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.”
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.
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."
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
QB Matt Schaub is primed for a comeback-player-of-the-year-type season. He is still a guy who has passed for more than 4,000 yards three times in his career, and a change of scenery from Houston could be the re-energizing boost the Raiders’ new quarterback needs. His physical gifts and experience give Oakland a seasoned QB similar to Carson Palmer but with more mobility and better talent around him. The running game, being a legitimate threat with Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden, will open up Schaub’s bread-and-butter play-action passing game, which he’s already flashed in camp.
It’s not a good idea to depend on Schaub or the Raiders’ passing game in general, but it’s feasible that he works his way into a QBBC/streaming role if he can regain his confidence after a brutal 2013 campaign. The Raiders have a decent group of receivers, including Rod Streater, Andre Holmes, James Jones and Denarius Moore.
If Raiders WR Denarius Moore's body language could talk, it would say a lot of bad things. Moore, listed behind Holmes and James Jones at one receiver, is also second at punt returner, behind rookie TJ Carrie. After flubbing one punt return, Moore dropped to the field and did pushups.
The writing appears to be on the wall for Moore and the Raiders. He has slid down the depth chart and doesn't seem to be turning things around. He's a player to watch if he lands in a new situation, but things aren't looking up in Oakland.
Monday, August 4, 2014, 5:51pm
Raiders WR Andre Holmes is listed as a starter at wide receiver along with last year’s leading receiver Rod Streater, relegating newly-signed WR James Jones to the second team ahead of the team’s first preseason game this week.
Holmes had a strong close to last year, catching 22 passes for 366 yards and a touchdown, and it would seem the Raiders want to see if he can keep it up this year.
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