New Raiders RB not necessary


New Raiders RB not necessary

ALAMEDA -- Darren McFadden and Taiwan Jones have missed a combined nine games due to injury.And while there is no sign of McFadden -- who went down with what the Raiders called a mid-foot sprain to his right foot on Oct. 23 -- returning anytime soon and Jones barely working out his on the side on Wednesday after injuring a hamstring on Nov. 20, you have to wonder -- did coach Hue Jackson contemplate bringing in another running back to back up Michael Bush?"No, because I felt like I was going to get these guys back," Jackson said Wednesday. "Again, bringing somebody else in to be here for whatever time that is (remaining in the season)? No. Obviously, if I had known that Darren was going to be, you know, gone as long as he has been, maybe you go about it."
There have been conflicting reports as to what exactly has ailed McFadden. CBS broadcaster Phil Simms said this weekend the running back actually had a Lisfranc injury that was potentially season-ending. Jackson said it was not a season-ender, but allowed that a Lisfranc sprain and a mid-foot sprain were the least to him."You just don't have an idea about these foot (injuries)," Jackson said. "It's a foot. What do you do with a foot? After you X-ray it and they tell you you don't need surgery and it's time (off) that you need, you just don't know. You don't know how fast guys heal. You don't know the different degrees."I mean, Denarius Moore is out here today and he has somewhat of the same injury. So everybody is going to heal a little bit differently than other people. So we'll just continue to monitor it, keep working at it and get these guys out here as fast as we can."

Cooper or Crabtree? Raiders dare opponents to pick their poison

Cooper or Crabtree? Raiders dare opponents to pick their poison

SARASOTA, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jaguars tried to take Raiders receiver Amari Cooper out of Sunday’s game. Sticky corner Jalen Ramsey shadowed the second-year pro, and was effective making quarterback Derek Carr look the other way.

It wasn’t that Ramsey dominated every play. Carr simply had more favorable options available.

Michael Crabtree was the best one. He turned the Jaguars game on its ear with a touchdown catch, a third-down conversion and a massive bomb caught over his shoulder for 56 yards.

Carr targeted Crabtree 11 times in Jacksonville, with eight completions for 96 yards and a touchdown.

Teams scheming against Cooper operate at their own peril this season, because that typically leaves Crabtree in a juicy matchup.

That was the case in Week 7, but it doesn’t always work that way.

Opponents also fear Crabtree, and for good reason. He has been clutch in the season’s first half, likely playing the best football of his career.

The Kansas City Chiefs didn’t want Crabtree to have a big day in Week 6, and put top-flight cornerback Marcus Peters – who can’t keep up with Cooper’s speed – on his trail. Crabtree was largely negated in that effort, though Cooper dominated to the tune of 10 receptions for 129 yards on 13 targets. Crabtree, by far Carr’s most frequent receiver, was only thrown to four times.

Carr’s message to future opponents from those two games: pick your poison.

“You have to always be ready for everything, and I think that our staff does an amazing job of giving me a lot of options for those instances,” Carr said at the Ritz-Carlton hotel, before Wednesday's practice. “If they’re going to take away (Cooper) this game, we have to get the other guys going. If they’re going to take ‘Crab’ away, we have to get the other guys going.

“What’s great about that (position group) is they’re all good with it. We just want to win. That’s what it comes down to, how can we push the ball down the field… I think our staff does an amazing job of filling that kind of stuff out if they’re trying to take one or the other away.”

Fluctuating target counts can be frustrating for receivers, who are often considered divas demanding the football at all times. The Raiders don’t have those personalities, a luxury quarterbacks dream about.

“We’re together, man,” Crabtree said. “We’re trying to win by any means. We know what’s at stake and I feel like we’re doing everything it takes to win.”

Sometimes, that means being unselfish. Ignoring stats can be tough for wideouts, but that isn’t an issue with two top receivers under contract an extended stretch.

Cooper and Crabtree have different playing styles and personality types, yet yin and yang in this Raiders offense without issue.

“We complement each other well,” Cooper said. “Having multiple options is really great to have, especially guys that threaten defenses.”

Fan dies after falling while leaving Broncos game

Fan dies after falling while leaving Broncos game

DENVER -- Authorities say a fan has died after falling 60 feet at the Denver Broncos' stadium after a game on Monday night.

Stadium Management Co., which operates Sports Authority Field at Mile High, said the fan fell over a railing.

The medical examiner's office said Tuesday the man was transported to a hospital and pronounced dead. He was identified as 36-year-old Jason Coy.

Denver police say he was sitting on a railing when he fell. Witnesses and emergency responders immediately tried to help.

The incident occurred near the north end of the stadium following the Broncos' game against the Houston Texans.

In a statement, the Broncos said the team is "reviewing this tragic incident and will continue to maintain all necessary safety measures for our fans."