Raiders Fantasy News
Darren McFadden expected to return to Oakland on one-year deal
Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 4:11pm
This is surprising, as the general consensus was that McFadden would sign elsewhere while the team would focus on re-signing Rashad Jennings, who was the far superior runner in 2013. There is no reason to believe that McFadden will return to his 2010/2011 form under the current regime.
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Raiders 'anxious' to see Latavius Murray
Monday, March 3, 2014, 11:14am
Raiders RB Latavius Murray appeared in one preseason game, the exhibition opener against the Dallas Cowboys, and finished with 29 yards on eight carries. It was his only action as the 6-foot-3, 230-pounder was placed on Injured Reserve on Aug. 27 with an ankle injury. “He was never fully healthy,” coach Dennis Allen said at the recent NFL combine. “And every time he got healthy, the ankle reared its ugly head again and he was back down. There were a couple of plays in there ... the Dallas game, maybe, where he got a run over on the sideline and was able to lower his shoulder and really finish a run off really well. So there are plays in there I can think of that are exciting and encouraging to me. But, again, he’s got very limited experience and limited exposure.”
Big things are expected out of a healty Murray, especially with Darren McFadden and Rashad Jennings both scheduled to become unrestricted free agents. “I think Latavius is one of those guys that we’re anxious to see be healthy and get out there and play,” Allen said. “He’s a big back that’s got excellent speed and excellent size. He runs tough ... we’ll find out a lot more about Latavius Murray as we go through the offseason program and into training camp.”
While the Raiders are expected to re-sign Rashad Jennings (who was excellent as a starter), McFadden is expected to walk in free agency. Murray could become Jennings' primary backup or even become the starter if Jennings signs elsewhere. The versatile Marcel Reece will have a role as well.
Monday, March 3, 2014, 11:09am
At 6-feet-3, TE Mychal Rivera made up for his relative lack of height with an uncanny athleticism as a pass catcher. Technically, he started only three games but played in all 16. He became a go-to pass catcher for Raiders quarterbacks in the second half of the season as 27 of his 38 catches and three of his four touchdown receptions came after Week 8.
Unless the Raiders go out and get Jimmy Graham, Rivera should be the Raiders' starting tight end in 2014. An offseason of refining his blocking techniques should be in order for Rivera, who would be lethal were he two inches taller. He was already the Raiders' best pass-catching tight end as he averaged 10.7 yards per catch but also had six receptions of at least 19 yards.
As a rookie, Rivera was the #17 TE from Week 11 to Week 17.
Rashad Jennings a priority free agent for Raiders
Thursday, February 20, 2014, 6:02pm
The 12 interviews taped for Pro Football Talk on NBCSN at Lucas Oil Stadium on Thursday included Raiders coach Dennis Allen, and Allen suggested that Rashad Jennings is more likely to remain a Raider than Darren McFadden.
When listing the team’s priority free agents, Allen specifically mentioned Jennings, who joined the team in 2013 on a one-year deal. Allen didn’t mention McFadden, a first-round pick on 2008 whose rookie contract is expiring.
Rashad Jennings was the #6 RB from Week 9 to Week 15 (when he was playing starter’s snaps for the Raiders) and that included a missed game against the Jets in Week 14. If Oakland re-signs Jennings and lets Darren McFadden walk (as expected), Jennings will definitely be in the RB2 conversation.
Raiders would like to re-sign Rashad Jennings
Friday, January 17, 2014, 11:50am
Jennings turns 29 this March, so he's unlikely to garner a long-term deal, but a two-year contract sounds like a good idea for both sides as Jennings thrived in the Raider offense after Darren McFadden went down. McFadden is not expected to return. If Jennings is re-signed and no other major competition is brought in, he'll be a sleeper in the middle rounds (4th-6th).
Redskins hire Jay Gruden as HC
Thursday, January 9, 2014, 10:38am
Hue Jackson is expected to be promoted to OC of the Bengals.
It hasn't ended well for Gruden's predecessors in D.C., but he's going to jump on the opportunity for a head coaching job after three seasons as the Bengals' offensive coordinator. Despite an ugly flameout against the Chargers on Sunday, the Bengals offense has improved under Gruden's guidance. However, some fantasy owners were frustrated by his (lack of) usage of rookie RB Giovanni Bernard and second-year WR Marvin Jones. As for Jackson, he has run productive offenses before, including the Raiders in 2010 and 2011. Oakland was top 10 in yards gained in those two seasons under Jackson's guidance.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013, 8:23pm
Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen and owner Mark Davis will meet next Tuesday to discuss the team's season and immediate future as part of its offseason protocol, ESPN.com learned.
"Dennis Allen is the coach until he's no longer the coach," a league source said Tuesday. "The only people firing Dennis Allen right now are the media."
Speculation has swirled about Allen's job security in the wake of a second consecutive 4-12 season that ended with the Raiders losing six straight and eight of their final nine.
But Davis has also said that this season was Year 2 of a "deconstruction" phase and that the "reconstruction" of the team would commence this offseason with some $60 million in salary-cap space and a full complement of draft picks available.
Allen said Monday in his season-ending media conference that he had already met with general manager Reggie McKenzie and had been given an "indication" that he would return.
Monday, December 30, 2013, 8:02pm
On NFL Live, ESPN'S Chris Mortensen said the Texans deal with Bill O'Brien is imminent and expects it to be done in the next 24 hours.
Sunday, December 29, 2013, 3:13pm