Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 9:17am
Packer RB DuJuan Harris made a bold statement Friday night against the Oakland Raiders, performing so well as a runner, receiver and blocker that it's anyone guess if he or James Starks is the No. 2 back behind Eddie Lacy.
"That's a question that has yet to be determined," said Sam Gash, the first-year running backs coach. "We're still going through the process. The head coach has an idea what he's going to do, but I'll kind of leave that on him."
The club's depth chart, marked as unofficial, lists Starks as No. 2 and Harris as No. 3.
From a practical standpoint, the hard-hitting Starks, who comes off probably his finest season, and the irrepressible Harris both could factor from scrimmage depending on the play call and situation.
"Obviously, Eddie's our top runner," offensive coordinator Tom Clements said. "After that, we're going to mix guys in there and see where it goes."
Perhaps the one bad part about being a Lacy owner is not knowing his handcuff. But it looks like if Lacy were to ever miss time this season, it very well could be a split with Starks and Harris, as both have looked good.
Monday, August 25, 2014, 6:35pm
Raiders quarterback Matt Schaub missed a second straight day of practice on Monday because of a sore elbow, but coach Dennis Allen insists that the team is not planning a reprise of last year when Matt Flynn’s elbow trouble led to Terrelle Pryor making a late leap up the depth chart.
“I don’t look at those two situations as the same,” Allen said, via Jerry McDonald of the Bay Area News Group, when asked about the similarity to the way things played out at quarterback last season.
Allen also said that Schaub remains on pace to start the season opener against the Jets despite his elbow injury, which Allen said is not a major concern for him, and absence from practices that it appears he needs based on his preseason performances.
Rookie Derek Carr looks like he would get the start if Schaub can't play, as the situation seems eerily similar to last year. Schaub won't be ranked among our top QBs especially in a tough matchup against the Jets.
Monday, August 25, 2014, 10:11am
Presumptive Raiders starting quarterback Matt Schaub sat out practice Sunday with a sore elbow, a scene eerily similar to a situation a year ago that led to the ascension of Terrelle Pryor as the starting quarterback at the expense of Matt Flynn.
“He came in yesterday afternoon with a little soreness in his elbow,’’ Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “We’ll see where he’s at tomorrow and kind of take that day by day.’’
All the work in practice went to rookie Derek Carr, second-year player Matt McGloin and veteran Trent Edwards, with Carr getting first-team reps, according to Allen.
Saturday, August 23, 2014, 5:53pm
Packers nose tackle B.J. Raji is expected to miss the 2014 season after injuring his arm against the Raiders on Friday. According to NFL.com, Raji suffered a torn biceps against Oakland. ESPN.com adds that the injury is serious enough that it will keep Raji from playing in 2014.
It did not come as a surprise, as Smith has been the expected starter all offseason, but Ryan had refused to say Smith would be the starter — and Michael Vick the backup — until Friday night.
OC Marty Mornhinweg lauded Smith's play in the final four games of the season. He did average 20.0 fantasy points during that span, compared with just 10.0 FP in the first 12 games. He ran for three TDs down the stretch while throwing for just 198 yards and 1.0 TD. He has some upside now that the team added Eric Decker, Jace Amaro in the passing game and Chris Johnson at running back.
McFadden is one of the most fascinating players on the team. We all know what he has done and what he is capable of. Yes, his career has been adversely affected by injuries. He has missed at least three games in all six of his NFL seasons and a total of 29 games due to injury. HC Dennis Allen has raved about McFadden, who re-signed with the Raiders for one season in March, saying the player has been dynamic. If McFadden has a resurgence, the Raiders' offense could soar especially with Maurice Jones-Drew in the backfield as well.
This is one of the more interesting RB battles in the league since both players are talented and the Raider running game was better-than-decent last year with Rashad Jennings toting the ball. We feel Jones-Drew has the ability and the durability to lead the backfield in touches, though it may be an ugly RBBC to start the season.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 10:32pm
"He looked good out there running around so he should be good to go for the game,'' Allen said.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 5:27pm
Reece suffered a foot injury Friday against Detroit. He left Sunday’s practice early and did not practice Monday. Oakland coach Dennis Allen said Monday that Reece would get an MRI. Clearly, the results did not show any major issues.
Tuesday, Allen said Reece was limited and will be eased into action.
Reece is a sparkplug to the offense and his presence is vital to the Oakland attack. It is unclear whether Reece will play Friday night in Green Bay in the third preseason game.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 9:24am
Monday, August 18, 2014, 4:37pm
Raiders rookie quarterback Derek Carr returned to practice on Monday, three days after sustaining a concussion and a hit to his ribs against the Lions on Friday. Carr was wearing extra padding around his ribs.
Carr got some first-team reps in the second preseason game, but coach Dennis Allen doesn’t anticipate that happening again Friday in Green Bay. He said you will see a lot of starting quarterback Matt Schaub.
Saturday, August 16, 2014, 11:24am
"He was better this game," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said of Carr, the team's second-round draft pick in May. "He made some improvement. ... Overall, he took a step forward."
Health-wise, Carr took a step backward when he suffered a concussion and a rib injury in the fourth quarter of his second NFL game. Lions defensive end Larry Webster landed on Carr with all his weight, and Carr pointed to his midsection when he picked himself up off the ground.
Allen said the concussion was the reason Carr got removed from the game. There was no immediate word on the severity of Carr's concussion or whether he broke any ribs.
Schaub was improved as well. His four drives yielded one touchdown. That came after a Lions penalty on a field-goal attempt kept alive a stalled drive. He looked sharp on his first drive, which ended when his pass into tight coverage got tipped into the air and intercepted. Carr completed 9 of 16 passes for 109 yards and a touchdown. On the scoring drive, he completed all six of his passes for 76 yards. This still looks like it's Schaub's job at this point, though. Matt McGloin would step into the QB2 role if Carr misses significant time. Carr will have to pass concussion protocol but it looks like he avoided a serious rib injury according to updates.
Saturday, August 16, 2014, 8:48am
The rookie tight end had a quiet preseason debut last week, catching just one pass for two yards. Against the Raiders, he showcased his big-play potential, coming down with a 23-yard gain on a pass over the middle from Stafford and adding a 14-yard pickup on a sideline throw by Orlovsky.
Ebron can still be better. He missed an opportunity for extra yardage after failing to cleanly catch the ball from Stafford, plus the first-round pick drew a block in the back infraction on a punt return.
It usually takes a while for young TEs to develop in the league but there have been some exceptions. It's probably still a little too early to know, but Ebron is trending that way. He comes in ranked 21st, however owners are taking a late-round flier on him with an ADP of the 15th. We don't really recommend taking two TEs in typical leagues, but it seems like a potential value pick if you need to draft two.
Friday, August 15, 2014, 12:03pm
Darren McFadden knows the Oakland Raiders' playbook and personnel better, but Maurice Jones-Drew has proven to be the more durable running back. The bigger Run DMC is better at creating in space, while the shiftier but much smaller MJD is more effective between the tackles. Jones-Drew has the edge, but the biggest question in this battle is how the Raiders use each back's skill set.
This may start off as a committee, but we're not confident in McFadden staying healthy, so we believe Jones-Drew is the better pick.
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.
Monday, August 11, 2014, 8:41am
Schaub was 3-of-7 for 21 yards and couldn’t lead the Raiders to more than one first down in three series of work against the Vikings. Schaub wasn’t happy with how he played and coach Dennis Allen called the team’s effort disappointing, but it wasn’t disappointing enough for the Raiders to change up their plans for rookie Derek Carr. Allen said Sunday that Carr will not be playing with the first team.
“It’s not really part of the plan right now,” Allen said, via CSNBayArea.com. “We’ll evaluate everything as we move along, but the plan is to work Matt Schaub as the starting quarterback. I think he’s done a good job of doing that.”
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