OAKLAND -- Darrius Heyward-Bey had been enjoying a breakthrough season as a third-year NFL receiver.And yet, he was more than conspicuous by his absence in large stretches of the game Sunday. Same with tight end Kevin Boss, who was active two weeks after suffering a concussion against Kansas City on Oct. 23 but only saw time on special teams.The reasoning?
"Well, we played a lot of wide receiver, two-back sets today because we thought that gave us the best chance to move the ball up the field, which it did," said coach Hue Jackson. "It did, it gave us a chance to do those things. We just, right now, we're a very inconsistent team, you know we're consistent in one half and very inconsistent in the second half."Again, we've got to go back and it's my job to fix it, and we'll get it fixed."Wait, what? What about DHB, who came in with a team-high 27 catch for 434 yards and a TD but was targeted only once in the Raiders' 38-24 beatdown by Denver and did not catch a pass.Was there a decision to play Heyward-Bey less?"No, that was just certain sets," Jackson said. "We have some very talented players and he's one of them and we had certain sets where we have a bunch of guys targeting for those particular sets because comfortability, it had nothing to do with, Darrius is a good player, and he's doing well. So that had nothing to do with that."
Heyward-Bey was targeted 11 times in the Raiders last game.
A week after signing a deal with the Vikings, former Raiders running back Latavius Murray has undergone ankle surgery.
The Vikings made the announcement Wednesday afternoon.
Minnesota issued the following statement regarding the surgery:
"Vikings RB Latavius Murray had successful ankle surgery today. The surgery was performed by Dr. Bob Anderson in Charlotte, North Carolina. We were aware of the required surgery prior to signing Latavius on March 16. Latavius is expected to fully recover and be available for training camp."
Murray's deal with the Vikings is reported worth $15 million over three years, but can reportedly be voied after the first year.
Drafted in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, Murray became the Raiders' primary running back midway through the 2015 season. In his three years in Oakland, Murray carried the ball 543 times for 2,278 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 2015.
After four seasons with the Raiders, tight end Mychal Rivera is on the move.
The 2013 sixth-round pick has signed a deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the team announced.
News of an agreement between the two sides was first reported by ESPN. Terms of the deal were not immediately known.
After playing a prominent role in Oakland his first two seasons, Rivera saw his numbers decrease in 2015 and 2016. This past season, he caught just 18 passes for 192 yards and one touchdown.
In his time with the Raiders, the Tennessee alum caught a total of 146 passes for 1,413 yards and 10 touchdowns.
The Raiders signed free agent tight end Jared Cook last week to go with incumbents Clive Walford and Lee Smith.
Shortly after the deal was announced, Rivera took to Instagram to thank Raiders fans.
"Thank You #RaiderNation. It was an honor to wear silver and black for the first 4 years of my NFL career. A kid from LA was drafted to the Bay...and God made a way! Wins, Losses, Blood, Sweat, & Tears made me the player I am today. Better than ever. The values that embody what it is to be a Raider will stick with me for life," Rivera wrote.