Three times against Arizona, the Raiders needed a single yard, a situation that would have called for the likes of a big, short-yardage specialist.Three times the Raiders called Darren McFadden's number Friday night. And three times, McFadden was stopped for no gain.It was the prime situation for which Michael Bush was used in previous seasons and, many thought, the likes of fullbacks Marcel Reece and Owen Schmitt might be utilized now. Instead, McFadden was sent up the gut, to no avail."He's the guy we're counting on to be our bell cow and we wanted to hand him the ball and see if we can get a yard," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said of McFadden. "When you look at those plays, the result is obviously not what we're looking for, but when you actually go back and study the tape, we're a lot closer to getting it than what it might look like live and in person."Two of the stops came at the goal line in the first quarter and the Raiders had to settle for a field goal. The other came on a second-and-one situation near midfield.Still, McFadden did have explosive gains of 22 yards on a run and 17 yards on a catch and run and finished with 51 yards on 10 touches. In two preseason games, McFadden, coming off a season-ending Lisfranc sprain to his right foot, has 13 touches for 89 yards."We're a work in progressand I'm not real concerned about it," Allen said. "I know we're going to get it corrected and we'll get to where we need to get to."Allen said McFadden would play again Saturday against Detroit.
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.
Free agent tight end Mychal Rivera has agreed to terms with the Jaguars, two sources tell me.— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) March 22, 2017
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.