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Houston believes pressure on QBs will come

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, August 26th, 2013 at 4:31 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Filed for print but with additional material . . .

Lamarr Houston is aware the Raiders first-team defense has barely laid a hand on Drew Brees or Jay Cutler in the last two preseason games.

And he’s not overly concerned.

“We want to get out there that we can rush the passer, but at the same time, it’s preseason, everything is very vanilla and offenses are very vanilla,’’ Houston said. “Right now, you can’t really tell how much better we’ve gotten as a defensive line, but soon, you’ll be able to see.’’

Considering the Raiders open the season with Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts and face Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in Week 3 _ both on the road _ the sooner, the better.

Houston and strong safety Tyvon Branch will be the only starters remaining from a defensive personnel purge following the 2012 season. A third, linebacker Miles Burris, has yet to practice following offseason knee surgery.

The Raiders moved Houston from left end to right end, making him the blind side pass rusher although he’ll move inside on some downs with Andre Carter coming in as a nickel rusher.

A two-week absence with an undisclosed injury slowed Houston’s progress. He played against the Bears after minimal practice time and it showed, and coach Dennis Allen is hoping for better things when the Raiders close out the preseason Thursday night in Seattle.

“I thought he was rusty,’’ Allen said. “I don’t think that was his best effort. That just goes to show you it’s hard to play this game if you don’t get a chance to practice, so I’m looking forward to seeing improvement Thursday night and as we go into the regular season.’’

Houston, 6-foot-3 and 300 pounds, is not the prototype right end, playing with high energy, a low center of gravity and without the jet-propelled outside rush so often associated with his position. He has 10 sacks in three seasons at left end and ideally would get that many this season at right end.

“He’s a little bit more of a power rusher than he is a speed rusher, but I really think he’s a guy that can help in getting some pressure on the quarterback,’’ Allen said.

Houston was a record-breaking high school running back who also played linebacker in high school in Colorado Springs, Colo., before going to Texas and playing defensive end, and then moving inside to tackle as a junior.
Being on the move so often has Houston resistant to being typecast by where he lines up.

“I really don’t think of positions like that,’’ Houston said. “I wouldn’t put myself in a category as being a pass-rusher or a run-stopper. I just think I’m a pretty good athlete who loves to play football.

During the offseason, Houston was enthused over how quickly the Raiders defense came together with the new personnel. Training camp has been another story on the field, as only recent have they had their entire defensive front on the field at the same time, with Houston, Vance Walker and Pat Sims all battling injuries.

“We didn’t have everybody practicing the way we wanted to because of different circumstances and situations, but I believe that we’re getting the work we needed to get done in the meeting rooms as well as on the field,” Houston said. “I still feel we’re progressing in the right direction. It’s going to be a great feeling when we have everybody out there together.”

Houston doesn’t believe the Chicago game to be a representation of what the Raiders first-team defense will represent.

“I believe we’re a better defense,” Houston said. `This last game we came out flat, and we didn’t play up to our standard, but I’m 100 percent sure we’re a better defense than we were before.”

– Allen on the timetable to name a starting quarterback between Matt Flynn and Terrelle Pryor: “Obviously we open up in 13 days. That’s coming sooner rather than later. I think it’s been a good competition. We’ve got a couple of options there that are going to give us a chance.”

Matt Flynn will rest is sore throwing arm through Thursday, then be re-evaluated, Allen said.

– Allen said fourth-round draft pick Tyler Wilson will “probably” play against Seattle.

The Raiders face an interesting decision regarding the 53-man roster at quarterback. Do they cut a fourth-round draft pick in Wilson even though he’s been outperformed by undrafted free agent Matt McGloin? Or do they cut McGloin, figuring they would have a better chance of getting him on the practice squad? Wilson’s status as a fourth-round pick could make him difficult to slip through waivers.

– Linebacker Kaluka Maiava, out since late July with an ankle injury, was back at practice and hoping to play against Seattle.

“I’m tired of being locked up in the training room,’’ Maiava said. “I know I have a lot of catching up to do and I’m ready to get going. My teammates have been grinding this whole camp and I’ve been feeling left out and kind of letting them down. Feels great to be back and moving around and getting the season started.’’

Maiava began camp splitting first-team reps at weak side linebacker with Kevin Burnett but now will likely provide depth at all three positions as well as participate on special teams.

“We’ll find out more the more we get a chance to watch him, but when it comes time to determining who those starting three linebackers are, we’ll have to wait and see how that develops after the Seattle game,” Allen said.

– Place kicker Sebastian Janikowski wasn’t mentioned on Allen’s injury update with the meida, but he came out late to practice wearing a ballcap instead of a helmet and watched as punter Chris Kluwe attempted a field goal.

Following practice, the Raiders were trying out a left-footed place kicker on a far field in front of members of the personnel department. As a matter of policy, the Raiders don’t disclose the names of players who work out.

– Strong safety Tyvon Branch returned to practice after missing time with a rib injury. Allen said he would see how Branch responds before determining whether he would face Seattle. Cornerback Tracy Porter, having practiced the last two days, is likely to face Seattle.

It remains to be seen who the Raiders will start at cornerback, but the plan will be to keep D.J. Hayden on the outside, with Porter playing the slot receiver in the nickel.

The Raiders are still without wide receivers Brice Butler (hamstring) and Rod Streater (concussion).

– The Raiders waived defensive lineman Brandon Bair and offensive lineman Alex Parsons while injured. Both will move to the Raiders injured reserve list once they clear waivers.

The Raiders have three more players to trim from the roster Tuesday to reach 75.

– Allen’s assessment on rookie tight end Mychal Rivera: “I’ve seen a guy that does a pretty good job in the passing game. I think he’s got a pretty good feel for what we’re asking him to do in the passing game. He’s a guy that’s got to continue to work on his blocking. He’s improved his blocking . . . We’ve got some guys on this team who can turn into good NFL football players and he’s one of them.”

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  • guest123

    Yep it’s all specialized now, but back in the old days, the QB offered the possibility of a direct snap trick play or even a chance to make a play on a botched snap.

  • rediaR

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    August 27th, 2013 at 10:07 am
    Flynn is about as injured as Mike Brisiel. When you’re McMumbles big FA signing, then you don’t get benched, you get “Injured”.

    ***

    ouch, Judge!

    sad but true
    ———————-
    No, that post is just as dumb as it was the first time.

  • bcz24

    Silver, Im not saying we didn’t guarantee flynns 6.5 mil this year, I am saying we didn’t pay him 12 million as some posters suggested. That’s all

    Rock, the difference between King and Kluwe in the punting game isn’t big enough NOT to take the holding responsibility into account. Jano missed an easy FG for him last Friday because of the hold. As far as I am concerned that is a MUCH bigger deal than the 10 or so yard difference between their punts.

  • rediaR

    Guest123 Says:
    August 27th, 2013 at 10:08 am
    Yep it’s all specialized now, but back in the old days, the QB offered the possibility of a direct snap trick play or even a chance to make a play on a botched snap.
    ——————————
    Way to ruin it Romo.

  • Whoknows

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    August 27th, 2013 at 10:05 am
    I think the #1 reason backups don’t hold, is because practice and OTA’s are so specialized now, the snapper-holder-punter-kicker are just stay off to the side and do there thing.

    Can’t stop the offenses practice reps to pull out Criner or something to go run over to the over field and hold for a minute. While the punter does what? Stand there?

    My two cents.
    *****************************
    makes sense

  • rediaR

    I say the difference between King and Kluwe (including holding) isn’t big enough in an obvious non-superbowl season to not go with youth and potential.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    actually, great post judge

  • Whoknows

    It would have been helpful to have a qb holder the 1st game of last season though.

  • willy91137

    Silverandblack666 Says:
    August 27th, 2013 at 9:46 am
    “They adjusted his contract to increase the hit this year and decrease it next year”

    Was that 2 million extra or so we cold cut him in 2014?
    ———————–
    It was probably there just to cause heads to explode on various blog poster shoulders.

    More money this year is guaranteed. I don’t think he is getting paid more overall (length of contract) technically. However if we decide to cut him in the off season it will save us money then.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    In my book Matt Flynn is gone next year

  • bcz24

    I say the difference between King and Kluwe (including holding) isn’t big enough in an obvious non-superbowl season to not go with youth and potential.
    ***************
    Your job isn’t on the line though. DA’s is and if the difference in holding cost’s us a game or two because of missed FG’s then the decision is simple. Besides, we just signed Seabass to a big extension, if he want’s Kluwe to hold then Kluwe holds.

  • Whoknows

    Gotta go fellas, Torrey Pines is calling. Have a good day.
    SnBG, Ill be back this evening to check out that link.

  • RaiderRockstar

    yeah guys … how could you ever replace Kluwe and his Pro Bowl HOLDING abilities ??

    LOL

    @JFB

    as much as you praise Kluwe and clown King the reality is they are competing for a PUNTING job, not a holding job. If this were a holding competition, I agree Kluwe would win.

    and no, holding isn’t a requirement of the punter. thats stupid. That’s dumber than saying your backup center is automatically the long snapper

  • RaiderRockstar

    @Bcz

    Seabass is our de facto GM now, because Reggie gave him an extension??

    what kind of special treatment are Branch & Condo getting?

  • http://www.christianitydisproved.com/ Silverandblack666

    @ Dplunk

    How about we start over and try to be amicable to each other?

    Hi I am a Raider fan like you love going to the games and debating here lets get excited about the future!

  • rediaR

    Well we don’t have to worry about Jano getting pissed and leaving in FA.

  • http://www.christianitydisproved.com/ Silverandblack666

    “Silver, Im not saying we didn’t guarantee flynns 6.5 mil this year, I am saying we didn’t pay him 12 million as some posters suggested. That’s all”

    @Bcz24 I was trying to figure out if the 2015 conditional pick would be voided if we cut him.

    Do you know anything about that?

  • rediaR

    Holding is something that can be fixed. I don’t want to cut youth and potential for something that simple.

    Have we established yet how he screwed up that hold yet?

  • rediaR

    yet yet yet

  • http://www.RAIDERS.com Back-n-Black

    watching replay of bears game on nfln.

    waiting to watch pryor again

  • Just Fire Baby

    Jano missed an easy FG for him last Friday because of the hold. As far as I am concerned that is a MUCH bigger deal than the 10 or so yard difference between their punts.

    ****************************

    Exactly.

    The net difference in the net average between the two is nothing, like 6 yards.

    Meanwhile bad holds, and blocked punts, cost ACTUAL POINTS.

  • http://www.christianitydisproved.com/ Silverandblack666

    2nd half is easier to watch

  • dplunk

    I went through a 20yr drought between SB appearances for the Raiders (1983-2003), and though I’ve been “beaten up” pretty bad by my buddies the last 10 yrs,I’m not ever going to waiver. plenty of blame can go round, but Reggie shouldn’t take most of it.

  • Just Fire Baby

    as much as you praise Kluwe and clown King the reality is they are competing for a PUNTING job, not a holding job.

    ***********************************

    Holding is a REQUIREMENT for the job.

    REQUIREMENT. Not optional, not see what we can do, you HAVE TO BE ABLE TO DO IT TO BE AN NFL PUNTER.

  • DJ Johnny

    Back-n-Black Says:
    August 27th, 2013 at 10:30 am
    watching replay of bears game on nfln.

    waiting to watch pryor again

    Me too.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    RaiderRockstar Says:

    @Bcz

    Seabass is our de facto GM now, because Reggie gave him an extension??
    ==================================================

    Hell yes! And it’s about time we had a Polish GM, what with the Rooney Rule and all.

  • DJ Johnny

    I’m not familiar with all the player’s #’s yet but do u guys know who # 94 is?

    On that ridiculous Forte swing pass for the td #94 does this little shimmy-hesitation which allowed Forte to burst to the outside. #94 was there and SHOULD have made that play and then I wanna say Usama Young couldn’t get off that block from that skinny wr till it was too late…

    That was just awful.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Holding is a REQUIREMENT for the job.

    REQUIREMENT. Not optional, not see what we can do, you HAVE TO BE ABLE TO DO IT TO BE AN NFL PUNTER.

    ***

    @JFB

    link? source?

  • Al_is_theraiders

    926… courtesy of shrek.

  • RaidingTexas

    This guy on ESPN says Pryor worth a shot for deep or two-QB fantasy leagues. Calls McFadden the DO NOT DRAFT running back of 2013.

    http://espn.go.com/blog/afcwest/post/_/id/61586/video-fantasy-outlook-on-terrelle-pryor

  • RaiderDirt

    DAY OFF, NO KIDS, NO WIFE, AND THE RAIDERS ARE PLAY ON NFL HATEWORK …… COLD BEER & A RAIDERS GAME THIS IS THE LIFE…

    KEEP ME UP DATED NATION , HAS THERE BEEN ANY SURPRISE CUTS TODAY??

    ONE NATION!!!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    @DJG

    #94 = Kevin Burnett (starting OLB)

  • willy91137

    Warren Moon said on SI that Flynn was laying back in is worth ethic was in question
    said he didn’t do much in the off-season and he leaves the building early did Reggie know this
    what was Reggie thinking he was going by what he’d done in Green Bay not what he done in Seattle
    as this story keeps unwinding it seems to get worse too many red flags for 6 1/2 million dollars

  • Just Fire Baby

    It is fairly obvious the Raiders want King to win the job, in the 3rd preseason he was punting and holding first.

    Only problem is that he had about as good a day of it as FLynn did.

    I always thought they brought in Kluwe, with all his expertise in areas outside of booming punts, to hopefully help King put up some pointers and what not.

    Like the Jeff Garcia-Jamarcus Russell TC charade a few years ago.

    King just isn’t seizing it at all.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    RaiderRockstar Says:

    Holding is a REQUIREMENT for the job.

    REQUIREMENT. Not optional, not see what we can do, you HAVE TO BE ABLE TO DO IT TO BE AN NFL PUNTER.

    ***

    @JFB

    link? source?
    =====================================================

    http://www.ibabuzz.com/oaklandraiders/2013/08/26/houston-believes-pressure-on-qbs-will-come/comment-page-19/#comment-1472312

    See post #923

  • http://profootballtalk.com Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush)

    Regarding Flynn trade:

    Seattle was the cut throat, snake in the grass, deceptive car salesman.

    Oakland was an 18 year old girl buying their first car.

  • http://raiderettes.com MR..realest of the real, stickiest of the icky

    Raiderholic,

    That sounds like the so many trades Al got hosed on. Except replace 18 year old girl with senile old man who just wanted to be liked.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I would like to think, or at least hope, that if Flynn as a lazy, plodding, corner-cutter, that someone else in the media would have found out about it over his 3 stops now and reported it, ahead of Warren Moon.

    Call me crazy…..

  • http://raiderettes.com MR..realest of the real, stickiest of the icky

    Belichick made an ass out of Al Davis in his final years. Just an ass. Took draft picks from him like candy.

  • DJ Johnny

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    August 27th, 2013 at 10:51 am
    @DJG

    #94 = Kevin Burnett (starting OLB)

    Thanks. Not good on that one…especially for a veteran.

  • http://www.christianitydisproved.com/ Silverandblack666

    “Warren Moon said on SI that Flynn was laying back in is worth ethic was in question
    said he didn’t do much in the off-season and he leaves the building early”

    Wily now how do you expect Flynn to spend that money when he is working?

    He had to spend that extra 2 million Reggie threw at him!

  • RaiderRockstar

    lol @ Purv

    JFB’s word = gospel?

    I think we know better than that!

    ahem, McClain

  • http://profootballtalk.com Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush)

    MR..realest of the real, stickiest of the icky Says:
    August 27th, 2013 at 10:56 am
    Raiderholic,

    That sounds like the so many trades Al got hosed on. Except replace 18 year old girl with senile old man who just wanted to be liked.
    ———————–
    Yeah, not too many trades have worked out for the Raiders. I was hoping that we would stop being the butt of jokes when it comes to stuff like this.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Seattle took a sizable chunk of dead money in the Flynn trade as well.

    That Seattle GM is lucky someone else didn’t pick Russell Wilson ahead of him.

    They paid the guy like 10 million dollars last year in a signing bonus and took a 4 million dead hit this year.

    For literally nothing.

    Good drafts will bail you out, that is for sure. Why drafting is the most important of developing your roster.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    DJ Johnny

    #94 Burnett, Kevin

    You should bookmark this page. Interactive, too, by clicking the heading.

    http://www.raiders.com/team/roster.html

  • DJ Johnny

    MR..realest of the real, stickiest of the icky Says:
    August 27th, 2013 at 10:56 am
    Raiderholic,

    That sounds like the so many trades Al got hosed on. Except replace 18 year old girl with senile old man who just wanted to be liked.

    Al was a lot of things but I never got the sense he was someone who was overly concerned with being liked.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Like the Jeff Garcia-Jamarcus Russell TC charade a few years ago.

    King just isn’t seizing it at all.

    ***

    Kluwe is going to get frustrated and ask to be released?

    can’t see that..

  • DJ Johnny

    Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist Says:
    August 27th, 2013 at 10:58 am
    DJ Johnny

    #94 Burnett, Kevin

    You should bookmark this page. Interactive, too, by clicking the heading.

    http://www.raiders.com/team/roster.html

    Thanks Purvis. I was just being lazy.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I like Burnetts socks.

    Makes him look fast, lol

  • http://raiderettes.com MR..realest of the real, stickiest of the icky

    Moon’s claims are bizarre. First off, as JFB says, nobody else has said it. Secondly, even if it were true, it’s bizarre of Moon to sink down to that level. Those were some harsh criticisms. I mean he didn’t just go after his level of play, he went after his character. He called Flynn a lazy, unreliable person. Really smeared him. Saying things like that without a basis for backing it up is slander.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Matt Flynn = Bruce Gradkowski

    i’m over it

    sorry fellas for the Bart Starr comparisons early on.. former Packer, wears #15, you see where I got that from

    I was wrong. 1st time in 5 years blogging here :P