By Steve Corkran
Tuesday, August 14th, 2012 at 3:42 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Raiders running back Darren McFadden allayed any concerns about his long layoff within a three-play span, yet that didn’t earn him time off in the remaining exhibition games.
In those three plays Monday night, McFadden netted 4 yards on a run, 18 on a catch-and-run play in which he lined up as a wide receiver and 16 on a burst around the left side.
This came in his first game since a severe foot injury last October. McFadden missed the final nine games last season as a result of the injury to his right foot.
Despite McFadden’s impressive showing against the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night, coach Dennis Allen said McFadden still needs even more work in game settings between now and the regular-season opener Sept. 11.
“Darren needs to get his touches so that he goes into the regular season ready to go,” Allen said in a conference call, “and that’s the most important thing for him is to make sure he’s fully ready to roll when the opening game comes off on Monday night.”
McFadden has said that he welcomes as many touches as he can get before the first regular-season game.
It’s likely that Allen will indulge McFadden with a handful Friday night against the Arizona Cardinals and several more in the third game before shutting down McFadden for the exhibition finale.
– Veteran running back Cedric Benson signed with the Green Bay Packers, but not before he received overtures from the Raiders and Detroit Lions, he claims.
Benson told FoxSportsWisconsin.com that he opted for the Packers because he felt as if they give him the best chance to play for a Super Bowl-winning team.
“Both teams that needed backs,” Benson said. “They talk about a Super Bowl around here, not about winning their first playoff game.”
That, presumably, was in reference to the Lions and Raiders struggling in recent seasons. The Raiders last appeared in the playoffs in 2002.
Benson’s name has been linked to the Raiders for some time before he signed with the Packers.
However, the Raiders never professed any interest in Benson, other than saying that they evaluate every free agent.
Speculation kicked into high gear in light of injuries suffered by backup backs Taiwan Jones (hamstring) and Mike Goodson (neck) the first two weeks of training camp.
– Allen said Goodson “probably” will be back at practice Wednesday after missing the past week.
Goodson suffered his injury last Aug. 7, when he collided with outside linebacker Philip Wheeler on a short pass over the middle.
Goodson was immobilized on the field and taken by ambulance to Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa. Tests returned negative, and Goodson was released the same day.
“If he’s able to practice this week, we’ll get him in the game and let him play against Arizona,” Allen said.
– Rookie wide receiver Rod Streater caught six passes for 66 yards on Monday night. Still, Allen said he reserved judgment until watching tape of the game.
“Well, I thought he did a nice job,” Allen said. “He executed like he’s been executing all of camp, caught the ball well, was able to get up the field and not a lot of wasted movement. So, Rod Streater, he played really well.”
Streater has gone from an undrafted free agent to a player that appears to be a lock to make the 53-man roster.
– Center Stefen Wisniewski’s calf injury is a day-to-day situation, Allen said. Therefore, it’s possible that Wisniewski will play Friday night.
Wisniewski left the Cowboys game Monday night after only one series. He received treatment on the sideline and watched the remainder of the game from that vantage point.
– Allen said he agreed with quarterback Carson Palmer’s decision-making process on the first-quarter pass that Cowboys safety Gerald Sensabaugh intercepted. He wasn’t as sold on receiver Jacoby Ford’s aggressiveness in making a play on the ball.
“It wasn’t a double coverage situation,” Allen said in defense of Palmer. “It was a thing you coach a quarterback to do, to take a shot when you get those situations.
“Jacoby could have been a little bit better at the end of the route there trying to break that thing up. Overall, you’re going to take that shot, and we want to be aggressive there.”
Ford was unavailable for comment Monday night and Tuesday.
– Rookie defensive end Jack Crawford was active for Monday night’s game. However, Allen said, he was held out because of lingering soreness.