Marcell Ateman

Marcell Ateman

Wide Receiver #3
Team: Las Vegas Raiders
Ht / Wt:6'4" / 216 lb.
Born:September 16, 1994
Drafted:2018 / Rd. 7 (228)
Draft Team:OAK

Marcell Ateman: Season-high seven targets in finale

Ateman caught three of seven targets for 46 yards in the Raiders' Week 17 loss to the Broncos, finishing his 2019 campaign with five receptions on 10 targets for 116 yards in 11 games.

Analysis: Ateman's role in the Raiders' aerial attack was severely limited throughout his second year in the league until finally logging a season-high 52 offensive snaps and seven targets in Week 17. He'll look to compete for a roster spot again in 2020 alongside fellow reserves Rico Gafford and Keelan Doss behind current starters Tyrell Williams (foot), Hunter Renfrow and Zay Jones.

January 6, 2020 8:42 AM EST

Marcell Ateman: Active in Week 15

Ateman (ribs) is active for Sunday's Week 15 tilt against the Jaguars.

Analysis: Ateman will overcome his questionable designation to suit up Sunday, but he still has an uphill battle to fantasy relevance. Even with fellow wideout Hunter Renfrow (ribs) out of action, Ateman remains no better than No. 5 option in the receiver pecking order.

December 15, 2019 11:44 AM EST

Marcell Ateman: Managing rib injury

Ateman is questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars with a rib injury, Paul Gutierrez of reports.

Analysis: Ateman was added to the injury report Thursday as a limited practice participant and his status for Sunday remains in doubt. The 25-year-old hasn't played double-digit snaps over the past six games, so his availability is unlikely to significantly impact Oakland's offensive gameplan.

December 13, 2019 2:31 PM EST

Marcell Ateman: Rejoins Raiders

Ateman signed a contract with the Raiders on Thursday, NBC Sports California reports.

Analysis: Ateman was waived by the Raiders on Tuesday, and he now rejoins the team following the release of fellow wideout J.J. Nelson. The 25-year-old stands to reprise his depth role in Oakland's aerial attack, alongside the likes of Keelan Doss, Trevor Davis and Dwayne Harris (ankle).

October 10, 2019 3:26 PM EST

Marcell Ateman: Let go by Oakland

Ateman was waived by the Raiders on Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The 25-year-old was promoted to the 53-man roster from the practice squad Saturday, but he'll lose his roster spot in order to free up space for the acquisition of WR Zay Jones. Ateman played 28 offensive snaps Sunday but did not receive a target. He's a candidate to rejoin the team's practice squad, assuming he clears waivers.

October 8, 2019 2:19 PM EST

Marcell Ateman: Rises to 53-man roster

Ateman was promoted to the active roster Saturday.

Analysis: With Tyrell Williams (foot), J.J. Nelson (knee) and Dwayne Harris (elbow) listed as questionable, Ateman was brought up for depth in case one or more of them sit out. Ateman suited up in seven games for the Raiders last year, hauling in 15 of 31 targets for 154 yards and a touchdown.

October 5, 2019 1:34 PM EST

Marcell Ateman: Joins Oakland's practice squad

Ateman signed with the Raiders' practice squad on Sunday, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Ateman spent the final seven games of last season on the active roster (catching 15 passes for 154 yards and one touchdown) after starting the season on the practice squad, and he'll begin the 2019 campaign in the same position. The 2018 seventh-round pick had eight catches for 101 yards as he garnered three stars in the preseason.

September 2, 2019 9:31 AM EST

Marcell Ateman: 49 yards in preseason loss

Ateman caught five of seven targets for 49 yards in Thursday's 17-15 preseason loss to Seattle.

Analysis: Ateman had a solid showing in his final opportunity to earn a roster spot this preseason. Fellow fringe wideout, Keelan Doss, had more receptions and yards, but also received a team-high 12 targets. There is likely only room for one -- if any -- of the lanky wideouts on the 53-man roster, so we will see who head coach Jon Gruden decides to roll with when roster cuts are due Saturday.

August 29, 2019 10:35 PM EST

Marcell Ateman: Long gainer as home team wins

Ateman was targeted once, and turned that opportunity into a 19-yard pick up during Oakland's 14-3 win against the Rams on Saturday.

Analysis: The 24-year-old Ateman started off as an important part-time contributor to the Oakland passing game last year, but saw his production deteriorate dramatically down the stretch. Entering the league as a seventh-round draft choice out of Oklahoma State, he was cut in September before rejoining the Raiders in November, and proceeding to average per-game numbers of three receptions for 32 yards over his first four appearances. In his final three games, however, Ateman managed just three total receptions for an output of 27 yards. Barring a bombardment of injuries, Ateman isn't expected to get the requisite amount of playing time to produce a lucrative fantasy campaign.

August 11, 2019 12:43 AM EST

Marcell Ateman: Sticking with Oakland

The Raiders signed Ateman, an exclusive rights free agent, on Monday.

Analysis: Ateman has been nudged down the depth chart throughout the offseason due to trade for Antonio Brown and signings of Tyrell Williams, J.J. Nelson and Ryan Grant (toe). Still, Ateman may get in the act as an X receiver in 2019, considering GM Mike Mayock called him the projected starter at the spot before all the additions. In a seven-game cameo to conclude last season, Ateman hauled in 15 of his 31 targets for 154 yards and one touchdown.

April 15, 2019 2:51 PM EST

Marcell Ateman: No longer projects as starter

Ateman is part of a receiving corps that has added Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams while subtracting Jordy Nelson, Scott Bair of NBC Bay Area reports.

Analysis: It's a net loss for Ateman's standing on the depth chart, seemingly dropping him to No. 4 behind Brown, Williams and slot man Seth Roberts. The Raiders do at least seem to view Ateman as an asset, with general manager Mike Mayock saying in late February that the 2018 seventh-round pick would enter the offseason as a projected starter. He obviously lost that standing in a hurry, but Ateman should still have a good chance to keep his spot on the 53-man roster.

March 15, 2019 8:13 AM EST

Marcell Ateman: Penciled in as starter

General manager Mike Mayock said Ateman will enter the offseason as Oakland's projected starter at the X receiver spot, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Analysis: The seventh-round pick made a bit of noise toward the end of his rookie season, but marks of 10.3 yards per catch and 5.0 per target don't exactly make the best case to keep him in a starting role. At the very least, Ateman will face significant competition for the job, and he may even need to battle for a roster spot if the Raiders have a busy offseason at his position.

March 1, 2019 8:56 AM EST

Marcell Ateman: Collects one reception in finale

Ateman caught one pass on three targets for seven yards during Sunday's 35-3 loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: Ateman, who was a seventh-round selection by the Raiders in 2018, spent the first 10 weeks of the season on the team's practice squad before earning the call up. He finished his rookie campaign with 15 catches on 31 targets for 154 yards and a score in seven games. Ateman may have proved himself worthy of a spot on the active roster from the get-go in 2019 as he provided a big-bodied presence on the outside following season-ending injuries to Martavis Bryant (knee) and Brandon LaFell (Achilles).

January 2, 2019 6:31 PM EST

Marcell Ateman: Draws no looks in win

Ateman didn't earn a single target Monday in the Raiders' 27-14 win over the Broncos.

Analysis: With the Raiders racing out to a 17-point halftime lead, the team relied on the ground game to run the clock for much of the second half. That left less volume than usual to go around in the passing game, but it was still surprising that Ateman didn't draw any looks from quarterback Derek Carr after earning at least four targets in each of the previous five contests. Considering Ateman still played 47 of the 62 offensive snaps (76 percent), it's safe to assume he's locked into a regular role in three-receiver formations heading into the season finale in Kansas City this weekend.

December 25, 2018 8:34 AM EST

Marcell Ateman: Collects pair of receptions Sunday

Ateman caught two passes for 20 yards on five targets during Sunday's 30-16 loss to the Bengals.

Analysis: Ateman was on the field for 83 percent of the Raiders' offensive snaps Sunday, but he failed to translate his involvement into significant production with just a 40 percent catch rate. Nonetheless, the rookie has caught at least two passes in all five contests since being promoted from the practice squad in Week 11. Up next is a Broncos defense that held the Browns to under 200 yards passing Saturday.

December 17, 2018 3:20 PM EST

Marcell Ateman: Adds three receptions in win

Ateman brought in three of four targets for 45 yards in Sunday's 24-21 win over the Steelers.

Analysis: Ateman recorded his second catch of 20-plus yards in four games as the rookie continues to become integrated into the Raiders' offense. He's still positioned behind the trio of Jordy Nelson, Jared Cook and Seth Roberts in the pecking order of Derek Carr's targets, but Ateman was on the field for 75 percent of the team's offensive snaps Sunday. Ateman's 6-foot-4, 220-pound frame could entice Carr to look his way in the red zone against the Bengals on Sunday.

December 10, 2018 2:44 PM EST

Marcell Ateman: Registers first score of NFL career

Ateman caught two of four targets, accounting for 16 receiving yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 40-33 loss to Kansas City.

Analysis: Ateman is likely to remain more of an uplifting story than a fantasy revelation, rising from seventh-round draft choice in April's draft to a modest contributor on Oakland's active roster. The rookie wideout appears to be here to stay, with nine receptions for 82 yards and a touchdown in three weeks as a member of the 53-man squad, most recently garnering four of 22 wide receiver targets in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs. Week 14 brings a matchup against a Pittsburgh defense that's been proficient in defending the pass this year, ranking top 10 with 223.3 yards allowed per game through the air.

December 2, 2018 8:27 PM EST

Marcell Ateman: Targeted 10 times in loss

Ateman caught three of 10 targets for 16 yards during Sunday's 34-17 loss to Baltimore.

Analysis: The rookie, in just his second game, had five more targets than any other Raider on Sunday. He's been targeted a whopping 15 times in two games. He hasn't done a ton with them, absent last week's 32-yard reception he's averaging just 5.7 yards per catch. Next Sunday's game against Kansas City could help toward his development as the Chiefs, often playing from ahead, have surrendered a league-high 320 passing yards per game.

November 25, 2018 4:01 PM EST

Marcell Ateman: Impressive debut against Cardinals

Ateman caught four of five targets, racking up 50 yards against Arizona in a 23-21 win Sunday.

Analysis: The rookie seventh-round draft choice filled in admirably as Oakland copes with a myriad of injuries to its receiving corps, including potential multi-week inactive stints for Brandon LaFell (Achilles), Jordy Nelson (knee) and Martavis Bryant (knee). If LaFell is confirmed to have a ruptured Achilles as is feared, Ateman will have a legitimate shot at five-plus targets in a game Oakland figures to be trailing against Baltimore. It's a less than favorable matchup though, as the Ravens have allowed just 114 wide receivers catches in 2018, (tied for 10th-fewest).

November 18, 2018 7:38 PM EST

Marcell Ateman: Could be headed for meaningful role

Ateman could take on a significant role in the Oakland offense while Jordy Nelson and Martavis Bryant recover from knee injuries, Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: The rookie seventh-round pick landed on Oakland's practice squad at the end of the preseason and was promoted to the 53-man roster after the Amari Cooper trade. He's already 24 years old and doesn't seem to offer much besides size (6-foot-4, 220 pounds), but the Raiders might as well take a look at some young players over the final two months of an ugly season. The team's only other healthy wide receivers are Seth Roberts, 32-year-old Brandon LaFell and 31-year-old return specialist Dwayne Harris. There's a real opportunity for Ateman to get some snaps Week 11 against Arizona.

November 12, 2018 2:20 PM EST

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