broncos' safeties T.J. Ward and Darian Stewart. Joseph is a physical player who can be intimidating close to the line of scrimmage, but he also has the ability to turn and cover down the field.

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  Raiders | David Amerson receives extension    Fri Jul 15, 05:47 PM

Oakland Raiders CB David Amerson signed a four-year contract extension Friday, July 15, worth $38 million. The deal includes around $18 million in guaranteed money.

Footballguys view: Amerson gets a nice raise here, and it further emphasizes the strong defense the Raiders have assembled. We'll see free agent addition Sean Smith start opposite Amerson in 2016, and it could be quite difficult to move the ball through the air against this secondary...especially with that pass-rush up front.

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  Raiders | Derek Carr more than a thrower    Thu Jul 7, 01:28 PM

Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr is more polished and isn't a gunslinger, according to former QB Brett Favre.

Footballguys view: We agree with Favre here. Carr has a lot of upside and some exciting weapons around him. We see him as a low-end QB1 on the rise. His current ADP is 12-team PPR leagues is QB11 (9.04). In certain matchups, we should see Carr thrive so keep him in mind when looking at DFS plays during the regular season.

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