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Dennis Allen Q&A

A transcript with Raiders coach Dennis Allen with the local media following practice Tuesday:

Allen: To start off, guys that either didn’t practice or weren’t able to finish practice: Nick Roach, Keenan Clayton, Jared Veldheer. I gave Andre Carter the day off. Veldheer is having an MRI on his triceps, so I don’t really have any update on that. As soon as I do, I’ll let you guys know.

Q: Did Veldheer get an MRI last week?

Allen: Yeah, we’re taking another look at [his triceps]. But we got Lamarr Houston back today and Billy Boyko back today. Hopefully we’ll continue to get some guys back as we keep going through the rest of this week and next week.

Q: How’s your bowling game?

Allen: I didn’t bowl, but it’s obvious to me that the offense is better than the defense.

Q: Coach, with (offensive coordinator) Greg Olson here, do you expect Marcel Reece to get utilized a little more than he has in the past, more reps?

Allen: Well, obviously Marcel’s a good player for us. That’s part of what we’re going for here in training camp; finding out what guys can do, and specifically Greg getting a good feel for what they can do, what they do well, what maybe they’re not quite as good at, and try to put them in a position where they can have some success. Marcel’s a guy that we feel like is a weapon for us. He’s a guy that we can do some different stuff with, flexing him out a little bit, so I would anticipate using him in that role.

Q: Flynn looked pretty sharp today. Is that indicative of the way he’s been?

Allen: He’s been pretty consistent throughout training camp. He’s been making some good decisions. He’s protected the football well, and really that’s what I expect out of him. I expect him to make good decisions for us, move the ball up the field and protect the football for us. I thought, with the exception of the first drive in the game the other day, he did a nice job in doing that.

Q: Will you look to use Terrelle Pryor with the ones at all in preseason games or will you mostly stick with Matt Flynn?

Allen: Do you want me to give you the whole game plan? I don’t know. We’ll see as we move along. Like I’ve said all along, we have some plays that we feel like really suit his skill set, and we’ll try to incorporate those plays in our game plans as we move along.

Q: With San Diego, Kansas City and Denver in the division with their offenses, is New Orleans going to be able to give you the best test you’ll be able to see this preseason?

Allen: Well, obviously I haven’t seen a lot of the divisional opponents as far as what they’re offering offensively, but I do know the New Orleans Saints are a prolific offense. They move the ball up and down the field, they score a lot of points, so it’ll be a great challenge for our defense to see where we’re at when we go down to the [Mercedes-Benz] Superdome and get a chance to play those guys.

Q: Is it tough for (Tyler) Wilson to get on track if he’s not getting a lot of snaps? And I imagine he probably won’t play much on Friday?

Allen: Yeah, well we’ll talk about the game, the rotation and how we’re going to play those guys probably tonight. We’ll get into that as a coaching staff. I think Tyler … Part of his learning process is going to have to be sitting back and watching some, and that’s where you’re at when you’re where he’s at on the depth chart. I think Matt (McGloin) is getting a little more from a reps standpoint, but we’re trying to split those third team reps up as close as we can based on the number of plays we go with the threes.

Q: How much better of a position are you guys, in depth wise, with the offensive line having guys like Alex [Parsons] and Andre (Gurode)?

Allen: Well, I think those two guys help us and provide us with a little more depth. Those are guys that we didn’t anticipate when we started training camp, and I think those guys have come on and given us a little bit more depth at that position. Obviously we’re still waiting on Menelik Watson, and I think, once we get him back out here, we’re going to have some depth on the O-line.

Q: Update on [Mike] Brisiel, is he still resting?

Allen: No. I want to make sure that he’s ready to go. Sixteen games is a long season and he’s a veteran, an older player. I want to make sure he’s ready to go.

Q: Week One to Week Two in the preseason, where are areas you want to see the most improvement in?

Allen: Well I think first of all I want to protect the football better. I want to make better decisions. I want to make sure we’re not turning the football over. Defensively, I want to make sure we’re getting a little bit more pressure on the quarterback. So those are some things we want to work on. And obviously, playing New Orleans’ offense, they don’t give up a lot of pressure on the quarterback, so it’ll be a big challenge for us.

Q: How did (Andre) Gurode do Friday, and how’s he doing so far at guard this week in practice?

Allen: I think he’s done fairly well. It was a position that we hadn’t worked him a whole lot at early in training camp. So when you look at it, guys are going to have to play more than one position, and so I think having a guy like him – who can play guard for us, that can play center for you, that’s a huge upside.

Q: Latavius Murray, do you expect him to be back out there this week?

Allen: To be honest with you, I really don’t know. I hope, but I really don’t know when he’ll be back.

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  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Veldheer was surprisingly good coming out of
    Hillsdale. And more surprisingly continued to improve. Surprising on three counts; played DivII, picked in 3rd round, by Al. Many were confident he would be in probowl conversations soon. I really like him. Can’t remember hearing of anybody that doesn’t.
    But I had no idea the entire future of the Raiders rested on his hulk like shoulders.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Papa wants PRYOR and DMAC in the read option pistol.. with TE blockin.. said its gonna be hard to account for both of them.

    Said defenders are gonna be cautious to rush pryor on roll outs because he will burn u with his arm like he did when he threw it to criner…if they stay back he can run it and make u miss or run through u.

    CWood has been giving pryor good advice too

  • Bigmike34

    It is amazing…With no arm strength …FLYNN threw 31/44 a 70.5 completion Ratio and 480 Yards in his second start against Detroit…got 6TDs .QB RATING 136.4
    —————————————————-
    In Flynn’s 1st start against N.E. the year before the above game….he completed 24/37 for a 64.8%completion ratio 251 yards and a QB rating of 100.2

    ==================================================
    With all his ENORMOUS Arm strength….Pryor threw for only 155 yards in the one game he started and lost.
    QB RATING 46.4
    ==================================================

    WHEN YOU BOTHER TO LOOK AT THE FACTS THERE IS NO QUESTION WHO OUR STARTER SHOULD BE….Pryor is not now and may never be a QB….

    Je-Marcus Russell has a Stronger arm is Bigger and a better runner and Passer and was a miserable failure

    It takes a lot more then just a strong arm and speed running to be an NFL QB…You also need to be able to pass the ball Accurately…Manage the game and lead the Men who are in the huddle with you.

  • Bigmike34

    From Jerry McdDnald

    Flynn later showed an ability to throw a deep ball with touch, finding Rod Streater for 50-yard strike to the goal line.

  • 0ak r8rs

    Inonewordraider Says:
    August 14th, 2013 at 12:10 pm
    VanHeathen30 Says:
    August 14th, 2013 at 12:04 pm
    anyone know the timetable on triceps surgury…
    ___________
    a season, a year for full recovery

    @@@@@@@@

    They r saying the first 8 games. But you’re probably right. Just about any surgery on a tear is usually a full season.

  • 0ak r8rs

    Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist Says:
    August 14th, 2013 at 12:49 pm
    Veldheer was surprisingly good coming out of
    Hillsdale. And more surprisingly continued to improve. Surprising on three counts; played DivII, picked in 3rd round, by Al. Many were confident he would be in probowl conversations soon. I really like him. Can’t remember hearing of anybody that doesn’t.
    But I had no idea the entire future of the Raiders rested on his hulk like shoulders.

    @@@@@@@@

    Well, I’m not gonna panic and say the sky is falling. But it’s not like we have a ton of marquee talent that we can afford to give up. And if Watson was healthy and looking good I’d feel alot better. But instead we r down 2 tackles now. So my guess is Barnes moves to LT and we use Barron at RT and Willie “the turnstile” smith may make the team now. Which I was really hoping we were gonna be deep enough to afford to cut. He’s horrible.

    On the bright side, maybe Wetzel makes the 46 now. And if old man gurode can take over for briesel and hold up for a season, we might be ok.

    But make no mistake. Losing a quality LT isn’t that far away from losing a starting QB or RB. Especially in our position. Well, maybe for us losing a starting QB doesn’t mean as much. But you get my point. It’s a problem.

  • Bigmike34

    A simple question to see how much you Really Like Pryor

    To all you PRYOR people out there…BEFORE THE GAME STARTS TELL US….

    Do you expect Pryor to Put up better Numbers than Flynn today…Remember Flynn plays against the #1 DEFENSE and Pryor Will Play against the reserves…

    A non-answer means you are AFRAID..

  • Bigmike34

    The Truth be known

    I think Pryor should be the Number 3 QB based on performance….BUT YOU DON’T WHINING ABOUT IT ALL DAY..

  • Bigmike34

    Priesttj and the rest of your PRYOR ILK

    Here I was… Just starting to believe you guys and Join the Pryor Team…But…

    Most of that team has NOW crawled away in shame…

    I don’t want to be on a Team of Shame…

  • Bigmike34

    THE NUMBERS ARE IN….WE HAVE OUR QB..

    LETS MAKE THE COMPARISON EASY FOR YOU…

    Flynn Comp 12/16 (75%) …124 Yards…QB rating..117.7
    Fryer……. 1/5 (20%)……9 Yards……………39.6

    Then there is FRYER the LONG PASSER THE BIG ARM…1.8 yards per Passing Attempt………….Flynn…….7.8

    ALSO NOTE Pryor’s long completion was 9 yards…Flynn’s TD pass was twice as long as that.

    PRYER the Great runner…4 rushes for 15 yards 3.8 per rush…

    Flynn 1 rush for 4 yards…4 yards per Rush…

    PRYER

  • Bigmike34

    PRYER WILL NEVER BE AN NFL QB……BUT

    THE TEAM CAN AND SHOULD START GIVING PRYOR REPS AT WIDE RECEIVER HE HAS ALL THE TANGABLES NECESSARY GOOD HANDS SIZE AND BIG TIME SPEED…..COULD BE A SLOT BACK AS WELL….IT IS A SHAME TO WASTE HIS NATURAL TALENT BY PLAYING HIM AT THE WRONG POSITION WHERE HIS ONLY FUTURE IS THE BENCH OR THE UNEMPLOYMENT LINE.

  • Bigmike34

    From Dan Hanzus NFL reporter.

    Much to Flynn’s credit, he led the Raiders on an 11-play, 82-yard touchdown drive to close the second quarter, capped by a pretty 18-yard scoring strike to Denarius Moore. Flynn finished 12-of-16 passing for 124 yards and that score. Nice production, considering the circumstances.

    If Flynn can stay healthy, he’s a mortal lock to be the Raiders’ Week 1 starter. Terrelle Pryor didn’t inspire confidence in three second-half series, finishing with 9 yards passing and 15 yards rushing.