Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times reports that Raiders coach Dennis Allen says their oft-injured RB Darren McFadden looks a lot better physically coming off the bye. Allen said he doesn’t “think anybody’s 100 percent at this point in time during the year, but he looks explosive.” A healthy McFadden is what the Raiders need to stay relevant among fantasy owners. If he can stay injury-free McFadden will be a major contributor as a deep-end RB1 based solely on his play-making abilities and involvement in the passing game.
Meanwhile QB Terrelle Pryor committed himself to improving as a quarterback during the bye week. Pryor has been working on his throwing mechanics with former major-league pitcher Tom House, who has gained a reputation as a specialist for athletes seeking ways to improve their throwing. Pryor has tightened up his throwing mechanics and feels the improvement. He is also receiving a better understanding of how to direct the offense. “It was a great time to get some work in. I didn’t really get any days off. There’s no time to get off anyways. You have to work constantly to improve.” This is very encouraging news for owners who have invested in Pryor this year. Since winning the starting QB job, Pryor has made it his top priority to constantly improving as a QB. The jury is still out on whether we will see an improved Pryor, but we still deem him capable of low-end QB1 numbers from here on out.
Source: Contra Costa Times