Raiders QB Derek Carr Impressed by Rookie WR Amari Cooper

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Add Raiders quarterback Derek Carr to the list of people who have been impressed by rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper, Eddie Paskal of Raiders.com reports.

Carr appeared on 95.7 The Game Tuesday and had high praise for his newest offensive weapon.

“He [Cooper] is ridiculous in and out of his breaks,” said Carr. “His style of play is perfect for this league. He’s good at getting on toes and creating separation. He’s good at when the ball is in his hands making those fast-twitch movements to make a guy go one way so he can take it to the house. It’s just little things that honestly people don’t even notice.”

Outside of Cooper’s obvious ability between the hash marks, the second-year quarterback has also been impressed with the Alabama product’s demeanor and work ethic, evidenced by his desire to put in extra work outside of the team’s Alameda, Calif., practice facility.

“His work ethic is second to none,” Carr said. “I was throwing with him as soon as mini-camp was over so we can get more reps in, and our plan was to throw a couple more times, but he texted me that night. He said, ‘hey, let’s throw at least three more times. I need to get this one route right.’ Just him telling me that kind of stuff, it blew my mind.”

“I think the sky’s the limit for him, obviously,” Carr said. “Hopefully I just get the ball into his hands so he can make the plays.”

Raiders Ink Free Agent WR Durham and LB Williams

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The Raiders have signed free agent WR Kris Durham and undrafted free agent LB Chase Williams, the club announced Thursday.

Durham joins the Raiders following stints with the Tennessee Titans (2014), Detroit Lions (2012-13) and Seattle Seahawks (2011). His career totals include 27 games played with 16 starts, 55 receptions for 699 yards (12.7 avg.) and three touchdowns. The 6-foot-6, 216-pounder had a breakout season with Detroit in 2013, starting 13-of-16 games with 38 catches for 490 yards and two scores. The former Georgia standout entered the league as a fourth-round pick (107th overall) by Seattle in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Williams signs with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent following a four-year career at Virginia Tech. From 2011-14, he saw action in 47 games, starting 10, and totaled 101 tackles (44 solo), 10.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, one forced fumble and two passes defensed. The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder started a personal-best nine games in 2014, notching 72 tackles on the season with 3.5 sacks.

To make room on the roster, the Raiders have waived TE Scott Simonson and waived/injured LB Jacoby Hale. In addition, WR Andre Debose has been placed on the reserve/injured list, while LB Miles Burris was waived from the reserve/injured list

QB Derek Carr Misses Raiders OTA’s with Undisclosed Injury

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Raiders starting quarterback Derek Carr did not participate in Tuesday’s OTA practice, the first of its kind in the final phase of the NFL offseason program, Scott Bair of CSN Bayarea reports.

It’s uncertain exactly how long Carr has been out, though it’s believed that he’s missed the last week of offseason work at least. He has, however, been at this time and has sworn to stay quiet in that regard.

Carr was on the practice field, but he did not wear a helmet or cleats for the session. Head coach Jack Del Rio wouldn’t elaborate on a timetable for Carr’s absence, but didn’t seem overly concerned by it at this stage.

“Time missed in May is better than time missed in September,” Del Rio said. “You’re often more capable of taking whatever time is necessary to make sure you put things behind you.”

When Carr returns, watch him and first-round draft pick Amari Cooper take the field for Raiders home and away games. Hipmunk.com has flights to and from Oakland to take in any Raiders’ action in person, along with Oakland hotels starting from $67.

Raiders Announce the Passing of Former FB Marv Hubbard

The Raiders tonight announced the passing for Marv Hubbard – who played fullback for the team from 1969 to 1975. He passed away at the age of 68.

Here’s some highlights of his career

A fullback wearing jersey #44, Hubbard was famous for his punishing mano-a-mano duels with Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Willie Lanier. He was not a shifty back, and did not evade contact. Powerfully built, he was famous for crashing headlong into defenders, with little regard for his own well-being.

Though never a star, Hubbard in his prime was an unusually productive player. Of note was his extremely high per-carry average. Over the course of their careers, most of the best running backs average a little over 4 yards per carry. Only a few (Hall of Famers Jim Brown, Gale Sayers, Barry Sanders, OJ Simpson among them) exceed 4.5. Hubbard averaged 4.82 yards per carry. The most obvious explanation is the great offensive lines he ran behind. Early in his career he had Bob Brown, Art Shell, Gene Upshaw and Jim Otto blocking for him, all Pro Football Hall of Famers. Later in Hubbard’s career, Brown and Otto retired and they were replaced by John Vella and Dave Dalby. respectively. The sports writers perhaps didn’t give him the respect he deserved as he was never nominated for an “All-Pro” team, but the players and coaches in the NFL respected him and he did earn three trips to Pro Bowl as the backup fullback for the AFC.

However, Hubbard’s career did not start impressively. He played for the Hartford Knights of the Atlantic Coast Football League. After being drafted in the 11th round (277th overall) of the 1968 AFL Draft by Oakland, he was cut. He then went to the Canadian Football League, where he spent two seasons learning how to block. But after returning to the Raiders, he teamed in the backfield with halfback Charlie Smith and became a potent weapon, especially in short-yardage situations. He made the AFC all-star team with the Raiders in 1971, 1972, and 1973. His roughhouse style of play eventually caught up with Hubbard, resulting in a nagging shoulder injury that forced him to miss most of the 1975 season. He spent the entire 1976 season on the injured reserve list and was eclipsed during his injury by his groomed replacement, fellow Colgate alum Mark van Eeghen. He signed with the Detroit Lions, where he saw spot duty during the 1977 season, after which he retired from the NFL.

Raiders Go WR with Fourth Pick in NFL Draft – Take Alabama WR Cooper

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The Raiders have added a huge playmaker to their roster, as with the fourth overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft the silver and black took Alabama wide out Amari Cooper.

Here’s a scouting report on Cooper and what he will bring to the Raiders.

Cooper had big shoes to fill at Alabama as many expected him to be the program’s second coming of Julio Jones, and Cooper didn’t disappoint. He broke onto the field as a freshman and was a 3-year play-maker for the Crimson Tide.

Cooper caught 59 passes for 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns as a freshman. He dealt with a toe injury the next season that really slowed him down. The sophomore still collected 45 receptions for 736 yards and four touchdowns in 2013.

Prior to the 2014 season, I predicted that the junior would have a huge year – not that it was a bold prediction – but Cooper exploded as new offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin sent a huge amount of targets his direction. Cooper amassed 124 receptions for 1,727 yards with 16 touchdowns in 2014. He had a number of huge games against the likes of Auburn (13-244-3), Tennessee (9-224-2) and Florida (10-201-3). Versus the Gators, Cooper held his own and did well going against cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III, the best cornerback in college football.

For the NFL, Cooper is a future No. 1 receiver who clearly has the size/speed combination to present a constant mismatch. He is really difficult for corners to cover as he is always getting separation to get open for his quarterback. Cooper has great route-running, speed, run-after-the-catch ability and skills to fight for 50-50 balls. All of that made him nearly impossible to cover in college. Cooper isn’t overpowering with size, but he is fast enough to burn defenses over the top and stretches the field vertically. As a pro, Cooper should require safety help over the top unless he is going against one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL.

Cooper should go as a top-10 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. He has the ability to be a Pro Bowl receiver and a difference-maker.

2015 Oakland Raiders schedule released

Last night the NFL released it’s 2015 Regular Season schedule.  Oakland’s schedule includes seven games against 2014 playoff teams and 11 games against teams with winning records last year.  Aside from AFC West Divisional opponents, the Raiders will have some tough match-ups against teams from the AFC North and the NFC North.  Oakland will also see non-divisional match-ups against the New York Jets and the Tennessee Titans.  First year HC Jack DelRio will start the Raider’s 56th Season at home, against the Cincinnati Bengals on  Sunday Sept 13th.

One interesting note (as I am from Cleveland) is that since the Browns returned to the NFL in 1999, Oakland and Cleveland have played each other 9 times, with Cleveland beating the Raiders 6 of those 9 times.   Of Course I will be decked out in full Raider regalia on Sunday Sept 27, 2015 as the Raiders return to Cleveland for the second year in a row to face the Browns..

Oakland has only one Prime-Time game this year, which may or may not have Divisional/Play-Off implications when they face rivals San Diego Chargers on Christmas Eve, Dec 24th for an 8:25pm start on the NFL Network.

Here is the full Oakland Raider’s 2015 schedule –

Raiders 2015 Preseason Schedule
Date Opponent Time Local TV
Friday, Aug. 14
ST. LOUIS RAMS 10:00 p.m. KTVU/KICU
Saturday, Aug. 22 at Minnesota Vikings 8:00 p.m. KTVU/KICU
Sunday, Aug. 30 ARIZONA CARDINALS 8:00 p.m.
NBC
Thursday, Sep. 3 at Seattle Seahawks 10:00 p.m. KTVU/KICU
Raiders 2015 Regular Season Schedule
Date Opponent Time TV
Sunday, Sep. 13
CINCINNATI BENGALS 4:25 p.m. CBS
Sunday, Sep. 20 BALTIMORE RAVENS 4:05 p.m. CBS
Sunday, Sep. 27 at Cleveland Browns 1:00 p.m.
CBS
Sunday, Oct. 4 at Chicago Bears 1:00 p.m. CBS
Sunday, Oct. 11 DENVER BRONCOS 4:25 p.m. CBS
Sunday, Oct. 18
BYE WEEK
Sunday, Oct. 25 at San Diego Chargers 4:05 p.m. CBS
Sunday, Nov. 1 NEW YORK JETS 4:05 p.m. CBS
Sunday, Nov. 8 at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00 p.m. CBS
Sunday, Nov. 15 MINNESOTA VIKINGS 4:05 p.m. FOX
Sunday, Nov. 22 at Detroit Lions 1:00 p.m. CBS
Sunday, Nov. 29 at Tennessee Titans 1:00 p.m. CBS
Sunday, Dec. 6 KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 1:05 p.m. CBS
Sunday, Dec. 13 at Denver Broncos 4:05 p.m. CBS
Sunday, Dec. 20 GREEN BAY PACKERS 4:05 p.m. CBS
Thursday, Dec. 24 SAN DIEGO CHARGERS 8:25 p.m. NFLN
Sunday, Jan. 3 at Kansas City Chiefs 1:00 p.m. CBS

Stay tuned to WWW.RAIDERSGAB.COM for more Raiders news !!

 

Raiders loose speedster WR Moore to Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals have confirmed that they have signed 5 year WR Danarius Moore to a one year deal.  Terms of the deal have yet to be released.  Loosing Moore is a disappointment for fans of the Silver & Black, but it was apparent that he had been in the dog-house since mid-season last year with Oakland staff.  He saw his playing time diminish and finished the 2014 season with a career low 12 receptions for 115 yards and 0 TDs.  His best season with the Raiders was 2012 when he had 51 catches for 741 yards and 7 TDs.   He finishes his time with Oakland totaling a respectable 142 receptions for 2169 yards and 17 TDs.

By signing with Cincinnati, Moore is reunited with former Oakland head coach Hue Jackson, who is now Bengals offensive coordinator and coached the wideout during his most productive seasons.

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C.J. Wilson tweets he’s re-signing with Raiders

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The Raiders looked long and hard at the possibility of getting a big name defensive end, but at the end of the day brought back DE C.J. Wilson, who was first brought to the team via free agency a year ago. Can the Raiders lift the NFL betting lines back to respectability in 2015 at Mybookie.ag.

The Raiders were duped on the deal by their own player, as Wilson told of the signing on his Twitter account.

Last season Wilson, who is a whopper at 6-3, 300 pounds, played in all 16 regular season games with Oakland, and made seven starts with the franchise.

He put up a total 34 tackles and a pair of sacks. Wilson also had returned a fumble 21 yards against the Kansas City Chiefs on December 14th. His career totals include 66 games played with 18 starts, 137 tackles (76 solo), 5.5 sacks, one fumble recovery and one pass defensed.

Since free agency began, the Raiders signed 10 free agents, none of whom played with the team last season. Wilson was the first free agent brought back to the team.

Wilson joins Justin Tuck, Benson Mayowa, Denico Autry and Shelby Harris as defensive ends under contract for the Raiders in 2015.

Last year Wilson joined the Raiders last offseason after spending the previous four seasons with the Green Bay Packers, playing in 50 games for the team.

Wilson played a key role on Green Bay’s defensive line during their Super Bowl run in 2010, playing in all four games – including starting Super Bowl XLV – and totaling six tackles (five solo) and one sack.

The Pinetown, N.C., native was originally selected by the Packers in the seventh round (230th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft out of East Carolina.

He finished his four-year career with 192 tackles and 27 sacks and was named the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year in 2008 and 2009, his junior and senior seasons.

Wilson has been a depth player his entire career, a former seventh round draft pick who has found his niche in the NFL as a rotational pass rusher who can get to the quarterback at times while mainly providing a breather for starting defensive lineman as a situational player.

The extension for Wilson also gives the team three Super Bowl winning defensive ends on the roster for another year as the former seventh round pick started in Super Bowl XLV after starting each playoff game for the Packers in his rookie season when Green Bay made their run.

Wilson was a teammate of Charles Woodson’s that season and will remain with Justin Tuck and Benson Mayowa (2013 Seahawks practice squad) as Super Bowl winning pass rushers on the Raiders defensive line.