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Jones prepares for increased workload; Curry plans to bring passion

With Nos. 1 and 2 running backs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson in question, second-year running back Taiwan Jones is preparing for an opportunity that he has waited for the past 1 1/2 seasons.
To be clear, Raiders coach Dennis Allen isn’t ruling out McFadden or Goodson for Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens. But, for now, all eyes are on Jones as he steps to the forefront in his teammates’ absence.
“I’m definitely excited,” Jones said. “There’s definitely an opportunity for me to extend my role on the team. I’m getting the opportunity, so I want to make the most of it.”
Jones has been limited to one carry this season in the first eight games. He rushed 16 times for 73 yards last season as a rookie.
With the departure of Michael Bush in free agency, Jones was given a shot at the No. 2 spot in an open competition against Goodson. Jones’ chances took a blow when he suffered a hamstring injury early in training camp.
Now, McFadden and Goodson are fresh from high-ankle sprains that they suffered against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. All tests run on them returned negative.
Yet, they weren’t able to practice today. That left Jones and fullback Marcel Reece as the lone options at running back until further notice.
Jones isn’t the only one excited about the prospect of getting meaningful playing time. Quarterback Carson Palmer said he has waited for more than a year to see what Jones can do in a game.
Jones has spent most of his time this season on special teams, with the occasional touch on offense.
“I feel like I’ve been waiting forever,” Palmer said. “I can’t wait. He does amazing things in practice and he’s by far the fastest person on the field and he will be the fastest person on the field on Sunday. And not that you want to see guys get banged up, but I’m excited about the opportunity he’s getting.
“I feel like since I’ve been here, I’ve waited for him to get his opportunity, and it hasn’t worked out. And here it is. He’ll get his touches, and I can’t wait. He’s so electrifying. He puts his foot in the ground and goes. He wiggles out of hits, he wiggles out of tackles. Can’t wait to throw him the ball, get him in the open field. He’s so much fun to watch at practice it’s a long time coming.”
Jones said he is prepared for whatever kind of workload comes his way. Allen said he isn’t sure what to expect from Jones, if only because he hasn’t had ample opportunity to see what Jones can do in a game.
“He’s been a little up and down,” Allen said. “A little injury-prone, or injury-plagued, and so it’s been kind of tough to evaluate because he’s missed some time. But we got confidence in Taiwan, and if he’s called on to step in and play, then we fully anticipate him stepping in and perform and do his job.”
As for Jones’ ability to be an every-down back?
“That remains to be seen,” Allen said. “If he’s called on to do that, then that’s when we’ll know.”

– Defensive tackle Richard Seymour suffered a hamstring injury against the Buccaneers. It turned out to be worse than originally thought, Allen said.
As a result, Seymour missed practice today, and he is questionable for the Ravens game. Allen said he likely won’t get a better feel for whether Seymour can play through hamstring and knee issues until later in the week.
Fortunately for the Raiders, backup defensive tackle Desmond Bryant returned to practice today, so he is available to fill the void if Seymour can’t play.
Bryant was hospitalized Sunday after complaining of a fast, irregular heartbeat. He was released Monday, cleared a battery of tests Tuesday and back on the field today.
“I first noticed something was up at halftime,” Bryant said. “The first series on defense in the second half was the last time I played.”
A short time later, he was on his way to Eden Medical Center for observation and treatment.
Bryant said he wasn’t in any pain, just aware that his heart was working harder than normal to keep blood flowing to his body.
“I wouldn’t say it was scary,” Bryant said. “It surprised me, for sure. I expected to be out for maybe a series or maybe a couple of plays. The next thing I know, I’m being carted off to the hospital. It was upsetting for that to happen but, at the same time, it wasn’t scary.”
Dehydration is the suspected culprit, Bryant said. Makes perfect sense, given how warm it was Sunday.
“Obviously, they’re going to try to monitor it as much as they can,” Bryant said. “Apparently it’s not an uncommon thing to happen to athletes. Since it’s happened to me, I’ve had a number of different people say, ‘I’ve known this or that person who’s had the exact same thing happen to them.’ It’s more comforting to know that.
“At the same time, you don’t want your heart to be doing all that. I’ll try to do whatever I can, and I know the guys in the training room will do the same thing. I should be good to go.”

– Linebacker Aaron Curry practiced today as a member of Oakland’s 53-man roster for the first time. He was activated Tuesday after spending part of the offseason, all of training camp and the first nine weeks of the season rehabilitating his knees.
Curry said his knees got so bad that he had difficulty even walking up and down stairs. They reached that point because he spent too much time working out and playing football and not enough time taking taking care of his body, he said.
Now, Curry is thankful for the chance to return to the field and contribute in any way possible. He said he is game for playing special teams and at any of the three linebacker spots.
“I just want to be a bottle of energy and passion,” Curry said. “That’s what football is about. Playing defense is about energy, and it’s about bringing passion to the game, it’s about bringing passion to the team, it’s about being able to be relied on, be reliable to your teammates that you’ll always have something full of energy, whether it’s words, whether it’s plays, whether it’s encouragement. I just want to be a positive person.”
Allen said Curry’s presence gives defensive coordinator Jason Tarver the flexibility to rest outside linebackers Philip Wheeler and Miles Burris from time to time, a luxury Tarver hasn’t had in recent games.
Wheeler and Burris have been playing every defensive snap since middle linebacker Rolando McClain was taken out of the nickel package.
“As many good players as you can have, as many experienced players as you can have, the better off you’re going to be,” Allen said.
Curry searched far and wide for a way to cure his aching knees. He said he finally found the answer when he hooked up with Dr. Jack Johnson in Danville, and Johnson performed neuromuscular re-education.
The down time allowed Curry to rehab his knees as well as learn the game more in depth.
“I’ve had nothing else to do but study football, which has been good,” Curry said. “Which I think was the purpose of all this, was for me to learn football more in depth, to give myself an advantage, that when it’s time to go, I’ll be a step ahead of everybody.”

– Goodson was spotted with a walking boot on his right foot. It’s a long way from a walking boot Wednesday to playing in a game Sunday. However, Allen isn’t giving up hope just yet.
Goodson was unavailable for comment. Same goes for McFadden, who wasn’t seen during practice or the media-access window.
An MRI performed on Goodson’s ankle Monday returned negative, Allen said. Rookie Jeremy Stewart also is an option at running back, Allen said, if McFadden and Goodson can’t go.
“We’ve got some guys in-house that we feel like could step in if need be,” Allen said. “That’s the way it is anywhere in the NFL. It’s really a next-man-up philosophy, and we’re going to have to count on some guys to step up potentially and fill a bigger role. We’ll know more at the end of the week exactly what we’ve got to do.”

– Cornerback Ron Bartell is eligible to be activated Saturday and play Sunday against the Ravens. He has missed the past seven games while recovering from a shoulder injury.
“I feel real good about where Ron Bartell is,” Allen said.
Bartell practiced at his right cornerback spot today, and he said he is preparing as if he is going to play Sunday.
As for fellow starting cornerback Shawntae Spencer, Allen said: “He’s still not ready yet. But we’re making progress. Hopefully the progress will speed up in the next few days.”
Spencer moved around “better” Tuesday during an off-day workout designed to gauge his recovery from a foot injury he suffered Sept. 16. He has not practiced on played in a game since his injury.

– Right offensive tackle Khalif Barnes practiced today for the first time in more than seven weeks. It remains to be seen whether he can get up to speed in time for Sunday’s game.
“Rusty, but improved,” Allen said in describing how Barnes looked at practice. “Improved. I’m optimistic. I’ll know more at the end of the week whether he’ll have a chance at this game or not.”
If Barnes can’t go, Allen’s options are: sticking with Willie Smith or giving rookie Tony Bergstrom his first shot at playing on offense in a regular-season game.

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  • inonewordraider

    If the guy could get open, he would be getting the ball. I think what, 4 years now, is probably enough time to show that the guy is not a #1 WR. I would keep him on the roster with a major pay cut, but we can’t keep throwing him out there hoping he can be a #1 WR. Is ceiling is right about average…..we need a playmaker
    ____________
    i think he’s a #3 next year, behind Bowe and Moore!

  • DMAC

    Stanford Routt just tweeted it’s CP3′s fault he’s outta of a job.
    lol

  • Tezooo

    meant Dakota :)

  • hwnrdr

    LOL, DMAC
    Yeah they are…Dakota (I think) said it best when he said that Buss is destroying the org!

  • jesusraiderjim

    My kid went to the Fakers game in SLC last night. I feel bad he spent all that dough to watch a below average team.E. Solutions is a great place to see a game though.

    No, he did not take his 3 wives and a Mitt Romney sucks sign either!! LOL

  • DMAC

    505
    So did he bring 5 wives instead?
    lol

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/ Full Disclosure

    Dakota Says: In the meantime, i am sure at some point this year, or through next year, Pryor will get a chance through injuries to get some time on the field so that we can see what we have in him.============================================================

    Kept hoping we’d see him in mop up duty but that doesn’t appear to be in the cards for this years Raiders. Palmer’s heroics make it foolish to pull him with anything less than a 4 TD deficit and 7 minutes remaining. Like Denver. That was bad coaching by DA or Knapp trying to get Palmer hurt so Lionheart could run his ZBS.

  • jesusraiderjim

    We aint Mo’s so no he did not.

    It is a sad day in Utah for 90% of the inhabitants though!!

    Not us LoL!!
    Gary Johnson rules.

  • Dakota

    Hey, Mitt is not out of this race yet…..I heard he might just buy the United States and name himself President.

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    SFGate has a comparison between this year and last (through eight games):

    2011 2012
    Win-loss 4-4 3-5
    Points per game 23 21.4
    Yards rush avg. 151.9 77.3
    Yards pass avg. 220 281.3
    Points allowed 27 28.6
    Yards rush avg. 139.6 124.1
    Yards pass avg. 246.9 245.3
    Sacks 18 11
    Penalties 84 51
    Penalty yards 730 411

    Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/raiders/article/Raiders-coach-calm-despite-mistakes-4018437.php#ixzz2BeYi1Jfk

  • VanHeathen30

    Jones got stuck on that run because “blind” Willie Smith was too slow getting out to block the LB, who had a 5 yard run unimpeded to meet Taiwan.
    Poor play design or poor execution, either way Kid got rocked, just like Carson did all freakin’ game…Willie got cut from Washington for a reason, and we are all learning why 1 game ate time…

  • DMAC

    Word on the streets is….
    Dakota and Beech have court side tix for Fridays game next to Jack Nicholson and Arsenio Hall.

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    With better formatting:

    —————-2011—-2012
    Win-loss……..4-4…..3-5
    Points per game.23……21.4
    Yards rush avg..151.9…77.3
    Yards pass avg..220…..281.3
    Points allowed..27……28.6
    Yards rush avg..139.6…124.1
    Yards pass avg..246.9…245.3
    Sacks………..18……11
    Penalties…….84……51
    Penalty yards…730…..411

    Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/raiders/article/Raiders-coach-calm-despite-mistakes-4018437.php#ixzz2BeYi1Jfk

  • jesusraiderjim

    That Mother Fvcker is gonna end somones career. Maybe we are done with Willie Boy for now!

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/ Full Disclosure

    Albert Bigelow Paine Says: Reggie needs to send some scouts out to watch this 9 year old girl who plays RB. The girl’s nickname is “Sweet Feet”, and she has more moves than DMac. She breaks more tackles too.============================================

    Wave of the future. Super athletic munchkinettes.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Dakota Says:
    November 8th, 2012 at 9:23 am
    490.Raider O Says:
    November 8th, 2012 at 9:17 am
    DHB has clearly regressed, and Ford is unreliable, so we have to get Palmer some help at the WR spot, wither through the draft or in FA.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Regressed or not getting as many passes as last year?
    He is averaging 2+ catches / game this year, and he averaged 4+ last year.

    +++++++++++

    If the guy could get open, he would be getting the ball. I think what, 4 years now, is probably enough time to show that the guy is not a #1 WR. I would keep him on the roster with a major pay cut, but we can’t keep throwing him out there hoping he can be a #1 WR. Is ceiling is right about average…..we need a playmaker.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    You are right, he is not a #1 WR, but he is a solid #2 IMO. I was hoping Moore can be our #1 WR, but he keeps getting injured which effects his development and makes it difficult to depend on him.
    I think this offense/ Knapp is failing to optimize production from the talent on our roster most if the games.
    DMAC
    DHB
    Reece (I know is has averaging as many yards/ game receiving, but I was hoping to see more carries and more production this year)

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/ Full Disclosure

    jesusraiderjim Says: That Mother Fvcker is gonna end somones career. Maybe we are done with Willie Boy for now!==========

    On that Palmer TD that was called back, not only was the penalty on Smith for holding, but he couldn’t even maintain the hold and his guy was draped on Palmer when he threw the ball. I don’t care how rusty Barnes is, if he can walk put him out there.

  • R8ER MIKE

    whats up there Mr. Prez nad Mr. V.P. ???
    Vote Green in 2016 !!

  • DMAC

    I heard Barksdale been starting in St Loui

  • DMAC

    What up ODB!
    Represent us well this Sunday, Brotheeeeeeeeeeerrrrr!

  • DMAC

    I rather take my chances w/ the rook, than roll w/ Smith for another game.
    Time to shine Bergs! Good luck

  • hwnrdr

    I think Mike said he couldn’t go now…has to be in Ohio, i think!

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/ Full Disclosure

    I’d be working DHB overtime on shorter routes getting separation and catching in stride. Dam strong runner after the catch if he can get those first few steps. We’ve always got the fly route in our back pocket.

  • MikieG

    This is good stuff. Would be nice if our Coach had any sort of sack whatsoever…How many times have we kicked a F.G from the 25 yard line this year? Or Punted when we should have kicked a FG or went for it..

    http://www.thepostgame.com/blog/men-action/201211/how-oregon-coach-chip-kelly-can-spark-moneyball-revolution-nfl

  • DMAC

    hwnrdr Says:
    November 8th, 2012 at 9:43 am

    I think Mike said he couldn’t go now…has to be in Ohio, i think!
    ======

    Damn, that sucks.

  • Dakota

    RaiderO,

    Reece should have been our backup RB to McFadden this entire season. He is not a very good blocker, either as a FB or in pass protection, but he makes the most out of his limited carries.

    I hope Jones can play….hasn’t shown much of anything in a real football game yet.

    Line Reece up behind Schmitt and let them blast away.

  • DMAC

    Line Reece up behind Schmitt and let them blast away.
    =======

    I’ve been saying the same thing.
    Why the hell do you sign a meat head FB in Schmitt, if your not going to use him?
    Dude is a solid blocker and should be in there to help the run.

  • DMAC

    During Wednesday’s game Kobe Bryant was visibly frustrated, at one point staring down coach Mike Brown when he was taken out of the game in the 4th quarter.
    This is the first time in Kobe’s Lakers career that he’s fallen to 1-4 and his ailing injury is obviously doing him no favors. While Brown has said he intends to monitor Kobe’s minutes, he may think twice before leaving the star out of the last minutes of crunch time.
    Source: ESPN
    =======

    Get you popcorn ready fellas.

  • theghostronin79

    521.DMAC Says:
    November 8th, 2012 at 9:42 am
    I rather take my chances w/ the rook, than roll w/ Smith for another game.
    Time to shine Bergs! Good luck

    =======

    YUP, I think Bergs is chomping at the bit too. Curry said he’s gonna take peoples heads off when he gets back on the field…. I think Bergs is gonna be wearing his “IHOP” apron, and lookin to stack some pancakes.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    WOW!!!!!! THAT IS HILARIOUS!!!!!!!!

    Dont tell me these media guys dont read this blog. Beaware of media and their clever tricknology. Check out what jerry mac said in his column this moring. I find it interesting that the article starts with extolling the virtues of palmer and even projects him to break raider stat record. Then the article takes a bizarre turn, when the subject of palmer and pryor comes up.

    “The Falcons’ Asante Samuel had a 79-yard interception return in the fourth quarter when the Raiders were poised to take the lead, although they later came back and tied the game anyway.

    Against the Bucs, Palmer had the Raiders within 35-32 after trailing 28-10 and 35-17, but threw an interception to Ahmad Black that appeared to be headed toward Denarius Moore.

    Coach Dennis Allen found himself defending Palmer at his Monday news conference, and some of the more radical elements of the Raider fan base would like to see No. 3 quarterback Terrelle Pryor, inactive for the first eight weeks.”-

    WHAT IS THE MEANING OF “MORE RADICAL MEMBERS OF THE FAN BASE”?

    This is why the media is suspect, and you must always be vigilant in your deconstruction of the writings from these devilishly clever word smiths.

    So any one that says tp6 should play at the end of the year when out of the playoffs is a “radical” according to pryor.

    this is what i would call propaganda, and notice how it is anchored to the very part of the article which attempts to document palmers recent struggles. we all under stand that the yards are nice, but he fails to contrast the yardge numbers with the win loss record or the turnovers.

    This article is written simply to sell carson and dispell any potential upswell in enthusiasm for the young phenom.

    people here in the town are tired of the losses, and have lost patience with palmer. everyone is saying “when do we see tp 6″? this is a clear attempt to extinguish the background noise, like a well trained agent running a psy -op.

    I wonder how he will approach this in the final 3 games of the season when we are out of contention. Honestly i will be shocked if we are still mathematically alive after the BUNGLES BOWL. If we are still in it at that time this article may be considered to have merit.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    ODB!!!

    Bonging & Posting (BP). What’s up with you?
    We need a Green Party Convention. 4/20 is a good day, and I think it should be in Cali (maybe SD lol I hate flying). We should be allowed to travel with our trees and Bongs.

    Vote Green in 2016!
    We will end hunger.
    We will prvide the states with taxes and revenue and lower their spending by legalizing it.
    We will end the current subsidies to farmers. They can grow weed and make more money.

  • Dakota

    If Jones comes in and fumbles a couple of times…..can I start calling him “Mthrfker Jones”?

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Hwnrdr Says:
    November 8th, 2012 at 9:43 am
    I think Mike said he couldn’t go now…has to be in Ohio, i think!
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    O
    H
    I
    O
    Ohio!
    Go Buckeyes!

    Damn you Mich!

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Dakota,

    Knapp lacks creativity and his offense is vanilla. DMAC, Reece, DHB, and TP can contribute more to this offense, if they were used better.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Myers?! Really Knapp?
    Use DHB who can get YAC.
    Use Reece.

    I think Knapp is from Mich lol.
    Damn you Mich!

  • theghostronin79

    I wonder how he will approach this in the final 3 games of the season when we are out of contention. Honestly i will be shocked if we are still mathematically alive after the BUNGLES BOWL. If we are still in it at that time this article may be considered to have merit.

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

    If we are honestly and truely out of the hunt with 3 games left to play, I don’t see any reason NOT to play Pryor. I believe Carson -at this point in time- gives us the best chance to win on a week to week basis, and if we’re OUT of the playoffs, then he doesn’t need to be in there getting pounded for no reason. It would be an excellent opportunity for Pryor to get some 1st string bullets coming at him. he’s an unknown commodity, and we can’t MOVE ON from him until we know what WE GOT in him…..

  • MikieG

    Any of you guys see this yet? Wonder if she can run the ZBS in about 15 years…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gs8X1RzQ1Gw&feature=g-all-xit

  • MikieG

    Dakota Says:
    November 8th, 2012 at 9:54 am

    If Jones comes in and fumbles a couple of times…..can I start calling him “Mthrfker Jones”?
    +++++++++

    HaHa! Nice Horrible Bosses Reference!

  • Dakota

    Maybe we could draft some chicks to play defense? If we get them to cycle together we should have at least one good game a month on D.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/ Full Disclosure

    I am very reluctant to use the term ‘meltdown’. Very, very reluctant. Nay, I am loathe to say someone had a meltdown. But Mistic just had a meltdown!

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    theghostronin79 Says:
    November 8th, 2012 at 10:03 am

    I wonder how he will approach this in the final 3 games of the season when we are out of contention. Honestly i will be shocked if we are still mathematically alive after the BUNGLES BOWL. If we are still in it at that time this article may be considered to have merit.

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

    If we are honestly and truely out of the hunt with 3 games left to play, I don’t see any reason NOT to play Pryor. I believe Carson -at this point in time- gives us the best chance to win on a week to week basis, and if we’re OUT of the playoffs, then he doesn’t need to be in there getting pounded for no reason. It would be an excellent opportunity for Pryor to get some 1st string bullets coming at him. he’s an unknown commodity, and we can’t MOVE ON from him until we know what WE GOT in him…..
    ====================

    agreed 100%

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Purvisman/Intrepid/ Full Disclosure Says:
    November 8th, 2012 at 10:07 am

    I am very reluctant to use the term ‘meltdown’. Very, very reluctant. Nay, I am loathe to say someone had a meltdown. But Mistic just had a meltdown!
    =======

    ???

    just pointing out a long known media tactic called propaganda, and how it is employed by the local writters

  • jesusraiderjim

    Are you in the media Meltdowm: I mean Mistic, you are quite a word-smith yourself!

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    MikieG Says:
    November 8th, 2012 at 10:03 am
    Any of you guys see this yet? Wonder if she can run the ZBS in about 15 years…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gs8X1RzQ1Gw&feature=g-all-xit
    ——
    That girl is awesome. I’m pretty sure she could get more yards per carry than DMac right now.

  • hwnrdr

    Agrred Ghost, but I would activate him at least now…get him in there in some packages…even if he never gets the ball in his hands, wouldn’t that make the DC have to account for him?

  • jesusraiderjim

    That little girl can pound the rock. Fun to watch.

  • R8ER MIKE

    DMAC Says:
    November 8th, 2012 at 9:41 am
    What up ODB!
    Represent us well this Sunday, Brotheeeeeeeeeeerrrrr!

    ********************
    had to give my tickets back…
    have to go to a funeral in Ohio.

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    WHAT IS THE MEANING OF “MORE RADICAL MEMBERS OF THE FAN BASE”?
    ——–
    Mistic, that means you dumb ass.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Dakota Says:
    November 8th, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Palmer has two, maybe three more decent years left. I think he will fade earlier than some because he doesn’t seem to have the accuracy it takes to succeed as an older QB in the NFL. Once that arm strength is gone it will get ugly.
    ===========================================

    Huh? Barring injury Palmer should have 5-6 good years left easily. Maybe his accuracy does not come across the TV but watching him live he is ridiculously accurate. If Manning can maintain his basic arm strength with multiple pieces of his neck missing, I don’t worry about Carson. Right now, Carson statistically is very close to Drew Brees. If I had said before the season started Palmer would have a Brees type year I am sure everyone would have taken it.

  • hwnrdr

    Shots fired!