2015 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
Oakland Raiders
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

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. Heā??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. Heā??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 arenā??t so sure. He just doesnā??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 hasnā??t shown much in recent seasons, so donā??t expect a sudden turnaround with the Raiders. Heā??ll produce some but donā??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

Jun 30, 09:43 PM Oakland Raiders WR Michael Crabtree received recognition from QB Derek Carr Tuesday, June 30, for his presence in the locker room. 'He's such a great teammate. I love the guy. I talk to him all the time. We're always talking about the game. We're always talking ball. We're always talking routes, concepts, and what we're going to do during the game, and hand signals, all those things. He is a football junkie. He's been a nice guy, a nice addition to our team,' said Carr.
Jun 28, 08:32 PM Oakland Raiders FB Marcel Reece said he doesn't expect a drop off in chemistry as RB Latavius Murray replaces RB Darren McFadden this season because Murray has spent the last couple of years watching film and talking football with Reece.
Jun 28, 08:32 PM Oakland Raiders FB Marcel Reece said he doesn't expect a drop off in chemistry as RB Latavius Murray replaces RB Darren McFadden this season because Murray has spent the last couple of years watching film and talking football with Reece.
Jun 27, 04:32 PM Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray has the opportunity to be the team's No. 1 running back in 2015, and it's one he embraces. 'It's a great feeling, but every day I have to go in there knowing I need to get better every day,' Murray explained. 'I need to play like it's a new year. Last season is just last season and the year before that it was the year before that. Every season is a new year for me and it's a year I have to go out and prove something.'
Jun 23, 09:23 PM Oakland Raiders WR Rod Streater (foot) appears to be back from a foot injury which curtailed his 2014 season, and his explosiveness was back in minicamp.
Jun 23, 09:23 PM Oakland Raiders WR Andre Holmes is believed to be the No. 4 receiver on the depth chart, but expect a strong push from WR Kenbrell Thompkins, who had a strong minicamp.
Jun 23, 09:23 PM Oakland Raiders WR Kenbrell Thompkins had a strong minicamp and he is expected to battle WR Andre Holmes for the No. 4 job during training camp and the preseason.
Jun 21, 04:52 PM The Baltimore Ravens have expressed interest in free-agent CB Tarell Brown (Raiders), although no deal appears imminent, according to multiple league sources.
Jun 17, 05:13 PM Oakland Raiders WR Jeremy Gallon (undisclosed) was waived from the Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, June 17.
Jun 14, 10:22 AM Oakland Raiders LB Sio Moore (hip) was able to participate in some team drills during the minicamp this week, and the team hopes he will be able to full participate when training camp begins.
Jun 11, 05:42 PM Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray is currently the frontrunner for the starting running back position, according to head coach Jack Del Rio. Del Rio said Murray needs to improve his football intelligence and his versatility.

Fantasy Impact: It would be a shock if Murray didn't start for the Raiders this year. He has a lot of fantasy potential going forward.
Jun 10, 02:23 PM Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (finger) participated in practice Tuesday, June 9, and threw every pass that was called. Carr showed good velocity during practice and did not appear to be bothered by his injury.
Jun 10, 01:13 AM Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray could be in line for a big season under new offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave, according to a team source. "(Murray) has a chance at a huge year in this system - because he is smart, physically a freak," the source said.
Jun 09, 05:43 PM Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray could be ready for a breakout season in 2015, according to a team source. The anonymous source said Murray has the intelligence and physique to have a huge year in his third season with the club.

Fantasy Impact: Things are sure looking up for Murray. He is going to have a chance for a big season.
Jun 09, 04:33 PM Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (finger) received all of the first-team repetitions during minicamp Tuesday, June 9, but still wasn't at full strength.
Jun 08, 02:02 PM Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (finger) has been cleared to participate in the team's upcoming minicamp, according to a source. Carr may not be at full strength when throwing at minicamp but should be fully recovered by the start of training camp.

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. 

2015 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  4 Amari CooperWR
 # 2  35 Mario Edwards, Jr.DL
 # 3  4 Clive WalfordTE
 # 4  29 Jon FelicianoOL
 # 5  4 Ben HeeneyLB
 # 5  25 Neiron BallLB
 # 6  3 Max VallesLB
 # 7  1 Anthony MorrisOL
 # 7  4 Andre DeboseWR
 # 7  25 Dexter McDonaldDB
 Undrafted Gus JohnsonRB
 Undrafted Michael DyerRB

2015 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 13 4:25PM     Cincinnati
2     Sep 20 4:05PM     Baltimore
3     Sep 27 1:00PM     at Cleveland
4     Oct 4 1:00PM     at Chicago
5     Oct 11 4:25PM     Denver
-- Week 6 Bye --
7     Oct 25 4:05PM     at San Diego
8     Nov 1 4:05PM     New York Jets
9     Nov 8 1:00PM     at Pittsburgh
10     Nov 15 4:05PM     Minnesota
11     Nov 22 1:00PM     at Detroit
12     Nov 29 1:00PM     at Tennessee
13     Dec 6 4:05PM     Kansas City
14     Dec 13 4:05PM     at Denver
15     Dec 20 4:05PM     Green Bay
16     Dec 24 8:25PM     San Diego
17     Jan 3 1:00PM     at Kansas City
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