And while we will not get an injury report and are restricted on what we can report today, we can pass along that receiver Percy Harvin was back full go.
Harvin was absent from two days of practice last week, as well as the preseason finale against the Raiders, for what the team said was personal business. Harvin is ranked 19th among our WRs heading into Week 1.
Saturday, August 30, 2014, 3:30pm
Little, claimed by the Raiders on waivers after he was cut by the Browns in May, has been released by Oakland. He’ll be exposed to the waivers process again, with all other teams getting a chance to claim his contract.
Saturday, August 30, 2014, 9:57am
The former Ohio State star quarterback was released by Seattle on Friday, FOX Sports 1 NFL Insider Mike Garafolo and other media report.
Pryor, who was chosen in the third round in the 2011 supplemental draft by the Raiders, threw for 1,798 yards, seven touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 11 games last year with Oakland. The Raiders traded Pryor to the Seahawks in the offseason for a seventh-round pick in last May's draft.
“I think the biggest thing is I want to be able to check on (Matt Schaub) and see where Matt is health-wise,” Allen said. “Like I said, he was making some progress last week, threw on the side with the trainers. I feel like he’ll be ready to go, but I think we need to see how he’s doing Monday when he gets in here.”
“I was very pleased with what I saw out of Derek Carr last night,” Allen said. “We’ve said all along that Derek is going to be a really good quarterback in this league and he’s shown those signs, and you’ve seen those signs, throughout practices. It was good to see that our whole group offensively was able to go out and function the way that they did last night.”
Neither player is much of a fantasy option, but Carr looked good last night while Schaub has been pretty dreadful all preseason. The beat writers seem to think that Carr will get the start.
The pressure is on Matt Schaub to produce quickly. He hasn't looked good in the preseason and may be replaced early in the season if he can't get it together.
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.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 8:38pm
Yet with starting quarterback Matt Schaub sitting out Thursday night's game against the Seattle Seahawks at O.co Coliseum with a sore right elbow, the Raiders quarterback of the future can speed up that process in front of a home fan base that is embracing his candidacy through social media.
Carr could get extended work and a chance to make another good impression if Schaub continues to struggle or not be able to play due to his elbow. Carr, a second-round draft pick out of Fresno State, appears firmly entrenched as the backup even though second-year player Matt McGloin has put up the best numbers, albeit against mostly third-team competition.
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.
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.’’
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.