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Sanford, Crawford in line for playing time Sunday

By Steve Corkran
Friday, September 27th, 2013 at 3:00 pm in Oakland Raiders.

ALAMEDA — Left defensive end Jason Hunter missed all three practices this week with a sore quadriceps. Even so, coach Dennis Allen is leaving open the possibility of Hunter healing well enough to give it a go against the Washington Redskins.
More than likely, though, Hunter won’t be able to play — he’s listed as questionable — and the Raiders will turn to Brian Sanford and Jack Crawford to help fill the void.
Sanford is a third-year players out of Temple. Crawford is in his second season out of Penn State. Allen feels as if Sanford is a bit ahead of Crawford in terms of being a polished all-around player.
“He’s got some versatility,” Allen said of Sanford. “He can play inside in the nickel, he’s got a little bit of rush ability but he’s also athletic enough that he can play some base defensive end for us and that’s really the role that he’s played on our defense.”
As for Crawford, he didn’t play much his rookie season, as the Raiders leaned heavily upon veterans Lamarr Houston, Andre Carter and others.
If Hunter can’t play Sunday, it’s an ideal opportunity for Crawford to make a case for more playing time from here on out.
“There’s still a lot of improvement that he needs to make,” Allen said of Crawford. “We feel good with some of the guys that we have and feel good with Brian Sanford going in there. … It would be a great opportunity for Jack if Jason’s not able to go, to get in and play and do some good things.”

– Rookie offensive tackle Menelik Watson hasn’t played all season because of a torn ligament in his right knee that required surgery.
Allen said he is “hopeful” that Watson will be cleared to resume practicing next week. Watson missed most of training camp with an injury he suffered during the offseason and then got shut down a few days after he first practiced in camp.
It will be interesting to see what the Raiders do upon Watson’s return. He was slated to start the regular-season opener at left offensive tackle.
Khalif Barnes is at the left tackle spot now, with veteran Tony Pashos playing well at the right tackle spot. It says here that Watson goes to left tackle — at least until Jared Veldheer returns from his triceps injury — and Barnes moves into one of the guard spots.

– Here are the official status reports of the injured Raiders for Sunday’s game:
SS Tyvon Branch (out); Hunter, LB Sio Moore (probable), G Lucas Nix (questionable), FB Jamize Olawale (probable), CB Tracy Porter (probable), QB Terrelle Pryor (questionable) and Watson (out).

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  • the soulful dr robert

    moore absolutely saved his stats.

  • http://raiders.com/ Crawfish Joe

    We’re going to win this game. With Pryor, Flynn, McGloin or Wilson. That much is a fact. Sit Pryor for health reasons, and he’ll be back to carve up the chargers. Healthy and on fire. Let Flynn or McGloin sub Sunday. No biggie.

  • the soulful dr robert

    I loved Al Davis.

    but he’s dead.

    and his methods hurt us the last ten years.

    he also would never have had brees.

  • the soulful dr robert

    we are NOT favored to win this game.

    a win would be an upset.

    not opinion. fact.

  • Smitttstyles

    He outplayed Flacco and Eli against the same opponent – statistically and eye test. He did look good against Denver in regards to keeping his eyes downfield and making accurate throws – that’s just a false statement, period. Not many, including pretty much every NFL analyst big and small who reviewed the game, agrees with your assessment. Not that that matters much – but that’s a minority opinion statement for sure.

  • marks hair

    im fine with Flynn if TP is hurt. but he has a relief pitchers arm. he’s not a starter. it’s not just how hard he can’t throw.. it’s about his arm wearing down quickly. not a long term answer.

  • the soulful dr robert

    this game is a “sell out for the win” game.

    get the win and we are competing after 25% of the season.

    lose and it’s pretty much shot.

    fvck everything and everyone that isn’t abut winning sunday.

  • Smitttstyles

    Yeah – and when’s the last time you saw Peyton throw anything over 20 yards? His stats are hugely inflated by YAC – which is part of the game. Any excuse, huh? And it was DRC and Ihencho that saved his stats, really.

  • the soulful dr robert

    not true. gruden spoke of him throwing into coverage repeatedly.

    it’s how he gets wr’s hurt.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I’d like to see what Flynn can do. Don’t believe the noodle arm charge. He barely had time for a WR to get farther than 20 yds down field in preseason.

  • Smitttstyles

    Unfortunately, EMR, that ship has likely sailed at this point!

  • the soulful dr robert

    peyton throws darts in stride.

    that’s the WCO YAC method.

    pryor makes his guys wait for the ball while the safety missiles towards them.

    so different.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Curious about that as well.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    What’s F5 supposed to do?

  • the soulful dr robert

    the tendonitis issue is a valid concern long term.

    but only one way to find out.

    let him fire.

  • http://raiders.com/ Crawfish Joe

    no he would not. 6 mil, no way.

  • the soulful dr robert

    who cares? AD’s qbs sucked since plunkett.

    he didn’t want gannon.

  • Smitttstyles

    Sure, and Gruden knows his stuff – he also roundly praised him for his…wait for it…decision making and poise under pressure, and for keeping his eyes downfield and throwing accurately on the run. Pick and choose, pick and choose.

  • EMRaiders

    I don’t think it’s a good idea to just simply make a switch to Flynn out of the blue. Pryor has done enough to retain the starting job. Flynn should go in if Pryor gets hurt again or if he struggles a lot this game.

  • jumpnjiminy

    I agree about the playoffs…I still think we have a shot at a wild card berth…Flynn should start to give Pryor’s head a rest…if he plays well nothing like a good ole qb controversy to get us all riled up (as if we could ‘more’ riled up than we already are!

  • the soulful dr robert

    most of the praise for pryor has been ironic.

    it’s cuz they’re surprised he doesn’t suck as bad as they thought.

  • http://raiders.com/ Crawfish Joe

    Refresh

  • marks hair

    Flynns a good back up with good protection. but 2 training camps splitting reps and 2 cases of tendonitis says it all. if its a must win game we should try to keep momentum going and play pryor.

  • Smitttstyles

    well said

  • http://raiders.com/ Crawfish Joe

    Upsets are why people bet. Upsets happen all the time.

  • Smitttstyles

    wow – you’re REALLY reaching with that one, Doc. You can do better than that.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Grads, Frye, someone else at the same time-name escapes me in the Russell to Soup transition(not Losman) Tui, and I can barely remember half our QB’s since Gannon, let alone the back ups.
    And I said not for 6 mil.

  • the soulful dr robert

    pryor has proven one thing. he can lose.

    DA can ride him into the ground and likely never be a head coach again.

    or he can see that there is NO momentum with pryor and go with a passer against a horrible pass defense and sell out for the win.

    it’s win or get lost time DA.

  • the soulful dr robert

    great. but we aren’t favored to win.

    it’s just fact.

  • Smitttstyles

    Yes – but the results, at least for the purpose of this conversation, are the same. Inflated YPA due to YAC – which Manning gets more of than anyone (due to his ability to throw the ball properly as you said and his receivers’ talents). When and if Pryor has played hundreds of games in the NFL, he’ll likely be throwing darts in stride as well. Not everyone is Manning when they start out – not even Manning.

  • jumpnjiminy

    I’m tempted to put $ on this one…picking the Raiders of course.

  • the soulful dr robert

    i don’t feel pryor is a good passer and don’t think he ever will be.

    i see mediocre if he’s lucky.

  • Smitttstyles

    Nope, and that’s likely due to the uncertainty of Pryor’s health – if he’s guaranteed to start, I bet you the line changes to either OFF or Raiders -0.5, -1. I absolutely believe that.

  • the soulful dr robert

    well i know i would if it’s flynn.

    he can exploit them.

    but not with pryor. more of the same.

    but that’s my opinion.

  • Smitttstyles

    But as I’ve repeatedly iterated, that’s your opinion. There is nothing in the eye test of his vast improvements nor the stats which have him in top 10 for both % and YPA – two excellent measures of a QB’s effectiveness – that lend it any weight – in fact, it refutes that opinion.

  • the soulful dr robert

    no. the line at denver was huge for a reason.

    vegas doesn’t believe in hype or hope.

    they know a dog when they see one.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Sometimes they stay collapsed, sometimes not. Reminds me, your bullfrogs and whatnot may have worked had I refreshed, ‘cuz I see no pictures posted during my current session unless I F5. Seeing the wird little squares is odd, but so is Disqus.
    If you edit a post of yours, I wont get that version ’till I refresh.

  • seymour bush

    Pryor is at the bottom of the league in passing. In a passing league. Pryor is 1-3 as a starter. How long do you want to continue this joke before it is no longer funny?

  • the soulful dr robert

    and as i’ve said, it’s my opinion.

    based on numbers that i value and what i SEE.

    i know a good passer when i see one.

    for the record, after watching tyler wilson’s reel, i said i thought he had some mechanics issues. seemed to lack straight ahead follow thru.

    this was after originally going with grudens assessment that he was perhaps the top qb in the draft.

  • Smitttstyles

    Disagree completely – the line at Denver was huge because it was in Denver and they are an incredible overall team – they had demolished two teams on paper far ahead of the Raiders. The ‘Skins are NOT favoured in this game if Pryor doesn’t get concussed, period. I know how Vegas works, much like you likely do, and you cannot say that the QB uncertainty doesn’t play a role because it ABSOLUTELY does, every single time, whether Pryor/Flynn or anyone else.

  • the soulful dr robert

    we are getting points regardless.

    vegas knows that wash is 0-3 but they have a good qb/rb combo and they’re due.

  • jumpnjiminy

    I’d put $ on the Raiders!

  • DJ Johnny

    Good Purvis. Thanks for asking. Hope all is good w/ you.
    I have to admit there’s a part of me that would like to see Flynn in a reg season game to see how he would mix with the offense.

  • the soulful dr robert

    #27 in yards and #29 in td passes.

    this is the major issue.

    he’s a lousy qb.

    we will ride him into oblivion if DA waits.

  • Smitttstyles

    Fine, Pryor sucks. I’m done with it. Your opinion is clearly not swayed by facts or proof, so what’s the point?

  • the soulful dr robert

    we see the same facts and it offers proof of different things to us. agree to disagree.

  • EMRaiders

    It’s only been 3 games. In which in my opinion, he has done enough to retain the job. If this was reversed, and Flynn was starting, I would also give him more than 3 games. However, I am willing to give Flynn a chance because as I’ve said before, I want to see what he can do with this supporting cast. As to when I would make the switch, well, I’m not sure. If pryor doesn’t improve by the KC game, than I would consider making the switch then or after the bye. But if he clearly shows that a switch needs to be made before that, then I would pull the trigger before.

  • Smitttstyles

    I suppose – but how can a top 10 % and YPA prove anything other than a) he’s accurate and b) he doesn’t just dink and dunk the short stuff?

  • the soulful dr robert

    there’s a great adage in baseball that goes:

    “better to take a pitcher out one batter too soon than one batter too late.”

    DA has to recognize that this team will lose a LOT of games of he stays with pryor.

    or he can go for wins now.

    it certainly won’t hurt to try.

    he can always go back to pryor and no harm.

    but the time is NOW to try to win.

    ur move DA.

  • seymour bush

    Allen did exactly what I said he should do. Which is start Pryor and see what happens. The good news is Pryor has improved 100%. The bad news is we are winning 25% of our games with Pryor as our starter. And even if Pryor improves our winning percentage 100%, what that means is we are a 500 team with Pryor. Time to move on.