Some Raiders notes from beat writer Jerry McDonald:
• Once the preseason begins, it should be one series and out for Derek Carr.
The Raiders simply can’t afford a third quarterback flip-flop in three years, and the only way this happens is if Carr gets hurt. It’s impossible to know how good Carr will be, but he’s light years ahead of Christian Ponder and Matt McGloin, who look to be in a dead-heat to be the backup.
Really interested to see Taiwan Jones in a game situation. Back at running back, he’s had some sensational moments in camp. But beware - speed backs can dominate in non-tackling situations (see Darren McFadden, any year).
• Michael Crabtree has caught everything in sight and seems to have an immediate connection with Carr. Amari Cooper, despite the odd snaps when he looks like a rookie, is even-money to be a legit playmaker in his first season.
After that, it’s a jumble. Rod Streater is out with an illness the club has yet to diagnose. Andre Holmes has had his moments, but so has 6-foot-5 Kris Durham, third-year player Brice Butler and Kenbrell Thompkins. Plus anyone who can excel on special teams.
Many felt it was a good bet Murray would be the lead back and it doesn't seem like Richardson, or anyone else, will pass him. Helu appears like he'll get his normal third-down role like he had with the Redskins. Crabtree has had a good camp to this point and looks like a nice signing. Meanwhile Cooper seems to be up and down.
LB Wesley Woodyard (ankle)
DT Richard Seymour (knee, hamstring)
CB Phillip Adams (concussion), DE Jack Crawford (toe)
T Khalif Barnes (triceps), S Tyvon Branch (neck), WR Juron Criner (shoulder), S Matt Giordano (concussion), RB Mike Goodson (ankle), RB Taiwan Jones (ankle), RB Darren McFadden (ankle), S Michael Mitchell (concussion), TE Brandon Myers (shoulder), QB Carson Palmer (right thumb), RB Marcel Reece (hamstring, quadricep)
Friday, November 30, 2012, 7:41pm
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Raiders HC Dennis Allen said that the rotations would be similar to what they were in Sunday's 55-20 loss to Baltimore. Marcel Reece would be the lead back, with Jeremy Stewart getting work and Taiwan Jones getting a shot if he continues to show progress in the areas of ball security, general health and ability to execute the playbook.
Friday, November 9, 2012, 9:25pm
Raiders RBs Darren McFadden (ankle, out) and Mike Goodson (ankle, out) are both out for Week 10. Taiwan Jones is a smaller speed back who has never carried the ball more than seven times in a regular-season NFL game. Last year, he carried the ball 16 times for 73 yards (4.7 YPC). He's likely to be the main ballcarrier, but Marcel Reece (hamstring, probable) will be heavily involved, even if it's just in the passing game.
Thursday, November 8, 2012, 7:14pm
Raiders RB Darren McFadden (ankle) missed practice again Thursday. Taiwan Jones is a smaller speed back who has never carried the ball more than seven times in a regular-season NFL game. Last year, he carried the ball 16 times for 73 yards (4.7 YPC). He's likely to be the main ballcarrier with both McFadden and Mike Goodson (ankle) out, but Marcel Reece will be heavily involved, even if it's just in the passing game. Reece (hamstring) took full practice reps again Thursday.
"He’s been a little up and down," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said of Jones. "A little injury-prone, or injury-plagued, and so it’s been kind of tough to evaluate because he’s missed some time. But we've got confidence in Taiwan and if he’s called on to step in and play, then we fully anticipate him stepping in and perform and do his job."
Jones is a smaller speed back who has never carried the ball more than seven times in a regular-season NFL game. Last year, he carried the ball 16 times for 73 yards (4.7 YPC). He's likely to be the main ballcarrier with both McFadden and Goodson out, but Marcel Reece will be heavily involved, even if it's just in the passing game.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 7:29pm
Raiders RB Darren McFadden (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. McFadden has a high-ankle sprain according to Adam Schefter, but the Raiders have yet to rule him out for Week 10, which is odd since high-ankle sprains are typically multi-week injuries. Owners need to plan for DMC's absence. Marcel Reece and Taiwan Jones are likely to form a RBBC with Mike Goodson also out with a high ankle sprain. Reece doesn't carry the ball much, but he's active in the passing game. Jones is largely untested but may get significant touches given the state of the Raider RB corps. Reece (hamstring) practiced fully Wednesday.
Oakland will turn to some combination of Marcel Reece and Taiwan Jones as the dreaded high ankle sprain means McFadden and Goodson could miss significant time. However, McFadden hasn't officially been ruled out, according to the team.
Reece is a fullback and Jones a speed guy, so the two are likely to both see carries - depending on situation - if McFadden is out. Reese seems like the more usable pickup and was the Raiders leading receiver with 8 catches this week. The team has also said they don't trust Jones because of ball security issues. The Raiders will likely move to a more pass-heavy attack and split RB touches.
Raiders coach Dennis Allen said X-rays on McFadden's ankle were negative.
"I'm not sure the extent of (the injury)," Allen said. "We'll have to obviously take a look at it and see where it's at."
Adam Schefter had this to say about the injury: "Raiders RB Darren McFadden suffered a high ankle sprain on his first carry of the game, played through it before aggravating injury later. McFadden is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Mondy and is considered week to week for now."
Depending on the severity of the injuries to both McFadden and Goodson, the latter could be a hot pickup this week. The Raiders only ran the ball 11 times on Sunday, but Marcel Reece caught eight passes and scored a TD, so if both DMC and Goodson are out, he might be the best play in the Raider backfield. High ankle sprains are typically multi-week injuries.
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