Oakland Raiders News Clips for Dec. 5, 2013


Raiders’ Head Coach Dennis Allen Thursday Press Conference  (Raiders.com)… “Injury report on guys that didn’t practice today – Mike Brisiel, Kaluka Maiava, Darren McFadden, Denarius Moore, Jeremy Stewart, Usama Young. Guys that were limited in practice – Tyvon Branch, Jason Hunter, Rashad Jennings and Miles BurrisMenelik Watson, who had been out due to illness was back at practice today.”

QUESTION: How is Jennings?

COACH ALLEN: “He’s better, but he’s still not fully ready to go.”

(watch video)


Raiders notebook: Lamarr Houston vows to improve on poor effort at Dallas   (by Jerry McDonald, Bay Area News Group)… Defensive end Lamarr Houston, almost invisible against the Dallas Cowboys, plans on making amends.  “I’ve got to definitely show improvement this game and bring it, because that was probably the worst game I think I’ve played in my life,” Houston said Thursday. (read more)

McFadden still unable to practice, Jones, Reece at the ready  (by Steve Corkran, Bay Area News Group)… That likelihood increases if Rashad Jennings isn’t able to play against ther New York Jets on Sunday. He is at practice but he still hasn’t passed all the tests required of players that suffer a concussion. He can’t play Sunday unless he passes all the tests as part of the league protocol.  (read more)

Matt McGloin aiming to learn from mistakes  (by Paul Gutierrez, ESPN)… And as the Raiders prepare for the New York Jets, one of McGloin’s purported greatest strengths in his nascent NFL career is to learn from his mistakes. (read more)

Raiders report: Jennings still not cleared  (by Paul Gutierrez, ESPN)… While both strong safety Tyvon Branch and running back Rashad Jennings practiced in limited capacities Thursday, Branch seems to be the more likely of the two to play Sunday in the Oakland Raiders’ game at the New York Jets.  Jennings, who suffered a concussion in Oakland’s Thanksgiving Day loss at the Dallas Cowboys, has yet to pass all of his league-mandated concussion protocol tests. (read more)

Raiders hope to get boost from healthy Branch  (by Josh Dubow, Associated Press)… Branch is still limited at practice but hopes to be able to play Sunday against the New York Jets. Branch was one of only two returning starters on Oakland’s overhauled defense but only played one game before getting hurt in the first quarter against the Jaguars in Week 2. (read more)

Raiders’ Offensive Coordinator Greg Olson Thursday Press Conference  (Raiders.com)…Coach Olson talks about quarterback Matt McGloin and his excitement to see Jones at running back on Sunday against the Jets in New York.  When asked about the 30% chance of snow, Olson talked about the changes in technology in the NFL…i.e. heated benches, etc.  (watch video)

Raiders’ Defensive Coordinator Jason Tarver Thursday Press Conference  (Raiders.com)…Coach Tarver talks about the benefits of having a little bit of extra time between games and how it has allowed the players to get some time off at this point in the season.  “The NFL season is a marathon, it’s not a sprint.”  (watch video)

Mike Jenkins thinks the Raiders “are loaded” right now  (by the Wheelhouse; John Lund & Greg Papa, 95.7 FM)… The Raiders CB talks about his current mental state and also brought up why he feels this is the 1st real team he’s played on, and what it was like to play his former team on Thanksgiving; as well as what to expect this Sunday playing against the Jets rookie quarterback. (listen)

Matt McGloin discusses his progression as a starter  (by the Wheelhouse; John Lund & Greg Papa, 95.7 FM)… The Raiders QB gave his opinion on some of the other big name QB’s in the league, and looked ahead to the game this weekend against the Jets.  (listen)

Dee Milliner will start for Jets against Raiders  (by Michael J. Fensom, New Jersey Star-Ledger)… Jets defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman confirmed Thursday afternoon that Dee Milliner will start at cornerback Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. Milliner, the Jets’ top draft choice last April, has been benched three times this season, most recently during the second half of Sunday’s loss to the Miami Dolphins.  (read more)

Jets WR Kerley fully practices, expected to play  (by Jeremy Kerley, Associated Press)… New York Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley fully participated in practice for the first time since dislocating his left elbow last month and is expected to play Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. (read more)

Raiders-Jets matchup: Holmes vs. Cromartie  (by Scott Bair, CSN Bay Area)… This is the first part in a series that spotlights three Raiders-Jets matchups to watch Sunday, 10 a.m., at MetLife Stadium.  Andre Holmes has 12 career receptions; Antonio Cromartie has 28 career interceptions.  (read more)

Raiders’ next task: learning how to finish  (by Jerry McDonald, Bay Area News Group)… Fullback Marcel Reece had a novel if unrealistic idea for taking the success the Raiders have early in a game and applying it to when it comes time to close out a win. “Maybe in the fourth quarter we’ll have it say it’s the first quarter on the scoreboard,” Reece said. “Look, if I had the answers, it would be fixed.” (read more)

Get ready for battle of rookie quarterbacks  (by Steve Corkran, Bay Area News Group)… The jury’s out on Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin and Jets counterpart Geno Smith. However, both are expected to start for their respective teams Sunday, with the team that loses all but certainly eliminated from playoff contention. (read more)

Reviewing the rebuild: Raiders right on track  (by Walter Spargo, Cover32.com)… Each time, Raider fans hear a lot of hype about “next year” with the same disappointing result. So what is different this time? Go back to last year and look at it the same way you would if you were gutting a house and renovating it inside and out. A complete gutting process was started when Reggie McKenzie and Dennis Allen were hired and has been completed this year. Now the building process can start. (read more)

Al Davis elected to Hall of Fame in Israel  (Jweekly.com)… The late Al Davis, longtime owner of the Oakland Raiders and the team’s head coach in the mid-1960s, has been elected to the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, it was announced this week. (read more)

Haden: If Gruden coaches, it’s in the NFL  (by Paul Gutierrez, ESPN)… Gruden”s response? “He wants to coach in the pros,” Haden told Patrick. “If he’s gonna coach, he wants to be a pro coach.”  Ambiguous enough, right? At least, as far as it regards the Raiders, who, again, have a coach in Allen who many believe deserves at least three years to put his imprint on the team.  (read more)


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