Coach Allen in a New York Groove (Raiders.com)… Head Coach Dennis Allen spoke to the media after Wednesday’s practice as the Raiders get ready to head to New York to take on the Giants at MetLife Stadium.
Raiders Head Coach Dennis Allen: I’ll go over the injury report – Tyvon Branch did not practice today. Juron Criner didn’t practice. Sebastian Janikowski didn’t practice. Kaluka Maiava did not practice. Matt McCants, Darren McFadden, Tony Pashos, all those guys didn’t practice. Limited in practice today was Andre Gurode, Andre Holmes. And then full participation in practice was Tracy Porter, Terrelle Pryor and Rod Streater. We’re excited about getting back here to work. We’re excited about getting ready for the New York Giants. We have a tough challenge going up there to play them in their place. This is a good football team that we’re playing. They’ve won a couple of World Championships with the leadership that they have in place and we’re going to have to be ready to play. You look at them offensively and they’re able to throw the football. They’ve got an outstanding quarterback. They’ve got a couple of really good receivers. Obviously we know Brandon Myers really well from the time that he was here. And then defensively their engine really starts with their front and their linebackers. They do a great job up front of applying pressure. They’ve done a great job of stopping the run, so we’re going to have to be ready to play. (watch the video or read the transcript)
Pryor Looking Forward to Giants Game (Raiders.com)… QB Terrelle Pryor spoke to the media after Wednesday’s practice, as the Raiders get ready to head to New York to face the Giants.
Q: How is the morale at practice? Was everyone confident after a loss like that, is it hard to get going or were you guys excited to get going?
Pryor: “See, right there, it’s just a leadership thing. Some guys may come in and be kind of sluggish and not really feeling it. It’s just a leadership role for a quarterback and guys that really want to be there, that you have to come forward and show them energy and that’s something you have to do. Some guys are banged up – I’m a little tiny banged up. I practiced the whole day today. I was running hard, felt very good. It’s just setting examples, positive examples and getting guys to gather around and believe. We definitely believe and we let this past game slip, but let’s go get the next one, that’s the most important one right now. This next one is the most important, that’s how you have to look at it; I forgot about this past game already.” (watch video or read the transcript)
Raiders’ practice notes (by Steve Corkran, Bay Area News Group)… Also, receiver Andre Holmes is back on the field and healed enough to give his injured hamstring injury a test drive. He tweaked his hamstring in practice last week and wasn’t able to play against the Eagles. Finally, backup offensive lineman Andre Gurode is on the practice field after missing significant time since he injured a quadriceps last month. (read more)
Other news and notes for the Oakland Raiders (by Steve Corkran, Bay Area News Group)… Couldn’t help but notice Pryor talking about the difficulty in getting fullback Marcel Reece the ball as much as desired and thinking back to how the Raiders managed to get Rashad Jennings 22 touches against the Eagles on Sunday. …It says here, throw the ball to Reece and take your chances with him and his 255-pound body against a cornerback that might tip the scales at 200 pounds. (read more)
Oakland Raiders – PlayerWatch (Reuters)… T Menelik Watson made his NFL debut with more than 50 snaps at right tackle against Philadelphia. RB Darren McFadden aggravated a hamstring sprain and his status is in question for practice this week. (read more)
Pryor practicing, McFadden sits out (by Scott Bair, CSN Bay Area)… Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor said a left knee sprained on Sunday wasn’t a big deal. On Wednesday, he proved it. Pryor participated in drills during the open portion of practice, which consists of individual work and some team sets. While Pryor didn’t skip a beat, Darren McFadden is back on the shelf. He did not practice due to a hamstring strain suffered during Sunday’s loss to Philadelphia. It was the same hamstring that sidelined him earlier this season. (read more)
Raiders injury update: Jennings ready for increased workload (by Scott Bair, CSN Bay Area)… Jennings is able to come in and play well off the bench because of a mantra he recites on a regular basis. “When I was in high school, I always carried a quote with me,” Jennings said. “It says, ‘When an opportunity presents itself, it’s too late to prepare for it.’ Every day you work and prepare as if you’re going to be the guy.” That’s crucial playing behind the oft-injured McFadden, who has missed time in each professional season. (read more)
Oakland Raiders got rolled but can right the ship in time (Daniel Mano Herberholz, The Daily Democrat)… Regardless, Hayden needed this challenge to expose his weaknesses. Even now-veteran Raiders safety and future-Hall of Famer Charles Woodson agreed. “(Hayden) had a tough day, but everybody’s gone through it,” Woodson told reporters after the game. “If you’ve played in the NFL, you’ve had a long day before. But if you want to play a long time, then you’ve got to get past it.” (read more)
1 year after near-fatal collision, Raiders rookie CB D.J. Hayden deals with NFL growing pains (Associated Press)… “This past game I gave up two touchdowns and it’s something I’ve got to put past me. I’ve got to keep going on to the next play and getting better,” he said. “It’s about how you respond to it. I could have made both plays, I’ve just got to finish the play. If I’d have finished the play, who knows what the outcome would have been.” (read more)
Raiders vs. Giants Game Preview (CBS Sports)… “All we can worry about is getting back to playing well and get on a hot streak and start winning games,” Eli Manning said. “It’s all about us. We can only control what we can do. It might happen some weeks that a team might lose for us. They all might win. They all might lose. If we are winning, we’ll keep in distance and give ourselves a shot.” (read more)
How will Raiders respond to blowout? (by Paul Gutierrez, ESPN)… The Raiders have not won a game in the Eastern Time Zone in their past 11 tries, getting outscored by a combined 353-178. The last time Oakland played at the Giants, the Raiders were routed, 44-7, on Oct. 11, 2009. Sensing that trend? What Allen did guarantee, however, had more to do with effort than results. (read more)
Coaching Confidential: Back from the bye (Giants.com)… Coach Coughlin meets the media as the team gets set for the second half of the season. …Victor Cruz will not practice today because of the neck injury he suffered 10 days ago in Philadelphia, but Tom Coughlin indicated it’s nothing to be alarmed about. “I wouldn’t call it a setback, but when a guy is not practicing, obviously, it’s an issue,” Coughlin said. “They’re just going to hold him to make sure that he doesn’t have any further incidents today. He feels better, quite frankly. I think he probably could practice if we really needed him to practice today, but we’re going to err on the side of precaution here in hopes that he will be prepared to go tomorrow.” (watch video or read more)
Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul gets swagger back in time for Raiders game (by Ebenezer Samuel, New York Daily News)… After a practice session he called his ‘best’ of the season, Pierre-Paul said he felt ‘awesome’ despite lingering back issues and sent the message out that he’s ready to be the Giants’ most feared defensive player again. (read more)
Quotes (11/6): Manning, Cruz, JPP (New York Giants.com)…QB Eli Manning
Q: How do you approach things coming off the bye week?
A: We’ve got a big game this week versus an Oakland team that we’ve got to do a lot of film study on. It’s a team we haven’t played in a long time. We’re getting familiar with their personnel. They’ve played very good defense for six of the games. Obviously last week was a little tough, but besides that, not many teams have scored over 20 points on them. We’ve just got to take it one game at a time and see if we can continue this win streak.
Q: Their defense has a high completion percentage against them. Why is that?
A: It’s tough to say. They don’t give up many big plays and so they do a good job of keeping things underneath and making tackles and kind of make you have long drives and be patient. A lot of times that gives you completions, but those completions aren’t always leading to first downs, so you kind of have to get two or three completions to get first downs. They do a good job of mixing up different coverages and getting pressure on the quarterback and doing a number of different looks.
Midseason Report: Oakland Raiders (by Paul Gutierrez, ESPN)… You knew this was going to be a rebuilding year for the Oakland Raiders and, before Sunday’s embarrassing 49-20 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Oakland was playing above expectations. Indeed, after a 4-12 season last year, the Raiders had a chance to win their fourth game at this year’s midway points. (read more or watch Gutierrez’s video report)