Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 7:35pm
Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 12:56pm
Jared Veldheer’s loss hurts the Raiders on several levels. The offensive line must shuffle and adjust without its star left tackle. Not only does it deplete the Raiders depth, it constricts plays Greg Olson can call.
“I think it changes how we’re going to use everybody, to be honest with you,” Olson said. “It’ll impact how we use Darren McFadden, it’ll impact how we use Marcel Reece. You don’t lose a player like that and think that you’re not going to have to change some things or do some things differently.”
Although stats don’t show it, Veldheer was a major component of this offense. He’s a perfect fit for the power, gap-creation blocking scheme and bought precious seconds for passes downfield.
Without an adequate replacement on the roster, Olson is left to wonder whether some aspects of his scheme still work.
We have moved Darren McFadden down to reflect the loss of Veldheer but he should return in a few weeks and be able to play through the injury.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 10:19am
Raiders OC Greg Olson on the inconsistencies of wide receiver Denarius Moore: "A lot of it is going to be on Denarius. To me, it’s that whole character issue, becoming a self-starter, becoming a self-motivated person, and a lot of it comes with maturity. I think he’d be the first guy to say we’re constantly on top of him . . . we’ll just coach him up, but I think he’s becoming a more mature player and a more mature person. A lot of players will tell you, `Boy, I wish I had been more mature as a younger player.’ And I think that maturity will happen for Denarius."
Moore's stock has taken a hit with his inconsistent camp and the team's other offensive woes, but someone has to catch the ball in Oakland and it's likely going to be some combination of Moore, Rod Streater, Marcel Reece and Darren McFadden. The Raiders are likely to be trailing quite a bit, and that means lots of pass attempts. As an upside WR4/WR5, Moore isn't a bad option.
Friday, August 16, 2013, 8:10pm
Raiders rookie WR Brice Butler had a solid showing in the exhibition opener, but he needs to repeat that effort on Friday to continue his ascent up the depth chart. The seventh-round pick worked some with the first team during this week’s practice and seemed comfortable working in the slot.
He should get passes from Matt Flynn and Terrelle Pryor and must be consistent and sure-handed to gain their trust. A word of caution: While Butler made to spectacular grabs for 70 yards and a touchdown, he was also targeted three other times without a catch. Butler said he wasn’t happy with his entire performance, and vowed to improve on it in New Orleans.
Friday, August 16, 2013, 7:47pm
Out the entire off-season following late December foot surgery, Jones-Drew has been one of camp’s bright spots, steadily increasing his first-team reps each week.
So will Jones-Drew be on the field against the New York Jets?
“I won’t know until Saturday,” he said after practice today. “It’s just one of those things. You have to prepare yourself to play. If I get the green light, I get it. If I don’t, I’ll go back to work next week and do it all over again.”
On Saturday, Bradley gave a “we’ll see,” answer regarding Jones-Drew facing the Jets.
MJD is moving up the rankings with a healthy camp. Our main concern is with the Jaguars' offense as a whole and the team's decision to move to a zone-blocking scheme in the running game, which effectively destroyed Darren McFadden in 2012. MJD may be better suited for the ZBS, but only time will tell.
Sunday, August 11, 2013, 12:41am
“He’s a big target, he’s fast, he’s able to get in and out of breaks,” HC Dennis Allen said. “He’s really had an impressive camp.
Thursday, August 8, 2013, 7:54pm
Raiders TE Mychal Rivera is a legitimate contender for regular-season playing time. The sixth-round pick has earned this shot with excellent work as a receiver in the passing game. Rivera’s receiving consistency belies his age, and his blocking work has greatly improved. David Ausberry remains the front runner to start at tight end, but a strong preseason could put Rivera in line to catch some passes that count.
Denarius Moore must be a real source of frustration for his coaches. The Raiders receiver looks spectacular at times, like a No. 1 receiver should. He made a few dramatic catches during Monday afternoon’s practice in pads, and followed those efforts with a pair of embarrassing drops.
Moore finished as the #33 WR in 2012, but did most of his damage in the first 10 weeks (averaging 4.3-72-.63 (#11 WR numbers) before his production fell off a cliff (2.4-24-.29, #67 WR numbers) in the final seven weeks. He certainly has speed and talent, but has to deal with a change at QB. He looks like an upside WR4 at this point.
Thursday, August 8, 2013, 11:50am
Flynn has been the most impressive of the three quarterbacks so far in training camp with the most accurate arm, a good grasp of the offense and strong leadership on the field.
Flynn has started two games in his career. In 2010, he filled in for an injured Aaron Rodgers in a tough 31-27 loss against the Patriots in Week 15, throwing for 251 yards, three TDs and an interception. In 2011, with Rodgers resting in Week 17, Flynn torched the Lions for 480 yards and six TDs (with one interception). His stock took a dive after he couldn't beat out rookie Russell Wilson, but he was dealing with an elbow injury and Wilson turned out to be pretty good. The Raiders have not been a favorable situation for QBs in recent years, but Carson Palmer was 8th in the league in pass attempts in 2012, so if Flynn finds himself in garbage time as often, he should put up decent fantasy stats. He doesn't have great arm strength, but has shown good accuracy and anticipation on his throws.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 11:32am
Raiders HC Dennis Allen believes there is one in his young, talented group. He just hasn’t revealed himself.
“I don’t think we have a go-to guy yet,” Allen said after Tuesday’s practice. “I’m waiting for someone to jump out and be the guy. We have a talented, young group that’s working hard, but it’s going to be a work in progress.”
Allen's words were difficult for Denarius Moore hear. After all, he considered himself the No. 1 guy.
"It can be discouraging on my behalf," Moore said. "I've always been the one to lead by example and be a positive type. If he says he's still looking for a go-to wide receiver, it's up to us to step up and play well when called upon."
We believe that given his skill set, Moore holds the most fantasy value of all the WRs in Oakland. We have him ranked #39 in standard formats. Rod Streater is a solid late-round pick, especially in PPR formats.
Monday, July 29, 2013, 5:07pm
The Raiders receivers, as a whole, haven't been impressive so far with a ton of drops so far early in camp.
Monday, July 29, 2013, 5:05pm