Oakland Raiders News Clips for Nov. 14, 2013


Press Conference Coach Allen Nov 14  (Raiders.com)… Head Coach Dennis Allen spoke to the media after Thursday’s practice and discussed the Raiders offensive line, what makes the Texans offense go and more.  “Guys that didn’t practice today – Tyvon Branch, Juron Criner, DJ Hayden, Matt McCants and Darren McFadden. Guys that were limited in practice today – Seabass [Sebastian Janikowski], Kaluka [Maiava], Tony Pashos and Terrelle Pryor. That’s the injury report.  It was good work today.”   QUESTION: How much was Pryor able to do and what were your impressions?  “He was limited. He got some reps with the first team and, again, we’ll see how he looks tomorrow,” Allen answered.  (watch video or read transcript)

Press Conference Jason Tarver Nov 14  (Raiders.com)…Defensive Coordinator Jason Tarver spoke to the media after Thursday’s practice and discussed this Sunday game against the high-powered Houston Texans.  (watch video)

Press Conference Greg Olson Nov 14  (Raiders.com)…Offensive Coordinator Greg Olson spoke to the media after Thursday’s practice and discussed attacking the Houston Texans top-ranked defense.  (watch video)

Raiders’ Terrelle Pryor now seems on-course for start  (by Jerry McDonald, Bay Area News Group)… Terrelle Pryor went through warm-ups and drills and operated as the first-team quarterback during the first walkthrough period Thursday, looking as if he could end up being the starter against the Houston Texans.   Raiders coach Dennis Allen indicated Wednesday there was no plan to get McGloin action to see what he can do, saying the job belonged to Pryor health permitting.  “I think we have our quarterback in Terrelle Pryor and we’re going to evaluate him and see if he can help us win games,” Allen said. “We’ll continue to evaluate as we go on and if we feel there’s a need to play Matt McGloin some, we’ll play Matt McGloin.”  (read more)

Pryor back at practice, McGloin taking first-team reps  (by Steve Corkran, Bay Area News Group)… Terrelle Pryor is back at practice today, which increases the chances of Pryor starting against the Houston Texans.  …Rookie Matt McGloin worked with the first-team offense in the early part of practice, with Pryor taking reps with the backups. Always tough to tell what that means at this stage of a game week.  If McGloin still is taking reps with the first-team Friday, then it’s far more likely that he is going to start Sunday. Best guess is, coach Dennis Allen will have a pretty fair idea of whether Pryor is healthy enough to go Sunday by the end of today’s practice.  (read more)

Kawakami: Oakland Raiders evaluate Terrelle Pryor even when he’s injured  (by Tim Kawakami, San Jose Mercury News)… But now, the Raiders coach and general manager can evaluate Pryor at some different and interesting stages: How does Pryor play when he’s limited (last Sunday, it wasn’t good), how hard does he work to get back in, how deeply does he keep his head in the game plan when he’s injured, and how wisely can he use his down time to lift his mental game? (read more)

For Pryor, challenge of being first-time starter extends beyond field  (by Jim Trotter, Sports Illustrated)… It’s midday of an October Friday, and with the Raiders in their bye week after losing four of their first six games, many players have left town to recharge and regroup. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor isn’t among them. He’s spent this morning at the team’s training facility in Alameda, Calif., devouring digital cut-ups for things to work on, most notably not drifting in the pocket when taking snaps from shotgun formations.  (read more)

Raiders’ question: What to do with Pryor?  (by Matt Williamson, ESPN)… Of course, I had to get my hands on tape of this young man, and I will say that I thought he was quite possibly the best recruit I have ever watched. I wasn’t sure if he was best suited to be a quarterback at the college level, and thought he would be an elite wide receiver or move to tight end. In fact, because he was so big, strong, tough and competitive, I actually thought his best place on the field at that time would be as a 3-4 outside linebacker, where he would be a demon coming off the edge as well as a great space defender. Few players that age and that size could move with this burst and fluidity.  (read more)

McGloin continues to defy expectations (by Scott Bair, CSN Bay Area)… The Raiders’ play calling will change if Matt McGloin, a more typical pocket passer, starts against Houston in week 11.  (read more)

McGloin says he ‘never really took a backseat to anybody’   (The Staff, ,The Morning Call)… “I never really took a back seat to anybody,” McGloin said Wednesday, according to csnbayarea.com. “I controlled what I could control. I wasn’t worried about who was ahead of me or who was behind me. I’ve tried to improve each day as a quarterback and a leader.  “I have a much better grasp on what we’re doing as an offense. I’m trying to make a good impression and work well with these guys.”  (read more)

Oakland’s offensive line looking for boost with return of veteran right tackle  (by Michael Wagaman, Associated Press)… The Oakland Raiders expect to have starting right tackle Tony Pashos back for Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans.  Pashos missed four of the last five games with a hip flexor and has been limited in practice this week while splitting reps with rookie Menelik Watson. Coach Dennis Allen, however, hinted that Pashos likely will start and Pashos later confirmed it. (read more)

Raiders-Texans Capsule  (Associated Press)… Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS; OPENING LINE — Texans by 7 (read more)

Marcel Reece is Oakland Raiders’ forgotten fullback  (by Jerry McDonald, Bay Area News Group)… File the Raiders’ use of fullback Marcel Reece through nine games under the category of “unsolved mysteries.”  Reece, with unique rushing/receiving skills at 6-foot-2, 255 pounds, was given a four-year, $14.4 million contract extension ($7.2 million guaranteed) which suggested he was part of the foundation upon which general manager Reggie McKenzie and coach Dennis Allen wished to build.  (read more)

Raiders vs. Texans 2013 picks and predictions: Most experts agree that Case Keenum will get his first win  (by Kenneth Arthur, SB Nation)… Both experts at Yahoo Sports, plus the fans, expect Houston to win, and nearly everyone at ESPN agrees.  (read more)

Texans’ Shane Lechler hospitalized with flu  (by Brian T. Smith, Houston Chronicle)… Texans punter Shane Lechler has been hospitalized with the flu, coach Gary Kubiak said Thursday.  Lechler will remain in the hospital overnight and is expected to be cleared Friday.  Kubiak said he expects Lechler to play Sunday against Oakland, who Lechler played for the Raiders during his initial 13 seasons in the NFL.  (read more)

Hayden makes Houston homecoming Sunday  (by The Daily Cougar News Services)… Former UH cornerback D.J. Hayden will make his way back to Houston for a contest against his former college quarterback. (read more)  ROGUE RAIDER NOTE: If you see coach Allen’s press conference, he reports that Hayden is still not practicing and basically eludes in the press conference that it is unlikely that Hayden will play this Sunday (brought him into his office to check on his mindset)

Raiders’ coach Dennis Allen talks about fellow Aggie Gary Kubiak (by Robert Cessna, AggieSports.com)… “Yeah, well, number one, I’ve known Gary for a long time because I played at Texas A&M,” Allen said. “He was coaching there at A&M. My first thought was, ‘God, I hope he’s OK.’ That was my first thought, was with him and his family, and hoping that he was going to be OK. Obviously, you try to take good care of yourself and you try to do everything you can to make sure you’re healthy.  (read more)

On the Road with GoPro  (Raiders.com)…Check out this unique perspective of the Raiders on the road with GoPro.  (watch)


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