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Notes, observations from Raiders exhibition finale

By Steve Corkran
Friday, August 31st, 2012 at 12:29 am in Oakland Raiders.

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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  • TxRaider210

    Gio is a true professional and it seems Huff’s mind is always elsewhere.

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    Tired of the scholarship guys getting special treatment (Seymour and Huff) and it has to STOP!

  • Raiders for life

    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.

    ###############

    Naw, they will all be traded. Reg will aquire 8 7th round picks for next years draft.

  • Intrepid

    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:

    Intrepid, are you purvisman?
    ////////////Been gone for an hour+. Must go back and see if we’ve got a unified field theory yet- the gravity subject-ad good detective work ABP. Yes I am. And if
    O keeps calling me llama man, I may become him, too.

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    We cannot let the amount these men are contracted for to determine their playing time….

    Those days must STOP…

    Huff and Seymour should both fill in when others are tired….not start and then get filled in for when they say so…

  • Just Fire Baby

    I wouldn’t think the “Missle” would be on the block, but he sure played a lot of 4th quarters this preseason.

    Thought he played well at times too, but we shall see.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    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.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Did you enjoy Sweden MR?
    ——
    I was in Switzerland. I have a rich brother in law who has a house there.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    ROFLMAO

  • RaiderRockstar

    I’ll take Derek Hagan & Justin Miller !!

  • Intrepid

    Just Fire Baby Says:Just get me a f’n punt returner before I lose all sanity!!!//////////Rock Cartwright!

  • TxRaider210

    I’ll take Hightower, Hagan and Miller.

  • TxRaider210

    and Rock!

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    There is no doubt that special teams are looking bad.
    Coach Allen says don’t judge them until an actual game.
    Won’t that be too late?

  • Raiders for life

    Levi Damien ‏@LeviDamien
    #Raiders Dennis Allen: Depth issue was “reconfirmed” in last nights poor performance.

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    RUH ROOO

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    backstageatapuppetshow Says:
    August 31st, 2012 at 4:44 pm
    Tired of the scholarship guys getting special treatment (Seymour and Huff) and it has to STOP!
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    Maybe you didn’t hear but Al died.

    I actually miss that old man and his crazy azz gambling.

  • DutchRaider77

    943.TxRaider210 Says:
    August 31st, 2012 at 4:39 pm
    Cut Goodson, bring in Hightower!!

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    Really thought that would be great?

    Redskins are flush with backs, so I thought it made sense they cut Hightower.

    Then I saw that the Redskins are thinking of trading for Steve Slaton from the Dolphins for Anthony Armstrong.

    Wonder if Hightower isn’t over his ACL injury? Might be damaged?

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    we should get Drayton Florence

  • realtruraider

    I would have to pass on all them mentioned except Rock, Im pretty sure Reggie agrees with me. We could really use Rock on special teams, but not for PR or KR, thats not what he’s good at

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    TxRaider210 Says:
    August 31st, 2012 at 4:51 pm
    I’ll take Hightower, Hagan and Miller.
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    Yup. No depth on this team right now. Gotta get some help

  • Intrepid

    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. Our lives are no more real than the characters in Grand Theft Auto. Some 13 year old kid is dictating our lives in between bouts of whacking off///////////Brilliant theory, ABP. Been floating around for decades. Likely before you were born.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    reggie only likes fumblitis picks…

  • TxRaider210

    Dutch

    I’d take Slaton over Hightower, but I doubt Reg will give a whole lot for players…

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    Antonio Dixon, was rather good at stopping the run a few years ago

  • Intrepid

    Marks hair Says:
    Do you know how mass works or why it exists? What holds atoms together at all? Figure that out. Then you can really explain gravity.
    ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////Charmingly strange quarks spinning on the god particle.

  • TxRaider210

    Off for some brewski Nation, enjoy the weekend!

  • Intrepid

    “A quark, a quark, three quarks for muster mark.” James Joyce.

  • Intrepid

    TxRaider210 Says:

    Off for some brewski Nation, enjoy the weekend!
    /////////there you go, Tx. Thats why I disappeared for an hour.

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    Mason Brodine cut by the Rams.

  • TxRaider210

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-_U33O6Wn8&feature=related
    ———————-
    A lil crunkness to start the weekend

  • Raiders for life

    Steve Corkran ‏@CorkOnTheNFL
    Rock Cartwright told me last week that #Raiders wanted to re-sign him but not until after the NFL draft. He went with the secure offer

    ########################

    Not sure if you guys caught this or not. Probably old news.

  • DutchRaider77

    Dutch

    I’d take Slaton over Hightower, but I doubt Reg will give a whole lot for players…

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    Sorry, not the point I was making, I wasn’t clear. I think the Redskins cut Hightowe b/c he is injured and may not be a good pickup by the Raiders.

    Don’t think we can waste a roster spot on an injured player.

  • DutchRaider77

    Maybe you didn’t hear but Al died.

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    Theory, NOT FACT! He will be back!

  • TxRaider210

    My bad Dutch, didn’t know he got hurt, last I saw he was doing well..

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    La Milicia Negra Says:
    August 31st, 2012 at 4:55 pm
    we should get Drayton Florence
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    I agree. Get Florence!

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    DutchRaider77 Says:
    August 31st, 2012 at 5:04 pm
    Maybe you didn’t hear but Al died.

    ________________________________________________

    Theory, NOT FACT! He will be back!
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    LOL
    I hope so. I miss AL!

  • YoungAmerican

    Florence = Lito Sheppard.

    Would much prefer Joselio Hanson. Raiders need a guy who can cover slot receivers in nickel packages.

  • ghostraiders

    Colin cowherd frim bspn radio.. predicts raiders in cellar.. 6-10 record… i know.. i know.. hes a dumm arse..just saying..

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    Ghostraiders Says:
    August 31st, 2012 at 5:08 pm
    Colin cowherd frim bspn radio.. predicts raiders in cellar.. 6-10 record… i know.. i know.. hes a dumm arse..just saying..

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    No big deal. If he’s right, there’s nothing to get mad about. If he’s wrong (and I think he is), then he’ll have egg on his face.

  • http://www.wasRaider75.com wasbanned

    JT Says:
    August 31st, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    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?
    ….

    Matt Schaub isn’t known for his mobility but Houston’s offense does ok.

    Rodgers isn’t exactly Mike Vick either but GB has no problem scoring points.

  • ghostraiders

    I wanted to see that old man raise that trophy one last time.. it really is too bad.. honestley. I think he would have kicked the bucket earlier had we beaten them stupid bucaneers..in 2003

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Raiders are slated for last because he aftertaste of #$#!G from that defense is still lingering.

    The Raiders will be fine and will be in position to compete for a playoff spot at the end of the year provided Carson Palmer plays to his grade and DMAC stays healthy

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    “defense from last year”

  • ghostraiders

    If we ended 9-7 with a playoff position i would be satisfied for 2012-2013

  • DutchRaider77

    Matt Schaub isn’t known for his mobility but Houston’s offense does ok.

    Rodgers isn’t exactly Mike Vick either but GB has no problem scoring points.

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    Yeah, we could use one of those Andre Johnson guys…anybody cut someone like that.

  • ghostraiders

    990.. very true.. totally agree snb..

  • http://www.wasRaider75.com wasbanned

    ghostraiders Says:
    August 31st, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Colin cowherd frim bspn radio.. predicts raiders in cellar.. 6-10 record… i know.. i know.. hes a dumm arse..just saying..
    ……

    I listen to him every morning. He actually said they will be between 6-10 and 9-7 and he thinks they are headed in the right direction with new GM and new direction for the organization.

    Just thinks it will take a few years to get everything together.

    I agree with him. Raiders were put in a horrible position due to terrible salary cap management and loss of draft picks over the last few seasons.

  • ghostraiders

    If we had someone like andre johnson.. i would say the skt is the limit.. but then again i thought that when we got moss awhile back..

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    I hope Knapp is as creative as Hue in getting use of out of the roster on offense. Meaning, guys like Reece, Taiwan and Jacoby Ford should have a few opportunities a game.

    Raiders are a much better team than many realize with DMAC. The offense is able to dictate with him in there

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    ghostraiders Says:
    August 31st, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    If we ended 9-7 with a playoff position i would be satisfied for 2012-2013
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    I guess most would

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    ghostraiders Says:
    August 31st, 2012 at 5:17 pm
    If we had someone like andre johnson.. i would say the skt is the limit.. but then again i thought that when we got moss awhile back..
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    A truly elite receiver would be the difference. Its time for DHB to take that next step.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    YoungAmerican Says:
    August 31st, 2012 at 5:08 pm
    Florence = Lito Sheppard.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Is that a fact or a theory? Can you provide evidence?
    I like my CBs to be 5’11+ especially with the size of WRs in today’s game.