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Plenty of bright spots for Raiders in exhibition opener

OAKLAND — The problem with exhibition games, especially the first one, is that it’s easy to make too much out of what you see when there hasn’t been any football played for seven months or so.
In the case of the Raiders, that thinking goes out the window. This is a team in the midst of a massive overhaul, and any positives and reasons to believe are things to be treasured.
So, feel free, go ahead and get carried away with the way Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin played in relief of presumptive starting quarterback Matt Flynn in tonight’s 19-17 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. Try to picture rookie wide receiver Brice Butler as a staple of the passing game. Let your mind envision rookie Latavius Murray as the starting running back next season, assuming the Raiders don’t re-sign Darren McFadden.
After the way those guys played tonight, you’re entitled. So are Raiders coach Dennis Allen and general manager Reggie McKenzie.
Maybe this is why Allen, McKenzie and the players act as if they know something that none of us will comprehend until we see the Raiders play. Maybe this is an aberration. Who knows?
For one game, anyway, the future looks bright and the Raiders have hope of being competitive in the AFC West, despite nothing but negative press from the national media.

– Flynn got flattened by Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee on the fourth play of the game. Fortunately for Flynn and the Raiders, the hit caused only a fumble and not an injury to Flynn.
It appeared as if the Cowboys just called a well-timed blitz and caught the Raiders short of blockers to account for Lee. That’s better than someone missing an assignment.
Pryor’s impressive night wasn’t without flaw. He capped one drive by making an ill-advised throw across his body and into heavy traffic in the end zone. Predictably, the pass was intercepted by the Cowboys.
As former Raiders coach Jon Gruden used to say, “Sometimes the best play you make is the one you never make.” Meaning, don’t force things and throw away the ball. Live to see another down.
That’s one of the lessons that Pryor will learn as he grows as a quarterback. It’s why it’s so important for the Raiders to play Pryor as much as possible, so that Pryor can see things in game settings, learn from them and evolve as a quarterback.
Pryor looked as comfortable as I can recall seeing him since he arrived late in camp in 2011. He didn’t panic, waited for plays to develop, showed nice touch and made plenty happen with his feet.
It will be interesting to see whether Allen and McKenzie give Pryor a legitimate shot to beat out Flynn for the starting gig knowing that they didn’t have much confidence in Pryor last season.

– Undrafted rookie Matt McGloin entered the game ahead of fourth-round draft pick Tyler Wilson, which comes as a bit of a surprise, even though McGloin was getting more reps of late in practice.
The fact that McGloin is ahead of Wilson in the pecking order doesn’t bode well for Wilson, who looked sharp in some offseason workouts.
McGloin didn’t do anything to hurt his chances of making the 53-man roster ahead of Wilson, either. He capped a solid showing with a well-thrown pass that Butler turned into a touchdown with a diving catch in the end zone.
Wilson entered the game in the fourth quarter and promptly got sacked on his first snap. Ultimately, he settled into a rhythm and put together some decent drives.

– Butler served notice that he isn’t afraid of doing whatever it takes to get noticed by the coaches. It’s not every day that you see a rookie make a diving catch in his first NFL game.
Butler’s play stands out even more when Jacoby Ford is on the sideline injured and Juron Criner and others aren’t doing anything of note.
The Raiders are likely to carry six receivers on their 53-man roster. The smart money says, Denarius Moore, Rod Streater and Ford and locks. Criner figures to have an edge, too, based on his experience and potential.
Beyond that, it’s wide open for the final two spots. Butler and Andre Holmes are making the most noise among a crowded field right now.

– Taiwan Jones carried over his eye-opening play in training camp to Friday night’s game. It’s now not so strange to imagine Jones making the roster as a cornerback.
He entered the NFL as a running back. However, he converted to cornerback out of frustrating after not getting a chance to show what he can do with the ball in his hands.
It appears as if the move is paying dividends for Jones and the Raiders. On Friday night, Jones showed nice instincts, the ability to break on the ball and make plays in tight coverage.
Now, let’s not get carried away just yet. Jones still has a way to go before he gets considered for a starting job or meaningful playing time. However, it’s saying something that he has come this far in such a short period of time.

– We told you about Murray during the offseason. Now you see what we meant when we promised you that you were going to like what you see.
He’s that impressive. On Friday, Murray debuted in a Raiders uniform and showed that he has the size, speed, strength and ability to be a dependable back.
He rushed for only 29 yards on eight carries, but it’s the way he carries himself, his decisiveness when he runs and the confidence.
Hence, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Allen take a real long look at Murray this season as a means of gauging whether he already has a potential replacement for McFadden on his roster.

– Other odds and ends:
The Raiders committed only four penalties for 35 yards. That would have been a typical series for the 2011 Raiders, or several other teams from the past couple of decades.
The Raiders intercepted one pass (Usama Young) and recovered a muffed punt (Eric Harper). Their lone turnovers came as a result of the Flynn sack and the Pryor ill-advised pass.
Rashad Jennings looked sharp as a complement to McFadden and the leading candidate as the short-yardage back. He rushed for 39 yards on nine carries, which included his converting a third-and-one early on.
Chris Kluwe’s one punt grossed/netted 36 yards. Marquette King’s lone punt grossed/netted 50 yards and ended with the fumble. King’s punt was quite solid, but it had nothing to do with the Cowboys player coughing up the ball.
Undrafted rookie Greg Jenkins flashed a few times, once on a 51-yard kick return and again on an 11-yard punt return that he fielded under pressure so that the ball didn’t keep bounding toward the Raiders goal line. These are the kinds of things that don’t go unnoticed. Keep an eye on Jenkins, a college quarterback who converted to wide receiver as a way of increasing his odds of making an NFL roster.
The Raiders defense held up pretty well against the run, even though they were thin on the defensive line. The Cowboys rushed for 70 yards on 20 carries.

– A handful of Raiders didn’t play Friday night: Ford, cornerback D.J. Hayden, linebackers Kaluka Maiava, Miles Burris and Billy Boyko, offensive tackle Menelik Watson, guard Lucas Nix and defensive linemen Lamarr Houston, Brandon Bair, Pat Sims and Vance Walker.

– The Raiders announced during the game that former Raiders offensive tackle Lincoln Kennedy will be part of the broadcast team this season. Kennedy was at the game tonight, and the Raiders introduced him in the second half.

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  • PilagingJustForFun

    Your mama

  • SaintKaufman

    0ak r8rs Says:
    August 10th, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    PilagingJustForFun Says:
    August 10th, 2013 at 5:01 pm
    20% of this blog is awesome!! 80% dung hole overflowing septic tank, dirty panties with a yeast infection!!

    @@@@@@@

    Like I said. Heard you on Sirius plenty. Should have kept it to yourself. It’s embarrassing when you use Raider in your name because most times you come on there clueless. Think you could start calling yourself Dumb@ss Danny instead? All is real Raider fans would really appreciate it.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    LOL!! :)

  • http://wix.com/ggeden/ggeden GG

    Dr Rob is McFadden20

    MaddenRaider is Sullivan44, Alex7, and many other ones, that have been exposed.

  • PlunkforHOF

    0ak r8rs Says:
    August 10th, 2013 at 3:12 pm
    No Mas Diamante Says:
    August 10th, 2013 at 3:04 pm
    It just hit me… Dr. Roberts is actually a guy who posted here a few years ago by the name of Sullivan44. He was actually a niner fan and a true douche bag. how do I know this? He also liked the phrase “sparkle pony”. Welcome back Sandusky 44…

    @@@@@@@

    Because Sullivan44 is Alex7 who is Dark Truth who is Raider Tater. Dr rob isn’t a douche bag, but he has obviously strong feelings about Pryor and the fact that he doesn’t think he’s an NFL QB. That’s not a popular opinion around here. Debate him about anything else, and keep him away from Mistic, and he’s fine.

    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

    Who was also MR and Albert Bigelo Paine. All members of the Sock Puppet Army.

  • DJ Johnny

    irjonny Says:
    August 10th, 2013 at 5:03 pm
    why in god’s name did we not draft Damontre Moore?!

    I think he was the guy who only lifted 200 lbs like a few times which was very suspect.

    There were other issues too that made him fall like a lead zeppelin.

  • Bigmike34

    A QB that broke NCAA RULES and got his coach fired and his team sanctioned….NAME….PRYOR

    A QB that is not a good passer Name Pryor…

    A QB with the lowest QB rating after our 1st Pre-Season Game….His name Pryor

    A QB who often shows poor judgement…Name PRYOR …The Int. in the Red Zone Has his Signature all over it….

    A QB that does not stay in the Pocket….Pryor…

    Who would the Team be Least likely to follow …PRYOR..

  • 0ak r8rs

    PilagingJustForFun Says:
    August 10th, 2013 at 5:06 pm
    Your mama

    @@@@@@@@

    Nice comeback. You can leave now.

  • Bigmike34

    If you like the way pryor runs….Whine about making him a RB…He is not a QB…No matter how fast he is.

  • Breaking_Black

    Wait so SaintKaufman is Dr Rob too?
    This is getting fun. Now I’m interested.

  • SaintKaufman

    GG Says:
    August 10th, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Dr Rob is McFadden20

    MaddenRaider is Sullivan44, Alex7, and many other ones, that have been exposed.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Damn it GG, I thought E was gonna tell everyone I was Dr Bob. All these years and no ones EVER accused me of being more than 1 user(which sadly, I’ve only ever used this same name since 2005/6). Crap!

  • PilagingJustForFun

    From your hospital bed

  • SaintKaufman

    Hold the phone!
    Yeah BB, I AM the Dr!

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    CDERaider Says:
    August 10th, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    We saw more creativity in 1 preseason game on offense formations and play calls than the entire season last year. Olsen looks light years better than – well you know who… maybe Gruden did suggest him to Mark as was rumored – his stuff looks alot like Grudens.
    —————————–
    Absolutely.

  • DJ Johnny

    SaintKaufman Says:
    August 10th, 2013 at 5:11 pm
    Hold the phone!
    Yeah BB, I AM the Dr!

    Lol. I knew it.

  • SaintKaufman

    Wait a minute, who the hell is Breaking_Black??

    Bob, that you?

  • Breaking_Black

    SaintKaufman Says:
    August 10th, 2013 at 5:11 pm
    Hold the phone!
    Yeah BB, I AM the Dr!
    —-
    I knew it!
    I had a feeling cus you kept bringing it up!
    People who are horrible liars tend to do stuff over and over, subconsciously wanting to get caught. Very weird.

  • http://wix.com/ggeden/ggeden GG

    Albert Bigelow Paine is another MR handle as PlunkforHOF mentioned before too.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    its mctroll…

  • http://wix.com/ggeden/ggeden GG

    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    August 10th, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    its mctroll…

    —-

    yep, mcfadden20 is dr rob

  • Breaking_Black

    Gradkowski is in!
    My hero.

  • SaintKaufman

    Crapballs!!!
    It’s like some kind of fraternity that I’m not allowed to join! This blows!

    Don’t bother responding
    Taste the chocolate rain <–my all-time MR line

  • 0ak r8rs

    SaintKaufman Says:
    August 10th, 2013 at 5:13 pm
    Wait a minute, who the hell is Breaking_Black??

    Bob, that you?

    @@@@@@

    Can’t be. He’s been on this board for at least 48 hours. I trust him.

  • the famous dr robert

    PilagingJustForFun Says:
    August 10th, 2013 at 4:48 pm
    I hope your not some paralyzed man in a hospital bed with a tv and computer by your bed side!! Nothing you can do but talk to yourself, watch porn, an change your bed pan!
    ***********
    Amazing how vicious some posters get when someone doesn’t agree with them.

  • SaintKaufman

    Damn it Bob, go away!

  • irjonny

    DJ Johnny Says:
    August 10th, 2013 at 5:07 pm
    irjonny Says:
    August 10th, 2013 at 5:03 pm
    why in god’s name did we not draft Damontre Moore?!

    I think he was the guy who only lifted 200 lbs like a few times which was very suspect.

    There were other issues too that made him fall like a lead zeppelin.

    ———————-

    he’s a starter for the giants and he’s making plays both at DE and ST. lame

  • SaintKaufman

    You gotta be kidding me, right?

  • Raider E

    E,
    Am I Dr Bob?

    ——————–

    who’s Dr. Bob?

  • SnBG

    All you dudes complaining about multiple handles have multi handles yourselves. Who do you think you’re fooling.

  • Myopinion

    Jfb,
    Is that a H for you? Lol

  • the famous dr robert

    GG Says:
    August 10th, 2013 at 5:15 pm
    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    August 10th, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    its mctroll…

    —-

    yep, mcfadden20 is dr rob
    ********
    Lol. We are all one guy.

  • the famous dr robert

    Raider E Says:
    August 10th, 2013 at 5:17 pm
    E,
    Am I Dr Bob?

    ——————–

    who’s Dr. Bob?
    *********
    Who’s on first?

  • http://wix.com/ggeden/ggeden GG

    MR is very intelligent, and his schtick is always political and he comes up with many articulate comments, even tho he’s a troll.

    Dr Rob is not intelligent, not in the same way as MR, he’s more annoying in his trolling, like a kid.

  • Breaking_Black

    0ak R8rs Says:
    August 10th, 2013 at 5:15 pm
    SaintKaufman Says:
    August 10th, 2013 at 5:13 pm
    Wait a minute, who the hell is Breaking_Black??

    Bob, that you?

    @@@@@@

    Can’t be. He’s been on this board for at least 48 hours. I trust him.

    Lol. I’m pretty excited to be involved but sadly I’m not him.
    Bob is a bible thumper weirdo.
    I hate god. Haha, kidding. God would have to exist for me to hate him.

  • SaintKaufman

    Wait, so if we’re ALL the same guy then, well….then, well, then someone should make a movie about this!

  • http://Www.bullycains.com r8dercain

    Post 1034 nice comparison..
    TP sure looks like his upside is the skys limit.
    But I think his time to start will come in 2014
    Full time that is.
    He will play a lot this yr though.

  • the famous dr robert

    SaintKaufman Says:
    August 10th, 2013 at 5:11 pm
    Hold the phone!
    Yeah BB, I AM the Dr!
    ********
    Wait. What? I’m confused.

    I’m trashing all my handles and starting over.

    I don’t remember being u though.

  • SaintKaufman

    I’m sorry Bob but I can’t let you do that.

    Look into the light!

  • Twocents

    Pilaging is just an angry child that thinks he knows everything.

  • Dakota

    Like I’ve said in the past…..sometimes I wonder if I am commenting in here with just MaddenRaider and his multiple personalities….

  • regallengo

    @SnBG,you are right on with that post. These pzzys complaining about cross posters and trolls all do it themselves. Bunch of fkups with no lives so they try and get attention by talking to them selves and butt fking themselves. Losser POS, all

  • the famous dr robert

    GG Says:
    August 10th, 2013 at 5:18 pm
    MR is very intelligent, and his schtick is always political and he comes up with many articulate comments, even tho he’s a troll.

    Dr Rob is not intelligent, not in the same way as MR, he’s more annoying in his trolling, like a kid.
    **********
    Nuh-uh.

  • Breaking_Black

    I can tell most of you are 40+ years in age. (Not a diss to all of you who are)
    Just saying, a lot of you are very bad at the interwebs.

  • regallengo

    and who the fk are you GG, just another idiot cross poster pretending to besomeone you’re not. Pathetic POS. Go somewhere else, You ruin the blog.

  • the famous dr robert

    Dakota Says:
    August 10th, 2013 at 5:21 pm
    Like I’ve said in the past…..sometimes I wonder if I am commenting in here with just MaddenRaider and his multiple personalities….
    ********
    Yes. And we’re all to get u.

  • SaintKaufman

    the famous dr robert Says:
    August 10th, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    GG Says:
    August 10th, 2013 at 5:18 pm
    MR is very intelligent, and his schtick is always political and he comes up with many articulate comments, even tho he’s a troll.

    Dr Rob is not intelligent, not in the same way as MR, he’s more annoying in his trolling, like a kid.
    **********
    Nuh-uh.

    ________________

    LOL!!

  • regallengo

    Nuh-uh.

    Breaking_Black Says:
    August 10th, 2013 at 5:22 pm
    I can tell most of you are 40+ years in age. (Not a diss to all of you who are)
    Just saying, a lot of you are very bad at the interwebs.
    llllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll
    FK off. You’re another POS cross poster.

  • SaintKaufman

    Dakota Says:
    August 10th, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Like I’ve said in the past…..sometimes I wonder if I am commenting in here with just MaddenRaider and his multiple personalities….

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Yeah, and WTF is this Dakota character?

  • Breaking_Black

    Regallengo Says:
    August 10th, 2013 at 5:25 pm
    Nuh-uh.

    Breaking_Black Says:
    August 10th, 2013 at 5:22 pm
    I can tell most of you are 40+ years in age. (Not a diss to all of you who are)
    Just saying, a lot of you are very bad at the interwebs.
    llllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll
    FK off. You’re another POS cross poster.
    —-
    Oh sht. Lol
    Rise above, man. Rise above.
    It’s a comment section.

  • regallengo

    Dakota Says:
    August 10th, 2013 at 5:21 pm
    Like I’ve said in the past…..sometimes I wonder if I am commenting in here with just MaddenRaider and his multiple personalities….
    ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
    LOLs, you’re one of the biggest multiple handle dk wads here.

  • the famous dr robert

    SaintKaufman Says:
    August 10th, 2013 at 5:17 pm
    Damn it Bob, go away!
    **********
    I’m a voice in ur head.