Raiders OC Olson breaks it down


Some highlights of a media session with Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson:

On the loss of tackle Jared Veldheer: Going into the season, the power scheme, the gap scheme, Jared was an important part of that. We didn’t get a real chance last week to evaluate that part of the game as much as we would like to. We’ll continue these last two preseason games and more specifically Fridays’ game a little bit, t o see if that’s going to be something we continue to expand upon.”

On Terrelle Pryor’s role: We’re still kind of tinkering with that toy. We did some things in the first game we were pleased with. We went into the second game and tried some other schemes that we looked at and maybe weren’t as successful as they were in the first week. We’ll continue to change up and do some different things, so we have an entire package. Each week we’re trying to expose just a little bit with Terrelle, add a little bit to the initial package we had for him.

On ripple effect of Veldheer’s injury: I think it changes how we’re going to use everybody. It’ll impact how I use Darren McFadden, it will impact how I use Marcel Reece. You don’t lose a player like that and think you’re not going to have to change some things or do some things differently.

On the competition at tight end: We were starting to clear that up. We felt like David Ausberry was having a good camp and now again, with Richard Gordon and Jeron Mastrud, they’re in the battle for the No. 1 spot. We like the emergency of our young tight ends . . . but we’ll really take a good hard look at Richard Gordon and Jeron Mastrud this week.

On the inconsistencies of wide receiver Denarius Moore: A lot of it is going to be on Denarius. To me, it’s that whole character issue, becoming a self-starter, becoming a self-motivated person, and a lot of it comes with maturity. I think he’d be the first guy to say we’re constantly on top of him . . . we’ll just coach him up, but I think he’s becoming a more mature player and a more mature person. A lot of players will tell you, `Boy, I wish I had been more mature as a younger player.’ And I think that maturity will happen for Denarius.

On the maturity of wide receiver Rod Streater: I think when you’re talking about self-starters and self-motivated people, Rod Streater is that guy in the room to me. He’s the leader in that room just based on his work ethic, his preparation and the way he approaches the game.

On the progress of quarterback Matt Flynn: He’s been steady throughout this training camp and that’s Matt Flynn. That’s what he’s been about and what we’ve expected


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer