Raiders undrafted rookie tracker: WR McCaffrey signs up


Raiders undrafted rookie tracker: WR McCaffrey signs up

ALAMEDA – Duke receiver Max McCaffrey is Ed McCaffrey’s son.

He plays the same position as his father and, after going undrafted, was expected to play for the same team.

Ed McCaffrey was one of the most popular Denver Broncos receivers in recent memory. Max McCaffrey grew up in the Denver area, and it seemed logical he’d sign with the hometown club.

Instead, he signed with the Raiders. The decision wasn’t popular in Denver, but he has a solid chance to make the Raiders as a receiver or a kick returner. The Raiders need depth at both spots.

The signing will keep Max McCaffrey close to another popular football-playing family member. His brother Christian McCaffrey is Stanford’s feature running back and was a Heisman Trophy finalist.

Max McCaffrey was a standout receiver at Duke, recording 52 catches for 643 yards and five touchdowns.

The Raiders have 64 players under contract and just drafted seven players, leaving 19 possible spots for undrafted free agents.

*** The complete list of Raiders agreements with undrafted free agents will be updated as they become available.

The complete list of Raiders agreements with undrafted free agents will be updated as they become available.

-- WR Max McCaffrey (6-foot-2, 190 pounds), Duke
-- DT Darius Latham (6-foot-5, 295 pounds), Indiana
-- DL Drew Iddings(6-foot-6, 265 pounds), South Dakota
-- WR KJ Brent (6-foot-4, 246 pounds), Wake Forest
-- TE Ryan O’Malley (6-foot-5, 256), Penn State
-- OL Denver Kirkland (6-foot-5, 344 pounds), Arkansas
-- LB Kyrie Wilson (6-foot-2, 227 pounds), Fresno State
-- DL James Crowser (6-foot-4, 245 pounds), Southern Utah
-- WR Marvin Hall Jr. (5-foot-10, 183 pounds), Washington
-- OL Terran Vaughn (6-foot-3, 300 pounds), Stephen F. Austin
-- OLB Perez Ford (6 feet, 218 pounds), Northern Illinois
-- OL Oni Omoile (6-foot-3, 282 pounds), Iowa State
-- DB/KR Antonio Hamilton (6 feet, 185 pounds), South Carolina State
-- RB Jalen Richard (5-foot-8, 207 pounds), Southern Mississippi
-- WR Johnny Holton (6-foot-3, 197 pounds), Cincinnati

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


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.