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Notes, observations from Raiders exhibition finale

For the record, Raiders coach Dennis Allen called Thursday night’s 21-3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks “significant” because it came in the final tune-up before the regular-season opener. Deep down, though, Allen knows this game won’t be remembered by many, if any, 10 days from now.
That is, if the Raiders starters take the field against the San Diego Chargers on Sept. 10 at the Oakland Coliseum and play as well as Allen and general manager Reggie McKenzie think they’re going to play.
After all, at least 22 of the players who played Thursday night won’t be around for the game, possibly more if McKenzie is able to find better options among the more than 1,000 players cut Monday and Friday.

– Allen made good on his promise to use his starters, for the most part, though many other teams didn’t take any chances with some or all of their projected starters.
Not all of the starters played — defensive tackles Richard Seymour and Tommy Kelly, wide receivers Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford, center Stefen Wisniewski and running back Darren McFadden were among those who didn’t play because of injury or added rest.
Even so, the starters didn’t get a whole lot of playing time. Quarterback Carson Palmer, for instance, lasted only six plays, and he handed off the ball all six of those plays.

– Recent acquisition Roscoe Parrish couldn’t have had much worse of a debut than the one he put forth Thursday night.
He fumbled away the ball at the end of his first punt return for strike one. On the second one, he struggled getting his helmet squared away — how does that happen, by the way? — sprinted toward the right sideline for the ball, dived at the last second and muffed it. Fortunately for Parrish, the Seahawks defender who recovered the ball was out of bounds at the time.
Even so, damage done. Parrish was handed a golden opportunity to be the Raiders punt returner to start the season, and he all but fumbled it away.
Allen diplomatically said afterward that Parrish isn’t defined by what happened in the game. Maybe not, but Bryan McCann handled punt return duties the rest of the game.
Actions speak louder than words, it says here. And Parrish just went from being a lock to a potential casualty when the Raiders trim their roster to 53 on Friday.
If Parrish goes, McCann jumps to the head of the line, perhaps on kick and punt returns, at least as long as Ford and Moore aren’t healthy enough to handle those roles, respectively.

– Rookie Christo Bilukidi started at defensive tackle and played almost the entire game. Sure, Kelly and Seymour weren’t playing, but this spoke more to the Raiders seeing how Bilukidi would hold up against the Seahawks starters, as well as through extensive playing time.
Bilukidi didn’t disappoint, though he struggled on a few plays. He likely sewed up a roster spot with his performance.

– Rookie linebacker Nathan Stupar recorded 11 tackles in his best showing through four games. That might be enough to vault him from practice-squad candidate to a member of the 53-man roster.

– Second-year quarterback Terrelle Pryor was unable to build upon his breakout game last Saturday night.
It wasn’t for lack of effort on Pryor’s part. He completed 6 of 9 passes for 55 yards and a respectable 83.1 passer rating. However, he was under fire almost every play, with the backup linemen powerless against the Seahawks defensive surge.

– The Raiders fared pretty well in terms of penalties once again. This time, they committed six for 50 yards, which are figures Allen can live with when compared to the league-leading figures from last season’s team.

– Wide receiver Eddie McGee caught three passes for 36 yards. Not eye-opening figures, but in light of Parrish’s abysmal showing, it might be enough to warrant the Raiders keeping McGee ahead of Parrish.
McGee was fresh from a game in which he slipped twice on passes thrown his way and had a third pass knocked out of his hands and turned into an interception.
It might be too little, too late for McGee, but he at least has to feel better about his chances now than he did five nights ago.

– Allen praised rookie Rod Streater for his hustle in chasing down a Cardinals defender at the end of an interception Aug. 17. Allen said he hoped others were watching and would follow suit.
Well, perhaps fellow rookie Brandon Carswell missed that play, for he just stood there when a Seahawks defender intercepted a pass thrown for him Thursday night.
Fortunately for Carswell, the review of the play revealed that Carswell touched the defender as he was falling to the ground after making the interception. Still, Allen no doubt isn’t going to be pleased with Carswell not switching from a receiver to a defender in a second’s notice.

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  • realtruraider

    Steve Corkran‏@CorkOnTheNFL

    Lions reportedly set to cut CB/KR Justin Miller. Former Raider could fill void at kick returner until Jacoby Ford is healthy.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    DutchRaider77 Says:
    August 31st, 2012 at 3:55 pm
    Mario Henderson released by the Chargers…

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    The very fact that he was there tells us a lot about the dischargers.

  • EMRaiders

    Hagan looked good when he was with us, but we cut him, and now the Bills cut him too. There must be something we are missing maybe? But if we need a #5 or 6 WR, I don’t see the harm if there’s no one better out there.

  • Raider Dawg

    From the National Academy of Sciences for those with only a tenuous grasp of the English language and/or science.

    Theory: In science, a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world that can incorporate facts, laws, inferences, and tested hypotheses.
    The contention that evolution should be taught as a “theory, not as a fact” confuses the common use of these words with the scientific use. In science, theories do not turn into facts through the accumulation of evidence. Rather, theories are the end points of science. They are understandings that develop from extensive observation, experimentation, and creative reflection. They incorporate a large body of scientific facts, laws, tested hypotheses, and logical inferences. In this sense, evolution is one of the strongest and most useful scientific theories we have.

  • realtruraider

    JB

    I believe all these players have to go through waivers, so no one will be signed until Saturday

  • http://kaneandassociatesrealtors.com/ Albert Bigelow Paine

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    @CBSSportsNFLOAK What would Hue say? — Possession receiver. Great hands. Doesn’t play X-box. Wow!
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  • http://kaneandassociatesrealtors.com/ Albert Bigelow Paine

    Steve Corkran ‏@CorkOnTheNFL
    Conference call with coach Dennis Allen pushed up to 4:30, 90 minutes ahead of roster cutdown deadline. Don’t expect names until after 6.
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  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Some decent players getting cut and the Raiders are a team in desparate need of depth.

    Can they sign Hoyer or Kafka and cut Leinart?

  • Just Fire Baby

    Justin Miller is not good at returning punts, and that’s what we need more.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    – Recent acquisition Roscoe Parrish couldn’t have had much worse of a debut than the one he put forth Thursday night.
    He fumbled away the ball at the end of his first punt return for strike one. On the second one, he struggled getting his helmet squared away — how does that happen, by the way? — sprinted toward the right sideline for the ball, dived at the last second and muffed it

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    Lots of people on here thought this guy was going to personally save special teams. Not me.

    The guy played all of two games last year and has barely played in the last 3-4 years.

  • Twocents

    “Einstein then spent much of his later life searching for a way to reconcile gravity and electromagnetism – without success. That is not surprising. As a theoretical mathematician he had no knowledge of the plasma universe and took no account of the electrical nature of matter. So , despite his apparently prodigious accomplishments, his work also helped to inspire an unhealthy trend in physics, wherein a mathematical skeleton is dressed with whatever flesh the mind can imagine. In the extreme, this tendency promotes highly selective perception, as new observations are forced to fit theoretical expectations, giving rise to imaginary black holes, dark matter, dark energy, and other uniquely modern fictions.”
    From The Electrical Universe.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Good pick up my azz.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Lots of people on here thought this guy was going to personally save special teams. Not me.

    The guy played all of two games last year and has barely played in the last 3-4 years.

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    Well somewhat guilty as charged.

    “Save special teams”?? No, didn’t think that.

    But did I think he would effectively play himself out of the league? Not at all either.

  • EMRaiders

    #911 –

    Uhmmm…. yet we have now detected and observed black holes and dark matter… interesting.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Nothing personal Vegas.
    You’re often right on this blog, just not right as often as me.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Twocents Says:
    August 31st, 2012 at 3:33 pm
    Science is all theory. Theories change all the time. As far as what gravity really is, I think the electrical universe guys are closer to the truth than the current theories.

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    Say what?!

    Isaac Newton is going to be really disappointed when he finds out.
    He’ll probably throw that fuk’n apple back.

  • Just Fire Baby

    It’s never personal man, no worries.

    Just get me a f’n punt returner before I lose all sanity!!!

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    August 31st, 2012 at 3:42 pm
    There is no such thing as “real”. We are all creations of super advanced society. We only exist in computer generated simulation

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    Looks like MR dropped the Swedish thing and now he’s back to being Albert.

  • realtruraider

    That one Fugger got cut from the Colts

  • ghostraiders

    918.. lol.. you noticed that too..

  • http://kaneandassociatesrealtors.com/ Albert Bigelow Paine

    Nice to be back to the blog. I’ve been on vacation.

  • ghostraiders

    Mccann > Roscoe parish.. but not really saying much… we need help at pr

  • Raider Dawg

    The electric universe “theory” (theory used in its absolutely loosest sense) gives a bad name to pseudoscience. I’d almost say it makes creationism look semi-credible, but, well, that’s impossible.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Marks hair Says:
    August 31st, 2012 at 3:26 pm
    Im not saying gravity isnt real. Just saying scientists are still trying to figure it out..

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    LOL.

    You say its hard to figure out?
    Did you spin off into space this morning?
    If you didn’t it was probably gravity or else the lead in your head.

  • ghostraiders

    How you doin sulley?

  • Raider Dawg

    The empty chair next to Clint Eastwood > Roscoe Parish

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    August 31st, 2012 at 4:26 pm
    Nice to be back to the blog. I’ve been on vacation.
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    Did you enjoy Sweden MR?

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    wow. einstein and physics. what has the world come to? where is the good ol political bashing and QB controversy…

    for the record: Isaac Newton, smartest dude all time!

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Clint Eastwood was great!
    That was damn funny.

  • http://kaneandassociatesrealtors.com/ Albert Bigelow Paine

    ENGLANDRAIDER Says:
    August 31st, 2012 at 4:29 pm
    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    August 31st, 2012 at 4:26 pm
    Nice to be back to the blog. I’ve been on vacation.
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    Did you enjoy Sweden MR?
    ——
    I was in Switzerland. I have a rich brother in law who has a house there.

  • ghostraiders

    926.. lmao..too funny

  • Raider Dawg

    for the record: Isaac Newton, smartest dude all time!

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    Probably true. Crazy though.

  • Just Fire Baby

    for the record: Isaac Newton, smartest dude all time!

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    Tom Cable = close 2nd

  • 504 Raider

    I think Chekwa gets cut. It will come down to him and DVD and I believe we keep DVD. MM34 might be on the block.

  • JT

    SOME ANALYSIS

    -the raiders roster depth is bad. it showed last nite.

    -all teams were playing their second and third teams yesterday, see 49′ers destroying chargers, and you get the point.

    -Our Knap Time offense relies on a simple idea: ZB.

    -Zb is this: run the ball lateral, then make a cut and do. Nice, but, what happens when the Dline is penetrating and getting in the backfield all game, like seatle did last night? What happens is that the ZB scheme bombs big time. And you will see teams put 8 in box and stop our offense on 3 and outs. Cause Palmer aint no scatback on those bootlegs.

    -Im feeling scared about RM evaluating talent. 96 Bilukdi and 91 Crawford, are slow, and dont need to be playing on sundays. Bad picks. What does it say about RM?

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    August 31st, 2012 at 4:20 pm
    It’s never personal man, no worries.

    Just get me a f’n punt returner before I lose all sanity!!!
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    How about little Jacaby Ford? I never understand what you have against that guy.
    He’s brittle but he’s not as brittle as Chaz was and he can move.

  • Raider Dawg

    Clint Eastwood was great!
    That was damn funny.

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    Hilarious! Never seen anything like it at a RNC/DNC.

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    All I want to hear from Oakland today is the Matt Giordano will start over Michael Huff….

    The rest is just details!

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    August 31st, 2012 at 4:31 pm
    ENGLANDRAIDER Says:
    August 31st, 2012 at 4:29 pm
    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    August 31st, 2012 at 4:26 pm
    Nice to be back to the blog. I’ve been on vacation.
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    Did you enjoy Sweden MR?
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    I was in Switzerland. I have a rich brother in law who has a house there.

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    Really?
    I was just in Vienna where I’m the emperor.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    I kind of like Giodarno. He’s not great but when he tackles they don’t get any more yards.

  • PlunkforHOF

    I usually go out of my way not to comment on the non-Raider blather that occurs here, but..

    The majority of slaves in biblical times CHOSE to be slaves?

    Really?

    I assume you also would approve her death by stoning after your sister or daughter committed adultery.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I never understand what you have against that guy.

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    Not reliable, and does not return punts, for whatever reason

  • TxRaider210

    Cut Goodson, bring in Hightower!!

  • realtruraider

    DJ Ward only had 1 fumble in 5 years? Reggie has to like that, bring him in

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    see you later fellas, got a hot date and gotta wash the ol VW beetle if I wanna get lucky.

  • TxRaider210

    Gio>Huff, I heard lots of crap when I mentioned that before camp.lol

  • Kirk

    938.backstageatapuppetshow Says:
    August 31st, 2012 at 4:36 pm
    All I want to hear from Oakland today is the Matt Giordano will start over Michael Huff….

    The rest is just details!

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    Amen to that.

  • realtruraider

    Woops, I mean Ware

  • TxRaider210

    Gio is the only true ball-hawk we have imo/

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    Huff hasn’t made a single play outside of an assisted tackle this pre season….that and my personal feeling is he is soft and basically sucks….

    Gio has made plays….too many to count this pre season…he is smarter, he prepares, he tackles, he is always around the ball…

    This regime claims the best players will play…

    We will see…

    If Gio only gets on the field when Huff bumps down to the nickle or dime corner than SOMETHING is rotten…