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Janikowski also absent from practice; Pryor maturing as leader

Coach Dennis Allen added kicker Sebastian Janikowski’s name to the list of those players held out of practice Wednesday.
Unlike the other players, however, Janikowski is all but a sure thing to play Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
“I don’t think it’s a major factor or anything,” Allen said. “Again, we have a long season and we don’t want this to be something that’s going to be a lingering injury. We’re going to be smart with him. We’ll limit the amount of times he’s kicking, but he’ll be fine.”
Tight end David Ausberry, offensive tackle Menelik Watson and strong safety Tyvon Branch also missed practice today.

– Linebacker Sio Moore returned to practice Wednesday, and he appears better suited to play in a game now than he did last week.
Moore played only eight defensive snaps against the Colts last week because of a sore toe. Allen said he anticipates Moore being ready for a heightened role against the Jaguars.
With that being said, Allen said, Kaluka Maiava is someone the Raiders can benefit from having on the field often, as he was against the Colts.
“We definitely like Kaluka,” Allen said. “He’s a good football player, and we got to find ways to get him on the field and let him play.”

– Colts defensive end Robert Mathis joked about running more than five miles while chasing after Pryor on Sunday. There were times when Mathis and other Colts defenders either gasped or retired to the sideline for a breather.
Meanwhile, Pryor and the rest of the Raiders went about their business, content knowing they had an edge over their weary counterparts.
It’s all part of the adjustments taking place with the Raiders, as they adjust to life with Pryor as their quarterback.
Wide receiver Denarius Moore summed it up this way:
“It’s going to be easier for you to get open because the (defensive backs) normally are going to be confused if they should come up and make a play on Terrelle or if they should go at you,” Moore said.
“With that being said, it makes sense that when your number is called, a normal play takes three to five seconds but with Terrelle can last up to 10 seconds.”
Pryor said even though he and others are fatigued, too, they’re still of the belief that they have an edge.
“It was kind of easy on (the offensive linemen) because the defensive line of Indianapolis was tired, and it helped them out and they didn’t have to move as much,” Pryor said. “I was pretty much eluding guys and doing my thing. But they were pretty sharp. Some guys were huffing and puffing, but that’s football.”
To that end, Pryor said offensive linemen and others are spending more time on the treadmill and boosting their cardio in light of what lies ahead over the course of a long season.
Center Stefen Wisniewski said he and his linemates held up fine against the Colts. Even so,
“It’s definitely a whole different mind-set as far as protection goes,” Wisniewski said. “It’s something that we’re going to have to practice. You don’t just turn a switch and go from blocking for 4 seconds to blocking for 8 seconds.
“It’s something that you kind of have to work at. The more that we work with him, we’ll kind of start getting used to that and getting used to the fact that, we’re going to look back, he’s rolling out and we got to go find some work.”

– Pryor keeping alive plays and running often isn’t without its flaws. Several times against the Colts, Pryor found himself light on time as the play clock ticked down.
“It’s a factor of a lot of things, especially when you got a guy that’s running down the field and then when the ball is out of bounds the play clock starts,” Allen said. “We’ve made an emphasis on, get to the huddle, let’s get the play called, let’s get in and out of the huddle faster so we got more time to see them when we get to the line of scrimmage.”
Pryor said that’s one of the many things that he is working on in an attempt to become a more well-rounded player.
“You just get winded,” Pryor said, “and I’ve just got to keep on getting better at that. Maybe I’m not good at being in condition. Maybe I’ve got to condition more or something like that.
“But I don’t think that’s the issue. I just think it’s just I’m so psyched up, it’s just in the game and it’s in the moment, and I’m just huffing and puffing and trying to get the play call out. But I’ve got to figure out a way to get better at that and we’ll be a lot better this week, I can promise that.”

– Then there’s the matter of Pryor knowing when to take a hit or when to give up on a play.
Allen said that remains a work in progress, but it’s something that Pryor needs to grasp so that he has a better chance of holding up through an entire season.
That fact isn’t lost on Pryor, either.
“I’m 6-foot-5, 238 (pounds), I feel like I take that stuff on,” Pryor said. “But you have to play smart because you want to last and you want to give the team the best chance to win.”
Therefore, Pryor said, he’s going to be more conscious of picking his spots as to when to sacrifice his body in exchange for a chance at picking up a first down or a touchdown.
“When we’ve got to keep the chains moving when it’s most important, I believe I’ll probably do whatever I have to do to go get the first. But after that, I can’t sit here and lie to you because I’m so competitive I might forget. I need to get down, absolutely. I have to. I got guys counting on me and I need to get down.”
Allen, naturally, is worried about his starting quarterback taking one too many hits, as was the case with the Redskins Robert Griffin III last season.
Griffin III ended up with a serious knee injury that required surgery, and he only now is back on the field, though he is wearing a brace and doesn’t look like the same dynamic player he was last season.
“The thing you have to understand is when’s it time to declare the play over,” Allen said. “You don’t want to take any of his athleticism away from him because he has the ability to make some big plays.
“What you want to do is limit the amount of times he takes the hit. So he’s got to do a good job of seeing that he can get what he can get and not take the hit at the end of the play.”

– Now that Pryor is the unquestioned starter, he no longer needs to wonder whether his teammates are following his lead.
That wasn’t always the case, he said. In fact, as recently as two weeks ago, Pryor felt unsure how much clout he had with his teammates.
“When it was me and Matt going at it, it’s kind of tricky to be a leader and lead guys,” Pryor said, “because who are they looking at? Me? Matt? Who are they looking at to lead them? Now that that’s decided, I’m just going to go out and be myself.”
As Pryor’s teammates are finding out more and more, being himself mean few, if any, days off.
“It’s been successful, getting the guys in, and I believe that’s why we had some success against Indianapolis,” Pryor said, “because we had guys like Darren McFadden, Marcel Reece, that wanted to get better, and they’re in a meeting room on an off day on Tuesday at 8 in the morning.
“That shows that you want to be successful and that’s just a burning desire to be successful. I believe that if we just keep on getting more guys to do that, we’re going to be better.”

– Allen had this to say to Raiders fans that haven’t purchased tickets for Sunday’s regular-season home-opener against the Jaguars:
“Get your tickets. Come on out. It will be fun. We’re going to go out, we’re going to compete, battle hard and we’re going to play good football.”

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  • SilverNBlackPA

    Also the local guys are more responsible about reporting rumors. I remember after the Purple Drank tales came out, Jerry said that he’d had TONS of people tell him that JaMeatloaf was sippin’ the sizzurp but could never get anyone to go on the record about it and he refused to report it without that.

    The national guys–Schefter, Florio–have lesser standards

  • No Mas Diamante

    Hey rockstar! Put me down for DJ Hayden… Breakout game. Pick 6!

  • R8erEduc8er

    Jaguars at Raiders

    MDS’s take: Before Week One, I thought these were the two worst teams in the NFL. The Raiders looked better than I expected in a surprisingly close loss to the Colts, while the Jaguars looked even worse than I expected in a surprisingly lopsided loss to the Chiefs. The Raiders get the win and the Jaguars get a step closer to choosing between Teddy Bridgewater and Jadeveon Clowney with the first pick in next year’s draft.

    MDS’s pick: Raiders 23, Jaguars 20.

    Florio’s take: The worst teams of 2012 continue their early-season round robin, with Terrelle Pryor poised to make something happen against a team that doesn’t look as bad as many thought it would be. The Jags look even worse.

    Florio’s pick: Raiders 24, Jaguars 9.

  • Lopez

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    September 12th, 2013 at 8:14 am

    it’s not that. they want to be in the team’s good graces. full access. they only report on what they are ALLOWED to. if they spill the beans on something they aren’t supposed to – doghouse.

    and what good would a RAIDERS beat writer be, if he couldn’t interview anybody or wasn’t allowed in the building? #joblost

    ///////////////

    You’re right but then they’re not reporters. They’re working for the team. Not how it works in other places

  • R8erEduc8er

    Everyone expects us to win this week. The Kelly, Huff, Seymour, and McClain-led teams of yesteryears would have took this game for granted and come out with an L. This team feels different. Not saying we’ll win, but man am I glad the 4 stooges and their salaries aren’t here anymore!!

  • SnBG

    Good morning nation. NFL AM says Pryor could have a good year but he needs some players around him. I could say the same about Palmer last year. He really had no help.

  • REALLIONAIREB

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    September 12th, 2013 at 8:10 am
    Raiders best defensive player this week (at home vs Jaguars):

    Hwnrdr – Nick Roach
    Whoknows – Nick Roach
    RNOraiderFan – Jason Hunter
    RaiderRockstar – Charles Woodson
    theghostronin79 – Pat Sims
    SilverNBlackPA – Vance Walker

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    I got Mike Jenkins

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post

  • SnBG

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    September 12th, 2013 at 8:10 am
    Raiders best defensive player this week (at home vs Jaguars):
    SnBG – Vance Walker
    Hwnrdr – Nick Roach
    Whoknows – Nick Roach
    RNOraiderFan – Jason Hunter
    RaiderRockstar – Charles Woodson
    theghostronin79 – Pat Sims
    SilverNBlackPA – Vance Walker

  • SnBG

    Will DMC show up this week?

  • REALLIONAIREB

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    September 12th, 2013 at 6:51 am
    I’m thinking the jags will go run heavy, so Roach maybe?

    ***

    @WK

    good pick! that is who Hwnrdr said when I asked him yesterday too

    due to the Henne connections we have on staff and their shortage of WR’s I’m going with Charles Woodson. I know I’ve been down on him lately, but I think he’ll have an interception this week and maybe a sack
    ———————–

    I think Jax will be down and force to air it out that’s why I pick a DB and I think Mike Jenkins will build off last week solid showing!!!

  • PlunkforHOF

    OFFICIAL SEMI PREDICTION THREAD
    #1Winner – Gdog

    24 Raiders 34-12
    303Raider Raiders 21-14
    aig-raiders Raiders 24-14
    Alex7 Jaguars 23-20
    Arkraider Raiders 27-13
    boss01 Raiders 23 – 20/OT
    c2e Raiders 23-16
    Captain Skuttlebut Raiders 41-3
    Chuck Raiders 31-6
    Dakota Raiders 16-9
    DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL Raiders 48-10
    DJ Johnny Raiders 28-7
    eastoaklandraider Raiders 27-10
    elraidmanhattan Raiders 31-10
    ENGLANDRAIDER Raiders 20-17
    fingers Raiders 24-13
    Gdog: 20-6 RAIDERS
    GG Raiders 41-6
    hendu Raiders 20-13
    Inonewordraider Raiders 20-13
    Jesusraiderjim Raiders 30-13
    J Hill Raiders 23-13
    JLofty Raiders 31-17
    jonathaanv_ Raiders 27-13
    Jumpnjiminy Raiders 24-17
    Just Fire Baby Raiders 16-14
    Kirk Raiders 21-14
    Lefty12 Raiders 23-14
    Lowdown_in_Beijing Raiders 30-13
    MachoManRandySavage Raiders 24-13
    Mantus Raiders 27-13
    MEX_GHOST Raiders 27-13
    Miamiraider78 Raiders 28-14
    No Mas Diamante Raiders 23-9
    oklahomaRaider18 Raiders 23-10
    Plunketthead Raiders 47-3
    PlunkforHOF Raiders 35-9
    Qodrn1 Raiders 21-20
    Que Raiders 28-14
    Raiderjambo Raiders 31- 3
    raiderkoolaid Raiders 27-10
    Raider O Raiders 23 -13
    RaiderRetribution Raiders 28 –0
    RaiderRockstar Raiders 31-13
    RaiderFanMikeP Raiders 30 – 17
    Raidersfan727 Raiders 24-16
    Raidertalk Raiders 17-14
    RaidingTexas Raiders 30-10
    Reggie Fangaz Raiders 28-0
    Relentless Raiders 30-17
    RnoRaiderFan Raiders 38-17
    Romania Raiders 27-10
    rudegruden Raiders 27-13
    SilverNBlackPA Raiders 34–16
    Sir RaiderDuck, OMS Raiders 35-7
    Spiff Raiders Raiders 27-9
    SR Raider Raiders 28-10
    Taiwan Raiders 27-13
    TheBigBanana Raiders 34-17
    TheFamousDrRobert Raiders 10-9
    Theghostronin79 Raiders 20-17
    troll hunter Raiders 17-13
    Whothefücknows Raiders 31-17

    SHORT BUS RIDERS

    r8dercain Raiders 31-10
    RaidingTexas Raiders 31-10
    raiderlization Raiders 35-17
    RaiderRockstar Raiders 31-13
    Star Saturation Crumb Raiders 61-2
    STOMPER Jags 34-13

    This is the official thread accept no substitutes

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Again, (and again) here is the format:

    Your name (space) Winning team (space) final score

    ie:

    PlunkforHOF Raiders 35-9

    You don’t have to plug into the list, but if you type it that way it makes it much easier to do this list.

    Picking the Jags won’t get you on the retard bus, but wrong format will from now on.