Former Super Bowl-winning quarterback Joe Theismann said that he loves the pairing of quarterback Derek Carr with new head coach Jon Gruden. He went on to say that some of Carr's 2017 struggles may not have been his own doing, and that Gruden would have only come back to coaching a team with a solid quarterback in place.
Typically we wouldn't consider commentary from former players news, but Theismann is considered a bit of a quarterback expert around the league, making this particular item noteworthy. Carr reportedly struggled to stay healthy in 2017, and regressed mightily in terms of his play. He is currently the No. 19 quarterback off the board in fantasy drafts.
“He’s in the long mold of those Red Raiders,” Texans receivers coach John Perry said, via Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. “He’s done a good job. He’s working hard. He shows up every day. He’s done everything we’ve asked him to do. If he continues to do that, I can see him moving forward.”
Miller is said to be "on the right path" after offseason workouts, however, he hasn't been able to stay on the field, which gives Coutee a solid chance to play a significant fantasy role this year. Keep his name on your radar.
After missing all of 2016 for his second infraction of the substance-abuse policy, this would likely be another lengthy suspension for the mercurial wideout. It would be wise to avoid Bryant in fantasy drafts until we receive more information on his situation.
Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks said recently that it is “hard to say” who will be the team’s No. 2 wide receiver behind Larry Fitzgerald, but one of the competitors believes he will make it an easy call before the regular season gets underway.
The Cardinals signed Brice Butler as a free agent this offseason and his starting experience over five years with the Raiders and Cowboys is limited to seven games. Butler, who has 73 career catches, doesn’t think that will keep him from making it clear that he’s the best choice for such a role in Arizona.
As the story said, Butler's limited starts have him in the same boat as the rest of his competition. Keep in mind, one of these guys could very well have a significant fantasy role this season.
The official Twitter account of the New York Jets tweeted the news from head coach Todd Bowles that QB Christian Hackenberg was dealt to the Oakland Raiders for a 2019 conditional seventh-round draft pick.
The Jets' QB depth chart has had quite the overhaul from last year. Incumbent starter Josh McCown remains, while the team added Teddy Bridgewater via free agency and Sam Darnold via the draft; they released Bryce Petty earlier this offseason and have now dealt Hackenberg.
No matter how much new Raiders head coach Jon Gruden has praised Hackenberg in the past, it's unlikely this trade will turn into a positive for the Raiders or Hackenberg. He goes from one muddied QB depth chart to the next, where he'll likely begin his new Raiders journey as the team's fourth-string quarterback behind Derek Carr, E.J. Manuel, and Connor Cook.
We've heard rumblings before of the Steelers wanting to trade WR Martavis Bryant and they finally pulled the trigger during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, sending him to the Oakland Raiders for a third-round pick (79th overall).
The emergence of JuJu Smith-Schuster (58 catches, 917 yards, 7 TDs) last season made Bryant expendable. Bryant will likely compete with Seth Roberts for the third receiver role in Oakland. When on his game, Bryant, who won't turn 27 until December, has all the potential in the world to be an impact receiver on the field and for your fantasy roster—he scored 14 combined TDs in his first two seasons—but his on-field presence is a question mark after missing the entire 2016 season due to suspension. Raiders QB Derek Carr has averaged 561 pass attempts in his four-year career, so it's a great landing spot for Bryant.
It's been a game of musical chairs at the wide receiver position by the Oakland Raiders and Baltimore Ravens. First, the Raiders released Michael Crabtree and signed Jordy Nelson, then the Ravens signed Ryan Grant (only to void the deal because of a failed physical) and then they turned around and signed Michael Crabtree. The deal between Crabtree and the Ravens is for three years, worth $21 million, and includes $11 million in guarantees.
Crabtree has spent the last three seasons in Oakland, with the first two being his most productive. In 2015, he caught 85 passes for 922 yards and nine touchdowns. In 2016, he went for 89 catches, 1,003 yards, and eight touchdowns. This past season, however, he only caught 58 passes for 618 yards, but he still managed to score eight times. He will now become the No. 1 receiving option in Baltimore's offense.
Grant's deal was a headscratcher when it was first announced, and the Ravens have been linked to recently released Michael Crabtree. It's doubtful Grant will find a deal anywhere near as lucrative as the one he was going to sign with Baltimore.
Martin has had two really awesome seasons (2012, 2016) where he rushed for over 1,400 yards, but has failed to make a dent in his four other seasons as a pro because of injuries, suspension, and poor play. Last season was one of the bad years, where he only appeared in 11 games and barely cracked 400 yards rushing (2.9 yards per carry on 138 attempts).
The Raiders' rushing attack wasn't all that great itself last season, with Marshawn Lynch leading the team in attempts (207), yards (891), and touchdowns (7). Since 2010, Oakland has had only two backs rush for 1,000 or more yards—Darren McFadden (2010 - 1,157 yards) and Latavius Murray (2015 - 1,066 yards). A fully healthy Martin could become the third, if given the majority of the carries.
The Raiders will make the hires of OC Greg Olson and DC Paul Guenther official tomorrow before the Jon Gruden press conference. Both contracts will be done by then, sources say.
Olson was the quarterbacks coach during Jon Gruden's final season in Tampa. His offenses tend to be pass-heavy and not particularly potent. In 10 seasons as an NFL offensive coordinator, his offensive units finished in the top half of the league in scoring just once (Tampa in 2010). His offenses finished in the top half of the league in total yards three times. Guenther spent the last four seasons as the Bengals' defensive coordinator and has been with the organization since 2005, so he worked with Jay Gruden from 2011 to 2013.
It appears the secret everyone in the league knew—Jon Gruden—being named the next head coach of the Oakland Raiders will be made official in a news conference next Tuesday.
At this time a year ago, the Oakland Raiders were cheering the end of their playoff drought. Now, they're in the market for a new head coach.
"We appreciate Jack's effort in building the foundation of this team for the future," Davis said in a statement released by the team. "Thank you to Jack, his wife, Linda, and his daughter, Aubrey, for their important contributions to the Raiders and our local community in Oakland. We wish them all the best."
Ian Rapoport reported the Raiders are pushing hard for Jon Gruden to come out of the Monday Night Football booth to coach again. The team once traded Gruden to Tampa Bay, where he won a Super Bowl.
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Chargers TE Antonio Gates (illness) returned to take full practice reps Friday after missing practice Thursday. Gates was a great Sneaky Start last week and we like him again in a solid matchup against the Raiders.
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