Shark Bites

Raiders WR Antonio Brown was on the field for Tuesday's practice with a certified helmet, according to HC Jon Gruden. “He’s all in. Ready to go," Gruden said. Brown filed another grievance against the NFL on Monday. But, at least for now, it looks like he's willing to play with a legal helmet while that situation is ongoing. Hopefully this is our last update on HelmetGate.

Raiders WR Antonio Brown rejoined the team and attended practice on Monday, according to Pro Football Talk. Brown had disappeared again after his preferred helmet failed a lab test over the weekend. It's unclear where things stand there, but showing back up is obviously a good sign. Stay tuned for more updates.

Raiders WR Antonio Brown has again left the team after the helmet he wants to wear failed a lab test, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. "At this point, we have pretty much exhausted all avenues of relief," GM Mike Mayock said Sunday. "So from our perspective, it's time for him to be all in or all out. We're hoping he's back soon. We have 89 guys busting their tails. We are really excited about where this franchise is going, and we hope AB is going to be a big part of it starting Week 1 against Denver." The Raiders believe Brown's feet are now healthy enough to practice, so it's just the helmet issue keeping him away now. We'll continue to keep an eye on this saga.

"We're not sure how much we're going to play our starters ... some of the frontline guys will be very limited the next two weeks," Raiders HC Jon Gruden said Saturday, according to Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area. Bair's story includes that said frontline group "might be done playing in the preseason." That's not a huge deal for Carr overall, but it would mean no game action with Antonio Brown before the regular season. We'll be interested to see who sits vs. who plays, as those who play more figure to be those still fighting for jobs.

Raiders GM Mike Mayock told HBO's Hard Knocks that he expects WR Antonio Brown (foot) to be back to full speed in a week. He was in uniform and worked out prior to Thursday night's preseason game against the Cardinals. (Here's some video.) Brown has participated in just 1 training-camp practice with his new team so far. He's been dropping to the early 3rd round in recent fantasy drafts.

Raiders WR Antonio Brown will report back to the team's training camp in Napa on Tuesday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. It's been a clown show with Brown over the past few weeks, between his cryotherapy mishap and helmet shenanigans. Brown hinted on Monday that he's not yet ready to practice due to the foot issue, so we'll see when he's able to get back on the field. He's practiced just once since camp opened.

An arbitrator has ruled against Raiders WR Antonio Brown in his grievance against the NFL to wear his preferred helmet. But it sounds like he has no plans to follow through on his retirement threat. "I'm working on getting back to full health and looking forward to rejoining my teammates on the field," Brown wrote in an Instagram post on Monday. We'll see when Brown's feet allow him to get back on the gridiron, but we can at least put the retirement talk to bed.

ProFootballTalk reports that the NFL is expected to decide this week whether Raiders WR Antonio Brown can wear his discontinued helmet model this season. Brown filed a grievance to get the helmet approved and has threatened to quit if he can't wear his chosen headgear. It would be nice if fantasy football owners -- not to mention the Raiders -- can get this situation sorted out before we get to heavy draft season.

Raiders WR Antonio Brown is threatening to walk away from football unless he can wear his preferred helmet, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Yeah, seriously. Brown claims the new helmet makes it harder to catch the ball. He tried to convince league officials to let him wear his old helmet during a 2-hour conference call on Friday. According to Schefter, “a decision could come as early as next week.” It’s a jaw-dropping turn of events, especially with Brown still dealing with a foot ailment. Draft AB at your own risk.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal's Michael Gehlken hears that Raiders WR Antonio Brown is expected to re-join the team "in the near future." He's been away getting treatment on his frostbitten (?) feet. Gehlken adds that the ailment is "largely considered a non-issue moving forward." We haven't yet moved Brown down the WR rankings, but he needs to get on the field to build some chemistry with QB Derek Carr in a new offense.

Former NFL head team Dr. David Chao believes Raiders WR Antonio Brown "is on path to return well before the regular season." NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the damage to the bottom of Brown's feet was caused by a "cryogenic chamber mishap." Chao compares Brown's condition to "trench foot" that soldiers experienced in World War I. It's all well above our pay grade. But the fantasy takeaway here is that Brown shouldn't be in danger of missing the start of the season. That said, the missed practice time in a new offense and with a new QB is a concern. We're generally avoiding Brown at his mid-2nd-round price tag.

Raiders WR Antonio Brown is considered "day-to-day" with his foot injury, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It sounds like Brown got good news from the foot specialist he visited. We'll see when he's able to get back on the field. The veteran could use the practice reps in a new offense and with a new QB.

Raiders WR Antonio Brown is visiting a specialist on Saturday for the foot issue that's had him sidelined in training camp the past few days. We've heard that Brown is just dealing with blisters, but this news suggests that it might be more than that. We'll continue to keep a close eye on the situation.

Update: A source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter that it's "not considered any type of long-term injury" for Brown.

Raiders WR Antonio Brown has been activated from the NFI list and cleared to practice. We never found out exactly what had him sidelined for the first 2 days of camp, but it was obviously a minor issue. Brown's ADP is sitting in the back half of Round 2 in DRAFT best balls over the past week.

The Raiders have placed WR Antonio Brown on the non-football injury list, ESPN's Field Yates reports. According to Michael Gelken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the team has so far declined to comment on the situation. We'll see where this thing goes.

Update: Gehlken later reported that a source deemed the issue "minor" and that we should expect to see Brown on the field soon.

Per Vic Tafur of The Athletic, there’s a “growing sentiment” that Raiders RB Josh Jacobs won’t report to camp with his fellow rookies on July 23. The issue is reportedly over Jacobs’ signing bonus. We’ll keep an eye on this situation, but for now, we’re not altering any projections.

Update: Jacobs signed his contract on July 10.

Oakland let TE Jared Cook walk in free agency after he led the 2018 team in targets, receptions (tied), receiving yards and receiving TDs. It sounds like the primary replacement plan is former Raven Darren Waller. "It's your position, you are the 'Y' in certain personnel groupings," OC Greg Olson said Thursday, via NBC Sports Bay Area. "We're going to put you out there on the field, and you're going to play. We're really pushing him to the limit right now." Waller just joined the Raiders in November off Baltimore's practice squad. He made it into 4 games and caught 6 balls. Waller transitioned from WR to TE with the Ravens, and it looks like Oakland wants him to play ahead of Luke Willson, rookie Foster Moreau and others this season. Waller isn't likely to find anything near Cook's target share available in an offense that has since added Antonio Brown, Tyrell Williams, Ryan Grant and a 1st-round RB. But he has a shot at fantasy relevance.

The Raiders have re-signed RB Doug Martin. The move is clearly a direct reaction to Isaiah Crowell's Achilles tear. Martin averaged a respectable 4.2 yards per carry on 172 totes for Oakland last year but ranked just 30th out of 47 RBs with 100+ carries in Pro Football Focus' Elusive Rating. Martin is veteran insurance in case rookie Josh Jacobs stumbles.

Raiders RB Isaiah Crowell tore his Achilles in a workout on Tuesday and will miss the entire 2019 campaign, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Crowell will hit free agency next offseason at 27 years old. First-round rookie RB Josh Jacobs was already the favorite to lead Oakland in touches this season. Crowell's absence only makes him a safer bet. Undersized pass-catchers Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington, plus 2018 undrafted free agent Chris Warren, sit behind Jacobs on the depth chart.

The Raiders grabbed Clemson WR Hunter Renfrow in the 5th round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Renfrow was a big part of Clemson's success over the past 4 seasons, racking up 186 catches. He averaged just 11.5 yards per reception, though, with 15 total TDs. The 5'11, 180-pounder registered a 10th percentile SPARQ score at the Combine. He projects as a sure-handed but low-upside slot receiver as a pro.


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