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Bergstrom says he’s ready to roll if called upon

By Steve Corkran
Monday, November 5th, 2012 at 3:31 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Khalif Barnes started the first two games at right offensive tackle for the Raiders this season. Willie Smith replaced Smith the past six games after Barnes suffered a groin injury. It might be next-man-up time, with Barnes still recovering from groin surgery and Smith struggling with his consistency.
In that case, Raiders coach Dennis Allen said rookie Tony Bergstrom is the next option. Bring it on, Bergstrom said, in essence.
“I feel like I’m ready and I’m just kind of waiting for that opportunity,” Bergstrom said when hit with the news that he was unaware of at the time. “I’m just filling in wherever I can help. Whatever I can do for this team I’m happy to do.”
The Raiders used their first draft pick — a third-rounder — this year on Bergstrom. He progressed well through the offseason workouts and training camp, by all accounts, yet the Raiders were set at the five starting positions.
Therefore, Bergstrom honed his skills at guard, as well as keeping fresh at his natural position, tackle, in case he got called upon in case of injury to a starter in a game. He has not played an offensive snap so far.
Bergstrom said he has been practicing both guard and tackle, right and left, in recent weeks. Yet, he is prepared to play against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, if asked to do so.
Bergstrom said he has gleaned quite a bit from watching his teammates play the first eight games of the season. The time has been well spent.
“Oh, yeah, absolutely,” Bergstrom said. “It helps being able to see, especially seeing guys you play with all day and how they handle the competition out there. Being able to do that is better than watching film, being able to see how your own guys play out there. Every game has been a learning experience for me. I’ve tried to use it as such.”
Smith has played well at times, struggled other times. He got called for a holding penalty against the Buccaneers on Sunday on a play that nullified a long touchdown pass from Carson Palmer to wide receiver Derek Hagan. He also got beat for a sack.
“We’re going to look at things,” Allen said. “We talked about that this morning, about looking at Tony Bergstrom as a potential. And we’re not going to close our eyes and act like we don’t see things that are happening. We’re going to try to address whatever needs to be addressed.”

– Cornerback Ron Bartell said he is optimistic about his recovery from a shoulder injury that forced him to miss the past seven games.
The Raiders can activate him at any time, and Bartell is eligible to play Sunday against the Ravens. Bartell said he isn’t sure how it’s going to play out just yet.
“We have until Saturday to make that decision, so I’m going to put another good week of practice in,” Bartell said, “and if all goes well at practice, and they deem me fit and ready to play, then I’ll be ready to play.”
Bartell returned to practice for the first time since his injury five days ago. Practicing is one thing, being in good enough shape to hold up for 65-70 plays in a football game is quite another, he said.
“I made some good progress, but missing seven weeks, just not being in game shape, it’s tough to get back,” Bartell said. “I definitely feel a lot better, a lot more confident. I’ve got antoher week to get prepared, and that’s what I plan on doing. We’ll make that decision on Saturday.”

– Fellow starting cornerback Shawntae Spencer is expected to take his right foot for a test drive, so to speak, Tuesday. He hasn’t practiced or played in a game since he hurt his right foot against the Miami Dolphins more than seven weeks ago.
He said the pain lessens with each passing day. He isn’t sure what to expect when he goes through a workout Tuesday.
“I’m just pretty much a go out and wing it kind of guy,” Spencer said. “So we’ll go out, do whatever they say, and see how it plays out.”
Allen said last week that Spencer’s progress had slowed and not gone as well as expected. Spencer’s take is that he is ahead of scheudle.
Either way, Spencer has done everything he can to stay sharp mentally and from a cardiovascular standpoint.
“It’s tough to watch,” Spencer said. “Just the competitive nature inside of me. It’s part of the game. But you do what you can. You still prepare the same, as far as attending your meetings, breaking your film down, doing whatever you can to help the guys that are playing to stay in tune to help them prepare as well. But other than that, man, mentally that’s how I stay in it. Keep my routine, minus the practices and the games.”

– Free safety Matt Giordano said he suffered a hamstring “strain” against the Buccaneers. The early prognosis is promising for his return for the Ravens game.
“Luckily there was no discoloration, so that’s the biggest step right there,” Giordano said. “Now, it’s kind of, I’ll be living in the training room for the next 72 hours, that’s for sure, getting it right.”
Giordano got hurt while chasing Bucs running back Doug Martin on one of Martin’s three long touchdown runs. Giordano went down near the goal line and immediately grabbed his hamstring.
He went to the locker room for treatment but returned later and asked back in the game. Trainers talked Giordano into sitting out as a precautionary measure.
“I was trying to convince everybody that I was good,” Giordano said. “When you’re feeling the crowd and everything, you want to get back in. You want to be in there with your teammates. The trainers were telling me “be smart,” but I wanted to go in and play and definitely give it a shot to see where I was.”
Giordano faulted himself for missing two tackles two of Martin’s long touchdown runs. Martin
: “You got to just tip your hat to the running back. He made a lot of great runs. There was some (missed) tackling going on. I missed two tackles. We all missed tackles out there. Our technique wasn’t good but, you know what, he beat our technique. So, he ran hard, he played well, hat’s off to him.”

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  • Marks hair

    I do not want to see the pats get thomas.

  • VanHeathen30

    Reggie needs to throw his chair out the window with Knapp in it!

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    VanHeathen30 Says:
    November 5th, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    The fake punt call was nearly as bad as the fake FG flick to Seabass against KC a few years ago…it had no chance from the outset.
    Extremely POOR game management by DA nad staff to say the least.
    ======================================

    Exactly. And you had the ball at midfield and should be able to pin them in. And the play had no hope the second they snapped it. And a future HOFer was on special teams, smelled it out and made the play. That was one of the dumbest playcalls I have seen in years.

  • DKnight007

    VanHeathen30 Says:
    November 5th, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    The fake punt call was nearly as bad as the fake FG flick to Seabass against KC a few years ago…it had no chance from the outset.
    Extremely POOR game management by DA nad staff to say the least.

    ^^^^^^^^^
    At least Hue knew the perfect times to run that trick stuff….DA chooses the absolute wrong times!

  • Just Fire Baby

    Then your boy Knapp decides to use Reece, only when DMC gets hurt?

    Freakin idiot Knapp!

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

    For the last time, COMING INTO THIS GAME REECE AVERAGED THE SAME AMOUNT OF RECIEVING YARDS PER GAME THAN HE DID IN 2011, AND MORE THAN HE DID IN 2010.

    Reece is on pace to now have just a hair under the same amoutn of receiving yards in 2012, than he did in 2010 and 2011 COMBINED!!!!!

    2010 = 21 yards a game
    2011 = 25 yards a game
    2012 – 34 yards a game

  • Raider Steve

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    November 5th, 2012 at 8:39 pm
    Priest,

    Wiz is playing Center for the worst O-line in football and Veldheer might be the worst LT in the AFC West.
    ********
    Worst o-line in football? Palmer’s sack total is pretty low for an immobile QB, and i’m not gonna blame the line for DMAC not being able to find the right hole’s.

    Fix the o-line first and we’re still gonna lose cuz we can’t stop anybody.

  • Priesttj12

    Reece was discovered by Hue, we wouldn’t even know his name if not for Hue.

  • DKnight007

    DA, Knapp and Tarver were completely outcoached yesterday in the 2nd half.

    Terrible job by them yesterday.

  • eastoaklandraider

    Seymour Bush Says:
    November 5th, 2012 at 8:40 pm
    No, the big nose tackle takes on the double teams allowing kelly or Houston to operate 1 on 1 thats the job of a nose T on passing downs if he’s even in the game on a passing down.
    =======================================

    True. In Raji’s case you can not take him one on one so what you are saying is exactly right. Remember, if you are taking a 5 step drop, how quickly can a fatass run through a 315lb world class guard and get to the Q? In under three seconds? No way. Unless they are a good pass rushing nose like Raji and those guys don’t fall out the sky every nine seconds. That’s why Raji went 9th or 10th overall.
    ——————–

    we dont need a DT to help with the pass rush we have 2 in Houston and Kelly we need a DT to help plug up holes so Doug Martin doesnt set rooike records on us.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Steve,

    I am just saying that people want to throw a victory parade for getting an average G/C and LT with a 2nd and 3rd round pick.

    That’s what we should EXPECT from those draft slots.

  • nycraider

    i thought last years 4th and 20 bomb that hue had lechler throw was the worst. i dont think at the time hue knew there was no pass interference on fake punts

  • VanHeathen30

    Seems like DA doesn’t value starting field position…
    With the exception of the KC game, we have been losing the field position battle EVERY game…the fake punt didn’t help that fact.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    put me on that non apologist list

  • Just Fire Baby

    I believe Lane Kiffin was the HC when we brought in Marcell Reece.

    Not that I am a Kiffin fan or anything.

    Hue finally started playing him, Knapp is going to produce his best year.

  • DKnight007

    If Hue was around, Reece would be a Pro Bowler this year.

    Krappy Knappy is a jack azz!

  • eastoaklandraider

    Raider Steve Says:
    November 5th, 2012 at 8:43 pm
    Just Fire Baby Says:
    November 5th, 2012 at 8:39 pm
    Priest,

    Wiz is playing Center for the worst O-line in football and Veldheer might be the worst LT in the AFC West.
    ********
    Worst o-line in football? Palmer’s sack total is pretty low for an immobile QB, and i’m not gonna blame the line for DMAC not being able to find the right hole’s.

    Fix the o-line first and we’re still gonna lose cuz we can’t stop anybody.
    ———————-

    If you can keep your O on the field your D will be better by default ala our 2002 raiders& past colts teams led by Maniing(their D’s werent great either)but the O was able to get leads making it easier on the D and you can throw those Rams teams in there too.

  • nycraider

    Kelly and seymour havent live up to the contarcts we gave them. However, when was the last time we had a DE or speed rusher that demanded being double teamed

  • VanHeathen30

    Could care less about individual stats,
    Especially or a hybrid FB that doesn’t block well.
    I’m not going to be surprised if he struggles as a primary weapon.
    Hope it doesn’t happen, but no as thrilled as some.

  • DKnight007

    eastoaklandraider Says:
    November 5th, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    DKnight007 Says:
    November 5th, 2012 at 8:33 pm
    Just Fire Baby Says:
    November 5th, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Why did DA go for the onside with so much time on the clock??

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

    I don’t know, maybe because our defenses previous two plays resulted in 140 yards rushing and 2 TD’s?

    I think that had something to do with it.

    ^^^^^^^^
    Better to pin the Bucs and play field position and hope your sorry azz defense can adjust and make a stop.

    That onside kick was stupid….just like that dumb 4th and 12 fake punt call! Terrible!
    ——————
    yeah the onsides came too early if you pin them deep and we get the fumble we score faster.

    ^^^^^^^^
    Utter stupidity by DA yesterday on that fake punt and onsides call and utter stupidity by Knapp to go away from what was working on the potential game tying or game winning drive.

  • Raiders for life

    DKnight007
    I was being sarcastic
    But I feel your pain man. I’ve been as patient as all of you over the years and the sht’s getting old.
    I’ve been giving Knapp the benefit of the doubt but I’m just about done.
    Starting to look like another typical Raider season.
    But…… we are Raider fans, it’s not our fault that we were born this way.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I mean listen to YOU PEOPLE.

    Reece had his greatest game EVER yesterday. Never had as many yards or catches.

    Kiffin had him, Cable and Hue. It took Knapp 8 games to produce his best game ever, and will also produce his best season ever.

    And you blame the current OC!!!! Not the OC’s who didn’t get the same level production, the OC who got THE MOST production.

    Give it a rest already, yikes

  • VanHeathen30

    Who’s idea was it to move Denarius into the slot?
    Kid looked lost at times, why jerk with one of the few bright spots on the O?

  • Raiders for life

    One thing about Reece is the dude is dirt cheap. Not like the Raiders a giving the guy 3 mill a year.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Priesttj12 Says:
    November 5th, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Reece was discovered by Hue, we wouldn’t even know his name if not for Hue.
    =================================

    Reece came here in 09. That was actually Cable. Not Jackson.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Reece was on the team in 2008, Practice Squad.

    A Lance finding.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    we dont need a DT to help with the pass rush we have 2 in Houston and Kelly we need a DT to help plug up holes so Doug Martin doesnt set rooike records on us.
    =====================================

    We’ve been over this a million times. That’s McClains job.

  • Try Some Reality

    Maybe this McFadden injury will be a blessing in disguise. What can Reece do as a runner? Maybe we can get him more involved.

  • nycraider

    Cable or Hue discovered reece? guess our gm had nothing to do with it..lol

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    November 5th, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Reece was on the team in 2008, Practice Squad.

    A Lance finding.
    =====================================

    Practice squad doesn’t count. Cable promoted him and began working him into the offense not Lance. Practice squad is exactly that: practicing against your real guys.

  • Try Some Reality

    Utter stupidity by DA yesterday on that fake punt and onsides call and utter stupidity by Knapp to go away from what was working on the potential game tying or game winning drive.

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

    If it works, it’s a great call. The onsides came at a time where, as a fan, I really didn’t mind the risk. Our defense was getting carved like butter at the time.

  • nycraider

    to me the biggest blessing in disguise to the injuries to our rbs, would be if we went hurry up the entire game. we are so much better in the hurry up offense

  • VanHeathen30

    JFB: So What about Marcel?
    He’s 1 player on a team!
    As a FB he’s a matchup problem, but as a primary option, with plas on tape and a week for Balt. to prepare, it won’t come so easy…

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    nycraider Says:
    November 5th, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Cable or Hue discovered reece? guess our gm had nothing to do with it..lol
    ================================

    Actually you are completely right. Davis brought him in and in 09 and 10 they started working him, coached him up into the offense.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Bush,

    Hey I was just stating that he was on the 2008 team to some extent.

    You want to find ways to distant any credit from Lance, I am all for it.

  • Just Fire Baby

    JFB: So What about Marcel?

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

    My only point is Knapp is using Reece more than Hue was, and that is a good thing, IMO.

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    Seymour Bush Says:
    November 5th, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Rob Gallery wasn’t just the best Oline prospect in that draft, he was widely considered the best FOOTBALL PLAYER in that draft. He was considered to be as much a no miss as Dick Cheney shotgunning his friends cookie hole. Then there was Jake Grove. Remington Award winner for best center in the nation. And both sucked ass. Why can we not develop players?

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

    Al’s quick hook with coaching staffs had something to do with that. Hard to develop players when new coaches, each with their own style, are constantly parading through.

  • VanHeathen30

    Knapp JUST started using Marcel as a stop gap after RB1 and RB2 went down..
    Should have involved him more early on in the season, or even KC where he got all of 1 play…stop carrying Knapps jock based on numbers.
    Give me the number of three and outs, or the number of negative yards on 1st down, cause that’s what is killing this team…

  • J Hill

    This notion that ANY GM would get rid of good players to bring “his” guys in is ridiculous.

    If a guy can play, he will be on the roster.

    Can anyone point to ONE player starting and HELPING their team that we cut this past off season?

  • VanHeathen30

    Reece should have gotten his butt to camp and not held out for nothing…was hoping he’d become a big part of the Offense, but not as a primary option.
    Hope he proves me wrong Sunday…

  • Los Raida Locos

    VanHeathen30 Says:
    November 5th, 2012 at 8:54 pm
    Who’s idea was it to move Denarius into the slot?
    Kid looked lost at times, why jerk with one of the few bright spots on the O?
    _________________

    Wow. More genius game planning.

  • VanHeathen30

    If Knapp was concerned about results and not “his scheme” he’d have developed a plan in camp to help,this offense find it’s way, but instead sank this team with his own ego, which must’ve been OK’d by DA…
    Maybe the only people who care about winning are the posters on this chat…

  • Raider Steve

    541,

    Nice insight VanHeathen.

    I wonder that myself sometimes.

  • Los Raida Locos

    I think DA will come to his senses this week and send knapp a directive to sh!t can the ZBS once and for all. Or with the second string backs, give knapp one more shot and the ‘scheme’. If DA does that, we’ll see 3 and outs til later in the game, Palmer has to go to the no huddle to play catch up. Same sorry story unless DA does indeed sh!t can the ZBS.

  • The Big Banana

    Anyone here been to Cabo? Good times? Trying to figure out if a 3 day trip is worth the expense.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    really krappy has no bizness in the business…

  • nycraider

    J Hill Says:
    November 5th, 2012 at 9:07 pm
    This notion that ANY GM would get rid of good players to bring “his” guys in is ridiculous.

    If a guy can play, he will be on the roster.

    Can anyone point to ONE player starting and HELPING their team that we cut this past off season?
    ——————
    does satele count? starting for colts and him not being here started the issues with moving Wiz to center..etc

  • The Big Banana

    I mentioned before the season that I was concerned with the kiss of Satele and moving Wiz. Concern validated.

  • The Big Banana

    Loss! Not kiss! Effin device!

  • Los Raida Locos

    knapp apologists need to know its not the players that make this system lousy. If the ZBS had any credibility we’d have more wins. And all our points come from Palmer taking the reigns and going no huddle. And besides the lack of production, the play calling is bad.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    W’s are playing well right now.