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Four recently UDAs make roster; Curry left on PUP

By Steve Corkran
Friday, August 31st, 2012 at 9:17 pm in Oakland Raiders.

The Raiders pared 22 players from their roster Friday night in the final mandatory cutdown. One gets the sense that general manager Reggie McKenzie and coach Dennis Allen are far from finished shaping the roster in advance of the regular-season opener.
As expected, the Raiders kept veteran outside linebacker Aaron Curry on the physically unable to perform list as a result of his sore knees. Beyond that, there wasn’t any real surprise among the moves.
Perhaps more surprising, the Raiders kept cornerback Coye Francies, who was signed Wednesday, and ended up with four recently undrafted free agents making the team – wide receiver Rod Streater, guard Lucas Nix, defensive tackle Jamie Cumbie (2011) and linebacker Carl Ihenacho (2010).
Curry is ineligible to practice or play in any regular-season games for the first six weeks of the season. He can be activated during a 21-day window beyond the first six weeks.
Curry has not practiced for more than two months. Allen was hopeful that Curry’s knees would respond to treatments from a specialist in Southern California. To no avail.
As a result, rookie Miles Burris is slated to being the season in Curry’s place as the starting weak-side linebacker.
The Raiders are off Saturday and Sunday. McKenzie and Allen no doubt will be spending an inordinate amount of time scouring the waiver wire.
“Whatever moves we feel like give us a chance to be better, we’re going to make those moves,” Allen said in a conference call about 90 minutes before the Raiders submitted their moves. “We’re evaluating any and all positions to see if there’s someone out there that can help us.”
Based on the way the Raiders reserves played Thursday night in the team’s exhibition finale, it’s likely the Raiders can find a few upgrades from the more than 1,000 players purged from rosters leaguewide this week.
Few of Oakland’s projected starters played beyond the opening offensive and defensive series. Hence, the projected backups and roster hopefuls got plenty of playing time.
Allen wasn’t thrilled by much of what he saw, he said.
“That’s been a concern, the depth on our roster,” Allen said. “It just reconfirmed that we have to upgrade the bottom half of the roster because depth is a concern.”
Linebacker Nathan Stupar is the only member of Oakland’s 2012 draft class that didn’t make the 53-man roster despite shining against the Seahawks on Thursday night, Allen said.
“It’s been a little bit of an up-and-down deal with Nate,” Allen said before cuts were announced, “but he came out (Thursday) and played and acted like he wanted to try to get a spot on this roster.”
Apparently, it was a case of too little, too late for Stupar. Now, he has to hope he clears waivers and the Raiders decide to sign him to their practice squad.
Teams are permitted to sign as many as eight players to their practice squad once the waiver period has ended Saturday.
In other news, Allen said the handful of players who have been injured for more than a week worked out Friday. Therefore, he is hopeful that some or all of them will be healthy enough to play in the regular-season opener Sept. 10.
That list includes wide receivers Jacoby Ford and Denarius Moore, center Stefen Wisniewski and defensive tackle Richard Seymour.

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  • RaiderRock

    Let’s just hope Knapp is saving the good stuff.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    RAIDERMAN99 Says:
    September 1st, 2012 at 10:33 am
    So even though Knapp has had the same level of success as an OC as Al did as an Owner/GM…
    ———————————————-
    OK, now you’ve gone too far.

    I know you’ve only experienced the mostly bad years – but to state that Knapp had the same level of success as the great Al Davis is pure insanity.

    Knapp has had a mostly undistinguished career.

    Al Davis is a football immortal.

    Let’s be real.

    This Knapp-mania has gone too far !
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Exactly!!
    Comparing Al a HOFer to an avg (at best) OC is insanity!
    An OC who had 2 good years, 3 avg years, and 4 bad years?!?!?
    You People…..

  • Raidernationdave

    Go F*ckeyes!

    ++++++++++++

    Raider O Says:
    September 1st, 2012 at 10:25 am
    Go Buckeyes!!!!!
    Damn you Mich!

  • nyraider

    RaiderRock Says:
    September 1st, 2012 at 10:45 am
    Let’s just hope Knapp is saving the good stuff.

    ——————————————————
    agreed..but as long as dmac toughes the ball 20-25,we will be good offensively

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    One more thing before I go…

    While pre-season Knapp isn’t going to open the playbook, the point of preseason still is for the starters/players to execute the plays, the bread and butter plays well. To win, and look good on offense, scoring and compiling long drives ‘at will’.

    But the offense has looked clued in by the defense most of the time, except when Pryor went nuts in that Lions game. The defense has been able to neutralize all of the pre-designed roll-outs, bust up most of the screens, keep a handle on the receivers’ true-WCO short horizontal routes, busting up passes, clogging up the zones, etc.

    All I’m saying is against the Chargers, DA/Knapp hopefully install a bunch of plays for the gameplan that are more intricate and Knapp hopefully calls a more unpredictable first half.

    Obviously will give Knapp the fairness of seeing what he does in real games before disavowing him, but we have to come out of the blocks this season.

  • Raidernationdave

    How bout them Baggies! What a start!

    ++++++++++++++++++

    ENGLANDRAIDER Says:
    September 1st, 2012 at 10:02 am
    *Tatum. Sorry Jack.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Halving the penalty total from last year will lead to wins.

    DMAC staying healthy for at least 12 games leads to wins

    Carson playing up to his pay leads to wins.

    Knapp will run plays that get receivers open and it will be Carson’s job to hit them.

    Knapp will run plays with gaps open for DMAC to run through, his job is to make the 2nd level guy miss.

    Seymour and Kelly need to keep linebackers clean, and Huff and Branch need to patrol the secondary. McClain, if he’s not suspended, needs to play like a top 10 pick.

    Raiders shouldn’t miss the playoffs.

  • oakfoshow

    I think Al said it best when fireing cable and knapp.”They are zoneblocking purest’s,and im not” turns out hue took over and had much better season offensively the following year.Now we will back to the previous year.FYI mcfadden never looked very good at zoneblocking anyway.

  • jesusraiderjim

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    September 1st, 2012 at 8:31 am
    I see you passed over the wager scneario, lol.

    ———————————— Hey JFB how you feeling man. No more Gobstoppers and Fanta mishaps I presume?
    Can not wait for MNF and the “New Era Of Excellence!!!!!

  • oakfoshow

    We all must accept that mclain will either be suspended or go to prison.probably both.

  • Raidernationdave

    The Raider D is strong at DLine and safety and weak at LB and at the corners – Shawntae Spencer is the new “toast” of Oakland.

  • SharkCatcher

    and we have our first signing —-RAIDERS SIGN GUARD wILLIE SMITH FROM REDSKINS..PRADO NEWS WHERE YA HEAR IT FIRST!

  • oakfoshow

    8-8 and will be time for that kid to get his billboard back up.”Reggie do the right thing and get rid of knapp and hire a real oc.And please tuck in that bottom lip”

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Dave,

    You are killing bro! K I L L I N G ME!!!!
    You hate the Buckeyes and you love SL and his contract.

    You are still one of my favorite posters.

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    SharkCatcher Says:
    September 1st, 2012 at 10:54 am
    and we have our first signing —-RAIDERS SIGN GUARD wILLIE SMITH FROM REDSKINS..PRADO NEWS WHERE YA HEAR IT FIRST!

    ====================================

    Link?

  • RAIDERMAN99

    I’m convinced Knapp stinks.

    But I’m resigned to the fact that we’re stuck with him for a while.

    I’m just hoping that we have enough weapons and firepower on offense to overcome the Krapp factor.

    Man, Atkinson’s kid can motor.

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    r8dercain Says:
    September 1st, 2012 at 10:41 am

    George used to date my ex wifes home girl. They used to go to all the games an he been to my house a cuple times. I knew his boys as well

    Didn’t the KoolKell say George Atkinson was banging his step mom too?

  • nyraider

    GG Says:
    September 1st, 2012 at 10:48 am
    One more thing before I go…

    While pre-season Knapp isn’t going to open the playbook, the point of preseason still is for the starters/players to execute the plays, the bread and butter plays well. To win, and look good on offense, scoring and compiling long drives ‘at will’.

    But the offense has looked clued in by the defense most of the time, except when Pryor went nuts in that Lions game. The defense has been able to neutralize all of the pre-designed roll-outs, bust up most of the screens, keep a handle on the receivers’ true-WCO short horizontal routes, busting up passes, clogging up the zones, etc.

    All I’m saying is against the Chargers, DA/Knapp hopefully install a bunch of plays for the gameplan that are more intricate and Knapp hopefully calls a more unpredictable first half.

    Obviously will give Knapp the fairness of seeing what he does in real games before disavowing him, but we have to come out of the blocks this season.

    —————————————————
    you have a right to be skeptical about Knapp, i too am concerned about his history. i just disagree about the importance of preseason games . i dont see any relationship historically that teams who won games and racked up points in preseason went on to win super bowls. its completely different from regular season. Im not a fan of the ZBS, but at this point my hope is the talent of mcfadden and the fact that Carson was a pro bowl QB at one time will generate positive results offensively. If it was my choice I would have hired saunders but i hoping Knapp does a good job with the talent he has been given.

  • jesusraiderjim

    The Dallas Cowboys will blame the quarterback. The Oakland Raiders will need a new quarterback. The New York Jets quarterback is a running back and will lead the team to the playoffs.

    Now that I have your attention, here are nine bold predictions for the upcoming season:

    1) Carson Palmer won’t finish the season as the Raiders’ quarterback.
    When Palmer was in Cincinnati, I called him the “human Jugs machine” for his incredible accuracy. Now, the former sharp shooter is reduced to having a water gun for an arm. Palmer was terrible last season for the Raiders. He’s been awful this preseason. Frankly, he was wretched at the end in Cincy. This is Hue Jackson’s parting gift. Matt Leinart knows Greg Knapp’s offense, as they spent the last two years together in Houston. Terrelle Pryor gives Oakland sizzle. Those two will prove to be better options, and Oakland will bring in a new quarterback for 2013. Bag
    =============================================

    Pretty harsh words. Did palmer fvck this guys girlfriend or something? WTF

  • SharkCatcher

    Shark Catcher says:

    and we have our first signing —-RAIDERS SIGN GUARD wILLIE SMITH FROM REDSKINS..PRADO NEWS WHERE YA HEAR IT FIRST!

    ====================================

    Link?
    -
    Im sorry , I dont have a link. All I can tell ya is that ” my dads uncle son works for the Raiders” Willie Smith Tackle signed waiting on the name of whos gettin cut in place. ps iM NOT A REAL REPORTER.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Raheem Cato vs geno smith good passers that can run. Geno put on a show in the first half 19/22 191 yards 3 tds

  • Just Fire Baby

    I know you’ve only experienced the mostly bad years – but to state that Knapp had the same level of success as the great Al Davis is pure insanity.

    *********************************

    Over the past 10 years was what I was discussing/comparing.

    Not at all over their careers obviously.

    Come on, you got to know I am smarter than that!!!

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    TD!!!!
    Go Buckeyes!!!

  • Just Fire Baby

    Hey JFB how you feeling man. No more Gobstoppers and Fanta mishaps I presume?

    ***************************

    All is well sir.

    Well except when I go to the auto body shop at 3pm, lol.

    Quite a few dings to figure out.

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    Steve Corkran ‏@CorkOnTheNFL

    #Raiders reportedly signed OT Willie Smith, who was waived by the Redskins.
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    Reply
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    Favorite

    ——–
    I think Cork just stole your story Shark Catcher!

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    Only question is whether we signed him to the roster or the PS. If it’s to the roster, then I assume he’ll replace Nix.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Too funny jfb tried to tell me geno isn’t athletic & was a strictly pocket passer.

    LMFAO!!

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Come on, you got to know I am smarter than that!!!
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    I’m starting to have doubts especially after what you said today.

  • SharkCatcher

    Klas Tjorborn Says:
    September 1st, 2012 at 11:08 am
    Steve Corkran ‏@CorkOnTheNFL

    #Raiders reportedly signed OT Willie Smith, who was waived by the Redskins.
    Expand

    Reply
    Retweet
    Favorite

    ——–
    Media game is Dirty. You’ll never doubt me again?

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Hmm better get my annual college qb watch list out soon

  • SharkCatcher

    SharkCatcher Says:
    September 1st, 2012 at 11:01 am
    Shark Catcher says:

    and we have our first signing —-RAIDERS SIGN GUARD wILLIE SMITH FROM REDSKINS..PRADO NEWS WHERE YA HEAR IT FIRST!

    ====================================

    Link?
    -
    Im sorry , I dont have a link. All I can tell ya is that ” my dads uncle son works for the Raiders” Willie Smith Tackle signed waiting on the name of whos gettin cut in place. ps iM NOT A REAL REPORTER.
    —-
    My boy was right!

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    I checked in Wikipedia, and it looks like he was only in a few games last year, so he’d be PS-eligible.

  • Intrepid

    Steve Corkran ‏@CorkOnTheNFL

    #Raiders reportedly signed OT Willie Smith, who was waived by the Redskins.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    TD!!!!!
    Go Buckeyes!!

  • oakfoshow

    Willie Smith WOW,just cant control my exitement right now! weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • SharkCatcher

    intrepid.. Go look at time 10:54

  • Intrepid

    Who’s the idiot that said this?///////////Now that I have your attention, here are nine bold predictions for the upcoming season:

    1) Carson Palmer won’t finish the season as the Raiders’ quarterback.
    When Palmer was in Cincinnati, I called him the “human Jugs machine” for his incredible accuracy. Now, the former sharp shooter is reduced to having a water gun for an arm. Palmer was terrible last season for the Raiders. He’s been awful this preseason. Frankly, he was wretched at the end in Cincy. This is Hue Jackson’s parting gift. Matt Leinart knows Greg Knapp’s offense, as they spent the last two years together in Houston. Terrelle Pryor gives Oakland sizzle. Those two will prove to be better options, and Oakland will bring in a new quarterback for 2013. Bag

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    Oakfoshow Says:
    September 1st, 2012 at 11:16 am
    Willie Smith WOW,just cant control my exitement right now! weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaa

    =========================================

    Apparently, we’re now forbidden from signing anyone not named Calvin Johnson, Mario Williams or Aaron Rodgers…

  • SharkCatcher

    marcus Dixcon cut by Jets..thought he was good.

  • Intrepid

    SharkCatcher Says:
    September 1st, 2012 at 11:17 am

    intrepid.. Go look at time 10:54
    ///////Just woke up. Haven’t caught up yet. I’ll shut up until I have.

  • oakfoshow

    raiderdick.hush now boy.

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    From Bill Williamson:

    In other AFC West notes:

    It’s interesting that Oakland has kept punter Marquette King. He was put on injured reserve with a toe injury. If star punter Shane Lechler leaves after the season as a free agent, perhaps King can be groomed. King is not NFL ready, but he has a live leg and he has potential.
    —–
    Klas has been saying this for long time.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Intrepid Says:
    September 1st, 2012 at 11:17 am
    Who’s the idiot that said this?///////////Now that I have your attention, here are nine bold predictions for the upcoming season:

    1) Carson Palmer won’t finish the season as the Raiders’ quarterback.
    When Palmer was in Cincinnati, I called him the “human Jugs machine” for his incredible accuracy. Now, the former sharp shooter is reduced to having a water gun for an arm. Palmer was terrible last season for the Raiders. He’s been awful this preseason. Frankly, he was wretched at the end in Cincy. This is Hue Jackson’s parting gift. Matt Leinart knows Greg Knapp’s offense, as they spent the last two years together in Houston. Terrelle Pryor gives Oakland sizzle. Those two will prove to be better options, and Oakland will bring in a new quarterback for 2013. Bag
    ………….

    Not sure who wrote that but this is the direction that we seem to be headed in.

    It’s all on Palmer at this point, make or break. No excuses will be tolerated by the new regime during his one year try out

  • Raidernationdave

    Grew up in SoCal O – SC all the way – Besides Al was an SC guy. Still luv ya Bro!

    ++++++++++++

    Raider O Says:
    September 1st, 2012 at 10:56 am
    Dave,

    You are killing bro! K I L L I N G ME!!!!
    You hate the Buckeyes and you love SL and his contract.

    You are still one of my favorite posters.

  • jesusraiderjim

    Adam Shien or however you spell it

  • oakfoshow

    A tightend please.

  • Raidernationdave

    Why buy something you ain’t gonna use?

    +++++++++

    Oakfoshow Says:
    September 1st, 2012 at 11:24 am
    A tightend please.

  • qodrn1

    SIGN ROCK!

  • Thec

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Crawford is really strong and athletic. He played with Wiz at Penn State and Wiz recommended him.

    Hard to say how good a football player he is since he didn’t grow up with the sport in England.

    If he played any rugby growing up then he certainly knows how to smack guys around.

    +++++++++++

    I read somewhere that he was in Detroit from the 9th grade on.