Team Grade:
Oakland Raiders
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Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
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Outlook

The Raiders are an intriguing team for the coming season. They have a lot of young, explosive talent on both sides of the ball. This team should make strides this year and be around a .500 team. The Raiders might be a few seasons away from a playoff spot, though. They still have some question marks defensively, especially in the secondary, and all the young players could cause for some growing pains along the way. Things are finally looking up for this franchise, though. Their arrow is pointing up.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
Running back Latavius Murray found his way into the starting lineup late last season and did enough to show he can be the starter for the Raiders going forward. He'll start from day one in what should be a much better offense. Murray is a three-down back that also catches the ball pretty well. He'll get plenty of touches on a weekly basis, carrying good total yardage potential for the coming season. He is ready to become a top fantasy back and should be a big help to fantasy teams in 2015.
FANTASY DUD
A change of teams is supposed to be a good thing for receiver Michael Crabtree, but we aren't so sure. He just doesn't look like the same explosive player from earlier in his career. Major injuries seem to have zapped his speed a little, which is a concern. Crabtree hasn't shown much in recent seasons, so don't expect a sudden turnaround with the Raiders. He'll produce some but don't overvalue him come draft day because of a move to the Raiders. He is a ho-hum talent at receiver for fantasy teams.

Team Notes

May 25, 05:33 PM Oakland Raiders WR Andre Debose (undisclosed) reverted to the Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, May 25, after being waived/injured Tuesday, May 24.
May 25, 12:53 AM Oakland Raiders SS Karl Joseph (knee) worked on the sidelines during organized team activities Tuesday, May 24.
May 24, 09:03 PM Oakland Raiders OT Menelik Watson (Achilles') is participating in organized team activities after tearing his Achilles' tendon during the 2015 preseason.
May 24, 07:43 PM Oakland Raiders LB Mario Edwards Jr. (neck) is participating in organized team activities Tuesday, May 24, after being medically cleared for football activities earlier this month.
May 24, 06:23 PM Oakland Raiders WR Andre Debose (undisclosed) was waived/injured Tuesday, May 24. QB Garrett Gilbert was also waived.
May 24, 06:23 PM Oakland Raiders WR Andre Debose (undisclosed) was waived/injured Tuesday, May 24. QB Garrett Gilbert was also waived.
May 24, 04:53 PM Oakland Raiders TE Clive Walford (knee) is expected to be cleared well before the beginning of training camp. He did not participate in organized team activities Tuesday, May 24.
May 24, 02:13 PM Free-agent WRs Robert Herron (Dolphins) and Nathan Palmer (Bears) were signed by the Oakland Raiders Tuesday, May 24.
May 24, 02:13 PM Free-agent WRs Robert Herron (Dolphins) and Nathan Palmer (Bears) were signed by the Oakland Raiders Tuesday, May 24.
May 18, 04:33 PM Oakland Raiders second-round pick DE Jihad Ward signed his four-year rookie contract Wednesday, May 18. Financial terms were undisclosed.
May 18, 02:13 PM Free-agent WR Nathan Palmer (Bears) is working out for the New Orleans Saints Wednesday, May 18.
May 16, 06:03 PM Chicago Bears C Dan Buchholz, DT Bruce Gaston and WRs Marcus Lucas and Nathan Palmer were waived Monday, May 16.
May 15, 02:03 PM Oakland Raiders QB Connor Cook will vie for the backup position with QB Matt McGloin. Cook impressed head coach Jack Del Rio at rookie minicamp. 'I think he's been outstanding,' Del Rio said. 'Obviously he is intelligent. He asks good questions. He's got arm talent. It's a matter of getting familiar [with] what we do and how we do it.'
May 15, 02:03 PM Oakland Raiders QB Connor Cook will vie for the backup position with QB Matt McGloin. Cook impressed head coach Jack Del Rio at rookie minicamp. 'I think he's been outstanding,' Del Rio said. 'Obviously he is intelligent. He asks good questions. He's got arm talent. It's a matter of getting familiar [with] what we do and how we do it.'
May 14, 11:13 AM Oakland Raiders SS Karl Joseph (knee) did not participate in practice Friday, May 13, because he is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Joseph said his rehab is on schedule and expects to be ready for training camp.
May 14, 11:13 AM Oakland Raiders DE Jihad Ward (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, May 13, and said he will not need another surgery on his knee.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Nate Allen, SS; Michael Crabtree, WR; James Dockery, DB; Roy Helu, RB; Rodney Hudson, C; Curtis Lofton, LB; Christian Ponder, QB; Trent Richardson, RB; Malcolm Smith, LB; Lee Smith, TE; Jā??Marcus Webb, T; Dan Williams, NT. 

Losses:
Tyvon Branch, SS; Vincent Brown, WR; Chimdi Chekwa, DB; Darren McFadden, RB; Denarius Moore, WR; Matt Schaub, QB; Pat Sims, DT; Antonio Smith, DT; Stefan Wisniewski, C; LaMarr Woodley, DE. 

2016 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  14 Karl JosephDB
 # 2  44 Jihad WardDL
 # 3  75 Shilique CalhounDL
 # 4  100 Connor CookQB
 # 5  143 DeAndre WashingtonRB
 # 6  194 Cory JamesLB
 # 7  234 Vadal AlexanderOL

2016 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 11 1:00PM     at New Orleans
2     Sep 18 4:25PM     Atlanta
3     Sep 25 1:00PM     at Tennessee
4     Oct 2 1:00PM     at Baltimore
5     Oct 9 4:25PM     San Diego
6     Oct 16 4:05PM     Kansas City
7     Oct 23 1:00PM     at Jacksonville
8     Oct 30 1:00PM     at Tampa Bay
9     Nov 6 8:30PM     Denver
-- Week 10 Bye --
11     Nov 21 8:30PM     Houston
12     Nov 27 4:25PM     Carolina
13     Dec 4 4:05PM     Buffalo
14     Dec 8 8:25PM     at Kansas City
15     Dec 18 4:25PM     at San Diego
16     Dec 24 4:05PM     Indianapolis
17     Jan 1 4:25PM     at Denver
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