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Oakland Raiders Unleash Derek Carr Who Makes Case to Be Starting Quarterback

August 29th, 2014 at 8:46 AM
By Nicholas Gill

The Oakland Raiders came into the preseason finale against the Seattle Seahawks with some uncertainty at quarterback. Matt Schaub sat out the game with an elbow injury and has struggled in the preseason. With Schaub on the shelf, the Raiders turned to rookie Derek Carr and he impressed. His performance Thursday night, made the statement that he has the ability to be the starting quarterback, but the coaching staff is still behind Schaub, for now.

“I think the great thing is we have three guys I think that can be starting quarterbacks for us,” Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said. “I’m very happy with where we’re at with the quarterback room. I think the biggest thing is we have to see where Matt [Schaub] is when he comes in on Monday.”

Carr was brilliant against the Seahawks completing 11-13 for 143 yards and three touchdowns. On the first series, Carr went against the defending Super Bowl champion's first team defense and helped orchestrate a scoring drive. With the help of running back Latavius Murray and his power running style, the Raiders marched 68 yards on 12 plays. The drive was capped off by a Murray five yard touchdown run.

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Oakland Raiders Preseason Finale Against Seattle Seahawks: Players to Watch

August 28th, 2014 at 8:24 AM
By Nicholas Gill

The Oakland Raiders will play their final preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks tonight. The fourth preseason game is usually an afterthought because the starters do not play much or at all. However, for Oakland, the game will provide the coaching staff an opportunity to evaluate key players one last time before trimming the roster to the final 53 players. Here are the players to watch Thursday night.

Quarterbacks

With quarterback Matt Schaub not playing due to an elbow issue, the Raiders will start Derek Carr. This is an important game for Carr because he will have the chance to play significant time with some members of the first team. With Schaub unable to impress so far in the preseason, Carr has a chance to force the coaching staff to look at him as a potential option at quarterback. He did not play in the third preseason game which gives even more importance to this start as far as experience and development. Quarterback Matt McGloin will also see serious time in the game to try and continue his terrific preseason performance. With Schaub's shaky performances, both McGloin and Carr can take advantage with strong outings.

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Oakland Raiders are in Need of Cornerback Help and Neiko Thorpe Could Be the Answer

August 27th, 2014 at 6:00 PM
By Nicholas Gill

The Oakland Raiders are in serious need of a cornerback to step up and help the position. With DJ Hayden headed to the physically unable to perform list, keeping him out the first six weeks of the season and Chimdi Chekwa battling a knee injury, the Raiders are in a pinch. Enter Neiko Thorpe.

Thorpe was signed by the Raiders in January as a future/reserve player that did not get much attention. He started to impress the coaching staff in training camp, but a leg injury halted his progress. Now, Thorpe is back in action and potentially a huge part of the Raiders' cornerback rotation. He played significant time in the team's third preseason game against the Green Bay Packers and look good. He made two tackles and defended a pass. He was blanketing receivers in coverage and showed solid ball skills.

“I’m impressed with his mental focus,” Raiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver said of Thorpe. “He does one play at a time. Some of the things that you guys have heard from me over the past few years up here, this young man, he’s focused. He wants it.”

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Oakland Raiders Make Roster Moves to Cut Down to 75 Player Limit

August 26th, 2014 at 11:40 AM
By Nicholas Gill

The Oakland Raiders have made several roster moves in order to get down to the NFL limit of 75 players. As reported earlier, the team has officially placed cornerback DJ Hayden on the physically unable to perform list. In addition, the Raiders have made seven other moves.

Oakland has placed tight end Nick Kasa on the injured reserve ending his season. He tore is ACL earlier in the year. The team has waived wide receiver Juron Criner and released fourth quarterback Trent Edwards. The Raiders have waived/injured three players including running back Kory Sheets, wide receiver Greg Jenkins, and safety Larry Asante. Finally the team has waived guard Lucas Nix for failing a physical. The moves bring the Raiders to 75 players for the fourth preseason game Thursday.

There are no real surprise moves here by the Raiders. It was time for Oakland to part ways with former 2012 sixth-round pick Juror Criner. Even though Criner burst onto the scene as a rookie and made some highlight players early, he never developed. He dealt with injuries that stunted his growth and was passed out by the rest of the receiving corps. They only reason this move has any interest is because he was a former draft pick.

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Report: Oakland Raiders Will Place CB DJ Hayden on PUP List

August 26th, 2014 at 7:08 AM
By Nicholas Gill

The Oakland Raiders have been without the services of their 2013 first-round NFL Draft choice DJ Hayden because of a stress fracture in his foot. That will continue as the team will reportedly place him on the physically unable to perform list.

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting per a source that the Raiders are placing Hayden on the PUP list. That means he is out for at least the first six weeks of the 2014 season.

Oakland has to cut down their roster from 83 players to 75 players today. By placing Hayden of the PUP list, the team can save a roster spot for another player as he works his way back from the stress fracture. It is a huge blow to the Raiders secondary because they were counting on Hayden so heavily this season. However, he has been unable to participate in training camp or preseason due to the injury.

With Hayden out, the Raiders will have to look for another candidate to step up in his now prolonged absence. The team has been using Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown as their starting cornerbacks. The other players who are possible replacements are rookies T.J. Carrie and Keith McGill as well as Chimdi Chekwa and Neiko Thorpe.

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