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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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  • RNOraiderFan

    Good morning Nation.
    Got to get in before the haters.

  • hwnrdr

    I can finally post again!
    Rockstar, I was gonna pick CWood as well, but he’s quietly doing his thing…is MJD in town? Roach it will have to be!

  • Whoknows

    @RR
    DR. James Andrews is the man when it comes to NFL players. What he says usually goes.
    He’s worked with Brady, Farve RGIII etc.
    “Andrews’ patients also include Michael Jordan, Jack Nicklaus, Emmitt Smith, John Smoltz, Troy Aikman, Charles Barkley, Roger Clemens, Drew Brees, Reggie Bush, Andrei Markov, Bo Jackson, Adrian Peterson, Marcus Lattimore, Robert Griffin III, Brett Favre, Ryan Broyles, Rajon Rondo, Michael Morse, Jonny Venters, Nerlens Noel, Rickie Weeks, and Brian Cushing, among others.”
    “As far as I know he’s like the Jay-Z of the rap world. He’s the best. He’s smooth. He’s smooth as butter.” remarked Kevin Smith, Lions running back, on surgeon Dr. James Andrews who performed his ACL reconstruction.”
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Andrews_(physician)

  • theghostronin79

    I know Raider fans are supposed to be tough, but JL melts my heart bro. cant help it. Why couldn’t I just have two sons? Ugh!! j/k

    ===============

    LOL @ RR,

    Man, I was an Infantry Marine, Firefighter/EMT, Full of Testosterone, and playing intermural sports….

    My daughter is 4 years old now, and I’m full blown softy…

    Having Tea Parties, playing dress up, puppet shows, My Little Ponies…. You name it.

    I’m a mess

  • RNOraiderFan

    Anyone remember the stats I posted Pryor would have before the game? Damn, I was dead on except minus 1 passing TD. He should of had that at the end tho. I’m really hoping this kid pulls it all together and the Raiders don’t have to draft a QB. Would be nice to go after a big time WR or stud DE. I also think our OL is coming together too. Once Barnes goes to OG we will only need one more OG and that can be got in FA. I see Reggie’s plan.

  • hwnrdr

    554.theghostronin79 Says:
    September 12th, 2013 at 7:14 am
    I know Raider fans are supposed to be tough, but JL melts my heart bro. cant help it. Why couldn’t I just have two sons? Ugh!! j/k

    ===============

    LOL @ RR,

    Man, I was an Infantry Marine, Firefighter/EMT, Full of Testosterone, and playing intermural sports….

    My daughter is 4 years old now, and I’m full blown softy…

    Having Tea Parties, playing dress up, puppet shows, My Little Ponies…. You name it.

    I’m a mess

    Hey guys, it happens! LOL…my daughter is gonna be 6 November 1st! She’s my little Princess! Always!

  • RNOraiderFan

    Defensive players? I’m going with Jason Hunter. What a nice surprise that guy was. Oh and Pat Sims is a beast.

  • hwnrdr

    Agreed, Sims and Walker were good pick ups!

  • RNOraiderFan

    Again I was upset about the D line all off season and Reg knew what was up all along.
    I guess I have to leave it up to the experts. Haha

  • RNOraiderFan

    With some Depth on D and a WR, RB this team could really go places.

  • RaiderRockstar

    hwnrdr, ghost … thanks fellas

    nice to know that i’m not alone! haha

  • hwnrdr

    561.RaiderRockstar Says:
    September 12th, 2013 at 7:25 am
    hwnrdr, ghost … thanks fellas

    nice to know that i’m not alone! haha

    Lol, I guess I got the best of both worlds…got a son who is a jr black belt who can help me watch his sister! Maybe I can hold off buying a gun for awhile…Hahaha!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Raiders best defensive player this week (at home vs Jaguars):

    Hwnrdr – Nick Roach
    Whoknows – Nick Roach
    RNOraiderFan – Jason Hunter
    RaiderRockstar – Charles Woodson

  • RaiderRockstar

    limited sample size I know …

    but MJD had 10 carries in the preseason and 15 carries in Week 1

    averaging 3ypc since LisFranc

    did Lis wreck him, like McFadden?

  • RNOraiderFan

    Speaking of RB if McFadden doesn’t get it together do we start taking his carries away and giving Stewart, Reese, more carries?

  • hwnrdr

    Good to know, but I never discredit a guy who is home in front of family!

  • Try Some Reality

    Zymurge says:

    “I’m sorry for anyone that feels like Pryor’s IQ is representative of his entire race”

    =============================================

    You said it, not me.

    Here again is what I said in response to another poster who was equally appalled at your ignorant comments…

    “Agree, and quite the quandry. I don’t know how you can hate him either. Might it say something about the folks doing the hating? You be the judge.”

    Read into it how you wish. You chose to discuss race. Sigmund Freud might help you distinguish what that says about you.

  • RNOraiderFan

    Hit the panic button like the Giants did?

  • theghostronin79

    hwnrdr Says:
    September 12th, 2013 at 7:28 am
    561.RaiderRockstar Says:
    September 12th, 2013 at 7:25 am
    hwnrdr, ghost … thanks fellas

    nice to know that i’m not alone! haha

    Lol, I guess I got the best of both worlds…got a son who is a jr black belt who can help me watch his sister! Maybe I can hold off buying a gun for awhile…Hahaha!

    ==========

    Right on guys

  • Whoknows
  • RNOraiderFan

    Really? The race BS this early? Damn. Ruin my vibe.
    Later Nation!

  • theghostronin79

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    September 12th, 2013 at 7:29 am
    Raiders best defensive player this week (at home vs Jaguars):

    Hwnrdr – Nick Roach
    Whoknows – Nick Roach
    RNOraiderFan – Jason Hunter
    RaiderRockstar – Charles Woodson

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    Feels like I’m leaning towards Fat Simms….

    I just see him collapsing the pocket and putting the center in Henne’s lap a whole bunch. Once they get behind (Fingers crossed) they’ll abandon the run, and Simms will be in his grill all day.

  • theghostronin79

    I REALLY like Roach though.

    Alot

  • RNOraiderFan

    Oh one more thing…..
    Raiders 38 Jags 17

  • Whoknows

    ^format
    name, team, score

  • Marks hair

    wish we didn’t bring in flynn.. sounds like Pryor still has to learn the timing and subtleties of the starting receivers.. waste of camp time..

  • RNOraiderFan

    RnoRaiderFan Raiders 38 17

  • hwnrdr

    Oh boy…
    Watson had arthroscopic surgery on torn lateral meniscus last week…expected to be sidelined a month! So…no one knew???

  • chino

    Watson out a month. Ouch

  • theghostronin79

    Marks hair Says:
    September 12th, 2013 at 7:42 am
    wish we didn’t bring in flynn.. sounds like Pryor still has to learn the timing and subtleties of the starting receivers.. waste of camp time..

    =============

    yeah it sucks……..but some guys just don’t practice well, or look very good….. then in games they come to life.

    Can’t do sh*t about it now.

  • Marks hair

    I feel safer with Barnes at lt than watson anyway..

  • RaiderRockstar

    Last time we faced J-Ville (last season):

    Gabbert 8/12 110 yards, TD
    Henne 9/20 71 yards

    Rashad Jennings had 21 carries for 44 yards and a TD. Also 7 catches for 58 yards.

    Blackmon & Lewis played, but were shut down.

    Gabbert & MJD got hurt early. We ended MJD’s season actually

    MJD’s last 100+ yard rushing game was Week 3 last year (09/23/13)

  • Try Some Reality

    Marks Hair Says:
    September 12th, 2013 at 7:42 am
    wish we didn’t bring in flynn.. sounds like Pryor still has to learn the timing and subtleties of the starting receivers.. waste of camp time..

    ==========================================

    Too bad it wasn’t a true competition with split time with the 1′s. As it is, it will have to be ironed out during the season.

  • RaiderRockstar

    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

  • hwnrdr

    How about Seymour and Kelly as defensive players this week…for not being there! Ok, a little cruel…but…

  • hwnrdr

    Ok, just kidding….sticking with my original pick, Roach!

  • theghostronin79

    LOL, Hwnrdr

  • RaiderRockstar

    How about Seymour and Kelly as defensive players this week…for not being there!

    ***

    standing applause

  • Lopez

    Adam Schefter ‏@AdamSchefter 19m

    Raiders LT Menelik Watson underwent arthroscopic surgery on torn lateral meniscus last week, expected to be sidelined one month.

    Our beat writers suck

  • RaiderRockstar

    so this Sunday is a “revenge game” against the Jags for Barnes, Pashos & Jennings …

    flog them!

  • SilverNBlackPA

    Lopez Says:
    September 12th, 2013 at 8:01 am
    Adam Schefter ‏@AdamSchefter 19m

    Raiders LT Menelik Watson underwent arthroscopic surgery on torn lateral meniscus last week, expected to be sidelined one month.

    Our beat writers suck

    ++++++++++++

    I don’t know, agents are usually gonna squeal to the national writers first and that’s where most of the info guys like Schefter get is coming from

  • RaiderRockstar

    Adam Schefter ‏@AdamSchefter 19m

    Raiders LT Menelik Watson underwent arthroscopic surgery on torn lateral meniscus last week, expected to be sidelined one month.

    ***

    Scott Bair knew this during his Live Chat wednesday

    he’s a rookie though and doesn’t know what info he’s allowed to disclose

    Steve & Jerry know better. team policy is to be mum on the injury front. Until coach DA decides to provide the info

  • SilverNBlackPA

    RRS,

    Put me down for Vance Walker

  • Lopez

    Lopez Says:
    September 12th, 2013 at 8:01 am
    Adam Schefter ‏@AdamSchefter 19m

    Raiders LT Menelik Watson underwent arthroscopic surgery on torn lateral meniscus last week, expected to be sidelined one month.

    Our beat writers suck

    ++++++++++++

    I don’t know, agents are usually gonna squeal to the national writers first and that’s where most of the info guys like Schefter get is coming from

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

    They’re not old school reporters. They’re afraid to dig

  • SilverNBlackPA

    That Jacksonville game last year was an embarrassment, win or not. Gabbert was looking like Andrew Luck. If he and MJD don’t go down, the Jags win that game.

    Wash that bad taste out with a beatdown this week!

  • RaiderRockstar

    That’s exactly why Steve & Jerry wait until ESPN or PFT or SI “break the story” on a certain injury … then they write a blog post that says “according to so&so” and provide the link and say that the team has not commented on the rumor/report

    they are professionals.. careful not to cross the line

  • RaiderRockstar

    That Jacksonville game last year was an embarrassment, win or not. Gabbert was looking like Andrew Luck. If he and MJD don’t go down, the Jags win that game.

    ***

    PA,

    you’re exactly right. Carson Palmer got outplayed by Weeden & Tannehill last year too – not just Gabbert

  • RaiderRockstar

    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

  • Marks hair

    west coast writers kiss áss..

  • RaiderRockstar

    @Marks Hair #599

    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