It will be hard for Chris Warren to get significant touches for the Raiders this season with the addition of rookie Josh Jacobs. Along with Doug Martin, Jalen Richard and potentially DeAndre Washington, this is a crowded running back group, which will make it hard for Warren to get playing time -- if he makes the final roster. Warren (knee) was stashed on injured reserve in 2018, but he led the NFL in rushing in the preseason with 292 yards before getting hurt. He could be worth a late-round flier in deeper leagues if he leaps over some guys on the depth chart, but don't plan on drafting Warren in most formats this year.
Warren is up to around 260 pounds, Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Warren apparently has put on weight since last year's combine, where he ran a 4.69 40-yard dash while checking in at 6-foot-2, 247 pounds. His new weight likely makes him the largest halfback in the league, which could prove useful for blocking on special teams. With Josh Jacobs, Jalen Richard and Doug Martin all expected to have spots on the 53-man roster, Warren and 205-pound scatback DeAndre Washington seem to be competing for the possibility of a single job. Undrafted out of Texas last year, Warren ran for a league-high 292 yards during preseason and then spent the entire regular season on injured reserve with a knee issue. There hasn't been any report of the injury impacting his participation in Oakland's offseason program.
General manager Mike Mayock said he's excited to see Warren on the practice field this summer, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports. Warren made a bid for the 53-man roster as an undrafted rookie in 2018 after leading the NFL with 292 rushing yards during the preseason. Oakland stashed him on injured reserve with a knee injury before Week 1, with the 246-pound bruiser then getting surgery for his nagging injury. Warren should be healthy for the start of the offseason program, where he'll begin building his case for a spot on the 2019 roster. If nothing else, Warren's size hints at potential for short-yardage situations and/or special teams.
The Raiders placed Warren on injured reserve due to a knee injury, Matt Schneidman of The San Jose Mercury News reports. General manager Reggie McKenzie touched on Warren's health Saturday, saying the undrafted rookie running back had been playing through a knee issue that was "wearing on him." Consequently, Warren will undergo season-ending surgery to alleviate the concern.
The Raiders have placed Warren (undisclosed) on injured reserve, Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. The undrafted rookie out of Texas had an NFL-high 292 rushing yards during the preseason, but there wasn't an obvious spot for him on Oakland's 53-man roster. He conveniently seems to have picked up some kind of injury, allowing the Raiders to stash him for another look in 2019.
Warren (undisclosed) returned to practice Friday, Matt Schneiderman of the Mercury News reports. Warren missed a few days of practice with an undisclosed injury, but the running back now seems ready to get back into the thick of things. The undrafted rookie seems to have an uphill climb to a roster spot in Oakland.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/15||Kansas City Chiefs||31||23.78|
|7||10/20||@Green Bay Packers||19||18.13|
|10||11/08||Los Angeles Chargers||24||20.00|
|12||11/24||@New York Jets||18||17.75|
|13||12/01||@Kansas City Chiefs||31||23.78|
|16||12/22||@Los Angeles Chargers||24||20.00|
|3 Year Avg||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|