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Wiz out for final game, Moore ‘closer’ to returning

By Steve Corkran
Sunday, August 26th, 2012 at 4:23 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Sunday afternoon that he is inclined to play anyone that is healthy in his team’s exhibition finale against the Seattle Seahawks, a break from the norm in the NFL, when teams typically rest their projected starters.
Even so, you won’t see starting center Stefen Wisniewski play against the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night. Allen said as much Sunday.
It’s possible that wide receiver Denarius Moore’s hamstring injury will be healthy enough for him to play in that game. If not, Allen said he is confident that Moore will be ready to play in the regular-season opener Sept. 10.
Those are just a few of the nuggets gleaned from a 15-plus minute conference call with coach Allen on Sunday. Here’s a sampling of Allen’s thoughts on his players and their progress:

– Kicker Sebastian Janikowski’s groin injury isn’t “a big deal,” Allen said. That’s the hope, at least.
Allen said Janikowski suffered “basically a sore groin” while attempting to run down Justin Miller on a kick return Saturday. Heck, there’s even a chance of Janikowski playing against the Seahawks.
The smart money says, Allen holds out Janikowski, lets Eddy Carmona handle the kicking duties and gives Janikowski as much time as possible to heal in time for the opener.

– Wide receiver Jacoby Ford (left foot) now is able to walk around pain-free without the protective boot that he has sported since he got injured against the Cardinals.
“So, we’re making some progress there,” Allen said.
Ford still is using the boot from time to time, though. It’s doubtful that Ford will heal in time for the Seahawks game. The bigger question is, will he be recovered in time for the regular-season opener.

– Allen said defensive tackle Richard Seymour has what amounts to arthritis in one of his knees, which makes it imperative that the Raiders take it easy on their defensive leader.
“it’s more of a maintenance deal with Richard,” Allen said. “He’s got some arthritis, basically, in his knee. So, he gets a little pain, a little swelling, we got to be able to manage that.”
Seymour has missed every practice since he played against the Arizona Cardinals on Aug. 17. He also sat out the Lions game.
Seymour didn’t seem too concerned about the situation when asked about it Thursday. These veterans have a way of knowing when to crank it up. This is not the time.

– Already, names of players being cut by the Raiders in advance of the first mandatory cutdown are surfing on Twitter.
Safety Aaron Henry Tweeted that he has been informed of his release. Fellow safety Chaz Powell also was released, according to league insider Aaron Wilson.
The Raiders, as well as other teams, are required to be at no more than 75 players by Monday afternoon. I am told that the Raiders expect to issue a press release with the first round of player cuts later this afternoon.

– Cornerbacks DeMarcus Van Dyke and Chimdi Chekwa shouldn’t feel too secure about making the 53-man roster this season. Certainly not on the heels of Allen’s most-recent assessment about their play Saturday night.
“They were young corners,” Allen said in repsonse to what he saw. “We got to continue to work to get better with those guys. They do some good things and then all of a sudden you look up and say, ‘Why did they do that?’ I’m not totally down on them, but we got to get better there. We got to keep improving.”
Van Dyke and Chekwa were being groomed as the heir apparents to Stanford Routt and Chris Johnson last season. Now, they are being pushed by Allen just to show marked improvement.

– Once again, Allen kept in check his praise of second-year quarterback Terrelle Pryor, instead leaving it to fans and others to gush without taking into account the big picture.
Then again, that’s standard practice for a savvy coach that is hesitant to build up a player too soon for fear of that player feeling as if he has arrived.
“He did good,” Allen said after watching tape of the game and getting a better feel for Pryor’s play against the Lions. “Obviously, he had his good plays and he had his bad plays, but the thing that I was impressed with and the thing that I took out of the game is there was progress. There was progress on his part.”
Allen raved about Pryor’s improvement in calling out the plays in a prompt manner, controlling the huddle and the way he executed plays.

– Of the four pre-snap penalties committed by the Raiders in the first quarter Saturday, don’t blame the refs, Allen said.
“Every single one of them was a legitimate call,” Allen said. “Every single one of them was inexcusable on our part, and we can’t have those. We can’t have the pre-snap penalties, especially the two where we lined up offsides on defense. We can’t do that. That’s a lack of focus, that’s a lack of discipline. Those issues will be addressed and, as players, we’ve got to get it corrected.”

– Worried about the Raiders special teams play so far? Well, so is Allen. With that said, Allen doesn’t sound as concerned as many others.
“It’s obviously a concern,” Allen said. “We’ve got to be better in that area. Part of it is the fact that we’ve had a lot of different people playing a lot of different positions in the return game. We’ve had different returners back there returning. We haven’t had a lot of continuity as far as who those guys have been but, at the same time, we’ve got to execute better.
“A lot of times it’s one or two guys that keep you from having a good play, and you’re tackled inside your 15-yard line as opposed to, if you get your one block, maybe it’s a big return or if the returner reads it right maybe it’s a big return. We’re closer than what the stats say, but we’ve got to be better in that regard.”
Punter Shane Lechler said last week that special teams is something that takes time to work out for the very reasons Allen pointed out.
“Special teams is tough during the preseason,” Lechler said. “You’re sitting in a room with a whole bunch of guys that aren’t going to be there. It’s a grind. It’s just part of the process.”
In other words, give it time, folks, before calling for radical changes and coaching moves.

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  • TxRaider210

    The Oakland Raiders have reduced the team’s active roster to the maximum of 75 players in advance of the NFL’s Monday deadline.
    The Oakland Raiders have reduced the team’s active roster to the maximum of 75 players in advance of the National Football League’s Monday deadline of 1 p.m. (PDT).

    The Raiders on Sunday waived LB Korey Bosworth, DE Mason Brodine, DE Wayne Dorsey, S Aaron Henry, CB Terrail Lambert, WR Thomas Mayo, WR DeAundre Muhammad, QB Kyle Newhall-Caballero, S Chaz Powell and FB Manase Tonga, and waived-injured FB Rashawn Jackson and OL Ed Wang.
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    Here you go gents, from the official site.

  • CanuckRaider

    I don’t know that I like hearing DA say he’ll play the starters briefly against the Seahawks…Lots of serious injuries this preseason.

  • Raider Riff

    RAIDERMAN99 Says:
    August 27th, 2012 at 7:27 am
    If DVD is showing growth, why not develop him?
    =================================================
    Staff’s call. They’re the ones to make the call if he’s showing growth and to make the projection as to what he can develop into.

    Don’t like discarding players too quickly.

    I remember the first season CJ37 was with the Raids. Saw him play in the pre-season and thought he was beyond hope. Some horrific pre-season performances.

    Was shocked he made the team, but really came to like him as a player later.

    You never know. But DVD looks really light and weak out there. Can’t see him being a player unless he bulks up.

    —————

    Agreed.

    But I like his size for when it comes to covering the modern 3rd WR.

    Years ago teams were going with TO clones for their 3rd WR (think Jerry Porter) and so DB’s had to get bigger. Too big.

    Al saw this trend and that is why we had Charles Woodson and Nnamdi and the rest. These guys were great but they arent your prototypical DB size.

    As DBs continued to get bigger and bigger to combat TO and Megatron type WR’s, Bellicheat then turned the trend by going with tiny WRs like Wes Welker.

    The Steve Largent clones like Wes Welker were now too small, precise and quick for the larger DB’s of the last decade.

    I think Al started drafting these smaller DB’s for a reason. He knew we’d need a smaller DB to combat the Wes Welkers of the league.

    Nick Miller was supposed to be our Wes Welker.

  • CanuckRaider

    Thanks Tx…No surprises there…Well, except for young Boz…Say it ain’t so…Lol.

  • TxRaider210

    CanuckRaider Says:
    August 27th, 2012 at 7:38 am
    Thanks Tx…No surprises there…Well, except for young Boz…Say it ain’t so…Lol.

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    Yep, pretty much how we thought it’d be, Boz lost out to Kilgore I suppose.lol

  • RAIDERMAN99

    I think DA was pretty pissed at the hold DVD got flagged for when Kellen Moore was at QB late in the game.

    Checkwa was flagged a few plays later.

    Think that’s what DA had in mind when he criticized both of them yesterday.

  • Raider Riff

    Hwnrdr Says:
    August 27th, 2012 at 7:27 am
    I was wondering myself why Mike was in there during the 4th qtr…

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    It looks like MM is playing Branch’s roll. Running the secondary.

    The more he plays in that role the better. Even if it is with the scrubs. He seems to really be taking to the defense and showing a good football IQ.

    All the practice is good for him.

  • CanuckRaider

    DVD’s problem seems to be a lack of confidence…He plays great in practice then plays scared in games…Hope he can get over that…Lots never do.

  • Raider Riff

    I wouldnt be alarmed at all by the way they are playing MM this preseason.

  • CanuckRaider

    Agreed about MM Riff…Seems to now have the instincts and smarts to go with that speed and hitting ability…Look out!

  • hwnrdr

    MM did make one nice play jamming the receiver causing an incomplete in he 4th…timed it perfectly!

  • TxRaider210

    Funny how the media is hyping up Peyton’s play the other night, he was decent, but 9ers defense fell of a cliff this year.imo They couldn’t stop the run or pass worth a crap.

  • Raider Riff

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