Jacksonville Jaguars: Rod Streater

Jaguars fantasy breakdown: Week 2

September, 13, 2013
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Looking for some help with your fantasy football lineup? Every Friday I'll give you my opinions on which Jacksonville Jaguars players to play and sit, as well as which of the opposing players might be a good play against the Jags. For more fantasy football advice, check out ESPN.com's fantasy football page.

QB Chad Henne: Henne gets the start in place of Blaine Gabbert (hand), but he’ll be battling the same issues that Gabbert did last week: A questionable offensive line and a lack of experienced pass catchers-other than Cecil Shorts. Verdict: Keep him on your bench.

RB Maurice Jones-Drew: He ran for 45 yards on 15 carries last week and should be an even bigger part of the game plan against the Raiders. He has played well on the West Coast, rushing for a total of 146 yards in four games. His best performance was 75 yards on 15 carries. Verdict: Use him as your flex player.

WR Cecil Shorts: He has been battling a groin injury this week, but is listed as probable. He’s drawing most of the attention from the opposing secondary because of the Jaguars’ lack of playmakers with Justin Blackmon (suspension) unavailable. He didn’t catch his first pass last week until the fourth quarter. Verdict: Put him on the bench.

TE Marcedes Lewis: He is doubtful with a calf injury, although he said this week the injury is progressively getting better. Verdict: It’s too big of a risk to play him.

K Josh Scobee: Scobee has been practicing kicking off the infield at a nearby baseball stadium to prepare for the field conditions at O.co Coliseum. The offense, however, has to play much better than it did last week to get him in position to take advantage of that extra work. Verdict: Too much uncertainty with the offense means you should keep him on your bench.

Defense/special teams: After a shaky start, the Jaguars' defense did settle down against Kansas City last week. But it’ll be facing Terrelle Pryor, who ran for 112 yards and threw for 217 yards last week, and the pass rush is struggling. Plus, the unit might be down both starting cornerbacks. Coverage units have been hit and miss, but there is a possibility for a big play if Ace Sanders gets a chance to return punts. Verdict: Not a good matchup, so put them on the bench.


QB Terrelle Pryor: He accounted for 329 yards of total offense and one touchdown last week against Indianapolis, but a lot of those rushing yards came because he was running for his life. He’s not an accomplished passer, but he can make plays with his feet. Verdict: If you’re in a league that allows you to play two quarterbacks, it wouldn’t be a crazy move to play him as the No. 2. Otherwise, probably better off waiting another week or two to see if he can show any consistency.

RB Darren McFadden: It’s Week 2 and he’s healthy, so that’s a good thing for McFadden, who has missed 23 games in his career. He ran for 48 yards on 17 carries last week, but has traditionally had success against the Jaguars: 176 yards on 35 carries. Verdict: Play him as your No. 3 back while he’s healthy.

WR Rod Streater: He caught five passes for 70 yards last week and is likely to end up as Pryor’s favorite receiver because the two worked out together throughout the offseason. Verdict: Right now he’s at best a No. 3 receiver in 10- or 12-team leagues.

WR Denarius Moore: He also caught five passes last week, but for only 43 yards. Verdict: Put him in the same category as Streater.

K Sebastian Janikowski: He should be good for a couple of long field goals. That’s pretty much a given with him, right? Verdict: Start him.

Defense/special teams: The defense is nowhere near as good as Kansas City’s defense, but consider what it’s facing: an offense without its best receiver, starting quarterback, and potentially the starting tight end, and an offensive line that has two banged-up guards. Verdict: A safe play.

Get to know the Oakland Raiders

September, 10, 2013
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jaguars make their first road trip of the season out to the West Coast to face the Oakland Raiders, who have been having trouble with that whole "Just win, baby" thing the past decade.

The Raiders haven’t posted a winning season since reaching the Super Bowl following the 2002 season and have won more than five games just twice (8-8 in 2010-11). They enter Sunday’s matchup losers of nine of their last 10 games.

Kickoff is set for 4:25 p.m. ET and the game will be televised on CBS.

Here’s a look at the Raiders:

Record: 0-1.

Last week: Lost to Indianapolis 21-17.

Coach: Dennis Allen, second season (4-13).

Offensive coordinator: Greg Olson.

Defensive coordinator: Jason Tarver.

Series record: Jaguars lead 4-2.


QB Terrelle Pryor: The Raiders have decided to go with Pryor over Matt Flynn, for whom they gave up a fifth-round draft pick in 2014 and a conditional pick in 2015 to acquire from the Seahawks. Pryor clearly has a lot of work ahead of him as a passer but he’s as good a runner as any of the current group of mobile quarterbacks. In fact, he’s the NFL’s leading rusher (112 yards) after Week 1.

RB Darren McFadden: He is one of the NFL’s most productive backs when he’s healthy. His problem is that he seems to always be injured. Now in his sixth season, McFadden has missed 23 games. However, he’s just fine heading into this week’s showdown after accounting for 66 all-purpose yards (48 rushing, 18 receiving) and one touchdown against the Colts.

WR Rod Streater: He was an undrafted rookie who fought his way onto the Raiders’ roster and ended up with 39 catches for 584 yards and three touchdowns as the No. 3 receiver. His numbers may go up significantly this season because he worked out with Pryor in the offseason and the two apparently formed a pretty good connection , which showed last Sunday when Streater tied for the team lead with five catches for 70 yards against the Colts.


LB Nick Roach: The Raiders signed him as a free agent in the offseason and he was an upgrade athletically at middle linebacker over Rolando McClain. He impressed coaches in training camp with pass coverage ability. He led the Raiders with nine tackles against the Colts.

S Charles Woodson: Yup, he’s still in the league. The 36-year-old Woodson isn’t the player he was but he’s still good enough to be one of the Raiders’ starting safeties. His main value, though, is his experience and leadership --and not just for the younger players on defense. Management is counting on him to help keep the team focused during the rebuilding process.

DE Lamarr Houston: He’s one of only two returning starters from last year’s defense and the only player on this year’s defense who had a sack as a member of the Raiders in 2012. The former second-round draft pick has moved from the left side to the right side.


The Raiders’ streak of 10 consecutive seasons without a playoff appearance is the longest in franchise history. It’s also tied for the second-longest active streak (Cleveland). The longest streak belongs to the Buffalo Bills, who have missed the playoffs for the last 13 years. … Pryor is just the seventh quarterback in NFL history to pass for at least 200 yards and rush for at least 100 yards in a regular-season game. The others: Michael Vick (twice), Randall Cunningham, Cam Newton, Aaron Brooks, Steve Young and Donovan McNabb.