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McCarthy: WR Davante Adams is Packers' offseason MVP

Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 7:32pm

Scout.com - [Full Article]

“I would say Davante Adams for someone if, if you want a clear illustration and example of a first-year player taking a jump in his second year, you just saw it here the last four weeks,” Packers HC Mike McCarthy said. “I think he’s been tremendous throughout the OTAs. And he’s got more in front of him, too, so I think that’s what’s exciting. I think Davante has done a great job in the strength and conditioning. He’s been really, really good in practice throughout this deal. Davante, if you wanted me to pick an MVP or an all-star, he would definitely be atop the list.”

Fantasy Impact:

Adams had his moments during his rookie season, specifically against the Patriots (6-121 on 11 targets) in Week 13 and in the postseason against the Cowboys (7-117-1 on 11 targets). However, he only saw 66 passes come his way since he played alongside target hogs Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. Aaron Rodgers has been highly complimentary of Adams this offseason and says he has “humongous upside.” In 20 games from 2012-13, the team’s WR3, James Jones, managed WR3-type numbers (3.7-50.3-.60 on 5.6 targets) with both Cobb and Nelson in the lineup, but that was mainly due to his unusually high TD rate. In 13 games that Cobb and/or Nelson missed, Jones averaged solid WR2 numbers (4.6-58-.46 on 7.3 targets), but his TD rate regressed. We’re bullish on Adams since he has more potential than Jones. The Packers are also without a tight end of Jermichael Finley’s caliber, so there may be more targets available for the team’s third receiver. Owners should expect fantasy WR2 numbers if Cobb or Nelson go down, making the second-year wideout a great handcuff for either player.

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Rodgers: Packers WR Davante Adams is 'very impressive' and has 'humongous upside'

Thursday, June 11, 2015, 11:55am

ESPN Wisconsin - [Full Article]

Maturity – combined with WR Davante Adams’ natural talent, physical dimensions, athleticism and commitment to learning the offense inside and out – has Packers QB Aaron Rodgers convinced that Adams is headed for big things in 2015, even with Pro Bowl receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb at his position.

“In my mind, he has humongous upside – and he’s starting to reach that upside,” Rodgers said after the team’s open-to-the-public organized team activity practice. “I think the opportunities are going to come for him. He’s got two great guys to play with. His attention to detail is very impressive and his approach.

Fantasy Impact:

Adams had his moments during his rookie season, specifically against the Patriots (6-121 on 11 targets) in Week 13 and in the postseason against the Cowboys (7-117-1 on 11 targets). However, he only saw 66 passes come his way since he played alongside target hogs Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. In 20 games from 2012-13, the team’s WR3, James Jones, managed WR3-type numbers (3.7-50.3-.60 on 5.6 targets) with both Cobb and Nelson in the lineup, but that was mainly due to his unusually high TD rate. In 13 games that Cobb and/or Nelson missed, Jones averaged solid WR2 numbers (4.6-58-.46 on 7.3 targets), but his TD rate regressed. We’re bullish on Adams since he has more potential than Jones and Rodgers' comments only reinforce this thinking. The Packers are also without a tight end of Jermichael Finley’s caliber, so there may be more targets available for the team’s third receiver. Owners should expect fantasy WR2 numbers if Cobb or Nelson go down, making the second-year wideout a great handcuff for either player.

Raiders release WR James Jones

Monday, May 4, 2015, 9:38am

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

Veteran receiver James Jones is being released by the Raiders.

The team selected Alabama receiver Amari Cooper with the No. 4 overall draft pick in last week’s draft.

The Raiders also signed veteran receiver Michael Crabtree late in free agency and, with Rod Streater back healthy and Cooper in the fold, Jones became an odd man out.

Fantasy Impact:

The article didn't mention Andre Holmes, but he's also in the mix for snaps. Jones led the team in receptions and touchdowns, and was second to Holmes in receiving yards. The only receiver we would trust in Oakland is Cooper, since he's likely to be immediately thrust into a starting role. Crabtree, Streater and Holmes will battle for playing time.

Raiders WR Michael Crabtree with 'a lot to prove' and 'nothing to lose'

Friday, April 24, 2015, 12:47pm

SF Chronicle - [Full Article]

Raiders WR Michael Crabtree admitted he has a chip on his shoulder after a frustrating free-agency experience left him with a one-year, prove-it deal that guarantees him only $1.3 million. (He can make another $400,000 for 70 catches or 900 yards, $1.4 million for 100 catches for 1,400 yards and $400,000 for being named to the Pro Bowl.)

“I have a lot to prove,” Crabtree said. “A lot to prove. Ain’t got nothing to lose and have a lot to prove.”

“I would say the year prior to last year was me recovering, trying to get back right,” Crabtree said. “This year I don’t feel a thing. Just go out there and play.”

Fantasy Impact:

After a disappointing free agency experience, Crabtree will be motivated, but his role in Oakland is unclear. The team already has James Jones, Rod Streater and Andre Holmes, and it's not clear just how many snaps Crabtree will earn as he joins that group.

Raiders sign WR Michael Crabtree

Monday, April 13, 2015, 11:11pm

Michael Crabtree, Twitter - [Full Article]

WR Michael Crabtree announced on Twitter that he has signed with the Raiders.

Fantasy Impact:

Crabtree hasn't been himself since his Achilles injury, but there is opportunity in the Raider receiving corps. The problem is -- he's not markedly better than James Jones, Andre Holmes or Rod Streater, so Crabtree could end up anywhere from first to fourth in the pecking order by the time preseason rolls around.

Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:33pm

Raiders WR Rod Streater (foot, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 4. Streater is expected to miss 4-5 weeks with a foot injury that will require minor surgery. James Jones continues to be the team’s de facto WR1, with Denarius Moore and Andre Holmes competing for snaps at the WR2 spot.

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:48pm

Raiders WR Rod Streater (foot) missed practice again Thursday. Streater is expected to miss 4-5 weeks with a foot injury that will require minor surgery. James Jones continues to be the team’s de facto WR1, with Denarius Moore and Andre Holmes competing for snaps at the WR2 spot.

Raiders have 'confidence' in WR Andre Holmes

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 10:50pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

With Rod Streater out with a fractured foot, the next Oakland Raiders receiver in the rotation will probably be Andre Holmes.

Oakland coach Dennis Allen said the 6-foot-4 Holmes is an intriguing prospect. He had five catches for 45 yards against the Houston Texans and made a beautiful 29-yard catch at the New England Patriots after Streater was hurt.

The Raiders need more reliable receivers and perhaps Holmes will get his chance.

"We've got confidence that Andre, when we put him in the game, will go out and make some plays for us," Allen said. "He made a couple plays for us in the game the other day. He drew the pass interference penalty and had a big catch down in the boundary. Those are some of the things that Andre did for us last year and we feel like he can bring some of those things for us this year."

Fantasy Impact:

James Jones is locked in as a starter and Denarius Moore played more snaps in the last two weeks, with Streater limited. Holmes saw a significant amount of playing time, however, and Moore had a drop that led to the game-ending interception by the Patriots in Week 3. Holmes may get a chance to play ahead of Moore, but even if he's the WR3, he has a chance to emerge as the WR2. He performed well in starter’s snaps over the final six games of the 2013 season, averaging 4.0-66-.17 (WR3-type numbers) in that span.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 7:09pm

Raiders WR Rod Streater (foot) did not practice Wednesday. Streater is expected to miss 4-5 weeks with a foot injury that will require minor surgery. James Jones continues to be the team’s de facto WR1, with Denarius Moore and Andre Holmes competing for snaps at the WR2 spot.

Rod Streater believed to have fractured foot

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 8:32pm

Bill Williamson on Twitter - [Full Article]

Raiders coach Dennis Allen said WR Rod Streater appear to have fractured foot injuries. Would very likely end his season.

Fantasy Impact:

He was started off in the second quarter and was in street clothes and crutches on the sidelines after that according to reports. James Jones and Denarius Moore probably move up a spot on the depth chart with Andre Holmes possibly seeing more action.

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:30pm

Raiders WR Rod Streater (hip) missed practice again Thursday. Streater is looking doubtful at this point in the week. James Jones and Denarius Moore would likely start against the Patriots if Streater can’t play.

Monday, September 15, 2014, 10:19am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Raiders wide receiver Rod Streater has a hip flexor injury.

Fantasy Impact:

That's all we really know at this point but will continue to update you on his status for Week 3. James Jones busted out in the loss with a 9-112-1 line. But Andre Holmes and Denarius Moore could see more time if Streater is unable to go in Week 3. All are still risky fantasy plays in this Raiders offense.

McCarthy: WR Jarret Boykin has 'taken the next step'

Thursday, August 28, 2014, 1:50pm

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel - [Full Article]

he development of wide receiver Jarrett Boykin last season was a major reason why the Green Bay Packers felt comfortable allowing valuable veteran James Jones to depart for Oakland in unrestricted free agency. Boykin's further development this summer might limit the playing time of rookie Davante Adams.

In February, coach Mike McCarthy predicted that Boykin, who would be entering his third season, had another performance jump in him. On Tuesday, McCarthy left no doubt that he would think he was right.

"Clearly, Jarrett Boykin has taken the next step," McCarthy said. "I just love the way he plays. He's had an excellent camp.

"He's physical, his toughness, he's relentless. I think he's exceptional at the top of his route. You see his strength and balance to separate from a DB."

Adams, a second-round draft choice, has been feeling his way as the team's No. 4 receiver. He's had good days and some not so good ones.

Fantasy Impact:

After Randall Cobb went down, Boykin stepped in and served as the Packers de facto WR3, catching 49 passes for 681 yards and three scores. In games where he played at least 59% of the snaps, he averaged 4.3-61-.27, which equates to 124 fantasy points over a full season. That’s about what Marques Colston scored as the #27 WR in 2013. Cobb is back, but James Jones is gone, so Boykin should play a lot in the Packers’ patented three-wide attack. The only concern is rookie Davante Adams, but first-year wideouts don’t usually play much in Green Bay. Boykin seems to have held off Adams for the WR3 job, which bodes very well for his fantasy value.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 11:22am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Packers WR Jarrett Boykin has been no better than average in his quest to replace James Jones as the No. 3 receiver. Every time it looks like rookie Davante Adams may take that job from Boykin, he drops a ball.

Fantasy Impact:

Boykin has reportedly had his share of drops too. Adams had a rough preseason opener, muffing two punts and then getting hurt. Boykin's experience likely makes him a favorite here, but what once looked like a sure thing doesn't seem to be the case. We still think Boykin has sleeper potential, however, and is a guy to look at in the later rounds for depth who could possibly emerge as something better.

Friday, August 8, 2014, 1:24pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Paul Gutierrez feels Raiders WR Denarius is on the roster bubble.

Moore started 35 of the 41 NFL games in which he's played, including 10 of 13 a season ago. His playmaking ability should separate him from the rest of the Raiders receiving corps. But being listed third at a receiver spot, behind Andre Holmes and James Jones, not only put his starting position in jeopardy, but also seemingly places him squarely on the 53-man-roster bubble.

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