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McFadden has to show coach Allen ‘something’ if he’s to play Sunday

By Steve Corkran
Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 at 5:04 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Raiders coach Dennis Allen is big on seeing what a player can do in practice before signing off on that player playing in the upcoming game. Running back Darren McFadden is one of the few execptions.
In McFadden’s case, Allen said Thursday, he doesn’t have to practice Friday — he missed practice Wednesday and Thursday — but at some point between now and Sunday night’s game against the San Diego Chargers, Allen wants “to see something” that indicates McFadden’s hamstring is healed well enough for him to play.
McFadden missed most of last Sunday’s game, when he departed after only five carries. He was replaced by veteran Rashad Jennings, who rushed for 45 yards and caught eight passes for 71 yards in a somewhat surprising performance.
See, Jennings struggled for most of last season, his fourth and final one with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He played through injuries and finished with a 2.8-yard average rushing.
Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson was there to witness Jennings’ play. He said the Jennings he sees with the Raiders bears little resemblance. And that’s a good thing for the Raiders.
“I wasn’t sure how that was going to work, him coming here,” Olson said. “After being with him in Jacksonville, he’s a better player here. For whatever reason, he’s a better player than he was last year in Jacksonville. Sometimes a player just needs a change of scenery or a change in system, a change in his staff.
“Whatever the case might be, he seems to be a more focused player, a tougher player, a tougher runner. I see a tougher runner than I saw a year ago.”
Jennings is more physical, Olson said, which showed numerous times against the Redskins, as Jennings broke tacklesm ran over defenders and picked up valuable yardage and first downs.
Jennings’ play against the Redskins lessens the importance for McFadden to rush back from injury. It’s also possible that the Raiders will get more production from Jennings based on how McFadden has played the past two seasons.

– Tarver said rookie cornerback D.J. Hayden has the makings of a standout player for years to come. It’s just a matter of Hayden putting everything together.
“We had one leverage issue in the game (Sunday),” Tarver said, “but other than that he had good coverage against most of those third downs.”
Hayden said he has little doubt that he’s going to succeed at a high level.
“The game is coming fast to me,” Hayden said. “I just got to settle down and really buckle down and be more of a student of the game. Once I become that, then sky’s the limit.”
Tarver and Allen pointed out Hayden’s allowing Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon to get inside leverage on a route that Garcon converted into a touchdown Sunday. Just another learning experience, Allen said.
Hayden said he is learning more and more each game and getting closer and closer to playing at a level commensurate with that of the 12th player selected in the 2013 NFL draft.
It also helps, Hayden said, that ne now knows that he belongs in the NFL and that he has what it takes to flourish at this level.
“It’s not that much of an eye-opener,” Hayden said. “I’m up to it. When I first was here, I was like wow. But now I’m like, this ain’t no thing. It’s just another day at the office.”

– Rookie left offensive tackle Menelik Watson made it through practice Thursday for the second straight day. He said he felt better today than he did the first day and that he feels well enough to make his NFL debut.
“If my number is called this weekend, I’ll be ready to go,” Watson said. “But that’s the coaches’ decision. Right now I’m not worried about that. I’m just trying to keep getting more reps and some work done.”
Watson worked at left offensive tackle in practice, running with the second team, while Khalif Barnes worked with the first-team offense.
Allen said he needs to see Watson play before he decides whether Watson will be an immediate starter. Watson said he’s just eager to get his first taste of a regular-season game, in whatever capacity.
“Oh, man, I’m excited,” Watson said. “Coming into the Indianapolis game, I was so excited. It was a shock what happened. I can’t wait to get out there again, get in a competitive state and play in front of the crowd. It should be exciting.”
Watson suffered a knee injury before Oakland’s final exhibition game. When the knee worsened in the run up to the Colts game, the Raiders shut down Watson, who underwent surgery to repair ligament damage.

– Sebastian Janikowski is a victim of his own success, it appears. He was so accurate on field-goal attempts the past two seasons that now it passes as big news whenever he misses.
Naturally, there has to be a reason, right? The convenient thing to blame is new holder Marquette King. People are overthinking things, Allen said.
“He’s missed three field goals,” Allen said of Janikowski this seaason. “Let’s not make more out of this than what it is. He’s missed three field goals; he’s going to get better.”
Allen said it’s just a matter of time before long-snapper Jon Condo, King and Janikowski get in synch. After all, no one expected King to step right in and make people forget about punter/holder Shane Lechler right away.

– Wide receiver Andre Holmes passed his first major test Wednesday, when he made it through practice without any difficulty after he returned from a four-game suspension.
The second test came today, when Olson gauged how the Wednesday practice affected Holmes. Again, check.
“He’s in shape,” Olson said. “That was the biggest concern is what kind of shape he would be in, but we ran him a lot yesterday. We checked this morning before he came out to practice, and asked, ‘What type of soreness do you have in your legs?’ He said, ‘I feel good again today,’ so credit to him that he stayed in shape while he was away.”
Allen and Olson won’t commit to Holmes playing Sunday. The Raiders have until Saturday afternoon to make that decision. If they don’t activate Holmes by that time, they then have until Monday to decide how to proceed before their one-week roster exemption expires.

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  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Great place? To be from?

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    in fact if you look into the nfl and college and find the guys that are having trouble “off field issues” you will find that many of them have had a serious issue with these quack psych meds and so called head doctors.

    jamarcus, vy, lawrence philips, belcher instantly come to mind

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    You know how to eat!

  • Raider O

    Llama man!!
    I’m good bro. What’s up with you?

  • 10centsworth

    Hmmm. Your team, Josh. Forget?

  • Thec

    I will respectfully diagree with you 1000%. Based on EXPERIENCE not conjecture or neck talk, a very close family member was diagnosed with ADHD, and Bi polar.
    They prescribed the Big Phama typical s.
    We tried them however, the individual complained the drugs make me lethargic, and a zombie.

    We decided to research and do the vitamin, mineral, and herbal route.

    This individual is drug free, and living what is considered a normal life.

  • Raider O

    No bro. They are getting in the way of us living a healthy decent life.
    F Them!
    Move them to Mich and Nuke them!!

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    easy, drafted saddled with failed coaching staffs, post decent numbers, have moderate success, dumped

  • Thec

    Some people believe EVERYTHING that is shoveled in front of them.

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  • plunkhead

    I had a good buddy who actually did that all the time. I would watch him do it and trip. Its hard to do properly but he had the knack. He would go work out and light up the split second he walked out the gym door.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Not sure how you’re disagreeing with me. Did you read the last sentence?

  • Gdog

    Somebody just got done listening to rightie-hate radio, methinks…

  • spiff

    Pryor reminds me so much of steve young. ( of course Pryor is faster and more athletic) young wasn’t a polished passer when he came to the league. he was run first. but he improved as time went on. the difference is he had rice, taylor and jones. Pryor needs playmakers around him and his game will blossom . give him a o-line it’s all good. we can build around Pryor . We don’t need another QB just pieces to go with him. Period.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Jerry McDonald‏@Jerrymcd2m

    No sign of Stefen Wisniewski after being on hand to watch past two days. That’s a significant loss if he can’t go.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Not a good thing–especially if your name is Pryor.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Slogging up a long steep climb llamatrecking, I usually can’t wait to get to the top and light up.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Just enjoying a bit of a resurgence in the old AM crew magic.

  • Thec

    Of course read the whole post, would not have disagreed otherwise.

    I disagree with this whole statement;

    “Herbs do not contain little feel better fairies. They contain chemicals and the plant world is the source of nearly all pharmaceuticals.”

    Moreover, ALL pharma is not plant based as metals, among other things are being introduced.

    Again, i speak from EXPERIENCE.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Jerry McDonald‏@Jerrymcd2m

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  • SnBG

    There’s hope for Freeman. I say sign him.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I said nearly all and it’s true. Metals are evil? Iron, Zinc, Magnesium etc. necessary for health, no?

  • plunkhead

    Good herbs are probably hard to get unless you grow them yourself in good soil with compost.
    We would be a lot healthier and sound of mind if our food had the proper nourishment that good soil provides.

  • BleedBlackNSilver

    Oh yeah man to just say the least

  • SnBG

    MYTH: Medication is the only way to solve my ADD/ADHD.
    FACT: While medication can help some people manage the symptoms ADD/ADHD, it is not a cure, nor the only solution. If used at all, it should be taken alongside other treatments or self-help strategies.
    Freeman must take control of his treatment and learn some self help strategies. Maybe he hasn’t focused on self help and only thinks the meds are the answer. They are only a tool.

  • Raider O

    I thought we need iron.

  • SnBG

    MYTH: A health professional can solve all my ADD/ADHD problems.

    FACT: Health professionals can help you manage symptoms of ADD/ADHD, but they can only do so much. You’re the one living with the problems, so you’re the one who can make the most difference in overcoming them.

    MYTH: ADD/ADHD is a life sentence—I’ll always suffer from its symptoms.

    FACT: While it is true that there is no cure for ADD/ADHD, there is a lot you can do to reduce the problems it causes. Once you become accustomed to using strategies to help yourself, you may find that managing your symptoms becomes second nature.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    its very serious here are some of the known side effects of this quack med

    Chronic Trouble Sleeping,

    Nervous

    Easily Angered or Annoyed

    False Sense of Well-Being

    Inability to have an Erection

    Sexual Problems

    Altered Interest in Having Sexual Intercourse

    Taking Habit Forming Drugs

    Depression

    Aggressive Behavior

    Mood Changes

    Mental Disorder with

    Loss of Normal

    Personality & Reality

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

    as you can see these can seriously affect ones quality of life let alone a football career

  • Thec

    Come on really??? Is lead a metal?Certain metals for example mercury.

    Really guy???

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    My point exactly. Calcium, potassium and many others are metals as well. Almost all of the periodic table are metals or matalloids. Herbs and homeopathy havea role, as does science. Have a look at the priodic table. It’s painless.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Periodic_table_%28metals_and_nonmetals%29

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Science is your friend.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    consider that fact that all athletes are brought up to depend on doctors for pain and injury treatment.

    In fact trusting doctors and trainers is part of the sport culture, and is taught to be infallible to the athletes.

    he certainly wouldnt know to do anything different without having been exposed to something different first.

    far too trusting in an artificial environment full of suspicious characters.

    besides the nfl is in bed with big pharma and quack meds, so is the ncaa.

    he has no clue that he is in danger with the quack docs.

    Also his world view probaly doesnt include seeing the nfl and med profession as suspects and that is sad.

    All one needs to do is look at the history of the med profession the psych profession and in particular those industries treatmnet of people classifed as black.

    unfortunately for him i doubt that anybody in his little bubble have even raised these issues

  • bcz24

    Maybe he just wants to do Adderall.

  • SnBG

    My wife and I use a combo of doctors , Holistic and conventional. We have uses several homeopathic remedies with great success. Freeman has to take control of his issue and add strategies to go with the meds.

  • Raider O

    Lol. I’m messing with you. All I care about is the flavor. Good food is good food even if the cook adds a smoky flavor.

  • SnBG

    You must find a good holistic doctor that believes in Homeopathic ways.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    your fondness for mercury would explain a lot about you and the drivel you post here

  • Gdog

    I’m pretty sure the last thing Pryor needs right now is a QB looking over his shoulder… let him go to the Browns.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    As would your fear and ignorance of science and logic.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Besides, I prefer Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars. Mercury is dam hard to spot.
    Oh, sorry, science related again.

  • MEX_GHOST

    SnBG:
    When you say “self help” you´re meaning self help groups??

  • willy91137

    The do not need Josh Freeman we have 4 quarterbacks now so I don’t think we need another one he’s got some problems that this team does not need bringing him in will not help this team one bit

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    more players caught up with the quack mind benders

    harry carson, titus young, pac man jones, dez bryant, terrel owens

    you dont see a pattern here?

  • J Hill

    This Barr kid from UCLA might be a good prospect for us.

  • Jayhawk_Raider

    Allen didn’t really have much of a choice as bad as Flynn stunk it up in the preseason. Allen named Flynn the starter before any games were even played which told me that he didn’t believe in Pryor much at all, not really that hard to figure out.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    SnBG

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    There’s hope for Freeman. I say sign him.
    ——————————–

    Gdog SnBG

    •7 minutes ago •

    I’m pretty sure the last thing Pryor needs right now is a QB looking over his shoulder… let him go to the Browns.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    That’s pretty much my thinking too Gdog.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Jerry McDonald
    ‏@Jerrymcd

    More wind than I can ever remember for an afternoon practice with moderate temp in Alameda.

  • jumpnjiminy

    new post

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    mike tyson yet another athlete with quack med history

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Guess DA doesn’t believe in adjusting practice times for upcoming games.