Raiders notebook: McFadden, Seymour "gametime"

Raiders notebook: McFadden, Seymour "gametime"


ALAMEDA Neither running back Darren McFadden (turf toe) nor defensive tackle Richard Seymour (hamstring) practiced today and both will be gametime decisions, according to coach Tom Cable.Asked if one was more likely to play than the other, Cable said, Darren more than Richard right now.McFadden has missed two games but enjoyed a breakout season, rushing for 1,157 yards, the fifth-highest single-season total in franchise history. Only Marcus Allen (1,759 yards in 1985), Napoleon Kaufman (1,294 in 1997), Mark van Eeghen (1,273 in 1977) and Allen again (1,168 in 1984) have had higher total rushing campaigns.I feel like it was a pretty good season, some ups and downs, McFadden, who was named a Pro Bowl alternate, said earlier this week. But at the same time, I feel like it was a success this year.Seymour, meanwhile, was tabbed for his sixth Pro Bowl, his first with the Raiders. He has 5 sacks in 13 games.Right tackle Langston Walker (concussion) appears ready to play after sitting out last week.He seems to be O.K., Cable said of Walker.Cable fancies himself a Raiders historian but said he did not recall the specifics of Oaklands 1999 season finale, its ramifications and similarities.Namely, that coach Jon Gruden was finishing his second full season (same as Cable). That his coaching future was in question and seemingly needed a good showing in the season finale on Jan. 2 (same as this season) in Kansas City (again, same) to save his job (seemingly theres the word again same as Cable). That the Raiders entered that game 7-8 (yup, same).But when told the Raiders players from that era said that victory served as a spring board for the next few seasons the Raiders improved to 12-4 in 2000 and played in the AFC title game, lost in the Tuck Rule game following the 2001 season and went to the Super Bowl after the 2002 season Cable perked up.Can this game this weekend serve a similar purpose?Oh, absolutely, Cable said. I just feel like winning this game, first of all, it gets that losing thing away from us meaning we dont finish 7-9, we finish 8-8. We sweep the division, which is a tough thing to do in any division in this league.And then I think it just sends everybody to the next step, meaning the offseason, feeling like, Hey, were right there and now weve got to finish the deal and make it all the way next year.The rest of the Raiders injury report: Practiced limited, questionable WRPRs Johnnie Lee Higgins (ankle) Nick Miller (ankle).Practiced full, probable OT Mario Henderson (ankle), TE Zach Miller (foot), CBs Nnamdi Asomugha (ankle) and Chris Johnson (groin), S Mike Mitchell (shoulder).

Raiders OC Todd Downing: New weapons will 'make me look good'

Raiders OC Todd Downing: New weapons will 'make me look good'

STANFORD – Todd Downing has long been responsible for intently analyzing college quarterbacks entering the NFL Draft. He certainly did so during two seasons as Raiders quarterbacks coach, adding input to personnel department evaluations on young signal callers.

This offseason, he’s using a wide-angle lens. Downing is the Raiders offensive coordinator now, promoted to the position after Bill Musgrave was allowed to leave on an expired contract.

Coaches enter the draft evaluation process relatively late – they have a season to coach, after all – but Downing prides himself on working hard in evaluating talent. Working with general manager Reggie McKenzie’s staff, coaches feel like their voice is being heard.

That’s important to a coordinator especially, who must make a scheme work with talent around him.

“Reggie and his staff have always done a tremendous job of listening to our vision for the offense or the defense,” Downing said Thursday at Stanford’s pro day. “It’s been a joy to work with those guys over the past three years.

“(Head coach Jack Del Rio) really expects us to be accountable for our position group. Now that I’m the coordinator, there’s more of a broad scope when looking at offensive talent in the draft. When you work that hard (evaluating players), I think the scouts know that your opinion is well grounded, and that validates it a little bit.”

Downing is always on the lookout for weapons, especially while making tweaks to the Raiders offense. The Silver and Black found a few, adding tight end Jared Cook, receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, offensive lineman Marshal Newhouse and quarterback EJ Manuel.

Quarterback Derek Carr helped him get some. The full-time East Bay resident has been active recruiting free agents, trying to improve an already strong Raiders offense.

“You guys know how passionate he is about this game, and about this team and backing up this franchise,” Downing said. “(His involvement in recruiting) didn’t surprise any of us. He’s pretty hands on when it comes to football. He lives in the area, so he hopped in when we needed it and it paid off.”

Cook and Patterson especially could add dimensions to a well-rounded Raiders attack. Cook has made some big plays in the past, and should be a reliable receiving tight end the Raiders have lacked in recent seasons.

“He has a skill set that will be fun to play with (schematically),” Downing said. “We’re excited to see what he can do, and I know Derek is excited to add him. He has a history of making plays in this league, and that’s something we’re excited to have.”

Patterson’s primarily known as a kick returner – he’s a two-time All Pro on special teams – but the Raiders hope he’ll be active on offense.

“With guys like that, you just find a way to get them the rock and let them do the rest of the work,” Downing said. “They make me look good. I can call a simple play and he takes it the distance and it looks like I designed something special.”

Week after signing with Vikings, ex-Raiders RB Murray undergoes surgery

Week after signing with Vikings, ex-Raiders RB Murray undergoes surgery

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.