Happy returns for Jones, Moore?


Pinch-hitting for Steve Corkran today . . .

It’s looking as if the Raiders will go with a pair of explosive rookies to help remedy their anemic return game Sunday against the Jets.

Taiwan Jones, the Raiders’ fourth-round pick, was returning kickoffs Friday, while Denarius Moore was working on punt returns.

Both those roles belonged to Nick Miller through the first two weeks of the season, with lackluster results. Miller was returning kickoffs with the “look” team Friday and was mostly a spectator while Moore fielded punts.

Moore did mishandle a pair of punts, however. One he misjudged, reaching out at the last second as the ball his hands and bounced free. A short time later, he had an easy chance bounce off his body and hands and to the ground. He fielded several kicks flawlessly after that.

Oakland’s injury situation remains status quo. No sign of Jacoby Ford, Mike Mitchell or Louis Murphy, who probably will all be ruled out of the Jets game later today. Other players, such as Kevin Boss, Chris Johnson and Darrius Heyward-Bey, were all on the field and are likely to play.

No worries about Sebastian Janikowski, who showed up with a foot injury on Wednesday’s report. He had several kickoffs during practice.

Here’s a link to a story in today’s print editions about how rookie wide receiver Denarius Moore fell to the fifth round, No. 148 overall, after 18 other wide receivers had been selected.

Talked with NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock, one of the best in the business, and some of what he said is quoted in the article.

Moore’s best production didn’t come until his senior year, where he averaged better than 20 yards a catch and scored nine touchdowns, and he wasn’t utlilized much on kick returns, diminishing him in that department. He wasn’t used as a punt returner at all, interesting in that he’ll probably be in that role Sunday against the Jets.

Here’s the thing about Mayock. He readily admits he and other analysts appear to be off regarding Moore, and he was willing to take the phone call to talk about it. He could have easily received the message which included the storyline and made himself scarce. Mayock said he goes back every year on players he missed to see where he might have erred.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Tricky70390

    Kirk Says:
    September 23rd, 2011 at 2:05 pm
    Last Sunday McClain got credit for the first full sack of his career on a tackle against the wildcat.

    So McClain has never really sacked a quarterback by himself in his whole career.

    Funny, I wasn’t aware that that McClain was a pass rusher.

  • Raiders for life

    I think Mclain was credited with a 1/2 sack last year.

  • raiderinparadise

    McClain is not a playmaking MLB. I am not sure what he is exactly. But he is a starter and calls the d-plays. He misses tackles reguarly, is slow and NEVER gets off blocks, just takes them on.

  • Kirk

    You are right, Tricky.

    McClain is not a pass rusher.

    He doesn’t stop the run either.

  • Tricky70390

    Then why bring up a stat like “sacks” which is completely useless for his position.

    Sounds to me like you’re grasping at straws.

  • On the stadium argument. I hate to say it, but as of recent the Raiders’ revenue stream was severly truncated in comparison to the rest of the league. And, considering the “elite” teams, which the Raiders aspire to join, and to a team (well, there are only 10 “old school” stadiums remaining in the NFL. I count Atlanta because they are under the (misguided) perception they are in need of a new stadium. KC, Buffalo, Green Bay, Jacksonville (as long as they remain in the league. (I’d opt for Las Vegas, but the implications are obvious.) & Miami are stalwarts that will remain; forever.) they play in relative palacial digs. Almost always to a sellout crowd. With HUGE revenue streams. Tied to local deep pockets. The corporate world is in balance. The rich getting richer.

    For the teams that advertise themselves as a city but are located elsewhere their followings pretty much draw statewide. Yet they usually have a strong local nucleus to depend on.

    The metropolitan cities with teams in their downtown locations have greater economic wealth to draw on than the East Bay. San Francisco is notorious for NOT supporting the bank accounts of sports franchise owners. Seattle not only has a strong local following (why I don’t know. It’s the rain/fog/clouds), but their fan base spans Alaska through Montana, and South into Oregon.

    They , Denver &, until recently KC & Indianapolis (we’ll see soon) drew regardless of won-loss percentage. Green Bay’s the only game in town & the local constituents actually have a financial stake in the team.

    This leaves San Diego, Minnesota (which is going to receive state/local backing for a new stadium. But it will happen. For them), San Francisco & Oakland as the remaining teams in need of a stadium upgrade in order to keep a competative balance with the remaining league members. . .

    So, the Raiders need something in order to draw on insofar as increasing their ability to put butts in seats.

    They need to encourage their strong national following to support the team. I live in the 206 yet go to @ least one game a year. I’ve been known to go to as many as three games a year (once had a girlfriend whom worked for the airlines. What a boon, unless you’re on standby). I know other out of towners that would be more prone to support the team, especially when they’re winning. And there are more “elitist” Raider fans that live in Norcal, the San Juaquin Valley, etc. that would be more prone to seperate themselves of their hard earned greenbacks if the Raiders were winning regurlarly.

    With a mega stadium worth lobbying for a Super Bowl, supporting TWO teams angling for league honors would help improve the local economy all the way around. People would be more likely to spend their new found wealth on backing the local football team. After all, it’s not like it’s never happened. In the East Bay.

    And, with the advent of a major construction project “satellite bussinesses” would sprout up. Depending on their utilitarian nature (will they just shrivel up @ the end of the project?), this will also increase the economic footprint on the state. Taxes, permits, dontcha know.

    It just depends on where the state prefers to grow. . .

    Methinks the major playere statewide will support the Santa Clara project. There’s constituents to appease & money to be made. . .The Jaded Tower (operating name)in on track. The old money of the state has spoken!

    I realize BOTH New York teams play in a totally different state; the Redshins play in Landover, Maryland, and on & on. But to displace not one (by choice) but two teams, berift of proper infrastructure, instead of displacing ONE team (and only by, what 1/2 an hour?) , retaining a proper transportation infrastructure & keeping developemental dollars in the East Bay, where the accompanying income will increase (added jobs, spending clout, etc.)? It only makes sense.

    However, politically, for the same reasons (save for benefitting Santa Clara & NOT Alameda County.) I could easily see this going down the 40whiners way. So, when the Santa Clara stadium location gets the backing of the NFL over the (common sense oriented) Oakland location, you heard it here first. Leeland Stanford would be proud

  • . . .Unless LA gets involved. . .

  • I could not imagine heading down the freeway to Santa Clara to catch a Raider game.
    It would feel wrong on so many levels.
    The most glaring level would be that the Raids would essentially be homeless.

    Santa Clara is whiner territory.

  • RaiderReggie

    I have been to several stadiums around the country and I have been a Raider fan for 40 years. I can tell you that Oakland and San Francisco must be business smart and get a new stadium together. The people with the big money will come along with the people that can afford the tickets. Their will not be any blackouts for either team with a new stadium because the rich folks will buy up the tickest and give them away as business incentive. Furthermore rich folks like new luxury stuff. Just like Jerry Jones built the palace in Dallas.