Amari Cooper had just one catch for four yards Sunday, but the Raiders are confident he’ll bounce back. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
ALAMEDA — It’s hard to deny that Raiders rookie receiver Amari Cooper has hit a skid.
The No. 4 overall pick had more drops (two) than receptions (one) in Oakland’s most recent loss, an 18-13 defeat against the Detroit Lions that was their third straight setback.
Cooper has 10 drops this season, according to Pro Football Focus, which places him second in the league to Tampa Bay’s Mike Evans. But his coach and his quarterback insisted Tuesday they aren’t concerned about him. Continue Reading
Rod Streater has been active once — and didn’t even see the field that game — since playing 10 snaps in the opener. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
Rod Streater continues to play the role of disappearing man for the Raiders.
The team’s leading receiver two years ago, Streater has been active for just two games this season and has only one catch for eight yards. He’s played only 10 snaps this year — all in the season opener — and is clearly not in the Raiders’ game plan, so long as the four receivers ahead of him remain healthy. Continue Reading
The Raiders waived linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong on Tuesday. (D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group)
ALAMEDA — The Raiders announced Tuesday they’ve waived linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong.
Armstrong played in all 10 games this season and had 21 tackles and a sack, but never established a strong role on the defense and wasn’t the most effective special teams player.
The team hasn’t announced a corresponding move yet and this likely means Neiron Ball is ready to return from his knee injury after missing the past four games. Ball, however, was not on the field for Tuesday’s practice. Continue Reading
ALAMEDA _ The most exasperating part of the Raiders’ third straight loss for coach Jack Del Rio was having the Detroit Lions right where they wanted them, only to come up empty.
An early look at Sunday’s road game between the Raiders (4-6) and the Tennessee Titans (2-8):
This 43-yard reception by Seth Roberts was the only time the Raiders pushed the ball down the field. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)
DETROIT — Here is how the Raiders (4-5) graded out in their 18-13 loss to the Detroit Lions (3-7).
PASS OFFENSE: D
Derek Carr threw for just 169 yards, his lowest output since his injury-shortened season opener. They pushed the ball down the field only once, on a 43-yard catch by Seth Roberts. Amari Cooper dropped two of the four balls thrown his way and Donald Penn’s holding penalty in the end zone finished the Raiders. They never got the ball back again. Continue Reading
Derek Carr and the Raiders offense has dropped off, and so has the team’s playoff hopes. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
A couple of weeks back in this space the I rated the Raiders the most likely of the teams hovering around .500 to make the playoffs based mostly on the presence of quarterback Derek Carr.
Since then, the Raiders have lost two straight and the Carr-led offense has just three touchdowns and two field goals in their last 20 possessions to go along with a pair of interceptions, a safety and 11 punts.
In the wake of an 18-13 loss to Detroit, an opponent which had only two wins coming in to the game, the Raiders appear more likely to have another double-digit season in losses than headed for the postseason for the first time since 2002. Continue Reading
Derek Carr had rare issues Sunday with getting some plays off on time. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
1. The Raiders, as should be expected, aren’t taking this loss very well.
This was an ugly loss no matter how you slice it. The team flat out didn’t play well against a team that’s not very good. That the Raiders were able to briefly take that 13-9 lead shows how beatable the Lions are in that Oakland had a chance to win a game it probably had no business being in.
Often after these losses, quarterback Derek Carr is stalking the locker room providing pats on the back to teammates and Charles Woodson and Michael Crabtree often stand up and make declarations that there’s no need to panic, that this is still a good team that just lost a game. Continue Reading
Denico Autry records one of the Raiders’ four sacks. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
DETROIT — The Raiders’ first game without Aldon Smith this season was a disaster in the end result, but his absence didn’t prevent the pass rush from producing.
Oakland had four sacks for the second straight week, matching their second-highest total of the year and producing a small bright spot in a deflating 18-13 defeat to the Detroit Lions.
“I thought the front was pretty rugged,” coach Jack Del Rio said. “I thought the front generated some good pressure. … Really happy with those guys.” Continue Reading
Michael Crabtree makes a catch in the fourth quarter. An earlier key incompletion possibly could have been overturned. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
DETROIT — Raiders’ coach Jack Del Rio thought about throwing the red challenge flag when Michael Crabtree’s apparent reception on the sideline in the second quarter was ruled incomplete.
He probably should have.
Crabtree’s snag, in which he tip-toed inside the line and took three steps before losing the ball as he placed his hand on the ground, remained an incompletion and forced the Raiders’ stagnant offense to punt instead of converting a third down. Continue Reading