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

Jul 30, 11:53 PM Oakland Raiders FB Marcel Reece shed about 15 pounds during the offseason.
Jul 30, 11:43 PM Oakland Raiders WR Rod Streater (concussion) participated in warmups and drills Wednesday, July 30, but he sat out team sessions. Streater suffered a concussion Monday, July 28, and has been cleared for contact Thursday, July 31.
Jul 30, 11:43 PM Oakland Raiders DT Antonio Smith (groin) left practice Wednesday, July 30, due to a groin issue possibly related to his offseason sports hernia surgery.
Jul 30, 06:33 PM Oakland Raiders WR Greg Little (hamstring) is not participating in practice Wednesday, July 20.
Jul 29, 01:43 AM Oakland Raiders OT Menelik Watson is slated to start at right tackle. The coaching staff has confidence in his ability after what was largely viewed as a disappointing 2013 season. Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson said, 'You don't see men of his size with the kind of feet that he has. We've seen growth from him. We'll know more when we get into live situations, but we've got high expectations, and he has high expectations, as well.' Watson said he has learned a lot about conditioning his body and understanding how to prepare from watching veterans, since he began playing football in 2011.
Jul 28, 11:33 PM Oakland Raiders WR Rod Streater (concussion) is dealing with a concussion, head coach Dennis Allen confirmed Monday, July 28.
Jul 28, 11:33 PM Oakland Raiders WR Juron Criner (hamstring) has been sidelined from practice due to a hamstring injury, head coach Dennis Allen confirmed Monday, July 28.
Jul 28, 09:03 PM Oakland Raiders LB Khalil Mack has struggled to make a consistent impact during training camp, according to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Jul 28, 08:53 PM Oakland Raiders WR Greg Little (hamstring) didn't finish practice Monday, July 28, as a result of a hamstring injury.
Jul 28, 08:32 PM Oakland Raiders WR James Jones has shown a knack for catching balls in heavy traffic during full team sessions, according to Jerry Mcdonald of The Oakland Tribune.
Jul 27, 10:32 PM Oakland Raiders CB D.J. Hayden (foot) still has no definite timetable for his return, but the team is optimistic that he will be ready for the start of the season, according to general manager Reggie McKenzie.
Jul 27, 10:22 PM Oakland Raiders WR Rod Streater (head) may have suffered a head injury during practice Sunday, July 27, after falling down hard near the end of practice, according to head coach Dennis Allen.
Jul 27, 06:22 PM Oakland Raiders CB Keith McGill (ankle) was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list and is practicing Sunday, July 27.
Jul 26, 10:22 PM Oakland Raiders LB Kaluka Maiava (hamstring) did not participate in practice Saturday, July 26, because of a hamstring injury.
Jul 26, 10:22 PM Oakland Raiders CB Tarell Brown (illness) left practice early Saturday, July 26, because of an illness.
Jul 25, 11:02 PM Oakland Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew was among the players that worked as punt returners during practice Friday, July 25.

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  32 Jonathan DowlingDB

2014 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 7 1:00PM     at New York Jets
2     Sep 14 4:25PM     Houston
3     Sep 21 1:00PM     at New England
4     Sep 28 1:00PM     Miami
-- Week 5 Bye --
6     Oct 12 4:05PM     San Diego
7     Oct 19 4:25PM     Arizona
8     Oct 26 4:25PM     at Cleveland
9     Nov 2 4:25PM     at Seattle
10     Nov 9 4:05PM     Denver
11     Nov 16 4:05PM     at San Diego
12     Nov 20 8:25PM     Kansas City
13     Nov 30 1:00PM     at St Louis
14     Dec 7 4:25PM     San Francisco
15     Dec 14 1:00PM     at Kansas City
16     Dec 21 4:25PM     Buffalo
17     Dec 28 4:25PM     at Denver
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