2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
Oakland Raiders
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

The Raiders made a lot of moves this offseason and should be improved over last season. Oakland can improve on those four wins but aren't quite a playoff team just yet. The offense still needs a top No. 1 receiver and the aging Matt Schaub isn't the long-term answer at quarterback. The defense also is erratic and can give up the big game, which also is a concern. But overall, the team is improving and getting better, which is a good thing for the Raiders.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
Receiver Rod Streater was the most consistent receiver for the Raiders last season. He nearly 900 yards and caught 60 passes. He'll start from day one this season and has a much better quarterback situation to work with this season. Matt Schaub is a big improvement over what the Raiders used last season, which is a plus for Streater. He could have some big games and push towards that 1,000-yard mark this season. He is good late-round sleeper for fantasy teams, ready to take his game to a new level.
FANTASY DUD
Running back Maurice Jones-Drew heads to Oakland this season in hopes of reviving his career. We aren't so sure that will happen, though. He moves to a timeshare with the Darren McFadden and likely sees a dip in touches this season. And Jones-Drew hasn't looked nearly as explosive the last few seasons, which is another concern. Plus, we think McFadden is a more talented back at this stage of his career, so he could run away with the starter's job if he happens to stay healthy. Don't expect Jones-Drew to turn things around with the Raiders.

Team Notes

May 26, 05:23 PM Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (hand, arm) was limited during organized team activities Tuesday, May 26, and took snaps but did not throw any passes.
May 26, 04:12 PM Oakland Raiders LB Curtis Lofton (undisclosed) did not participate in organized team activities Tuesday, May 26.
May 23, 08:32 PM Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (hand) expects to be throwing well before training camp begins in July, according to a source close to Carr.
May 20, 10:23 PM Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (finger) will not need surgery on his injured finger and may be able to throw again before the end of offseason workouts, according to his agent.

Fantasy Impact: Good news. He should be fine as training camp nears.
May 20, 08:53 AM Updating a previous report, Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (finger) is experiencing numbness in his right ring finger. He hopes to avoid surgery through rest and rehab, and no one close to the situation appears to be overly concerned, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.
May 19, 06:13 PM Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (finger) has a right ring finger injury that could be surgically repaired. A return for training camp is still achievable, however, according to a source.

Fantasy Impact: We'll keep you posted. This is an injury to watch but doesn't seem too serious right now.
May 19, 06:03 PM Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (undisclosed) was not a participant in practice during organized team activities Tuesday, May 19. Carr's injury has not been disclosed, but it is minor, according to a source, and he should be back for minicamp.
May 19, 02:03 PM Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray is looking forward to being the Raiders' starting running back in 2015. 'It's a great feeling, but every day I have to go in there knowing I need to get better every day,' Murray said. 'Every season is a new year for me and it's a year I have to go out and prove something.'
Apr 24, 07:32 PM Oakland Raiders WR Michael Crabtree said he has a chip on his shoulder since he did not receive a lot of interest in free agency and believes he has a lot to prove in 2015.
Apr 23, 02:22 PM Free-agent RB Maurice Jones-Drew (Raiders) will sign a one-day deal to retire as a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars next Tuesday, April 28. He played nine seasons and rushed for 8,167 yards and 68 touchdowns.
Apr 14, 01:13 AM The Oakland Raiders are giving free-agent WR Michael Crabtree (49ers) a one-year, $3 million deal with another $2 million in incentives, a source said Monday, April 13.

Fantasy Impact: Crabtree will get his chance to start and prove he has something left in the tank.
Apr 13, 08:12 PM Free-agent WR Michael Crabtree (49ers) is expected to sign with the Oakland Raiders as early as Monday, April 13.
Apr 13, 01:32 PM Free-agent WR Michael Crabtree (49ers) is receiving interest from the Baltimore Ravens, according to a source. The Ravens are one of three teams showing the most interest in Crabtree.
Apr 13, 01:32 PM Free-agent WR Michael Crabtree (49ers) is receiving interest from the Miami Dolphins, according to a source. The Dolphins are one of three teams showing the most interest in Crabtree.
Apr 13, 01:22 PM Free-agent WR Michael Crabtree (49ers) is receiving interest from the Oakland Raiders, according to a source. The Raiders are one of three teams showing the most interest in Crabtree.
Apr 08, 05:23 PM Oakland Raiders DE Denico Autry, TE Brian Leonhardt, OT Matt McCants, RB Jamize Olawale and DB Neiko Thorpe were all signed as exclusive rights free agents Wednesday, April 8.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Tarell Brown, CB; Austin Howard, OT; Carlos Rogers, CB; James Jones, WR; Maurice Jones-Drew, RB; LaMarr Woodley, LB; Justin Tuck, DE; Antonio Smith, DE; Matt Schaub, QB. 

Losses:
Jared Veldheer, OT; Lamarr Houston, DE; Vance Walker, DT; Rashad Jennings, RB; Jacoby Ford, WR; Terrelle Pryor, QB. 

2014 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  5 Khalil MackLB
 # 2  4 Derek CarrQB
 # 3  17 Gabe JacksonOL
 # 4  7 Justin EllisDL
 # 4  16 Keith McGillDB
 # 7  4 Travis CarrieDB
 # 7  20 Shelby HarrisDL
 # 7  29 Jeremy GallonWR
 # 7  32 Jonathan DowlingDB
 Undrafted George AtkinsonRB

2014 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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