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

    There are 67 QB’s better than Flynn in the NFL CFL and Arena League.

    Reggie was eating Green Bay dog food that’s all we need to ween him off that Shlt!

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

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    August 27th, 2013 at 10:59 am
    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..
    ——————————-
    If I remember correctly that didn’t work out well for Mr. Garcia.

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

    “He called Flynn a lazy, unreliable person.”

    Flynn responded by saying “Wife Beater”

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

    Fair enough, Johnny. Give me a better reason for him letting Belichick take him to the cleaners time and time again.

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

    “wife beater” wouldn’t be slander. Didn’t Moon admit to it?

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

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

    It was the second time you were wrong in the 5 years I have seen you here. But you and I will not agree on Palmer soooooooooo technically your right its your first time!

  • rediaR

    MR..Realest Of The Real, Stickiest Of The Icky Says:
    August 27th, 2013 at 11:03 am
    Fair enough, Johnny. Give me a better reason for him letting Belichick take him to the cleaners time and time again.
    ————————
    Horrible talent evaluation down the stretch.

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

    ““wife beater” wouldn’t be slander. Didn’t Moon admit to it?”

    Yes indeed so maybe we could be more caustic and libelous…

    Flynn responded by saying “Stupid Homo Drug Addict Wife Beater”

  • RaiderRockstar

    why slam Moon? at least he could throw a football

    Flynn sucks. cut him today

    1- Pryor
    2- McGloin
    3- Wilson

  • inonewordraider

    i’m thinking maiava over burnett

    burnett looks like a dlineman which could help the run game, but maiava will mix it up in the run game himself

    I think maiava will be better in coverage, but it’s been a while since he played for usc so…

  • willy91137

    Silverandblack666 Says:
    August 27th, 2013 at 10:57 am
    “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!
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    My bad I thought he came here to play quarterback but I guess not

    I will bet you they will trot him out there opening day then when he struggles

    they say his tendinitis has ended his career with a joke or injured reserv

    what a life 28 years old 6 1/2 million dollars and retired probably go back to Texas and raise cows

  • RaiderDirt

    REWATCHING THIS GAME……

    HOPING WE FIND A GEM/STUD OF THE DLINE & OLINE PLYS OUR LBS NEED TO STAY AT HOME IN THERE GAPS (same old story but with better players)

    TARVERS BLITZ PACKAGES ARE WAY TO SIMPLE/VINELLA , OR OUR BLITZERS R HALF ASSING IT…

    DJ & JENKINS ARE OUR DAY ONE STARTERS..

    FLYNN IS OUR BACKUP QB…

    OLINE LINE COACH NEEDS TO FIND HIS STARTERS CAUSE THIS GROUP ARE NOT GELING TOGETHER AT ALL……

    NO PRESSER BY ANY SO CALLED FIRST TEAM DLINEMAN … THAT UNIT NEEDS AN MAJOR UPGRADE…

    ONE NATION BABY LET’S GO!!!!

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

    So then Al didn’t know what he was doing. Well, going from a GM that didn’t know what he was doing to a GM that’s an 18 year old girl at a car lot shouldn’t be too tough of a transition for us, should it?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Streater & Butler are both hurt, right?

    so who is the starting WR opposite DMo17 in Week 1 if these guys don’t recover quickly??

    JFORD? oh h3ll no .. God help us!

    (Holmes is suspended. Criner just coming back from his own injury)

  • rediaR

    “TARVERS BLITZ PACKAGES ARE WAY TO SIMPLE/VINELLA , OR OUR BLITZERS R HALF ASSING IT…”

    Vanilla preseason D, like they’ve said all along.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    RaiderRockstar Says:

    lol @ Purv

    JFB’s word = gospel?
    I think we know better than that!
    =====================================================

    You just asked for a link. Not a respectable one.

  • The_Judge37

    965.rediaR Says:
    August 27th, 2013 at 11:12 am
    “TARVERS BLITZ PACKAGES ARE WAY TO SIMPLE/VINELLA , OR OUR BLITZERS R HALF ASSING IT…”

    Vanilla preseason D, like they’ve said all along.
    ——-

    Except they were just as unsuccessful last year. Maybe Tarver is just Vanilla, like his coach?

  • inonewordraider

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    August 27th, 2013 at 11:10 am
    Streater & Butler are both hurt, right?

    so who is the starting WR opposite DMo17 in Week 1 if these guys don’t recover quickly??

    JFORD? oh h3ll no .. God help us!

    (Holmes is suspended. Criner just coming back from his own injury)

    ______________
    santonio holmes or braylon Edwards

    no really, streater is concussed. for bad or for good, he’ll be back for game 1

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    week one

    pryor dmac and reece = most athletically gifted raider backfield of all time (allen and bo are at 1A, they didnt have a qb like pryor)

    pryor dmac reece= most explosive backfield in afc west, perhaps the best in the entire afc

    rivals any backfield in football, on par with RG3 & morris, Lynch and russelmania, newton williams and stewart

    this is going to be awesome!!!

  • inonewordraider

    braylon Edwards or dante stallworth, I meant

  • The_Judge37

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    August 27th, 2013 at 11:01 am
    Matt Flynn = Bruce Gradkowski
    ——-

    Bruce brought excitement but no talent. Couldn’t be any further than Flynn who brings neither.

  • RaidingTexas

    From Facebook:

    The Oakland Raiders
    Hit the “LIKE” to wish RB Darren McFadden a very happy birthday!

    Some of the comments:

    Brian Turner
    I would hit it, but I’m afraid if I do it too hard, he might miss 3 games.
    Unlike · Reply · 4 · 9 minutes ago

    Frankie Correa
    Gets hurt blowing out Birthday candles.
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    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Only Raider Nation can make jokes in the face of certain doom!

  • guest123

    JFORD? oh h3ll no .. God help us!

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

    yeah huh!

    JFORD ballin outta control. You know you love it!

  • LA to TheBay

    1. That’s what i’ve been saying. Since we can’t afford to cut Flynn, make him the designated place holder.

    —–
    Honestly, a $6.5M holder wouldn’t be THAT outrageous for the Raiders.

  • SnBG

    I thought Holmes wasn’t suspended until the reg season. 4 games.

    Let Ford play

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

    “why slam Moon?”

    We were making a funny about what would Flynn say back to Moon after Moon basically said he sucks! (which he does by the way)

    @RR

    I was the first Flynn hater in here you can verify that.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    by the seasons end pryor will be regarded as our best most indispensable player

    pryor will be one of the best stories in f the nfl if he can win between 5-8 games

    the haters on this blog will be cheering wildly for so called “drop back” passers in sd kc or den.

  • rediaR

    Was anyone else convinced Ford was done for the season for a split second after that reverse?

  • willy91137

    with our offense of line the way it is I hope you’re practicing scramble drill

    because prior is going to be running for his life unless Watson is Superman

    which he could be the English Superman wonder if he has a work visa it would be pretty bad

    if homeland security came and jerked them out of the game and send hem back to England just our luck

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    RaiderRockstar Says:

    Streater & Butler are both hurt, right?

    so who is the starting WR opposite DMo17 in Week 1 if these guys don’t recover quickly??
    =======================================================

    Chaz Schillins is available. Maybe JLH as well.

  • The_Judge37

    The situation with Kluwe and King is much like Pryor and Flynn, this regime wasting reps, creating more problems than they need to. Should’ve just had King practice holding ALL offseason long rather than splitting time with Kluwe who is less talented. Should’ve focused on Pryor ALL offseason long rather than wasting practice reps on Flynn who is a POS.

    Bad Coaching, bad personell decisions.

  • guest123

    by the seasons end pryor will be regarded as our best most indispensable player.

    **********

    Michael Freaking Jordan! word!

    ***********
    pryor will be one of the best stories in f the nfl if he can win between 5-8 games

    *********

    He should do that with a junior college team assembled around him. Come on!! aim higher!!

  • LA to TheBay

    I’m sure Brian Turner and Frankie Correa are cut from granite.

  • guest123

    RaiderRockstar Says:

    Streater & Butler are both hurt, right?

    so who is the starting WR opposite DMo17 in Week 1 if these guys don’t recover quickly??

    **********

    Derick Hagan just got released. Why not give him a call?

  • The_Judge37

    974.LA to TheBay Says:
    August 27th, 2013 at 11:18 am
    1. That’s what i’ve been saying. Since we can’t afford to cut Flynn, make him the designated place holder.

    —–
    Honestly, a $6.5M holder wouldn’t be THAT outrageous for the Raiders.
    —-

    It’d be a great situation for us. Best case senario: King out works him to win the place holder spot from him.

  • LA to TheBay

    981.The_Judge37 Says:
    August 27th, 2013 at 11:21 am
    The situation with Kluwe and King is much like Pryor and Flynn, this regime wasting reps, creating more problems than they need to. Should’ve just had King practice holding ALL offseason long rather than splitting time with Kluwe who is less talented. Should’ve focused on Pryor ALL offseason long rather than wasting practice reps on Flynn who is a POS.

    Bad Coaching, bad personell decisions.

    Boom.

    Hedging bets with ‘safe,’ steady guys.

  • shutdown

    The_Judge37 Says:
    August 27th, 2013 at 11:21 am
    The situation with Kluwe and King is much like Pryor and Flynn, this regime wasting reps, creating more problems than they need to. Should’ve just had King practice holding ALL offseason long rather than splitting time with Kluwe who is less talented. Should’ve focused on Pryor ALL offseason long rather than wasting practice reps on Flynn who is a POS.

    Bad Coaching, bad personell decisions.
    _________________________________________________

    Have to take issue here:

    1) Why would you conclude that this pre-season King has NOT been practicing holding?

    2) Shouldn’t he have also been practicing holding on his own all off season? I mean, it’s not as if a kicker has to worry about wearing out his holding hands and fingers by practicing holding too much.

  • fingers

    Somebody on this blog said the other day that our QB of the future wasnt on our roster….after watching the Bears / Raiders i have to agree…im leaning towards Pryor right now but thats more based on how Bad Flynn has looked rather than how good Pryor has been….not sold on either of these guys….

  • guest123

    The_Judge37 Says:
    August 27th, 2013 at 11:21 am
    The situation with Kluwe and King is much like Pryor and Flynn, this regime wasting reps, creating more problems than they need to. Should’ve just had King practice holding ALL offseason long rather than splitting time with Kluwe who is less talented. Should’ve focused on Pryor ALL offseason long rather than wasting practice reps on Flynn who is a POS.

    Bad Coaching, bad personell decisions.

    ********

    So you don’t like shrek and tits I gather?

  • SnBG

    RR, no you where not the first Flynn hater here. There where a few others and I also said Flynn was a backup and a stop gap before you said anything.

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

    “Was anyone else convinced Ford was done for the season for a split second after that reverse?”

    I laughed so hard when he wanted so bad to get up fast so he could celebrate his almost TD run.

    Here we are getting our asses handed to us by the Bears and he makes one semi good play and he wants to jump up and celebrate like he won the Super Bowl.

    J Ford loves him some J Ford…If you don’t believe me just check his twitter.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Silverandblack666 Says:
    I was the first Flynn hater in here you can verify that.
    =======================================================

    I probably could ‘cuz I saved some of Miss Tick’s first observations intending to document the progress of his politics of personal destruction, but he got there so fast I abandoned the project.

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

    Patriots reach 75-man limit, Tim Tebow survives first cuts—————————————————————————————————————
    Just when I thought we would see Pryor and Tebow in the same backfield haha

  • The_Judge37

    Have to take issue here:

    1) Why would you conclude that this pre-season King has NOT been practicing holding?

    2) Shouldn’t he have also been practicing holding on his own all off season? I mean, it’s not as if a kicker has to worry about wearing out his holding hands and fingers by practicing holding too much.
    ——-

    1) Because he’s splitting holding duties in games.

    2) He needs to practice with Condo and Jano. It’s about timing.

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

    “RR, no you where not the first Flynn hater here. ”

    YES I WAS!!!

  • The_Judge37

    989.guest123 Says:
    August 27th, 2013 at 11:24 am
    The_Judge37 Says:
    August 27th, 2013 at 11:21 am
    The situation with Kluwe and King is much like Pryor and Flynn, this regime wasting reps, creating more problems than they need to. Should’ve just had King practice holding ALL offseason long rather than splitting time with Kluwe who is less talented. Should’ve focused on Pryor ALL offseason long rather than wasting practice reps on Flynn who is a POS.

    Bad Coaching, bad personell decisions.

    ********

    So you don’t like shrek and tits I gather?
    —–

    I love tits. That’s why i don’t like Allen’s nickname, He’s given tits a bad name.

    I absolutely hate D.A.Cup.

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

    Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist Says:
    August 27th, 2013 at 11:21 am
    RaiderRockstar Says:

    Streater & Butler are both hurt, right?

    so who is the starting WR opposite DMo17 in Week 1 if these guys don’t recover quickly??
    =======================================================

    Chaz Schillins is available. Maybe JLH as well.
    ————————–
    might as well add Ashley Lelie and Tim Dwight

  • SnBG

    The_Judge37 Says:
    August 27th, 2013 at 11:26 am
    Have to take issue here:

    1) Why would you conclude that this pre-season King has NOT been practicing holding?

    2) Shouldn’t he have also been practicing holding on his own all off season? I mean, it’s not as if a kicker has to worry about wearing out his holding hands and fingers by practicing holding too much.
    ——-

    1) Because he’s splitting holding duties in games.

    2) He needs to practice with Condo and Jano. It’s about timing.
    ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
    I conclude you are nit picking.

  • willy91137

    King should have been practicing holding all season I can see him going over to see bass house

    and get condo out in a field to practice for him holding I’m sure sea bass would rather do that than play golf

    some people in here just don’t use their heads

  • eastoaklandraider

    JFB, #937 who would care to find out? The guy is a 7th rounder.