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Raiders gearing up for dynamic Newton; Pryor playing more Sunday

When a play breaks down against the Carolina Panthers, the Raiders won’t have Brady Quinn to bail them out this time.
No, the Raiders know they’re in for a stern test Sunday when they get their first look at second-year quarterback Cam Newton, one of the numerous dynamic quarterbacks that entered the NFL the past two seasons.
Newton struggled early this season on the heels of a transcendent rookie season in which he passed for 4,051 yards and 21 touchdowns and rushed for 706 yards and 14 touchdowns.
But Newton of late is looking more and more like the player many expected to see in his second season. He has 10 touchdowns and no interceptions in his past five games, as well as 293 yards and three touchdowns rushing.
Raiders coach Dennis Allen said game-planning for Newton is a handful.
“He creates a lot of other issues that you have to worry about,” Allen said. “You have to worry about him in the passing game. just scrambling around and keeping the play alive. Obviously, they use him in a lot of different ways in the running game also. He presents some unique challenges. He’s obviously a tremendous talent.”
Newton, 6-foot-5 and 248 pounds, is a threat to run at any time. For instance, he rambled for 72 yards and a touchdown against the Falcons a couple of games ago on a designed play.
Even so, Raiders defensive backs can’t leave their assignments too early if Newton shows run, for rish of Newton pulling up and throwing the ball over the top.
“You don’t come off,” Huff said. “When he’s scrambling around, you really have no idea. Especially, our back will be turned, so you gotta cover until you think it’s two, three seconds later.”
Raiders middle linebacker Omar Gaither spent one season with the Panthers and went up against Newton in practice every day. He said defenders have to be wary of Newton to run at any time.
“He’s big and fast,” Gaither said. “If he were playing a different position it would probably be defensive end. And a guy who can run. He has every tool you need in a quarterback, and he can beat you with his feet. So you basically need to keep him in front and contain him on the edges. You see the highlights every week of him getting a 60-yard scamper. Those are the kind of things that kill your defense. You just have to contain him.”
Raiders outside linebacker Philip Wheeler played against Newton last season, when Wheeler was with the Colts. He said the key is swarming Newton and getting as many bodies on him as possible.
“It’s just very important to stay disciplined in your responsibilities,” Wheeler said.

– Sebastian Janikowski won the fan portion of the voting for the Pro Bowl. He’s one-third of the way to his second straight Pro Bowl selection.
The man standing in his way is Phil Dawson, the kicker who spent 1998 in the Raiders training camp after signing as an undrafted free agent out of Texas.
Dawson has converted 26 of 27 field-goal attempts this season. Janikowski is 29 of 32, with his misses coming from 51, 61 and 64 yards.
Coaches and players each get one-third of the voting, too. Selections will be announced Wednesday at 4 p.m. on NFL Network.

– The Raiders are last in the league in rushing touchdowns this season, with three.
To put that in perspective, only three teams since the merger in 1970 had fewer in a season. And Buccaneers rookie running back Doug Martin had four rushing touchdowns against the Raiders in their game Nov. 4.
Worse, the Raiders had 16 rushing touchdowns last season and 19 in 2010. Hue Jackson called plays during both seasons. Also, five times during Jackson’s two seasons, the Raiders had at least three rushing touchdowns in a game.

– Second-year quarterback Terrelle Pryor will be used on some third-down and red-zone plays against the Panthers so that the Raiders “can create a different look the defense to contend with” and “try to use some of his athletic ability.”
Pryor played one series last Sunday against the Chiefs. The series consisted of two hand-offs and an incomplete pass from Pryor to wide receiver Darrius Hewyard-Bey.
Pryor has spent the better part of his two NFL seasons biding his time, learning from Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart and working on his accuracy, timing, mechanics and footwork.
Now he’s ready to take his game for a test drive, which means for more than three plays. Until that happens, Pryor said he doesn’t want to hear about any comparisons to Newton, Robert Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick.
“When it’s time for me, and I really get a lot of reps and get comfortable, I’ll have success,” Pryor said. “I really, truly believe that. Right now I’m just waiting. Right now I don’t want to compare myself to Kaepernick or Cam or any of those guys because them guys and Griffin have proved it. I haven’t proved anything.
“I can’t really say I’d be like them. I don’t know what I’m going to be like because I haven’t even played yet. I can tell from practice and certain plays that they run and certain plays that I run, I could tell I can do that in practice. It’s not when people are watching, so I can’t really compare myself to them.”
Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Knapp is watching at practice, and he said he likes what he sees from Pryor these days.
“I’ve definitely seen the progress during practice on his mechanics, the rhythm of his throws and the consistency of his footwork,” Knapp said. “He has taken to coaching very well. (Quarterbacks coach) John DeFilippo should get a lot of credit because he has spent a lot of time with him, as far as working on the individual part of the game.”
Pryor said he is satisfied with the improvements he has made since training camp, especially his accuracy and footwork. Getting a taste of what it’s like in a regular-season game gave him added confidence.
“I wasn’t really nervous because I studied them so much it was like second nature when I got to the line,” Pryor said. “Obviously, there’s a tiny bit of nerves. Obviously, I would have liked to play a little more and had a couple of different plays I’d really want to use, but I got an opportunity to get on the field and that’s a step from where I was. I can’t really complain. I’m just grateful my coaches let me get on the field.”

– Stat of the day: On passes longer than 20 yards downfield, Palmer is 10 of 50 (20 percent) for 432 yards, with three touchdowns and three interceptions. He went 16 of 45 (35.6 percent) for 618 yards, with six touchdowns and two interceptions last season.

– Defensive tackle Richard Seymour has missed the past six games with a hamstring injury. He hasn’t practiced yet this week, so it’s likely that he is headed for a seventh straight missed game.
Therefore, Allen said, it’s possible that the Raiders will just shut down Seymour and place him on the injured-reserve list.

— Allen and Palmer raved about Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly on Wednesday. Today, it was Knapp’s turn to sing the rookie’s praises.
“When I see a rookie linebacker tackle Tony Gonzalez pretty handily, then get up and not back down, because Tony gets up and tries to shrug him off, and he gets right back in it, and you see it happen two or three more times in the game, you know the guy’s got a little something to him,” Knapp said of Kuechly. “So it does show up on tape. He’s always around the ball. He’s fast to react and he has pretty good instincts, so that does show up on tape.”
Isolate on Kuechly during Sunday’s game. Trust me, it’s worth your investment if you want to see how the middle linebacker position should be played and what you have missed out of Rolando McClain the past three seasons.
Then, factor in that both were selected in the top 10 of the NFL draft — McClain in 2010, Kuechly in April — both won the Butkus Award as the nation’s top collegiate linebacker and you will get a sense for how important it is that a team have a solid scouting department.
Several people cautioned Al Davis about using a first-round pick on McClain. A few others were enamored with McClain. The latter persuaded Davis to draft McClain.

– Heyward-Bey was held without a catch against the Chiefs, marking the second time in four games that he didn’t catch any passes and the third time in 14 games this season.
Knapp said Heyward-Bey’s health is fine and that that’s just how it works out from time to time.
“It’s not by design,” Knapp said. “It’s just the way things have played out. Kind of the same thing happened with Denarius (Moore) for a couple of games. Even, you could say the same thing is true for Brandon (Myers); it’s sometimes the way the game plays out. It’s not by design, but it’s just the ball has been delivered other places because of coverage and/or progressions, but it’s not by game plan.”

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  • Charlie

    You are not going to build the core of your team with FA’s. You do it with the draft.

    FA’s can plug a leak here and there for a year or two.

    Contracts like Mario Williams kill a team for years.

    Hungry rookies with the rookie cap in place are the way to build the core.

    Trouble is Reggie is missing three of his top four picks in his first two drafts.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    bill williamson espn

    “Is a field-goal fueled win over the worst team in the NFL enough for Dennis Allen to save his job? “

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Seymour Bush Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 10:08 am
    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Ill be back later

    i cant wait to watch the further evolution of the qb and football in general newton vs pryor

    nobody gives fugg or wants to watch palmer?
    ==============================================

    The only mistake you are making is the “pistol” or read option offense basically came into vogue in the early-mid season this year. Defensive coordinators cannot game plan brand new systems they have never seen during the course of the year. They do not have time to do it in a couple of days and then move on to a completely new opponent and new system the following Monday.

    Believe me, Perry Fewell, Rob Ryan, Jeff Fisher, and whoever is in Philly will have the entire offseason to come up with a plan to defense this. I told you how I would defense it, and Belichik basically did that on Sunday night. That system will have to win a Super Bowl or two before you “crown it’s ass”. Or It might just go the way of the wildcat and the pager.
    ==============

    foolish mortal

    the so called “wildcat” IS OPTION OFFENSE!!!

    IT WAS CALLED WILD CAT BECAUSE IT WASNT THE QB TAKING THE SNAP THAT IS THE DIFFERENCE.

    The wild cat failed because you need a
    passing threat in the option game for it to work.

    bush I know why you dont want option football to last and hope fpr it to be “figured out” because it manes guys like palmer will no longer be viewed as the prototype qb.

    They have not stopped the pistol or read option in college and it has been around for years.

    Sorry they will not stop this offense it is here to stay

    hero worship be damned

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Charlie Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 10:13 am
    You are not going to build the core of your team with FA’s. You do it with the draft.

    FA’s can plug a leak here and there for a year or two.

    Contracts like Mario Williams kill a team for years.

    Hungry rookies with the rookie cap in place are the way to build the core.

    Trouble is Reggie is missing three of his top four picks in his first two drafts.

    —-

    Thank the great Hue Jackson.

  • 8RaiderReign8

    DennisAllensVisor Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 10:11 am
    DKnight007 Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 10:10 am
    532.DennisAllensVisor Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 10:00 am
    This coaching staff, this team, was 1 Carson Palmer INT away from beating the #1 seed in the NFC on THE ROAD!!..

    ^^^^^^^^
    A blind squirrel ALMOST finds a nut every now and then.

    You trying to come up with some warped rational that this team should be 7-7 is laughable….at best!

    Don’t worry, your boy DA will be gone after next season after another 4 win campaign.

    —-

    Hi, i’m reality have me met?..
    _______________________

    He’s not leaving and DAV is right. Carson blew the Falcons game and the Browns game too

  • The Big Banana

    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 10:14 am
    bill williamson espn

    “Is a field-goal fueled win over the worst team in the NFL enough for Dennis Allen to save his job? “

    —–

    Lol. As I said, one of the most unimpressive shutouts I’ve ever seen. Yawn.

  • DKnight007

    546.The Big Banana Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 10:10 am
    DennisAllensVisor Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 10:00 am
    This coaching staff, this team, was 1 Carson Palmer INT away from beating the #1 seed in the NFC on THE ROAD!!..

    ——

    Probably the best game this team played all year, with 2 weeks to prepare. And since then, the team has imploded. No composure.

    ^^^^^^^^
    If DA and his staff were for real, that loss to Atlanta should have brought the team together and we should have seen steady improvement from there on.

    After that the team completely collapsed and REGRESSED.

    Good job DA and to the rest of the coaching staff.

    Reality check!

  • DennisAllensVisor

    DT – Justin Bannan
    NT – Ricky Jean-Francois
    MLB – Chase Blackburn
    CB – Mike Jenkins

    All inexpensive FAs who could be big help.

    All are needed also.

  • 8RaiderReign8

    The Big Banana Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 10:16 am
    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 10:14 am
    bill williamson espn

    “Is a field-goal fueled win over the worst team in the NFL enough for Dennis Allen to save his job? “

    —–

    Lol. As I said, one of the most unimpressive shutouts I’ve ever seen. Yawn.
    __________________

    Technically it wasn’t a shutout because the Queefs went for it on 4th like 3 times. If the had made the kick they would have been within 1 TD of winning the game.

  • The Big Banana

    Technically it wasn’t a shutout because the Queefs went for it on 4th like 3 times. If the had made the kick they would have been within 1 TD of winning the game.

    —-

    Yes, sir. That’s the very point I made earlier this week.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    1 – Dion Jordan
    2 – Corey Lemonier
    3 – Kyle Long
    4 – Tyrann Matthieu

    Add them to this draft..

    BOOM.

    Your welcome.

  • 8RaiderReign8

    The point with Carson is you cannot turn the ball over in the redzone. As much as I hated JC we could at least win with him because he understood ball control.

    And I hated JC!

  • 8RaiderReign8

    The Big Banana Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 10:20 am
    Technically it wasn’t a shutout because the Queefs went for it on 4th like 3 times. If the had made the kick they would have been within 1 TD of winning the game.

    —-

    Yes, sir. That’s the very point I made earlier this week.
    ________________

    Thank God their coach was too stupid to realize it or we would have been in deep doggy doo-doo

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Palmer hasnt really made any throws this year that make you say “wow, thats why he’s the starter”..

    So one could lean into the thinking that we would have a better record with a QB who is more concerned with protecting the ball.

    e.g. Campbell, Smith.

  • 8RaiderReign8

    DennisAllensVisor Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 10:20 am
    1 – Dion Jordan
    2 – Corey Lemonier
    3 – Kyle Long
    4 – Tyrann Matthieu

    Add them to this draft..

    BOOM.

    Your welcome.
    ______________________

    What positions do they play?

    I’ll add Dwayne Bowe as a FA. Team has been missing a legit #1 since Timmy

  • Al_is_theraiders

    aol sporting news…

    RAIDERS

    Dom Capers, Packers defensive coordinator. I think it would be a mistake to fire Allen after one season. But if it happen, Capers has been a head coach before, and has ties to general manager Reggie McKenzie.

    McCoy. The Raiders hired Allen away from the Broncos. Why not pluck another potential head coach off the staff of their AFC West rival?

  • DennisAllensVisor

    8RaiderReign8 Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 10:24 am
    DennisAllensVisor Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 10:20 am
    1 – Dion Jordan
    2 – Corey Lemonier
    3 – Kyle Long
    4 – Tyrann Matthieu

    Add them to this draft..

    BOOM.

    Your welcome.
    ______________________

    What positions do they play?

    I’ll add Dwayne Bowe as a FA. Team has been missing a legit #1 since Timmy

    —-

    1 – Dion Jordan [DE/OLB]
    2 – Corey Lemonier [DE/OLB]
    3 – Kyle Long [RT]
    4 – Tyrann Matthieu [DB/KR]

    We do need a #1 WR, but im not sure that breaking the bank for Bowe would make sense this off-season.

  • 8RaiderReign8

    DennisAllensVisor Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 10:23 am
    Palmer hasnt really made any throws this year that make you say “wow, thats why he’s the starter”..

    So one could lean into the thinking that we would have a better record with a QB who is more concerned with protecting the ball.

    e.g. Campbell, Smith.
    _________________________

    Smith of course…. Campbell sucks so bad a half conscious Cutler has to play for the BEARS

  • DKnight007

    558.DennisAllensVisor Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 10:18 am
    DT – Justin Bannan
    NT – Ricky Jean-Francois
    MLB – Chase Blackburn
    CB – Mike Jenkins

    All inexpensive FAs who could be big help.

    All are needed also.

    ^^^^^^^^
    They’re not coming here. Keep dreaming.

    We here this non sense year in and year out.

  • 8RaiderReign8

    We do need a #1 WR, but im not sure that breaking the bank for Bowe would make sense this off-season.
    _____________________

    Your probably right, but what 1 position should we use FA $$$ on? Assuming Reggie’s moves get us more $$$

  • DKnight007

    567.DennisAllensVisor Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 10:25 am
    8RaiderReign8 Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 10:24 am
    DennisAllensVisor Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 10:20 am
    1 – Dion Jordan
    2 – Corey Lemonier
    3 – Kyle Long
    4 – Tyrann Matthieu

    Add them to this draft..

    BOOM.

    Your welcome.
    ______________________

    What positions do they play?

    I’ll add Dwayne Bowe as a FA. Team has been missing a legit #1 since Timmy

    —-

    1 – Dion Jordan [DE/OLB]
    2 – Corey Lemonier [DE/OLB]
    3 – Kyle Long [RT]
    4 – Tyrann Matthieu [DB/KR]

    We do need a #1 WR, but im not sure that breaking the bank for Bowe would make sense this off-season.

    ^^^^^^^^^^
    McK aint breaking the bank for anybody this off season.

    No money and even if he did have money…he wouldn’t do it.

  • 8RaiderReign8

    McK aint breaking the bank for anybody this off season.

    No money and even if he did have money…he wouldn’t do it.
    _________________________

    We this draft better hit the mark

  • The Big Banana

    8RaiderReign8 Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 10:21 am
    The point with Carson is you cannot turn the ball over in the redzone. As much as I hated JC we could at least win with him because he understood ball control.

    And I hated JC!

    ——

    I agree, but JC needed a good run game to be successful. We did not have that this year.

    But this all just goes to show why we should play Pryor to see what we have and give him some real game experience.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    DKnight007 Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 10:26 am
    558.DennisAllensVisor Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 10:18 am
    DT – Justin Bannan
    NT – Ricky Jean-Francois
    MLB – Chase Blackburn
    CB – Mike Jenkins

    All inexpensive FAs who could be big help.

    All are needed also.

    ^^^^^^^^
    They’re not coming here. Keep dreaming.

    We here this non sense year in and year out.

    —-

    These arent top FAs..

    So im not sure what youre talking about.

    I think you are obsessed with being a negative nancy.

  • 8RaiderReign8

    *Well

  • 8RaiderReign8

    The Big Banana Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 10:30 am
    8RaiderReign8 Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 10:21 am
    The point with Carson is you cannot turn the ball over in the redzone. As much as I hated JC we could at least win with him because he understood ball control.

    And I hated JC!

    ——

    I agree, but JC needed a good run game to be successful. We did not have that this year.

    But this all just goes to show why we should play Pryor to see what we have and give him some real game experience.
    __________________

    Agreed

  • DennisAllensVisor

    I want to get a Pryor jersey.

    In order for that to happen he needs to play, and play good.

    ASAP.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Some people want to see this regime/staff fail so bad that they get chubbies when we lose.

    Leave your agendas at the door please.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    oregon paper on chip kelly…(sporting news)

    Almost certain to be gone are Romeo Crennel (Chiefs), Andy Reid (Eagles), and Norv Turner (Chargers). Meanwhile, even if you take Rex Ryan of the Jets off the endangered coaches list, nine others have reason to worry—Dennis Allen (Raiders), Chan Gailey (Bills), Jason Garrett (Cowboys), Mike Mularkey (Jaguars), Mike Munchak (Titans), Ron Rivera (Panthers), Pat Shurmur (Browns), Lovie Smith (Bears) and Ken Whisenhunt (Cardinals).

  • Al_is_theraiders
  • DennisAllensVisor

    If firing Dennis Allen is the right thing to do for the Raiders, lets do it.

    I dont see it that way right now. Doesnt line up with Reggie’s character.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Lol at bush upset because palmer is now closer than ever to being replaced.

    Hero worship wont save him

    by the way when a a starting line backer says “great” i take that to mean “tore it up”

    you may want to insult me but that wont save your golden haired hero
    ============================================

    I am not trying to insult you at all. Miles Burris said, “he gave us a great look”. He did not say, “wow, Pryor looked great out there killing our ones”. What Burris is saying is Pryor was also on the scout team simulating Drew Brees. But Brees is 5’11″ and very accurate. Pryor is 6’5″ and not very accurate. Pryor most likely did not give the defense a “great look” at Brees. Do you understand the difference? You are so full of hero worship for guys like Newton, and Pryor it is clouding your mind.

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  • 8RaiderReign8

    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 10:35 am
    oregon paper on chip kelly…(sporting news)

    Almost certain to be gone are Romeo Crennel (Chiefs), Andy Reid (Eagles), and Norv Turner (Chargers). Meanwhile, even if you take Rex Ryan of the Jets off the endangered coaches list, nine others have reason to worry—Dennis Allen (Raiders), Chan Gailey (Bills), Jason Garrett (Cowboys), Mike Mularkey (Jaguars), Mike Munchak (Titans), Ron Rivera (Panthers), Pat Shurmur (Browns), Lovie Smith (Bears) and Ken Whisenhunt (Cardinals).
    _________________________

    These could all be great coordinators if Allen stays. It will also give us greater insight into who really hires the coaches. Reggie or Knapp

  • cwolfman

    Please… Anyone that would like to have Alex Smith as the Raiders next QB must have forgotten all his years before this season and last season. The main reason he has done so well is because of the type of system he is in, and the fact that he inst asked to do much. They hardly have ever asked him to throw more that 20+ passes a game. The 49er have a great running game and a great D. All these are things the Raiders do not have. Any of you think CP3 is bad??? Put Alex Smith on the Raiders, and you will be begging to have CP3 back.

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