ALAMEDA -- The knee-jerk reaction to Chris Cooley getting released by Washington on Tuesday?The notion that the Raiders should be interested in the two-time Pro Bowl tight end. Especially with a relatively young an inexperienced trio of tight ends currently on the roster in Brandon Myers, Richard Gordon and David Ausberry."We're going to look at anybody that comes available," said Raiders coach Dennis Allen, "and I don't care what the position is. If we feel like a guy can make us better, then we're going to look at it. I wouldn't single out the tight end position."Part of the deal is when people come across the waiver wire or people get released from other teams, you're looking. So yeah, we'll look. We'll look at anybody."Cooley, 30, has had two of has past three seasons end early due to injury. But in the five seasons in which he's started all 16 games, he has averaged 70.8 receptions and five touchdowns. In his eight-year career Cooley has 428 receptions for 4,703 yards and 33 TDs.Myers, Gordon and Ausberry, meanwhile, have combined to catch 35 passes for 266 yards and no scores, with Myers accounting for 32 of those receptions and 250 of those receiving yards.So yeah, adding a Cooley would help the Raiders' tight end group in general and quarterback Carson Palmer in particular, but at the expense of which player, and would it make financial sense?
Latavius Murray and Michael Crabtree found the endzone Sunday as the Raiders beat the Jaguars 33-16 to improve to 4-0 on the road and 5-2 overall.
In his frist game back after missing the last two weeks, Murray carried the ball 18 times for 59 yards and two touchdowns.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Latavius Murray is active and ready to play Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. That was expected, as the top Raiders running back passed tests during the practice week that showed coaches he could go.
Right tackle Menelik Watson, however, needs another week. He was limited in each practice, and Austin Howard remained in the catbird’s seat there. Watson will miss a fourth straight game.
Howard will have a solid backup. Matt McCants is active for the first time since the season opener. Vadal Alexander is also out with an ankle injury, though the Raiders have eight offensive lineman dressed an ready for the first time since the opener.
The Raiders will be without some core special teams players. Brynden Trawick is out with a shoulder injury and Taiwan Jones is inactive. He was questionable with a knee injury.
That should hinder the Raiders special teams coverage in particular.
The Jaguars are healthy for this stage in the season, with their starting lineup intact heading into this game.
Here are the full inactives for both teams
Today's Inactives: Connor Cook, Taiwan Jones, Dexter McDonald, Brynden Trawick, Menelik Watson, Vadal Alexander, Ryan O'Malley.
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