Bye Weeks Start In NFL Week Four; 13 Games Thursday to Monday

Bye Weeks Start In NFL Week Four; 13 Games Thursday to Monday

Six teams are going to be able to sit at home and watch their NFL brothers play in 13 games on Sunday, as the Cardinals, Rams, Bengals, Browns, Broncos and Seahawks all get the first bye week of the NFL season this weekend.The Cardinals are the only NFC unbeaten of the bunch at 3-0, and they will likely have a keen eye on their NFC West counterparts, the 49ers, as they will be at home this weekend to take on the Philadelphia Eagles.The two AFC North teams on bye, the unbeaten Bengals and the 1-2 Browns will watch their other two AFC North foes take on a pair of the teams from the NFC South, as the Steelers will play host to the Tampa Bay Bucs, and the Ravens will be at home against the Panthers.The Seahawks are 2-1, and like the Cardinals and Rams will get a chance to rest up and watch their rivals the 49ers. Seattle is coming off a win over the also on bye Broncos.Denver is 2-1, and coming off that tough loss in overtime against the Seahawks. They have the option to watch the Raiders take on the Dolphins in London, the Chargers against the Jags, or the Chiefs on Monday night against the Patriots.Out of the 13 games, there looks to be plenty of odds in favor of the home team, as out of those games, the home team is favorite in 9 of the games.The two biggest lines of the weekend involve the Chargers taking on the Jaguars, and it would seem to make sense given how the Jags are ready to go though growing pains with a new QB in first-round pick Blake Bortles. The Jags are a 12 to 13 point underdog in most books.The other heavy underdog is Tampa, who gave up a ton of points last week vs the Falcons, as they get set for a showdown with the 2-1 Steelers, who got a huge road win over the Panthers.The Bucs have issues scoring points, but could get a lift this week with the return of RB Doug Martin, who sat out the last game with an injury.Tampa is a touchdown underdog in most books. So get ready for a big week, check those fantasy lineups to make sure not to have players on bye in your lineup, and remember to click here to bet at William Hill.

Pittsburgh Steelers Reportedly Set to Ink Free Agent QB Michael Vick

Pittsburgh Steelers Reportedly Set to Ink Free Agent QB Michael Vick

Free-agent quarterback Michael Vick is on his way to Pittsburgh to meet with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday, sources told Adam Schefter and Josina Anderson of ESPN.The Steelers are in the market for a backup to Ben Roethlisberger after Bruce Gradkowski dislocated his left finger, a source told Schefter. Gradkowski is having surgery Tuesday, the source said, and is expected to miss three to four weeks.Vick, 35, spent last season with the New York Jets, appearing in 10 games overall, starting three.

Falcons To Workout Veteran QB Rex Grossman

Falcons To Workout Veteran QB Rex Grossman

Veteran quarterback Rex Grossman, a former first-round draft pick of the Chicago Bears, is in Atlanta Tuesday for a workout and physical with the Falcons, a source told Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com.The Falcons are unsettled at the backup quarterback position behind Matt Ryan. Current backups T.J. Yates and Sean Renfree have been battling for the No. 2 role this preseason, but both have underwhelmed.Grossman, who turned 35 on Sunday, has familiarity with the scheme. He played under Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in both Washington and last year for a short training camp stint with Cleveland. The Browns attempted to bring Grossman back during the regular season following injuries to Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel, but Grossman declined the invitation.

When will Carr go back under center

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Thoughts In the Air: Oak vs. KC – Pillaging Just For Fun
BBQ was good.First time at Arrowhead, nostalgic stadium.Most of the fans were courteous, and some not so much.Oh yeah, the game, not so good.So far up to this point, this team has lived on the edge posting come back after improbable comeback. We just dug ourselves too big a hole, made too many mistakes, and missed multiple opportunities provided by a defense that put on one of its best performances of the year.And on a cold Thursday night, in a playoff game atmosphere, Derek Carr, the chosen one, continued his woes vs KC. Add JDR and Bill Musgrave to the list of culprits as well. A game plan that had the young struggling gunslinger to 41 times didn’t help. This decision seemed especially poor considering they ran consistently all game netting themselves 135 yards on the ground.I’ve said all year I hate Thursday night football as the quality of play has been horrible with the home team having a huge advantage. Especially at this point in the season with so much on the line, move these games to Saturday night as college football is done playing.So What happened to our Raiders?3 and 1 throw to Andre Holmes with Marcus Peters covering. Why didn’t we run Tay 2 times to get 1 yard?Nate Allen doesn’t turn to play the ball while covering Kelce when KC was backed up in their end zone.if you would have asked me at halftime which team would have more than 200 yards passing and which team would have under 10, I would have bet The Raiders.Roberts, Crabs, and Cooper continue to have a big case of the dropsies.Carr is now 1-5 vs KC and JDR is 0-4.Why are we eating BBQ in KC? Osemele needs to bring his own chef for away games.Howard has been our weak link on the o-line. Why not start Watson vs SD?I believe the pass to Copper hit the wire. Just a weird and off night really.Give credit to Alex Smith as he owns us and Andy Reid does too, grrrrr.This was Carr’s first Loss on Primetime.Special teams played horribly. King got some payback. Why did we continue to kick to Hill? Didn’t anyone watch the Donkey game a few weeks ago? kC lives off of big special teams play.Getting only 3 points on the 2 3rd quarter turnovers on their side of the field doomed us.Encouraging Signs:Mack continues his run for DPOY with another solid game vs the Run and his 3rd strip sack fumble in a row.Defense forces 3 turnovers: 1 InT, 1 fumble recovery, and a turnover on downs.Defense holds KC run game in check.TJ Carrie looks like a solid upgrade over Hayden.With the possibility of playing in SD equipped with a full and healthy roster, I expect the Silver & Black to bounce back, especially Carr. SD is the one Division team he has a winning record against.If you would have told me before the game we would have won the Turnover battle 4-0, held KC under 60 yards rushing, I would have thought right there we would have won convincingly.This year has been crazy; comeback after comeback. I’m not a big believer of good losses but there is a lot to take from this game that this young squad should learn from.With the Defense continuing to get better, the offense should bounce back and continue to put up points.A Charles Woodson Youth Jersey lot had to go wrong for us to lose this game. Carr had his worst game as a Pro yet we still had a shot at the end. Still an L is an L.Questions left to be answered:When will Carr go back under center?Is MEJ coming back and, if he does, will he make an impact?Will we switch Howard with Watson for the last 3 games? Is Watson healthy enough to do so?Can our receivers stop dropping the ball.At the end of the day, this team is going to Live and Die with Carr leading us.The Defense continues to improve but still has trouble covering the TE and the middle of the field. Our linebacker play in coverage is our biggest weakness on Defense.If you would have said we would be 10-3 after 13 games, I would have said, ” I’ll take it.” However, going 10-2 had raised expectations. We can still run the table, finish 10-3 and hopefully get some help and win the division.Raider Nation will be rooting for the Donkeys Xmas night.Most likely scenario is 12-4 and go on the road.Carr is going to have to win a game on the road in a cold environment at some point.It would be fitting to have to do that at KC again and finally exercise that Demon.Carr deserves a pass as he is the biggest reason we are 10-2. He’s still learning.On to SD for our next Road(Home) game….

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Week 17 Raider Approved Rooting Guide – Pillaging Just For Fun
To many, the Raiders are no longer a Super Bowl contender due Derek Carr’s devastating injury and McGloin’s sudden promotion to starting QB. For that reason, the most important thing to root for as a Raider fan this week is…The “McGloinoids” over The “Haters”“Quickdraw” McGloin is the most interesting player to watch this week in the NFL. How he performs against a strong Denver pass defense, and how the rest of the team gathers around “The Irishman” will be a good indicator of how much of a chance the Raiders have in the postseason. “Gunner” McGloin has had his ups and downs in the short time he was a starter his rookie season.The hope from the “McGloinoids” is that in the time he’s had to mature as a quarterback, as Derek Carr’s backup, he’s improved his football intelligence and ability to make the correct decisions with the football while maintaining the gritty playmaking ability that made him a cult hero amongst some Raider fans. With some help from a much improved roster he may be able to make that happen.In a season where he was thoroughly mediocre statistically (1:1 TD:INT ratio and 76.1 QB rating) “The Scranton Scrapper” was a gleam of hopeful light on a roster that hadn’t yet started to descend from the depths of the early Reggie McKenzie era.As a point of reference, one of “The Rabid Raccoon’s” top receiving threats was Andre Holmes, who is currently the Raiders’ fourth WR and makes most of Super Bowl Oakland Raiders Jerseys his money in coverage units on special teams. With weapons of that level he was able to rack up the most 20+ yard passing plays in the NFL over his short stint as a starter.Other than improved playmakers around him, “The 14 Leaf Clover” is lucky enough to play behind a significantly better offensive line. Football Outsiders ranks Oakland’s 2016 OL 1st in pass protection and 10th in run blocking and the OL he had to play behind in 2013 28th in pass protection and 26th in run blocking.The “Haters” remember “The Pennsylvania Pirate’s” 1-5 record as a starter and penchant for trusting his arm and receivers more than he should. They point to the throw to Amari Cooper that closed out the game vs the Colts on Saturday as a sign that he is still too careless with the football and will be picked apart against better defenses.They saw him get crushed by an all out blitz in his brief appearance in the Carolina game as a sign that he hasn’t improved his pre snap reads. The “Haters” look at Derek Carr as the heart and arm of the this 12-3 team and anyone else under center as too much of a disruption to the balance and confidence of this young team.The only thing we can do as fans is hope that the “McGloinoids” are more right than not with their hopeful outlook on “Mad Matt’s” abilities to perform well for the Raiders.Where We StandAt 12-3 the Raiders are currently slotted one game behind the New England Patriots as the #2 seed in the AFC playoffs. They lead the AFC West by one game over the 11-4 Chiefs. Besides their own, there are only two games that can impact the Raiders seeding in the playoffs. Oakland can finish as the #1 or #2 seed if they maintain their lead in the division, or fall to the #5 seed if they cannot.And with all of that out of the way let’s get to the picks.(Due to week 17 being mostly meaningless I will be doing my best Latavius Murray impression as I reach for these picks.)Bills(7-8) over Jets(4-11)Earlier this season the Bills were kind enough to lose to the Raiders defeat and the Patriots once. Those two results helped put the Raiders in position to potentially surpass the Patriots in the standings after week 17. As an additional factor the Jets QB room includes starter Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has had an oddly high level of success against the Raiders, and Christian Hackenberg who failed to hack it as McGloin’s successor at Penn State.Bears(3-12) over Vikings(7-8)Rooting for rival sea faring pillagers is tactically unwise.Bengals(5-9-1) over Ravens(8-7)The Ravens had a chance to make the Steelers slum it as wildcards or even fall out of the playoffs last week. Instead they decided to let them win in the last seconds of the game and secure the AFC North and #3 seed in the playoffs. Take your punishment, Baltimore.Browns(1-14) over Steelers(10-6)The Browns hilariously defeated the Chargers last week. Let’s have another laugh. Come on, it’s the Puttsburgh Squeelers.Eagles(6-9) over Cowboys(13-2)Dak Prescott is proof that once your superstar QB goes down you have no chance in the NFL. Oh wait… Either way, just root against the Cowboys because Cowboys. Need more than that? Okay here goes. Jerry Jones, “America’s Team”, Deion Sanders, Troy Aikman’s voice, Jerry Jones, half shirts, Randy Gregory, Ewoks, and of course, Jerry Jones. Enough?Titans(8-7) over Texans(9-6)The Titans are starting a QB named Matt one week after losing their promising young QB to a broken fibula. Now who does that remind us of?Jaguars(3-12) over Colts(7-8)YOU KNOW WHAT YOU DID, COLTS!Note: The injury was not intentional. Keep it classy Raider Nation.Dolphins(10-5) over Patriots(13-2)This game actually matters to the Raiders. If the Raiders win and the Patriots lose, the Raiders would take the #1 seed in the AFC playoffs. Homefield advantage throughout the AFC side of the bracket would be a major benefit to a Raider team forced to start their backup QB. A Dolphins win would also put extra pressure on Kansas City to win Sunday afternoon. This game takes place on the early slate of games so both Oakland and Kansas City will be aware of the results by kickoff of their own games or shortly thereafter.Panthers(6-9) over Buccaneers(8-7)There can only be one pirate navy in this league. The booty is ours.Falcons(10-5) over Saints(7-8)If McGloin can help take this Raiders team to the Super Bowl, getting revenge over a Falcons team that defeated the Raiders in a close early season matchup would be a satisfying way to end the season. This win would secure the Falcons with the #2 seed in the NFC playoffs.Chargers(5-10) over the Chiefs(11-4)Last week the Chargers lost to a previously winless Browns team.This week a the Chargers defeating the Chiefs would give the Raiders room to slip up against Denver. If the Raiders lose and the Chiefs lose, the Raiders maintain the #2 seed. If the Raiders lose and the Chiefs win however, Oakland falls to the #5 seed and has to travel throughout the playoffs unless both wildcard teams manage to make it to the AFC Championship game. If the Chiefs lose and the Dolphins win, Kansas City would fall to the #6 seed and have to travel to Pittsburgh in the first round of the playoffs.Cardinals(6-8-1) over Rams(4-11)The Raiders currently have 12 wins this season. The other three California teams currently have 11 wins combined. It’s possible for the Raiders to win their game this week and still have the other California teams tie or pass them in combined wins. Since rooting for San Diego is a must, the Rams have to fall.Giants(10-5) over Redskins(8-6-1)The Redskins are still alive in the playoff race in the NFC. If they win they are in unless the Lions and Packers tie. The sooner the Redskins end their season, the sooner they can start thinking about who they are going to cut to help the Raiders in 2017.Seahawks(9-5-1) over 49ers(2-13)A Raiders win and Chargers win would raise the tally in the California wins race to Oakland: 13, rest of the state: 12. If San Francisco adds a win to that the rest of California would knot it up. They must fall.Lions(9-6) over Packers(9-6)How weird was 2016? A reality star became President; Cleveland won a professional sports title; the Cubs won the World Series; pillagingjustforfun.com launched; the Raiders and Lions ended their playoff droughts by winning their respective divisions. Root for the story!Worst Case ScenarioMcGloin looks shaky as the Raiders lose and the Chiefs win. The Raiders fall to the #5 seed and have to travel to Houston in the wildcard round of the playoffs. With a win over the Texans a likely trip to Foxboro awaits in the divisional round.Best Case ScenarioMcGloin leaves mouths agape as he leads his team to victory over the Denver Broncos. The Dolphins overtake the Patriots giving the Raiders home field advantage throughout the  AFC side of the playoffs. The Chiefs fall to the Chargers and have to travel to Pittsburgh as the #6 seed in the playoffs. The Steelers win that game and head to Foxboro for the second round of the playoffs while the Raiders host the winner of the Miami-Houston game after getting an extra week to let McGloin settle in.And of course GO RAIDERS!

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TRF’s Week 16 Playoff Pontificator© – Pillaging Just For Fun
Word to your collective Mothers on this special Holiday Edition of TRF’s Playoff Pontificator!As some of you may have heard or read, Tuck (and Family of Tuck©) were thwarted by Mother Nature once again this past weekend.  The first time was in Oakland during the October Deluge which ended in a soggy, disheartening loss to the Chiefs.  This time, I couldn’t even get close to the final destination of San Diego.Late Friday, and well into Saturday, the mile-high snow fell at a fast and furious pace.  As a result, our entire family was stranded at Denver International Airport for almost 24 hours.  While this was a personal disappointment, our resplendent team adorned in silver and black did not disappoint.With yet another dramatic comeback win under their belt, the Oakland Raiders managed to secure their first playoff berth in 14 years.  Given that reality, many of you may be wondering why bother having any sort of Playoff Pontification this week.Well, I’m here to tell you that that type of wondering would be wrong; there is plenty to Pontificate on!In this Edition, I’ll dive into exploring our possible paths forward.  I will also look at how our AFC West foes are doing on the playoff front.  What they need, and how likely they are to get there.With no further ado, lets begin by looking at our own situation as we head into week 16…To use a baseball parlance, our magic number is two.  That is, any combination of Raider victories and KC losses totaling two gives us the Division title, a home game, and a much-coveted week off once the post season begins in January.Right now, here are the Raiders’ odds for each of the six NFL playoff Seeds: Seed 1: 20%  Obviously in this scenario the Raiders win the AFC West, which means that they met the “magic number” of 2 as it relates to KC.  In order to grab the top spot, Oakland must also win at least one game and (at least) equal the W-L record of the Patriots.  With the top seed, the Raiders would have home field advantage throughout the playoffs. Seed 2: 47%There are several ways Oakland can get to the magic number of 2.  One option includes winning out. In which case it won’t matter what KC does in Weeks 16 and 17.  The Raiders could also lose out and still grab the number 2 slot.  However, in that case, the Chiefs would also need to lose their remaining two games.  A record of 1-1 could also work, so long as KC follows suit (or loses both contests). Seed 3: 2%There is only one way this can come to pass.  Here both Oakland and KC lose out while the Pittsburgh Steelers win their final two games.  Yeah, probably not… Seed 4:  0%Not happening.  The best the AFC South Champion can do is 10-6.  We have already 11 games under our belt. Seed 5: 32%After Seed 2, this is the most likely (but clearly least desirable) outcome for the Raiders.  In this case, the team doesn’t meet the magic number of 2 threshold and KC wins the West. Seed 6: 0%Like Seed 4, this is impossible.  If the Steelers finish 11-5 ,they win the AFC North title.  The best that Baltimore (Pittsburgh) can do in a Wild Card slot would be 9-7 (10-6).  The Broncos can’t do any better than 10-6 at this point.  What about Miami?  Miami can finish at 11-5 but they lose to Oakland via the NFL’s number 3 Wild Card common games tiebreaker (5-0 vs. 3-2).Well there you have it, our Seeding possibilities in a nutshell.  As the numbers show, Oakland is most likely to finish at the #2 slot, followed by #5 and then #1.  I for one would be quite content with a #2 Seeding.  The top slot would be gravy but not a deal killer if we don’t achieve home field throughout.  Besides, having NE at #1 leaves open the grand possibility of a snow rematch in Boston.  What a sweet way to finally end the “Tuck Rule Curse.”As a Pontificator bonus, lets take a quick look at our Division rivals’ playoff situations.Up first, KC… The thing that jumps out at you with KC is that they still can miss out on the playoffs.  Is this likely? No, of course not but looking at their remaining games (and their propensity for faceplanting at the worst possible times) it makes me wonder, just a little.The specifics as it relates to the Chiefs playoff picture…Week 16 Win (vs. Den) and in Still in with a loss and… A Steelers win over the Ravens  Week 17 (assuming they are not yet in) Win (at SD) and in If Dolphins lose at the Bills (in Week 16) then…KC still gets in with a loss at SD and … A Ravens loss at the Bengals ORA Dolphins loss vs. the Pats ORA Steelers loss vs. the Browns If Dolphins win at the Bills (in Week 16) then…KC still gets in with a loss at SD and … A Ravens loss at the Bengals ORA Steelers loss vs. the BrownsDenver’s situation is much more dire.In fact, right now at 8-6, they have a 17% chance of reaching the post season.  (In comparison, the Chiefs’ odds still sit at lofty 98%.)  In addition, the Broncos’ path is rather complicated given that they are jostling with 8 other teams that could potentially take the one slot that is still open to them (Seed 6).  Capturing the Division is impossible for the Broncos.  Even slot 5 is unattainable given that they lose all tiebreakers with KC at 10-6.  Nevertheless, they are alive and their odds range from 6-8% with a record of 9-7 to as high as 51% if Denver wins out and goes 10-6.  Rather than dive into the myriad of possibilities, I’ll simply look at how Denver could get eliminated after this week’s games.  If by chance Denver’s playoff heart is still pumping come Christmas night, I will delve into their possible pathways once Ken Stabler Raiders Jersey we have a handle on Week 16’s final outcomes.The Playoff  Picture for Denver going into Week 16: The Broncos cannot clinch a berth under any circumstance… Denver CAN be eliminated with a loss at KC and… A Dolphins win vs. the Pats ORA Ravens win at the SteelersAs awkward as it is to type, we as Raiders fans should be rooting for a Broncos win this weekend. The silver (and black) lining here is that Denver will be incredibly desperate for a win and should make life tough for the Chiefs this week.  While there is no question that watching the reigning World Champion Broncos get eliminated would be enjoyable, seeing the Chiefs hand us the Division title and a bye on a Christmas day silver (and black) platter would be even more satisfying…  Raider Santa anyone?Even with a win in Week 16, the Broncos are still likely to find a lump of coal in their Christmas day stocking.  At best, they will almost assuredly need to beat us in Week 17 not to mention receive a significant amount of outside help just to get a seat at the playoff table.No matter how you slice it, Raider fans are looking at a very Merry Christmas this year.

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Cooper attended Miami Northwestern High School in Miami, Florida. As a junior, he missed much of the season with an injury but still managed to be one of Teddy Bridgewater’s primary targets and had 16 catches for 175 yards with four scores. Cooper was dominant on the 7-on-7 circuit at various college campuses before his senior season. He had a show-out performance at Alabama’s summer camp, and that quickly led to an offer from Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide. In his final year, he hauled in 33 receptions for 722 yards and 6 touchdowns. He was a first team FHSAA 8A All-State selection, as well as the No. 4 player on The Orlando Sentinel’s Florida Top 100.He was also invited to play at the 2012 Under Armour All-America Game, where he had a 75-yard touchdown grab and a 93-yard punt return for a score. In addition to being a standout in football, Cooper also starred in basketball and track at Miami Northwestern.

Cooper was a consensus four-star prospect. He was listed as the No. 45 in the Rivals100, and was considered the No. 6 wide receiver and No. 8 player in Florida by Rivals.com. ESPNU listed him as the nation’s No. 7 wideout and No. 46 overall prospect in the ESPNU 150 while ranking 25th in the ESPNU Southeast Top 100 and No. 12 in Florida.He was ranked as the No. 6 wide receiver and the No. 10 player in the state of Florida by 247Sports.com, while ranking him 55th in the Top247.Also, Scout.com rated him as the No. 12 pass catcher in the nation and 86th overall prospect.He chose Alabama over Florida State, Miami and Ohio State, among others. Cooper announced his verbal commitment to the University of Alabama on September 22, 2011.

As a sophomore in 2013, Cooper played in 12 games with seven starts, missing two games due to injury. He had 45 receptions for a team-high 736 yards and four touchdowns. He had his best game of the season against Auburn, recording six receptions for 178 yards, including a school record 99-yard touchdown reception.

Cooper was considered one of the best wide receivers in the 2015 draft class, together with Kevin White. In most mock drafts he was projected to be a top 10 pick, with some having him as high as the 4th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

The Oakland Raiders selected Cooper with the 4th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Cooper was initially assigned the jersey number 19, but following the release of fellow receiver James Jones, he switched to his current number, 89. Cooper made his NFL Debut for the Oakland Raiders on September 13, 2015. He hauled in 5 receptions for 47 yards in a 33-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. In his second game against the Baltimore Ravens, he connected with Derek Carr for a 68-yard touchdown, the first of his career. Cooper also had 109 yards receiving and helped the Raiders win 37-33. Following up after his week two breakout he provided the Raiders with eight receptions for 134 yards in a 27-20 win against the Cleveland Browns. He is the first Raiders receiver with back to back 100 yards receiving games since Randy Moss in 2005. Through three games he is third in NFL history for receiving yards by a rookie with 290 receiving yards. On November 8, 2015, Cooper passed Tim Brown’s record for rookie receptions in a 35-38 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Cooper has been dealing with a shoulder injury for about three weeks, but hasn’t missed any time. He was quiet Sunday, other than a 32-yard touchdown in the third quarter, although he should have had a long score in the first half, but was overthrown. Despite some inconsistency this season, the second-year wideout established a career-high in receptions and yardage with 83 and 1,153, respectively. The Raiders missed a golden opportunity to clinch a first-round bye, so assuming Cooper didn’t suffer any setbacks, he’ll play next week.

Cooper had quite the volatile rookie campaign after being the first receiver taken in the 2015 draft. He started strong and faded late (partially because of a foot injury), but he ended up among the top 25 receivers in targets, receptions, yardage, touchdowns and fantasy points. On the negative side, Cooper dropped 10 passes, which trailed only Mike Evans for most in the league. Still, Cooper is only 22 and already a proven every-down contributor. With his high talent level and a role in a quality offense, Cooper is a strong candidate for a big step forward in 2016, making him a solid WR2 with massive upside.

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As expected, the procedure has been completed, but the prospect of a 6-to-8 recovery timetable has inspired thoughts that Carr could be available for the Super Bowl, if the Raiders were to reach the season-capping contest in Houston under the direction of quarterback Matt McGloin. Optimistic parties should put those thoughts to bed, though. Per a discussion between Dr. Nick Grosso, president of The Centers for Advanced Orthopaedics, and the Bay Area News Group, the notion Carr may be ready for game action in six weeks is untenable. “There will be six to eight weeks minimum for healing and [the] Super Bowl will be over by then,” Grosso said. After that initial period, Carr will still need “an additional four to six weeks before he can play again because even once the bone has healed the soft tissue around it also needs to be adapt and remodel itself. But he could be training and even throwing again in three months.” With that knowledge, Carr is a great candidate to take part in the entire offseason program, just not Super Bowl LI.

Carr was born in Fresno, California, the youngest of three children to Rodger and Sheryl Carr. He and his family lived in Bakersfield, California before relocating to Sugar Land, Texas, in 2002 when his oldest brother, David Carr, became the first overall draft pick of the then-expansion Houston Texans. Carr and his family moved back to Bakersfield for his senior year, and he attended Bakersfield Christian High School.

Carr’s high school football career began at Clements High School in Sugar Land, Texas. After playing on the freshman team his first year, he became a backup quarterback on the varsity team as a sophomore. He didn’t prepare himself to become the starting quarterback, but a preseason injury to another quarterback thrust him into the role.

Carr made gradual progress as a starter with Clements High School. He passed for 1,246 yards and 12 touchdowns as a sophomore, and 1,622 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior. While a junior, Carr led his team to an undefeated 13–0 season (playoffs included) before losing in the quarterfinals of the 2007 Class 5A Division 2 State playoffs in Region 3 to the (also undefeated) Katy High School Tigers, the eventual champions. Also during his junior year, Carr was heavily recruited. His college choices included Fresno State, SMU, Boise State, the University of Southern California, UCLA, and Utah. Of these schools, only Fresno State, SMU, and Utah made a scholarship offer towards Carr. Ultimately, he verbally committed to Fresno State on May 25, 2008, at the end of his junior year. Carr was the program’s first recruit of the 2009 class.

In 2008, Bakersfield Christian High School athletic director and former NFL player Doug Barnett confirmed that Carr would transfer to BCHS, amid rumors that he would have gone to nearby Stockdale High School or Bakersfield High School, two schools with historically good football programs.

As a senior, Carr led the Eagles football team to a 12–1 record and the California Interscholastic Federation Central Section Division V championship; the only blemish came at home against Oaks Christian High School, a national football powerhouse, during the team’s season opener. On October 29, 2008, Carr was selected by ESPN RISE as the National Football Player of the Week after passing for 441 yards and three touchdowns in a game against Tehachapi High School five days earlier.Carr would eventually set a Central Section record by throwing 544 yards in a win against Arvin High School on November 7, 2008.Carr was also selected by The Bakersfield Californian as the 2008 All-Area Football Player of the Year. Derek Carr also set a new school record when he passed for 6 touchdowns and ran for 2 in a blowout win against small school Fowler High at home. After the game, reporter Mark Whaler asked Derek, “How did things click so easy?” Carr replied with, “It was like playing a video game. When a person sets their attributes to 99 all the way around, you can pass and run all over the team. Today just felt like a video game against Fowler High.” After his high school football career finished, Carr was named the National Player of the Year by the National Private Schools Athletic Association in 2009.

Carr married Heather Neel on June 29, 2012. The couple have a son named Dallas (born August 5, 2013) who was born with a medical condition that tied up his intestines and required three surgeries to correct.The couple’s second son, Deker Luke Carr, was born on March 16, 2016.

Carr self-identifies as a Christian, and has said his faith is the most important thing in his life. He has tattoos on his wrists, the left citing a verse from the Biblical Book of Jeremiah and the right depicting a Chi Rho.

Carr’s brother, David, was the first overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft. Carr’s uncle, Lon Boyett, played for the Raiders during the 1978 season.

Carr grew up a Dallas Cowboys fan.

Halfway through last season, Carr seemed to be enjoying a second-year breakout, posting six top-10 fantasy weeks in his first nine games. But he did not sustain that success and faded badly. Over the final seven weeks, he averaged an 18th-place weekly positional ranking and cracked the top 10 just once. His rate stats weren’t much better than those in his rookie season–his average depth of throw remained at 7.9 yards, and he posted a higher interception percentage and missed his target more often. But he threw 11 more TDs than in 2014, due largely to an improved supporting cast. Carr’s receivers generated 5.3 yards after the catch in 2015 after managing only 4.3 the year before. Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree and Clive Walford are all back with an added year of experience, so Carr should have enough weapons to sustain QB2 production.

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The Oakland Raiders are a professional American football franchise based in Oakland, California. The team commenced operations in 1960 as a member of the American Football League (AFL); they are currently members of the National Football League (NFL), which merged with the AFL in 1970. The Raiders currently belong to the Western Division of the NFL’s American Football Conference and play their home games at the Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum. At the end of the NFL’s 2015 season, the Raiders boasted a lifetime regular season record of 444 wins, 397 losses, and 11 ties; their lifetime playoff record currently stands at 25 wins and 18 losses.

The Raiders’ on-field fortunes have varied considerably over the years. The team’s first three years of operation (1960-1962) were marred by poor on-field performance, financial difficulties, and spotty attendance. In 1963, however, the Raiders’ fortunes improved dramatically with the introduction of head coach (and eventual owner) Al Davis. In 1967, after several years of improvement, the Raiders reached the postseason for the first time. The team would go on to win its first (and only) AFL Championship that year; in doing so, the Raiders advanced to Super Bowl II, where they were soundly defeated by the Green Bay Packers.

The Raiders’ run of success intensified during the 1970’s. From 1970 to 1977, the team won six division titles and reached the AFC Championship Game six times. In 1976, the team captured its first NFL Championship with a convincing victory over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI. After narrowly losing the 1977 AFC Championship Game, the Raiders missed the playoffs in 1978 and 1979; in 1980, however, the team unexpectedly captured a second Super Bowl championship with an easy victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XV.

In 1982, amidst much controversy, the Raiders relocated to Los Angeles. The team finished with the NFL’s best regular season record that year; one year later, the Raiders crushed the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XVIII to capture their third (and, to date, last) Super Bowl championship. The Raiders’ fortunes declined considerably following the 1985 season; they would win just one division title (1990) and two playoff games from 1986 to 1994.

In 1995, the Raiders returned to Oakland. After several years of continued mediocrity, the team entered a brief period of pronounced success in the early 2000’s. From 2000 to 2002, the Raiders won three consecutive division titles and four playoff games; their renaissance culminated with a lopsided 2002 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII. The Super Bowl loss marked the beginning of a lengthy period of futility for the Raiders; from 2003 through 2015, the Raiders failed to post a single winning season or clinch a single playoff berth. In 2016, the Raiders finally ended their postseason drought with a victory over the division rival San Diego Chargers; as of Week 16 of the 2016 NFL season, their record stands at 12 wins and 3 losses.

The Raiders are known for their extensive fan base and distinctive team culture. Since 1963, the team has won 15 division titles (three AFL and 12 NFL), three Super Bowl Championships (XI, XV, and XVIII), four AFC Championships (1976, 1980, 1983, and 2002), and one AFL Championship (1967). Fourteen former members of the team have been enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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