Raiders’ RB Isaiah Crowell tore his Achilles during a workout with the team Monday and is out for the season, per source. Crowell will undergo season-ending surgery next week. Brutal blow for a player who signed a one-year contract with Oakland.
The Raiders signed Crowell before drafting Josh Jacobs in the first round, so Crowell was likely to back up Jacobs unless the rookie fell flat on his face in the preseason. Jacobs still has to compete for passing down snaps with Jalen Richard, but is otherwise looking good for 250+ targets in 2019.
The Raiders have agreed to terms with running back Isaiah Crowell on a one-year deal worth up to $2.5 million.
The Raiders are shoring up the running back corps in case Marshawn Lynch doesn't return this season. Through 13 games last season, Crowell gained 685 yards on 143 carries for a 4.79 yards per carry, though when his 15-carry, 219-yard game against the Broncos is removed, he averaged just 3.64 yards per carry in the other 12 games. If Lynch doesn't return, Crowell could serve as the Raiders' primary thumper with Jalen Richard playing in passing situations.
The Raiders now have a receiving corps of Antonio Brown, Williams and Jordy Nelson, so Derek Carr can't say he doesn't have enough weapons to throw to. Williams had a big sophomore season in 2016, catching 69 passes for 1,059 yards and seven touchdowns, but averaged just 42.0 catches for 691 yards and 4.5 touchdowns in his last two seasons. His production in 2016 came with Keenan Allen sidelined, but he played second-fiddle to Allen in 2017 and 2018. Williams will serve as a very capable downfield threat while Brown and Nelson work the rest of the field. Fantasy-wise, it's tough to see the Raiders supporting more than one bona fide fantasy starter at receiver unless Jon Gruden decides to crank up the team's passing volume.
The source, it seems, was Brown himself, via his Twitter account. The move is great news for Derek Carr and the entire Oakland offense, but it's a significant downgrade for Brown. Carr is no Ben Roethlisberger and there may be growing pains in Oakland, especially given Jon Gruden's struggles to get the most out of Amari Cooper.
Teams that have spoken to the Steelers about a potential Antonio Brown trade have been told that a deal is expected to be in place by Friday, per league sources.
The Raiders, Redskins and Titans are reportedly interested and three new teams have reportedly jumped into the fray. Brown will be the best receiver to change teams in years and will immediately help the outlook of whatever offense he joins.
Rapoport went on to say it's Brown preference to have a fresh start with another team. But as we reported yesterday, Brown has maintained steady dialog with some in the Steelers organization (not HC Mike Tomlin) and the door is still open to return to the team.