Notes: Crabtree determined to impact game after previous performance

Notes: Crabtree determined to impact game after previous performance

OAKLAND – Michael Crabtree wasn’t happy with his performance on Monday Night Football. He shouldn’t have been. The veteran Raiders reciver was targeted seven times with three receptions for five yards and a few drops in a win over Houston in Mexico City.

He took to Twitter after that game, and vowed to be better next time.

He certainly was.

Crabtree had eight catches for 110 yards in Sunday’s 35-32 victory over the Carolina Panthers, including a 49-yard bomb on the game’s deciding drive.

That was the response Crabtree was hoping for.

“I felt like I’ve had a couple bad games,” Crabtree said. “I wasn’t going to let this game go by without making a few plays. I came out here with that one thing on my mind.”

He saved his best catch for the fourth quarter. He ran deep while in a mismatch with a middle linebacker, caught a high-arching pass from Derek Carr on his back, while being interfered with. His helmet ripped off in the process, and he left it behind as he walked off the field.

Sunday’s performance was the latest in a string of clutch performances where Crabtree showed great value to this offense.

“Michael has been really good for us,” Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said. “He’s done that for us really the whole time he’s been here. He’s been really reliable. …We’re certainly glad we have him. He’s one of our playmakers. One of our guys we know we can go to in tough situations and he’s going to find a way. He played big for us today.”

Walford comes up big: Raiders tight end Clive Walford, an occasional contributor in the Raiders offense, had a few big catches against Carolina. He finished with three receptions for 43 yards, but his biggest came in the end zone.

He caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Derek Carr that, when combined with a two-point conversion from Seth Roberts, tied the game midway through the fourth quarter.

Aldon coming back?: Raiders edge rusher Aldon Smith is eligible to return from a banishment under the NFL’s substance abuse policy, and ESPN reported on Sunday that commissioner Roger Goodell must rule on Smith’s application by Friday.

Containing Cam: The Raiders did a number on Panthers quarterback Cam Newton in the first half. He finished two quarters with a 1.7 passer rating after getting harassed by the Raiders pass rush.

Newton rallied his team in the third quarter and scored 25 unanswered points, but couldn’t complete the comeback. He finished with 246 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

He also rushed for a touchdown.

First winning season since 2002: The Raiders are 9-2 after the Panthers win, clinching the team’s first winning record since the 2002 season. The players didn’t fixate on that, especially with bigger goals in mind.

“It’s important not to count those things,” Crabtree said. “It’s important to focus only on the next game. You can get caught up in that. I’ve been on some winning teams, but this team right here is special. We have to focus on what’s in front of us.”

This ‘n that: DT Darius Latham suffered an ankle injury during the game. CB DJ Hayden suffered a hamstring strain and did not return. Antonio Hamilton filled in as the team’s third cornerback. …The Raiders are 9-2 for the first time since 2000, and their five-game winning streak is the longest since 2002. …RB Latavius Murray scored his ninth touchdown of the season, which is the highest total by a Raider since 2005. …DL Denico Autry blocked an extra point on Sunday, which was the fourth blocked kick of his career.

Source: Raiders trading veteran WR Patterson to Patriots


Source: Raiders trading veteran WR Patterson to Patriots

The Raiders are trading receiver/kickoff returner Cordarrelle Patterson to the New England Patriots, a league source told NBC Sports Bay Area on Sunday afternoon.

The Raiders will receive a fifth-round pick, while sending a sixth-round pick back to New England, according to the NFL Network. Patterson must pass a physical to complete the transaction, NFL Network is also reporting.

The moved frees $3.25 million in salary cap space for a Raiders team that was up against the cap, and possibly creates enough room to sign free-agent Ryan Grant. The former Washington receiver is reportedly visiting the Raiders’ Alameda complex soon. Grant is available after a failed physical voided his free-agent deal with Baltimore. He passed a physical in Indianapolis, NFL Network reported, but left the Colts without a contract.

The Raiders will likely another receiver if Grant doesn't come aboard. One of head coach Jon Gruden's preference could be found in the NFL draft.

The Raiders also added receiver Griff Whalen, a Stanford alum who has some returning experience, before free agency began. 

Patterson proved a productive, explosive member of last year’s offense, primarily as a gadget player. Patterson finished the season with 31 catches for 309 yards, and had 13 receptions for 121 yards and two touchdowns.

He never became a steady, standard receiving option, and wasn’t able to shed his reputation as a relatively poor route runner. That likely made him expendable in  Gruden’s eye. He needs quality routes and steady hands from his wideouts.

That outweighs Patterson’s prowess returning kickoffs. The two-time All-Pro averages 30.2 yards per kickoff return over five seasons, with five return touchdowns to his credit.

The Patriots are well known for excellent special teams play, and needed a returner with Dion Lewis leaving for Tennessee in free agent. The Super Bowl runners up now have a dynamic returner and gunner to pair with solid coverage and return units.

This is a developing story. Check back for further details.

Raiders 2018 offseason scoreboard


Raiders 2018 offseason scoreboard


Veteran additions
WR Jordy Nelson (cut by Green Bay): 2 years/$15 million, $13 million guaranteed
CB Rashaan Melvin (UFA; Indianapolis): 1 year/$6.5 million
LB Tahir Whitehead (UFA; Detroit): 3 years/$18 million, $9 million guaranteed)
S Marcus Gilchrist (UFA; Houston): 1 year
RB Doug Martin (cut by Tampa Bay): 1 year
FB Keith Smith (UFA; Dallas): 2 years/$4.2 million
TE Derek Carrier (UFA; L.A. Rams): 3 years/$7 million
DE Tank Carradine (UFA; San Francisco): 1 year
LB Kyle Wilbur (UFA; Dallas): 2 years/$3.25 million
LS Andrew DePaola (UFA; Chicago): 4 years/$4.27 million
WR Griff Whalen (but by Baltimore)

Re-signed/extensions/contract tenders offered
DT Justin Ellis (UFA): 3 years/$15 million; $6 million guaranteed)
TE Lee Smith (UFA): 3 years
K Giorgio Tavecchio (ERFA): 1 year/$555,000
DE/LB Shilique Calhoun (ERFA): 1 year/630,000
S Erik Harris (ERFA)
DE James Cowser (ERFA)
OL Denver Krikland (ERFA)

CB Sean Smith (released)
CB David Amerson (released; Kansas City)
RT Marshall Newhouse (released)
LB Aldon Smith (released)
WR Michael Crabtree (released; Baltimore)
DL Denico Autry (UFA; Indianapolis)
CB TJ Carrie (UFA; Cleveland)

S Reggie Nelson (UFA)
K Sebastian Janikowski (UFA)
LB NaVorro Bowman (UFA)
LS Jon Condo (UFA)
QB EJ Manuel (UFA)
S Keith McGill (UFA)

UFA-Unrestricted free agent: Free to sign with any team
ERFA-Exclusive rights free agent: Player has no outside negotiating power

NOTE: Contract figures obtained by, league sources, NFLPA sources or

* * *

1. First round:
No. 10 overall
2. Second round:No. 41 overall
3. Third round: No. 75 overall
4. Fourth round: No. 110 overall
5. Sixth round: No. 185 overall
6. Sixth round: No. 192 overall
7. Sixth round: No. 210 overall*
8. Sixth round: No. 212 overall*
9. Sixth round: No. 216 overall*
10. Sixth round: No. 217 overall*
11. Seventh round: No. 228 overall
* compensatory pick