By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 at 5:11 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Stolen from Wednesday’s paper, plus notes . . .
Carson Palmer isn’t fond of the statistics he’s compiled through two preseason games, but he’s not losing sleep over it.
In some of the more reactionary parts of Raider Nation who are fond of social media, Palmer is already an “issue.’’
He’s throwing interceptions. Missing open receivers. Making bad decisions.
Critics have all the proof they need by looking at the bottom line _ Palmer is 16-for-30 for 240 yards, a 53.3 completion percentage with no touchdown passes and two interceptions for a passer rating of 38.2
For those who believe that preseason football is a precursor to regular season performance, the numbers are almost too JaMarcus-like to contemplate.
Palmer, while not defending his interceptions and admitting to some errors within the offense, also recognizes it’s an entirely different game.
For instance, Palmer may go to a specific receiver simply to give him some work. Or attempt to force one into coverage just to see if it’s possible. Risk-reward doesn’t apply, because in the grand scheme, there is no risk. Only a potential reward and information to be gleaned regardless of the end result.
“That’s what (preseason) is for, really, unless you’re a young guy that hasn’t played and just wants to get acclimated to the speed of the game,’’ Palmer said. “I’ve been around long enougn and that’s not something I’m trying to do.
“There are things we’ll work on and plays we’ll put in we normally wouldn’t put in, or if we want to see if this guy can run by that guy. There are a ton of situations that come up where you do things you wouldn’t do in a regular season game.’’
Both of Palmer’s interceptions were on deep throws _ an overthrow to Jacoby Ford against Dallas when he got a single-safety look that dictates taking a shot downfield, and another high-and-away shot to Richard Gordon that Arizona’s Kerry Rhodes picked off and returned 60 yards.
Although the Raiders went into a regular-season mode and actually began doing some game-planning for Saturday’s game against the Detroit Lions, Palmer’s approach will still be more of a fact-finding mission than a quest for efficiency and a high passer rating.
Ford is injured, Denarius Moore remains out with a hamstring strain and Darrius Heyward-Bey was back at practice but has a shoulder injury. That puts undrafted rookie Rod Streater into the starting lineup and means lots of time for rookie fifth-round draft pick Juron Criner.
“Part of it is, let’s see how they handle being starters, being in with the ones,’’ Palmer said. “I know there’s going to be a lot on a handful of guys’ plates, but it’s a good chance to see how they react to the situation.’’
Raiders coach Dennis Allen has brushed aside any talk of Palmer’s preseason struggles.
“I don’t have any reservations or any doubts at all about Carson Palmer,’’ Allen said.
Palmer looks at the 10 series he has played in two games and sees three Sebastian Janikowski field goals, a lot of mistakes and an equal amount of potential.
“It’s encouraging to know we’ve made a bunch of mistakes, and we’ve still moved the ball,’’ Palmer said. “We’ve been nowhere near where we can be when we’re all clicking and on the same page. It’s just a matter of time. We just need to keep working, keep our heads down and keep playing.’’
– Center Stefen Wisniewski missed practice with a calf strain, making it more likely Alex Parsons will get the start against Detroit. Considering the amount of time Wisniewski missed this offseason, Parsons could soon be in line to start the regular-season opener.
– Wide receiver Jacoby Ford (foot), wide receiver Denarius Moore (hamstring, running back Rashawn Jackson (hip), linebacker Aaron Curry (knees), tackle Ed Wang (shoulder) and tackle Zach Hurd (head) , defensive tackle Jamie Cumbie (foot) and defensive tackle Richard Seymour (veteran’s day off) also did not practice.
– Safety Michael Huff returned the practice after witnessing the birth of his daughter, 6-pound, 2 ounce Madeline Rae Huff. Also back were Matt Leinart (lacerated right index finger) and wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (shoulder).
– Allen started the Raiders on a regular-season schedule, which included closing practice to the media. Ordinarily, the Raiders didn’t close practices until the team returned to the facility in Alameda.
The Raiders practice Wednesday and have their last practice in Napa on Thursday.
– Raiders rookie linebacker Korey Bosworth was 1 when his uncle, Seattle linebacker Brian Bosworth, was flattened by Bo Jackson on a 2-yard run at the Kingdome on Nov. 30, 1987.
“He actually called me up and told me someone might eventually start asking about that,” Korey Bosworth said. “He said, just be nice when that question comes up.”
So how does Korey Bosworth look at the play now that he’s a Raider?
“If I had to say now, I’d say it was a good play by Bo Jackson,” Bosworth said. “But being family and everything, it was just a bad angle, you know?”
Bosworth was laughing as he said it.