Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie and coach Dennis Allen and his staff have had 10 days to evaluate the 53-man roster and take steps to make any necessary tweaks before Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.
As of now, McKenzie and Allen appear content to soldier on with the 53 players who were on the roster against the Denver Broncos on Sept. 30.
Allen said the Raiders didn’t work out any players last week, and we haven’t been able to confirm whether they did so Tuesdday, when the players had the day off.
Even if the Raiders did work out any players Tuesday, there aren’t any new faces on the field at practice today.
– Right offensive tackle Khalif Barnes (groin), cornerback Shawntae Spencer (foot) and tight end Richard Gordon (hamstring) aren’t practicing today.
Barnes and Spencer are week-to-week. Gordon is day-to-day. Willie Smith is working at Barnes’ spot, with Michael Huff taking reps at cornerback once again.
David Ausberry is getting plenty of action at practice, along with starter Brandon Myers.
– The Raiders play at 10 a.m. on Sunday. In recent years, Raiders coaches adjusted the practice schedule the week of such games to simulate the time of the upcoming game.
No such tactic with Allen. He used it for the regular-season opener, when he had his players practice at the Coliseum on a Saturday nigth at about the time of their Monday night game two days later.