(by Stewart Upton)
Jerry McDonald reports that Running Backs Darren McFadden and Rashad Jennings were participants in practice for the third straight day Friday, making it likely they’ll be available when the Raiders visit the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. McDonald also wrote this article on how the Raiders plan to approach this Sunday’s game against the Chiefs. There was no mention of dealing with the crowd noise that will likely be a factor at the start of the game though; but what he does address is Alex Smith and how he knows the Raiders Defense will give him different looks this Sunday.
The Raiders vs. Chiefs video preview is out…they do the normal great job of selling and hyping the rivalry; which Chiefs’ Head Coach Andy Reid says he is all about. At the end, the video asks if the Chiefs’ undefeated record of 5-0 will come to an end, or if the Raiders streak of six straight wins at Arrowhead Stadium will come to an end.
Well, the Raiders have been pointed to as the laughing stock again and Al Davis is dead; so this is all on the general manager that was brought in to fix the high price personnel issues, Reggie McKenzie. As Adam Schefter points out, Matt Flynn will make millions this year for only playing one game; combined, Flynn will make more this year than Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden and Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.
CSN Bay area reporter Scott Bair files a couple of reports on the Raiders; the first of which is to point out how the second round draft pick, Menelik Watson has only been available for about 10 days since the Raiders started Training Camp. So when do you judge this one? I mean, this guy’s taking a roster spot…McKenzie was a ‘bust’ on Flynn, Wilson…and possibly Watson. Bair also reports on how the receivers are starting to jell with Pryor now that Pryor is constantly getting the first team snaps which he really didn’t get all throughout training camp….imagine where that chemistry would be today if we never had the Flynn experiment.
Paul Gutierrez, of ESPN writes a thoughtful and logical commentary as part of Hispanic Heritage Month on why Raiders two-time Super Bowl winning Hispanic Coach Tom Flores and Quarterback Jim Plunkett broke barriers in the NFL and deserve to be in the Hall of Fame.
Matt Flynn cashes in on loophole (by Adam Schefter, ESPN)… Oakland paid Flynn more than $6.5 million this season and released him after one losing start. So this season, Flynn will make nearly $2 million more than Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden and Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson — combined!
Raiders injury update: Watson back on the shelf (by Scott Bair, CSN Bay Area)… Watson was a limited participant during last week’s work, until his calf strain flared up again. “It’s frustrating for him and frustrating for us that we haven’t been able to have him out there,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “We’ve had him maybe a total of 10 days since the start of training camp.”
Raiders WRs adjusting to Pryor’s style (by Scott Bair, CSN Bay Area)… “We’re all getting used to what he’s doing back there and where he likes to go with the football,” receiver Rod Streater said. “You have general rules of where to go, and you need to find certain windows that give him the best chance to make a play.” The receivers get it. That’s a major reason why Pryor has run less and thrown more. He’s taking bigger chunks and avoiding hits, a double bonus for a player the Raiders can’t afford to lose.
Raiders hope to get in face of Chiefs’ Alex Smith (by Jerry McDonald, Bay Area News Group)… Allen feels the best shot the Raiders have of getting the ball back lies with being unpredictable. “It’s all predicated on being able to get some pressure on him and make him uncomfortable in the pocket, to be able to do some things that hopefully make him make a bad decision,” Allen said.
Looking good for McFadden, Jennings vs. KC (by Jerry McDonald, Bay Area News Group)… Running backs Darren McFadden and Rashad Jennings were participants in practice for the third straight day Friday, making it likely they’ll be available when the Raiders visit the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.
Darren McFadden practices again, could go either way in fantasy football for Week 6 (by James Brady, Silver & Black Nation)… It’s great for the Raiders to get their best offensive weapon back, but McFadden and the Oakland running back situation remains iffy as a whole. McFadden will likely start, but the team could be looking to limit his carries and give Jennings some touches at this point. It’s hard to suggest you sit a player of McFadden’s caliber, but it’s definitely a judgment call. If you depend on him, then start him.
D.J. Hayden’s maturation continues (by Paul Gutierrez, ESPN)… Hayden is coming off his best and busiest performance of the season, having been on the field for 68 of 75 snaps — generally he comes in at right cornerback in the Raiders’ nickel defense with Tracy Porter sliding down into the slot — and picking off San Diego’s Philip Rivers in the end zone for his first career interception.
Flores, Plunkett deserve Canton call (by Paul Gutierrez, ESPN)… Hispanic coach, QB broke barriers and led the Raiders to Super Bowl XV win
‘Raiders fan’ strips on Manchester airport tarmac, gets tased (by Will Brinson, CBS Sports)… But in case you couldn’t figure it out: a man dressed in a Raiders shirt decided not to board his plane at the Manchester (England) airport and instead ventured onto the tarmac, threatened to fight the pilot and took off all his clothes. This wasn’t just a big-time Matt Flynn fan who finally reached the end of his rope though. Apparently this man, who fellow passengers described as intoxicated, got in an altercation with other passengers during the flight. When the plane landed, he got down to his underwear.