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Wisniewski, Parsons battling for starting job

By Steve Corkran
Friday, September 7th, 2012 at 3:25 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Coach Dennis Allen said Alex Parsons received most of the first-team reps today, just as he did Thursday. Projected starter Stefen Wisniewski was at full participation in practice today for the second straight day.
Now comes word that Parsons might start Monday night against the San Diego Chargers in the regular-season opener, even if Wisniewski is healthy enough to go.
“They will both be up for the game to help us inside,” Knapp said. “We’re going to evaluate them during the week how practice is going to decide who’s the starting center, per se, and the other one will be the backup guard/center rotation guy.”
Parsons has received a ton of reps at center, during offseason workouts, training camp and exhibition games because of shoulder and calf injuries suffered by Wisniewski.
Therefore, Allen said he is comfortable going with Parsons as his starting center if necessary.
“Listen, they’re all NFL players,” Allen said. “So, we expect, no matter who’s in the game, we expect we’ve got a certain level of expectation of those guys so they’ve got to go out and perform. So, we don’t really think of it that way.”
Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp reviewed the practice tapes from last season, when Parsons was on the Raiders practice squad.
Knapp said he sees a much more polished player in this year’s version of Parsons.
“I’ve seen progress in his technique,” Knapp said. “He’s done a fine job in improving his pass blocking skills, and that’s usually the struggle for a young offensive lineman. And he’s done a good job with the command of what we call spotting our line. Because of what we do in the zone run game, the center has a lot of responsibility of targeting us to the right linebacker or lineman, so he’s done a fine job with that.”

– Wide receiver Denarius Moore (hamstring) was limited in practice today for the second straight day.
“Yeah, he looked better today,” Allen said.
He looked near full strength during the portion of practice open to the media. Moore made sharp cuts, showed strong burst off the line of scrimmage and even made a leaping catch.
Moore returned to practice Thursday after being out since Aug. 4. He said he went through the paces today, running longer routes, pushing his hamstring to see how it responds.
So far, so good, Moore said. Still, he remains a game-time decision.
“I’m giving it all I’ve got right now, really gaining confidence in myself, seeing what I’m able to do, if I’m able to pick it up or not, and just letting it go from there,” Moore said.

– Just because wide receiver Jacoby Ford hasn’t practiced or played in a game for three weeks, that doesn’t mean that he won’t play Monday night.
That’s the word from Allen, who apparently is hoping against hope that Ford’s sore left foot will recover within the next 72 hours or so.
“No, it’s not a done deal,” Allen said. “We’re going to hold out and wait until we get closer to game time to go ahead and make that decision. He’s continued to get better. We’ll see where we’re at come gametime.”

– Allen said rookie wide receiver Juron Criner is making progress toward being ready to play Monday night.
“He was out here, limited in practice today, and my expectation is that he’ll be ready to go Monday night,” Allen said.
Criner has been slowed by a sore ankle since the exhibition finale against the Seattle Seahawks.

– For those wondering whether Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning looks anything like the one that played at a Pro Football Hall of Fame level with the Indianapolis Colts from 1998-2010 — he missed last season with a neck injury — we offer you two takes:
“I don’t see much difference in him, quite honestly,” Pittsburgh Steelers long-time defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau said. “I had a chance to play Bobby Layne, Y.A. Tittle and Norm Van Brocklin late in their careers, and the reason they stayed so dangerous as players is because they knew how to play the position.
“I believe the quarterback position is more how you manage the game anyway. And I saw that with Peyton in the preseason: He did everything he needed to do to show he still can play the position at a high level.”
Then there’s Tony Dungy, Manning’s head coach with the Colts from 2002-08:
“I saw a lot of the same things,” Dungy said. “Him going 100 miles an hour during practice, talking to the receivers in between drills and showing them things. But the big thing I noticed … he delayed (our) interview 25 minutes because he was having a (hand) signals meeting with all of his receivers and backs. That’s the old Peyton Manning, the Manning that I know.”

– The Raiders waived cornerback Brandon Underwood from the injured-reserve list after they reached an injury settlement.

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  • Dakota

    So this is why his uncle suddenly retired? This crazy talk from the HC?

  • da trinity

    3

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  • Dakota

    Move Wiz back to LG. Move on from Coop.

  • da trinity

    Raiders 31
    dischargers 17

  • Plunketthead

    I wanted Wiz to stay at left guard next to the Veld. Then shop for a center. Too bad Samson is starting for the Colts.

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    Klas no like.

  • Plunketthead

    Move on from the Coop?
    What have you been smoking?
    4 more years starting and he is a lock for the Hall.

  • PlunkforHOF

    I’m STOKED my boy DeGnarlious is back!

    CODE mthrfukin BLACK!

    GO RAIDERS!

  • Plunketthead

    Beech
    Rob got all uppity and left after crying a small pond in front of the mental health clinic.

    He is at the bus stop looking for cardboard to make a sign with

  • J Hill

    Going to be interesting to see if Wiz goes back to LG.

    Can’t wait to get JFBs take on this.

  • TxRaider210

    PlunkforHOF Says:
    September 7th, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    I’m STOKED my boy DeGnarlious is back!

    CODE mthrfukin BLACK!

    GO RAIDERS!
    ————-
    Go Raiders 2012! PUT YOUR PANTS!

  • J Hill

    Too bad Samson is starting for the Colts.

    ————————————————————-

    Too bad for Luck, that is.

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    PlunkforHOF Says:
    September 7th, 2012 at 3:35 pm
    I’m STOKED my boy DeGnarlious is back!

    CODE mthrfukin BLACK!

    GO RAIDERS!
    ——-
    Where have you been? Code Black is so yesterday.

  • Plunketthead

    No kidding Plunk
    The Chargers backfield might as well call in sick.
    Raiders 38
    Discharge puddle 10

  • da trinity

    I’m cool with parson starting at center as long as wisniewski is moved to guard permanently

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    You got to Put Your Pants one game at a time.

  • The Beeech Dawg

    Plunketthead Says:
    September 7th, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Beech
    Rob got all uppity and left after crying a small pond in front of the mental health clinic.

    He is at the bus stop looking for cardboard to make a sign with

    ————————

    Honestly I can’t help but love the poor sap

    He gets roasted in the blog like no other then dutifully comes back to entertain us again

    Really the gift that keeps on giving

  • jesusraiderjim

    What else do you think Allen was gonna say about wiz and parsons? Parsons has been donig work son and not to give him his shot would kill his morale. Coaches frown on guys being out injured that is just the way it is. wiz at gaurd would be okay with me anyway as long as Parsons holds up his end of the deal

  • DutchRaider77

    Ron Bartel about to be on 95.7…Happy Raider Friday!

  • The Big Banana

    Jesusraiderjim Says:
    September 7th, 2012 at 3:46 pm
    What else do you think Allen was gonna say about wiz and parsons? Parsons has been donig work son and not to give him his shot would kill his morale. Coaches frown on guys being out injured that is just the way it is. wiz at gaurd would be okay with me anyway as long as Parsons holds up his end of the deal

    ———

    Good points.

  • jesusraiderjim

    occasionally I can make one.

  • DutchRaider77

    19.jesusraiderjim Says:
    September 7th, 2012 at 3:46 pm
    What else do you think Allen was gonna say about wiz and parsons? Parsons has been donig work son and not to give him his shot would kill his morale. Coaches frown on guys being out injured that is just the way it is. wiz at gaurd would be okay with me anyway as long as Parsons holds up his end of the deal

    _________________________________________________

    Yeah, but D. Moore is going to start Monday? Even thought Streeter is working his behind off and has looked really good. Would have to think that Allen doesn’t care about players feelings…

  • Dakota

    I thought players didn’t lose their starting spots due to injury? Allen may have just lost some respect in the locker room…

  • The Big Banana

    What else would an opposing coach say about Manning? It’s all horse crap to make sure they don’t have bulletin board material. He’d be talking up JaMarcus if he was their QB.

    Besides, read between the lines with his managing the game comment.

  • JLofty

    Fact is for the first time since maybe Flores was coach (and brief glimpses w/ Chucky) that the coaches are actually in charge of the asylum. If Parson’s is ready to go and this coaching staff is good with it then I am on-board.
    Hope we roll the Discharge. Hope I get to see it. Will be in the Alaskan bush catching 30″ Rainbows and the Char run….
    Always DVR….

  • mcthompso

    DutchRaider77 Says:
    September 7th, 2012 at 3:55 pm
    19.jesusraiderjim Says:
    September 7th, 2012 at 3:46 pm
    What else do you think Allen was gonna say about wiz and parsons? Parsons has been donig work son and not to give him his shot would kill his morale. Coaches frown on guys being out injured that is just the way it is. wiz at gaurd would be okay with me anyway as long as Parsons holds up his end of the deal

    _________________________________________________

    Yeah, but D. Moore is going to start Monday? Even thought Streeter is working his behind off and has looked really good. Would have to think that Allen doesn’t care about players feelings…

    __________________________________________________

    Well those positions are different. As long as the OL is healthy, if you’re behind someone on the depth chart, you won’t see any time, whereas WR’s will find other ways in the game through rotations and what not.

  • DutchRaider77

    Is there a John Randle in this year’s undrafted class?
    May 2010

    Alex Parsons, OL, Oakland Raiders (USC): Parsons has played all five line spots and line coaches love versatile guys when it comes time to making the decision of who makes the final roster. Parsons ran a 4.93-second 40 at 305 pounds at USC’s pro day.

    http://www.nfl.com/draft/story/09000d5d817f4500/printable/is-there-a-john-randle-in-this-years-undrafted-class

  • rediaR

    Code Silver!

  • CODEBLACK2011

    PUT YOUR PANTS PUTO

  • oakfoshow

    Need Wiz on Monday night in a big fn way.

  • The Beeech Dawg

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  • The Big Banana

    Consider also that they may feel Wiz should rest another week. Talk up the backup, etc

  • Raid uh Max

    Uh oh

  • TxRaider210

    Wizzle will be in the hizzle guys, remember he played all last season hurt and played well!

  • Raid uh Max

    Arian Foster has a “sore” knee…, waaaaaa

  • Raid uh Max

    That boy is soft

  • http://InsidetheOaklandRaiders Goldie7

    For those wondering whether Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning looks anything like the one that played at a Pro Football Hall of Fame level with the Indianapolis Colts from 1998-2010 — he missed last season with a neck injury — we offer you two takes:
    “I don’t see much difference in him, quite honestly,” Pittsburgh Steelers long-time defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau said. “I had a chance to play Bobby Layne, Y.A. Tittle and Norm Van Brocklin late in their careers, and the reason they stayed so dangerous as players is because they knew how to play the position.
    “I believe the quarterback position is more how you manage the game anyway. And I saw that with Peyton in the preseason: He did everything he needed to do to show he still can play the position at a high level.”
    ***************************************************
    Yep…Thanks Cork! This is a huge concern for me….Peyton being his usual phenomenal QB self. Scary…I’ll tell ya. I hope the Steelers rough him up for us. Just saying. Thanks for the insight about (martian head) P. Manning.

  • RaidersOne

    Wiz’s natural position isn’t center anyway. As per usual the pro’s have a tendency to churn young players unnecessarily.

    It’s better Wiz go back to guard and Parson’s earns the fruit of his labors at center. He’s been practicing there for a long time and it’s better not to change horses in the middle of the stream.

  • RaidersOne

    Just like Corky swears and be damned that TP doesn’t have the skills to be a NFL QB, so we should change him wide receiver.

    Now Corky’s eyes are opened and he is changing his tune about TP.

    Performance is what matters and rest is hogwash.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Looks like Rule number one of the Allen crew is you don’t practice, you don’t play. Pretty simple really.

  • Raid uh Max

    I heard the browns just picked up a thinner, in shape Jamarcus Russell. Is this true???

  • TxRaider210

    Rule number one is….PUT YOUR PANTS!!

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Dakota Says:
    September 7th, 2012 at 3:27 pm
    So this is why his uncle suddenly retired? This crazy talk from the HC?
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    ???

    Now..you disappoint me there Dakota.

    Parsons has been playing well at center in crappy Knap’s system while little Wiz has been injured.
    Why would would you replace Parsons for the first game?

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    J Hill Says:
    September 7th, 2012 at 3:36 pm
    Going to be interesting to see if Wiz goes back to LG.

    Can’t wait to get JFBs take on this.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Last year little Wiz played great at left guard. He and Veldher were a solid combination.

    They weren’t Shell and Upshaw but they were solid.

  • RaiderRetribution

    Reggie considering signing Hargrove, I wonder; now that they have all reinstated?

  • RaiderRetribution

    Wisniewski was the Raiders starting center at the time of his uncle resigning.

    Wisniewski injured his calf against Dallas on the first series; had not been able to practice or play since.

    Wisniewski just might end up being the starting LG this MNF with Carlisle as the back up.

    Wisniewski will start next Sunday at either center or left guard.

  • TxRaider210

    Wiz is a tough guy, played hurt every game last year, runs on Liger blood and whiskey!

  • RaiderRetribution

    new post; weekly live chat announcement

  • xdirtyxPNWxRaidersFanx

    Wiz back to LG makes sense.