Bills insider Joe Buscaglia believes WR Zay Jones is in the lead for the team's #2 WR job. He's competing primarily with Andre Holmes for that spot. Jones has improved every day in camp, per Buscaglia, and impressed with his route-running skills. Buscaglia compared the rookie to former Bills WR Stevie Johnson. We've already projected Jones to win the #2 spot on the depth chart and consider him a nice value at his dirt-cheap 14th-round price tag.
The Bills have added Andre Holmes to their ragtag WR group. He joins Philly Brown, Dezmin Lewis, Kolby Listenbee and Walt Powell behind Sammy Watkins. Holmes is probably the most intriguing name of the bunch. He turned in a 47-693-4 line for the Raiders in 2014 before being phased out the past 2 years. He's still only 28 and boasts a 6'4, 210-pound frame. Holmes will be worth keeping an eye on this summer. Buffalo, meanwhile, remains a candidate to use an early-round pick on a WR next month.
Raiders WR Andre Holmes fractured his hand in practice over the weekend and is expected to miss 3-4 weeks, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. That puts his Week 1 availability in question. Holmes posted a personal-best 47-693-4 line last season but was battling just for the #3 spot this year. This injury kills his chance of assuming that spot early this season. Don't bother with him in your redraft league.
The Raiders have released WR James Jones. The 31-year-old led the team in targets (111), catches (73) and TDs (6) last year. But he averaged an ugly 9.1 yards per catch. With the additions of WRs Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, Jones would have been no better than 3rd on the 2015 depth chart. His release saves the Raiders $3.4 million against the cap. Rod Streater is the favorite to serve as the #3 WR this season, with Andre Holmes also in the mix.
Raiders WR Andre Holmes has signed his restricted free-agent tender. That means he'll spend at least 2015 in Oakland, though the two sides could work out a different deal if they want. Holmes tied Mychal Rivera for 2nd on the team in targets last season, according to Pro Football Reference numbers, and could remain a significant part of the passing game in 2015. But many believe the Raiders will spend the 4th overall pick on 1 of the draft's top wideouts. Oakland has also met with free-agent WR Michael Crabtree. The fact that no other team signed Holmes to an offer sheet despite an original-round tender that would have required no compensation if the Raiders didn't match tells us not to expect too much from him going forward.
The Raiders have placed WR Rod Streater (foot) on IR-designated-for-return. He'll be eligible to return for Week 13. Streater isn't worth rostering in any redraft leagues. Oakland will come out of its Week 5 bye with James Jones and Andre Holmes atop the WR depth chart.
The Associated Press' Tony Collins hears that Raiders HC Dennis Allen will be fired this week. An announcement could come as soon as Tuesday. Oakland is off to an 0-4 start and has been out-scored 103 to 51. Allen's career record with the Raiders sits at 8-28. We'll see who takes over as the interim HC, but the shakeup certainly can't hurt the Raiders' offense. Derek Carr should remain the starting QB when healthy.
Update: Collins has deleted the tweet reporting Allen's firing.
Raiders WR Rod Streater's agent says his client will miss 4-5 weeks after undergoing "minor" foot surgery. Considering the source, that's likely the short end of the timetable. Don't be surprised if Streater is out 6-8 weeks. He should be dropped in all fantasy leagues. WR James Jones figures to dominate targets while Streater is out. Denarius Moore and Andre Holmes will be the #2 and #3 WRs.
Raiders WR Rod Streater suffered a broken foot in Sunday's loss to the Patriots. It'll cost him multiple weeks and potentially the rest of the season depending on the location of the break. We should learn more tomorrow, but Streater is droppable in all leagues now. Oakland will move forward with James Jones, Denarius Moore and Andre Holmes as its top 3 WRs.
Raiders WR Andre Holmes is listed as a starter on the team's initial depth chart. These early-August depth charts don't mean much, but Holmes' placement is worth noting nonetheless. The former undrafted free agent goes 6'4, 210 pounds with 4.5 speed. After totaling just 2 catches through his first 2 seasons, Holmes posted a 25-431-1 line last year. He exploded for 136 yards against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving and then went for at least 58 yards in 3 of his final 4 games. We'd still bet on WRs Rod Streater and James Jones finishing 1-2 in catches this season, but Holmes is certainly worth tracking over the next few weeks. Meanwhile, WR Denarius Moore is listed on the 3rd-team and is off the fantasy radar for now.
CSN Bay Area reports that Raiders WR Rod Streater suffered a concussion in Sunday's 1st padded practice of training camp. HC Dennis Allen said Streater passed the 1st step of the league's concussion protocol Monday, which suggests that the wideout could return soon. Every bit of practice time obviously helps, with the top 2 QBs on the depth chart both being new to the team. Streater doesn't present much fantasy football intrigue, though, with free agency adding WR James Jones to an already lackluster pass offense.
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