Raiders' draft choice Derek Carr has supplanted Matt McGloin as the second-string quarterback and Allen acknowledged he expects the Raiders to enter training camp with Carr as Matt Schaub's backup. "We're trying to expedite his progression and I've liked a lot of things I've seen out of Derek," Allen said. "He's still got a long way to go and I like the direction he's headed."
Schaub is expected to start, but don't be surprised if Carr gets some playing time if/when the Raiders' season goes sideways.
Jones should have enough time to heal before camp opens, but this will impact the number of reps that he'll get with QB Matt Schaub.
While no one is suggesting Raiders RBs Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden are Walter Payton, coach Dennis Allen likes what he sees through three weeks of organized team activities and a day of minicamp.
“When you watch ‘em practice, you see guys that still have explosion, guys that still have run skills, guys that still make people miss,’’ Allen said. “I don’t pay a lot of attention to what the statistics may say. I just see what I see with my eyes, and I see a copule of guys that if they can stay healthy, have the ability to perform at a high level.’’
Quarterback Matt Schaub said the real test will come in pads at training camp, but sees both running backs showing good burst in the open field. He likes their ability to pick up blitzing linebackers and also be explosive in the screen game.
Jones-Drew has been better more recently than McFadden and we feel he has the inside track to the Raiders RB1 job.
On the topic of the Oakland WR corps...
“Rod Streater has gotten better every week that he’s been here, just works hard and has gotten a little bigger as well,” Raiders OC Greg Olson said. “Greg Little has done a really nice job. I guess there were some questions about his work ethic, but I like the way he has come in and really attacked it. He’s been very consistent catching the ball every day.”
While the Raiders are rotating receivers right now, and Dennis Allen has shrugged off any talk of depth charts, observers say that James Jones, Streater and Andre Holmes are ahead of Denarius Moore, who started last year.
For an undrafted wideout, Streater’s career is moving along swimmingly. After a 39-584-3 rookie season, Streater posted a solid 60-888-4 in his second year, finishing as the #33 WR in fantasy. Among undrafted receivers, he has the 4th most yards (since 1980) in his first two seasons. (Even more impressive, he plays for the Raiders.) Streater could continue to progress provided he still sees starter’s snaps – the arrival of James Jones may be a roadblock – and Matt Schaub returns to the efficient form we’re used to seeing. There are a couple of conditions there, but Streater’s value is in the tank right now, so there is very little risk to picking him up as a WR5/WR6 if he continues to sit atop the Oakland depth chart.
Friday, June 13, 2014, 5:30pm
The key takeaway here may be that James Jones and Rod Streater are locked in as the team's top two wideouts. Streater is an especially nice value in early drafts. For an undrafted wideout, his career is moving along swimmingly. After a 39-584-3 rookie season, Streater posted a solid 60-888-4 in his second year, finishing as the #33 WR in fantasy. Among undrafted receivers, he has the 4th most yards (since 1980) in his first two seasons. Provided he continues to see starter's snaps, he should provide good bench production for fantasy owners.
Friday, June 13, 2014, 12:21pm
Oakland offensive coordinator Greg Olson said that QB Derek Carr has been "better than we thought he would be," adding (via the San Francisco Chronicle's Vic Tafur): “I really, really like him. Everybody knew he was accurate, but he is more accurate than we thought. … We'll have to wait and see how he does against a live rush, but so far his intelligence, accuracy and quickness in getting the ball out has been excellent.”
The plan is still for Matt Schaub to start, but if the season starts to go sideways, don't be surprised to see Carr under center at some point in the season.
Rookie wide receivers rarely make a cannonball entrance in Green Bay. Jarrett Boykin will be difficult to dislodge. With Davante Adams, there are unknowns. With Boykin, knowns. He was one source of reliability when the season turned upside down.
Yet he's on notice. Adams may be a more athletic playmaker at receiver long term.
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, and Boykin is likely to play a lot in the Packers’ patented three-wide attack, which should be more productive with Aaron Rodgers under center. Rookie Davante Adams is the wild card, but at this point the feeling is that Boykin will hold him off. Randall Cobb only played 27% snaps as a rookie, so Adams should see a similarly limited role.
Thursday, June 12, 2014, 2:32pm
In the two years that Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson spent in Oakland, he helped 255-lb Marcel Reece earn the nickname the “Matchup Nightmare.” Jackson used Reece as a fullback, tailback, and even had him line up at wide receiver to take advantage of his unique skills as a runner and receiver.
Could Jackson have similar things in mind for Mohamed Sanu?
“He’s got me doing some stuff,” said Sanu with a grin. “I love it. I’m embracing it and I’m going to do everything that I can to make sure that I’m the best at it.”
“He’s rolling,” said Marvin Jones. “He’s gotten a lot faster and more explosive and it’s good to see out there.”
“He’s running a lot better I think than he has the last two years,” said Andy Dalton. “He looks smooth and I think his speed has increased. It’s been fun to see all of the things that he does. He’s a guy that’s outside, inside, and can play all of the positions. You need a guy on the team like that that can do it all.”
"I think he's throwing the ball fantastic," Jackson said. "I really do. He's improved. I see it. I see it on the practice field."
"I see a very confident player who goes in and calls the play and makes decisions, who redirected things and gets us in the right place," Jackson said. "There's not a lot of negative football plays. That's what you want. He's taken charge and control."
For a guy who has finished #17, #12 and #4 in his first three seasons, Dalton doesn’t get a whole lot of respect. He’d be ranked higher this year if not for new OC Hue Jackson’s propensity to run the ball. However, Jackson’s 2011 Raiders threw the ball 52.9% of the time with Carson Palmer under center, which isn’t too far off the Bengals’ 55.0% pass rate in 2013. We’re expecting fewer pass attempts, but Dalton should still be a quality option for owners who like to stream the position or draft a committee.
Raiders HC Dennis Allen and OC Greg Olson at times were critical of wide receiver Denarius Moore for his inconsistency.
Here’s what Allen had to say about Moore’s progress in that regard:
“We’re still working through that,” Allen said. “He’s not unlike a lot of guys we have on our football team. He’s still got a lot of improvement that he’s got to make. I’ve seen some strides and hopefully he’ll continue to make those strides.”
Moore is competing for one of two starting spots, with Rod Streater and James Jones the other leading candidates. Allen said the Raiders can succeed without a legitimate No. 1 receiver, as long as a corps of good receivers makes plays when needed.
Whoever starts for the Raiders will likely be fantasy relevant, but the same can't be said for the team's WR3. This is something to monitor as the offseason wears on. Our money is on Rod Streater and James Jones, but Moore has shown flashes of potential. It's worrisome that Allen wasn't more complimentary at this point in the summer.
Monday, June 9, 2014, 7:45pm
Teams don't usually have their RB1 double as kick returner, so it appears that the team is expecting Maurice Jones-Drew to start with McFadden relegated to RB2 duties.
Friday, June 6, 2014, 6:49pm
Raiders beat writer John Lund on the team's QB situation: "Since you never have to ask me about quarterbacks, Matt Schaub is clearly in control of the offense, as you would expect from a veteran and if Derek Carr doesn’t make it, it won’t be due to a lack of arm strength, he has that."
Although Matt Schaub continues to take the bulk of the first-team practice reps, NFL Media's Albert Breer reports there is now internal belief that the veteran will be pushed by Carr.
The top of the Raiders depth chart is not clear with Jones joining returnees Rod Streater (who has made strides in his first two years) and Denarius Moore (who is explosive but hasn't been able to stay healthy). It would be slightly surprising if Jones quickly ascends to the top of the depth chart, but according to Blair, that's exactly what's happening.