Raiders Rants: DeAndre Washington, Michael Crabtree & Las Vegas
More updates on the latest headlines from the Oakland Raiders.
Apparently, the Raiders see rookie DeAndre Washington as a potential starter.
- OC Bill Musgrave complimented his work ethic and said he earned reps with the first team.
- CBS Sports reports that Washington is a lot like starter Latavius Murray. He is also a good catcher.
My Take: I like the comparison to Murray. They were both taken late in the draft. We will see what happens, but personally I am pulling for Taiwan Jones as the No. 2 back. Jones is too explosive not to have a role on our offense.
Pro Football Focus ranked Crabtree as the worst contract in football. Their conclusion is based on analyzing his stats with the market value.
My Take: Anyone who watched a Raider game knows Crabtree’s value extends beyond the boxscore. Derek Carr is comfortable looking for him in clutch situations. He has helped Carr and Amari Cooper develop. Not to mention, Crabtree averages an almost sideline catch per game. Get those feet down Crab. Otherwise, I love Crabtree’s deal and production.
Jack Del Rio
The Raiders head coach wants to honor Raiders legend John Madden by wearing a suit. However, Nike and the NFL have a deal that puts coaches in their apparel.
My Take: Let Del Rio honor someone who changed the game as a coach and broadcaster. Plus, Del Rio could become the freshest coach in the league.
Ex-Raiders linebacker Kirk Morrison spoke to the Raiders’ rookies. This was part of Oakland’s first rookie transition program.
Morrison talked about the pressures to buy jewelry, and he talked about having his life threatened over that chain.
My Take: Morrison was one of my favorite Raiders. These days he is one of my favorite media personalities. Glad he can carry on his Raider legacy with these rookies. People forget that Morrison was a bright spot for some of those horrible years.
A few weeks ago the Raiders sent a detailed survey to the residents of Las Vegas.
They showed how serious they are about the move by emailing an 83-question survey to 10,000 residents.
The survey company that did the Raiders survey also took part in a similar exercise for the NHL Las Vegas franchise.
My Take: Atleast the Raiders are actually looking at the interest of the market, and not just throwing a billion dollar franchise at a small market.