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'No secret' why Crabtree caught three touchdowns in Raiders' win over Jets

'No secret' why Crabtree caught three touchdowns in Raiders' win over Jets

OAKLAND – The media ring surrounding Michael Crabtree’s locker eventually swelled three and four deep. The veteran Raiders receiver kept his back to the crowd, methodically prepping himself for re-entrance into street clothes and then the real world.

He turned toward the press and warned of further delay but an eventual return. He went deeper into the locker room, and never came back.

Never one for a meeting with the media, Crabtree chose to let play speak for itself.

Crabtree put on a clinic in Sunday’s 45-20 victory over the New York Jets, with six catches on as many targets for 80 yards and three touchdowns.

Nice day at the office for receiving corps’ elder statesman. Crabtree turned 30 on Thursday and celebrated the milestone with a feast on man coverage, proof positive the ol’ man’s still got it.

“He’s a baller,” edge rusher Khalil Mack said. “He’s one hell of a player. He comes out, and works incredibly hard. He does what it takes to win on his routes and help win ball games. He does it all.”

Crabtree opened the scoring on a play originally called a run. Quarterback Derek Carr liked Crabtree’s matchup and checked to a pass, then floating a fade to him in the left corner of the end zone.

The second score came from deep. Carr hit Crabtree 20 yards downfield, and then Crabtree, juked his man and cut six more yards into the end zone.

The third score also worked to perfection, with Crabtree running into the end zone and cutting back toward the pylon to catch the ball. He made each one look easy, and continued his run as a reliable scoring target. Crabtree scored 17 touchdowns in his first two Raiders seasons and added three to this year's tally. It marked Crabtree's second three-TD day. He first accomplished the feat last year in Baltimore.

Carr knows Crabtree scoring in bunches is no fluke.

“The thing that young kids need to know about him is that every day Crab catches a ball in practice, he finishes to the end zone,” Carr said. “He’s used to scoring. When you get a guy with talent like that – catching fades, doing everything – obviously it’s easy if he goes up and gets it. Every route that he runs, every day he catches, he finishes. He does it in the offseason, he does it in training camp, he does it in practice.

“There’s no secret when he has a day like this, why he got in the end zone. Not only does he have the talent, but he always works his tail off to make sure he’s finishing.”

Why Raiders might wade back into NFL trade market with rumors swirling

Why Raiders might wade back into NFL trade market with rumors swirling

ALAMEDA – The Raiders continue making roster moves throughout the season. The latest came Tuesday, when veteran middle linebacker Derrick Johnson was formally released.

There could be more alterations on the horizons as the Raiders try to improve.

“There’s going to continue to be roster changes, certainly, on every team in the league,” head coach Jon Gruden said. “That’s just the way the league is. Players get hurt. We’ll see what the medical report is when we return from the bye and we’ll go from there.”

Injuries certainly necessitate change. That’s how defensive tackles Johnathan Hankins and Clinton McDonald ended up on the roster. Justin Ellis went on injured and P.J. Hall was lost a few weeks, creating vacancies filled by guys who stuck.

That’s one way rosters change. The others? Performance or preferred compensation.

We’ll explore the latter in this post.

Jay Glazer reported Sunday on the Fox pregame show that the Raiders are shopping former first-round picks Amari Cooper and Karl Joseph in trades.

Other media outlets, including one prominent site, have thrown other names out there, assuming the Raiders are willing to part with anyone after a 1-5 start. We won’t repeat unsubstantiated names, or those associated with conditionals like “could” or “might.”

Generally speaking, it will be interesting to see how involved the Raiders are moving parts before the Oct. 30 NFL trade deadline. Trading Cooper especially would show the Raiders are clearing the deck for future picks and salary-cap freedom. Cooper should demand significant salary in his second contract, which could be extended this offseason or after he plays on a fifth-year option. Cooper has been inconsistent, making it tougher to pay him top dollar.

Joseph was the No. 4 safety before hurting his hamstring a few weeks back, so getting something for someone not high on the depth chart might be worth it to brass.

Glazer reports in The Athletic that the Raiders are looking for a first-round pick for Cooper, but would have a market for the dynamic talent should the price drop some. The Alabama product is working the through the concussion protocol, meaning he wouldn’t get dealt until he is cleared.

Gruden was asked about shopping Cooper after a 27-3 loss to Seattle on Sunday, during which the receiver was concussed.

”I don't know. I haven't heard that. I'm not -- I'm not -- you know, I'm just sorry to have to deal with a lot of these reports,” Gruden said. “I just hope Amari is okay. Like I said, he's going to be a big part of our pass offense and we'll see what happens here. Hopefully he's all right.”

Glazer reports “decent compensation” is being demanded for Joseph, though a market hasn’t really developed.

There are other short-term veterans who could get moved, even in a league where deadline trades aren’t terribly common.

The Raiders are on the prowl for upgrades now or, more likely, in the future. It’s possible they could part with a player of pedigree to acquire them.

Source: Raiders fined $20,000 for violating NFL injury report rule

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Source: Raiders fined $20,000 for violating NFL injury report rule

The Raiders designated left guard Kelechi Osemele as questionable the Friday before a Week 5 contest against the L.A. Chargers with a knee injury. 

The Pro Bowl lineman then didn’t make the Saturday trip to Los Angeles with his team, leaving no chance he would play that Sunday at StubHub! Center. 

The Raiders didn’t downgrade his status, however, and that's a violation of NFL rules on injury disclosure. They were fined $20,000 by the NFL for that misstep, a source confirmed Thursday. 

A questionable player’s status often is determined the day before the game or in pregame warm-ups, but Osemele’s status was clear when he didn’t get on the plane. He should’ve been downgraded to out Saturday afternoon, per NFL rules.