Oakland Raiders Roster and Injury Updates (Sep 15th)

Kevin Roberts@BreakingKevinSenior Writer ISeptember 15, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 14:  Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders runs the ball against Stephen Cooper #54 of the San Diego Chargers on September 14, 2009 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The Raiders wasted no time showing their potential against San Diego Monday night, while also giving us a solid dose of "just kidding" as they blew a lead with 17 seconds remaining.

At least it wasn't a comeback of epic proportions. Despite continued inconsistent play from supposed "franchise" passer, Jamarcus Russell, Oakland was still able to keep it close, while unleashing Darren McFadden onto the NFL world, as well as unveiling Louis Murphy.

Read on for a complete offensive roster break-down heading into week two:


Jamarcus Russell: 12-30, 208 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT

Russell wasn't awful, but he didn't exactly make huge strides in Oakland's opening game, either. He showed soe solid chemistry with both tight end Zach Miller and rookie receiver Louis Murphy, but was far too inconsistent for a third year passer.

Still, with Jeff Garcia gone and now with the Eagles, Russell has no worries as far as job security goes. On a lighter note, Bruce Gradkowski has officially surpassed Charlie Frye as the Raiders' back-up quarterback. He must be thrilled.

Running Backs

Darren McFadden: 17 car, 68 yds, 0 TD, 2 rec, 25 yds, 0 TD

McFadden was solid in his debut as Oakland's starter, but no scores and a lost fumble aided in him failing to light it up in front of the nation.

He's a solid fantasy option down the stretch and a good bet for 20 touches per game, but clearly lost out to back-up Michael Bush once Oakland entered the 20 yard-line.

Michael Bush: 12 att, 55 yds, 1 TD, 1 rec, 4 yds, 0 TD

Despite not starting the game, Bush finished the game against San Diego as if he were the top dog in Oakland.

McFadden is clearly Tom Cable's choice on third downs due to his elite pass-catching ability, while Bush's hard running makes him best suited for short yardage and goal-line duties.

While McFadden is the clear-cut official starter, expect Bush to cut-in to his touchdowns and be the guy they call for short yardage situations. He currently holds a slight edge over Fargas as a fantasy option.

Justin Fargas: DNP

While Fargas is set to return from injury in week two against the Chiefs, coach Tom Cable has not decided what his role will be.

After both McFadden and Bush were solid on Monday night, it's entirely possible that Fargas takes the back-seat and is relegated to the third running back role.

However, due to his superior blitz pick-up and blocking ability, he's an asset the offense can't completely do without.

Wide Receivers

Chaz Schilens: DNP

Schilens missed week one's action, but has been cleared to run this week, giving him a shot at returning in week three.

He's extremely doubtful to play against the Chiefs, but could have solid potential down the road when completely healthy.

Louis Murphy: 4 rec, 87 yards, 1 TD

Darrius Heyward-Bey was not earning his hefty paycheck on Monday night, while Murphy, on the other hand, was lighting up the field.

He clearly has established a nice connection with Jamarcus Russell, as he hooked up on a long touchdown, and would have had a second, had it not been called back by a penalty.

Forget about Heyward-Bey and Javon Walker. The Raiders will have to find a way to keep Murphy in the starting line-up moving forward.

Darrius Heyward-Bey: 0 rec

He played, but he didn't play well. Heyward-Bey dropped two balls early on and faded down the stretch as fellow rookie Louis Murphy out-shined him.

Murphy was the only Oakland receiver to register a catch on Monday, both showing his chemistry with Russell, as well as a lack of confidence Russell has in the other receivers.

The return of Chaz Schilens in week three could drop Heyward-Bey's value even further if he can't step it up against Kansas City this week.

Javon Walker: DNP

Walker missed Monday night's game with lingering knee issues. Alert the media.

This just in: Walker is washed up and can't get on the field.

He's reportedly still nowhere near ready to take on the field, as he's seen very little progress in his knee since off-season surgery.

Former BYU receiver Todd Watkins should play ahead of him, even if he does ever get back.

Tight Ends

Zach Miller: 6 rec, 96 yds, 0 TD

Miller was his usual solid self on Monday night, shocking no one with his good hands, solid routes, and quality play-making ability.

Unfortunately, the zero touchdowns was also not out of character, giving him one touchdown in his last 17 games.

Still, Miller is a potent weapon in an otherwise lackluster passing attack, and as long as Jamarcus Russell has no one competent enough to throw to outside of Louis Murphy, it should continue at a high rate.

Tony Stewart: 1 rec, 13 yards, 0 TD

Stewart is around almost solely for blocking, but unless you're banking on him performing in fantasy football, there's absolutely nothing wrong with that fact.

Considering he only notched 11 catches all season in 2008, the one catch for 13 yards was a highlight reel for Stewart.


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