Menelik Watson has torn Achilles'
Menelik Watson | OAK
(August 30, 2015 11:33 PM EDT)
Updating a previous item, Raiders RT Menelik Watson is done for the year with a torn Achilles' tendon.
It was originally announced as an ankle injury. The Raiders will turn to 2014 free agent flop Austin Howard at right tackle, with J'Marcus Webb manning the starting position at right guard. It's a downgrade for Oakland's offensive line from an athleticism standpoint. Watson was having a strong training camp.
Mychal Rivera goes 3-42 against Cardinals
Mychal Rivera | OAK
(August 30, 2015 11:00 PM EDT)
Mychal Rivera caught three passes for 42 yards in the Raiders' third preseason game.
Rivera remained Derek Carr's chain-moving safety valve, making tough catches over the middle. There was early-camp talk of Rivera losing his starting job to rookie Clive Walford, but Walford has missed almost all of training camp with a hamstring injury. Through three preseason affairs, Rivera has four catches for 61 yards. He'll be a low-ceiling TE2 in fantasy this season.
Rod Streater goes 3-20 in preseason game
Rod Streater | OAK
(August 30, 2015 10:58 PM EDT)
Rod Streater caught three passes for 20 yards in the Raiders' third preseason game.
Streater got off to a slow start at training camp, but he mixed in with the ones during Oakland's third preseason game, operating as the No. 3 wideout behind Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree. The Raiders are expected to primarily run a shotgun/three-wide offense. If they do, Streater should be a regular alongside Cooper and Crabtree in three-receiver packages.
Roy Helu gets 6 touches on Sunday night
Roy Helu | OAK
(August 30, 2015 10:57 PM EDT)
Roy Helu managed eight yards on four carries but caught two passes for 14 yards in the Raiders' third preseason game.
Helu made his preseason debut after battling injuries early in camp. He worked with the first-team offense, but entered the game behind Latavius Murray and sharing time with Trent Richardson. T-Rich seems like a lock to not make the 53, which would solidify Helu as Murray's top backup. Whether Helu opens the season as Oakland's passing-down back remains to be seen, but he's the Raiders' best option in that role.
David Johnson posts 4-40-1 receiving line
David Johnson | ARZ
(August 30, 2015 10:54 PM EDT)
David Johnson lost two yards on four carries but caught four passes for 40 yards and a touchdown in the Cardinals' third preseason game.
The third-round rookie took a step back from last week, fumbling on a first-quarter short-yardage carry and failing to maximize his running opportunities. The good news is Johnson saw some action with the first-team offense, but keep in mind Chris Johnson (hamstring) was scratched. With the Drew Stanton group in the second half, Johnson was a primary checkdown target and secured an eight-yard touchdown catch early in the fourth quarter, beating Raiders rookie LB Ben Heeney in coverage. Johnson's role is unclear entering the season, but he is very much a threat to Andre Ellington's workload. Strictly on the ground, Johnson has 17 carries for 64 yards this preseason.
J.J. Nelson goes catch-less on Sunday
J.J. Nelson | ARZ
(August 30, 2015 10:50 PM EDT)
Rookie WR J.J. Nelson finished the Cardinals' third preseason game without a reception.
A fifth-round draft pick out of UAB, Brown worked with the Carson Palmer group in this one, replacing Michael Floyd (hand) in three-wide sets alongside John Brown and Larry Fitzgerald. Nelson appeared to run a bad route on a second-quarter target, miscommunicating with Palmer and resulting in an incompletion. Nelson and Palmer frequently seemed to not be on the same page. The Cardinals need Floyd back healthy to run vertical routes.
Amari Cooper goes 4-62 in preseason game
Amari Cooper | OAK
(August 30, 2015 10:48 PM EDT)
Amari Cooper caught four passes for 62 yards in the Raiders' third preseason game.
Cooper apparently lost a pair of second-quarter passes in the sun, something he'll have to learn to deal with better in the Black Hole. One was a clear drop. Cooper bounced back to beat Patrick Peterson for a 36-yard gain later in the first half, creating separation, securing the pass, and tacking on yards after catch. Cooper put on a route-running and YAC clinic on a series of late-second-quarter receptions. Through three preseason games, Cooper is sitting on eight catches and 124 yards. He'll be an every-week PPR starter to open the season.
Crabtree still quiet in Raiders preseason
Michael Crabtree | OAK
(August 30, 2015 10:37 PM EDT)
Michael Crabtree caught one pass for six yards in the Raiders' third preseason game.
Crabtree is reportedly having a strong camp, but he isn't doing much in preseason. Derek Carr slightly overthrew Crabtree on an end-zone fade, but Crabtree didn't extend his body in an attempt to make a play, and Oakland settled for a field goal. Plays later, Crabtree dropped a Carr pass right in front of the end zone. Through three preseason affairs, Crabtree has three receptions for 21 yards. We're highly skeptical he'll make any noise in re-draft leagues this year.
Larry Fitz: 2-31 against Raiders
Larry Fitzgerald | ARZ
(August 30, 2015 10:32 PM EDT)
Larry Fitzgerald caught two passes for 31 yards in the Cardinals' third preseason game.
Fitz made a nifty 26-yard catch on Arizona's second drive, beating Raiders top CB T.J. Carrie on the play. Carson Palmer threw the pass before Fitzgerald even broke into his route, a good sign for the duo's chemistry. While John Brown will give him a run for his money, Fitzgerald is the favorite to lead Arizona in targets this season. He's an underrated WR3 pick in the middle rounds.
John Brown breaks off 39-yard gain
John Brown | ARZ
(August 30, 2015 10:28 PM EDT)
John Brown caught one pass for 39 yards in the Cardinals' third preseason game.
Brown made a gorgeous play downfield early in the second quarter, going up and above Raiders CB Neiko Thorpe for a 39-yard gain to secure an underthrown pass from Carson Palmer. Palmer also targeted Brown deep in the second quarter, but narrowly overthrew him. Through three preseason contests, breakout candidate "Smokey" Brown has a receiving line of 5-85-1.