Oakland Raiders Week 10 Stock Report

Maurice Moton@@MoeMotonFeatured ColumnistNovember 11, 2015

Oakland Raiders Week 10 Stock Report

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    Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

    The Oakland Raiders’ Week 9 stock report highlights improvements from underachievers and two players previously on the positive side of recent assessments.

    This particular evaluation digs deeper into the turning point in Sunday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers and the engine driving the competitiveness for the Raiders.

    One player quickly dropped from an electrifying asset to a potential liability from a spectator’s perspective. The dramatic drop in talent from one starter to his backup will shine a brighter light on probably the best free-agent signing of the offseason.

    Who’s featured on this week’s buy-or-sell reports? What does it mean for the Raiders going forward?

Rodney Hudson: Stock Up

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    Raiders center Rodney Hudson
    Raiders center Rodney HudsonHannah Foslien/Getty Images

    Starting center Rodney Hudson rolled his ankle in the fourth quarter while the Raiders attempted to rally from a two-touchdown deficit.

    Prior to the injury, Hudson dominated his area in the trenches. According to Pro Football Focus, he graded as the best overall center and run-blocker at his position for Week 9. Running back Latavius Murray and Marcel Reece ran the ball up the middle nine times for 70 yards in a combined effort.

    Head coach Jack Del Rio said Hudson suffered an ankle sprain during Monday’s media press conference. Without the starting center, expect a drop-off in rushing yards up the middle. Also, quarterback Derek Carr may see more pressure in front of his face.

    Backup center Tony Bergstrom allowed two quarterback hits in 16 snaps on Sunday. Hudson has allowed two quarterback hits through eight games in 524 snaps. Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Linval Joseph, who’s ranked the second best at his position, could become a key factor against Bergstrom for a hobbled Hudson in Week 10.

Taiwan Jones: Stock Down

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    Raiders running back Taiwan Jones
    Raiders running back Taiwan JonesCharles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

    In Week 8, running back Taiwan Jones became the darling for Raider Nation with a spectacular catch-and-run 59-yard touchdown. In his previous outing, ball-security issues arose when he fumbled twice, losing one deep in Raiders territory.

    Oakland turned the ball over four times, but Jones’ fumble stands as the only turnover that resulted in points on the following possession. The Steelers started their drive on the 6-yard line and scored a touchdown to capitalize on the fumble. 

    In the big picture, one cannot put the entire loss on Jones, especially with Steelers wideout Antonio Brown running rampant over the secondary.

    However, that particular fumble, which led to a Steelers touchdown, gave the opposition a 14-point cushion and took away an extra possession in a game where Carr moved the ball fluidly through the air.

Austin Howard: Stock Up

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    Raiders right tackle Austin Howard (left) and Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (right)
    Raiders right tackle Austin Howard (left) and Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (right)Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

    Right tackle Austin Howard started the season in a bit of a struggle. Run plays weren’t directed his way, and the ground attack remained predictable by design because of inefficient blocking on the edges.

    In Week 9, Murray ran the ball five times for 32 yards, averaging nearly six yards per carry toward the right tackle.

    Since stepping in for the injured Menelik Watson (Achilles), Howard’s inconsistency has brought nine penalties, and he’s allowed three of eight total sacks. Nonetheless, he’s earned a positive pass-blocking grade, per PFF.

    Offensive line coach Mike Tice must continue working on the sixth-year offensive lineman to encourage more designed run plays to the outside. Murray has shown the ability to attack the edges with speed.

David Amerson: Stock Down

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    Raiders cornerback David Amerson
    Raiders cornerback David AmersonCharles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

    Cornerback David Amerson deserves a lot of credit for coming in as an in-season acquisition and providing tough press coverage on the outside. However, his effort to cover a dynamic No. 1 wideout fell flat in Week 9.

    Cornerback D.J. Hayden received a fair share of criticism, but Amerson deserves a fair portion of responsibility for Brown's 284-yard record-setting performance. Hayden surrendered the touchdown, but Amerson allowed a whopping 19.3 yards per catch for a total of 174 receiving yards.

    He’s equipped to lay a big hit and provide a physical resistance in coverage, but he’s known for giving up yards by the bulk, as reported by Liz Clarke of the Washington Post. Amerson currently ranks 16th in yards allowed (439) among cornerbacks.

Seth Roberts: Stock Up

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    Raiders wide receiver Seth Roberts making a catch in Week 9
    Raiders wide receiver Seth Roberts making a catch in Week 9Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press

    Wide receiver Seth Roberts’ production falls into the lost files of Sunday's 38-35 shootout featuring two high-powered offenses. He made a solid contribution in the slot with three catches for 73 yards.

    Roberts recorded his first multi-reception game since Week 3 against the Cleveland Browns.

    Many ask why Roberts gets the nod over Rod Streater every week with the young receiver’s struggles in receptions.

    The Raiders coaching staff believes in the second-year undrafted wideout from West Alabama. He’s expected to experience ups and downs in his first season as an active component to the offense on game day. 

    Also, he’s the league’s best blocking wide receiver, per PFF. Roberts’ contributions to blocking downfield help spring screen passes to Amari Cooper into the open field. Those meaningful blocks don’t show up in the box score, but they're vital to the offensive scheme.

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    All statistics are provided by Pro-Football-Reference.comPro Football Focus and Team Rankings unless otherwise noted. 

    Oakland Raiders Week 9 play-by-play courtesy of NFL.com.

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