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Makeshift offensive line shines in win over Chargers

By Steve Corkran
Monday, October 7th, 2013 at 4:19 pm in Oakland Raiders.

ALAMEDA – Perhaps overlooked in the Raiders win over the San Diego Chargers was the play of their offensive line.
Sure, Terrelle Pryor got sacked four times, the Raiders averaged only 4 yards rushing – minus two end-of-game kneel-downs – and the linemen committed a few penalties. But that becomes less conspicuous when one takes into account that only two projected starters played at their respective positions.
“That’s a tribute to those offensive linemen, the way that they prepare, throughout the week,” coach Dennis Allen said. “That’s a tribute to the coaching staff, (line coach) Tony Sparano and the way he works with those guys, Those guys did a great job.”
Guards Lucas Nix and Mike Brisiel were in their natural spots Monday night. Everything else was out of whack, for one reason or other.
Regular right tackle Khalif Barnes played in place of injured left tackle Jared Veldheer, as he has all season. Andre Gurode replaced injured center Stefen Wisniewski and Matt McCants made his first-ever NFL start in place of injured Tony Pashos at right tackle.
Barnes said the seamless transition to the many moves speaks to the depth and experience of the Raiders offensive line corps.
“It’s fortunate that we have a lot of versatility in this group,” Barnes said. “We can just plug guys in. They’re interchangeable. We’re very lucky and blessed to have guys that can play multiple positions and on both sides.”

– The Raiders activated wide receiver Andre Holmes to their 53-man roster Monday, one week after he returned from a four-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
The Raiders had a one-week exemption before being forced to decide whether to activate, trade or release Holmes. He takes the roster spot created by the release of quarterback Matt Flynn.

– Veteran quarterback David Carr worked out for the Raiders on Monday. The release of offensive lineman Jack Cornell freed up another roster spot for the Raiders to sign Carr or another player between now and their game against the Chiefs.
It’s also conceivable that the Raiders will promote rookie Tyler Wilson from the practice squad to give them a third quarterback on the active roster, Allen said.

– Quote of the day: “I told him during the game, ‘He’s had enough. You don’t have to give it to him.’ ” – Allen on what he said to safety Brandian Ross after Ross failed to secure a Chargers fumble that teammate Charles Woodson turned into a 25-yard return for touchdown.

– Allen said that the hamstring injury suffered by running back Rashad Jennings in the first half against the Chargers doesn’t appear to be too serious.
Jennings rushed 10 times in the first half, but he gave way to Marcel Reece in the second half. Allen said he expects Jennings and regular starter Darren McFadden (hamstring) back sooner rather than later.
Jennings said he wanted to keep playing. Allen and the other coaches removed Jennings as a precautionary measure. Jennings said he intends to play against the Chiefs on Sunday.

– Terrelle Pryor’s 135.7 passer rating against the Chargers marked the highest-rated game by a Raiders quarterback since Rich Gannon’s 138.9 rating against the Tennessee Titans on Sept. 29, 2002.

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  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I didn’t mean a couple more years. A couple more games is fine. We should start getting healthier by then.
    would love to end the season actually being respected, nay, feared even. D might get there yet.

  • R8erEduc8er

    You’re not what? Surprised at how Jennings is running? How could you have predicted? Miss Cleo?? Dude is not the runner he was last year.

  • SnBG

    I think the improvements are real and lasting. The attitude of the team is so much better. The players are playing hard and with an attitude. They still will not win many games but they will not give up and can compete.

  • plunkhead

    MUP Jennings was moving the pile!

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I’ll remain optimistic even then. Obviously.

  • SnBG

    Gents and Ladies, are we missing Lechler this year the way King is punting.

  • plunkhead

    Eight games is a lot

  • Theghostronin79

    I don’t think it’s ridiculous to think they could do something THIS year….Not next year, or in a few, but THIS year. We weren’t supposed to beat SD….They’re a good team.

  • Nick Gancayco

    Not really…

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist
  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Well, you just read Levi’s ‘Ballers’. The touchback may have been intentional at the end of the half.

  • Jon Train

    Not really. King is good and gets better every game.

  • R8erEduc8er

    Special teams coverage, not return. Although I do appreciate how sure handed Adams seems to be on punt returns.

  • Charlie

    I continue to hope for 6-7 wins and I think that is doable.
    Just take a look at where the guys we cut are now.
    Kelly sure looked like the old Kelly this past weekend now that Woolfolk is out.
    We had really bad players being paid Hall of Fame money.
    Disastrous.

  • Theghostronin79

    I think they’ll give KC their toughest test so far this season. They’ll have to fight hard for a win, and could very well give up their 1st game of the year. #notlegit

  • Jon Train

    Pats are in trouble without Wilfork. 2nd best player on the team.

  • Al_istheRaiders

    whack….

  • R8erEduc8er

    King is doing well. His punts are causing fumbles, which is a weapon most teams don’t have. He’ll only get better.

  • Just Fire Baby

    King is getting better, and getting off his punts quicker.
    I was worried after the Colts game about that. I would wager he has clipped almost a half a second off his get off time since week 1.

  • The Big Banana

    At the very least put quotes around it.

  • william banks

    Kelly had a good game but can he keep it up?

  • SilverNBlackPA

    I’ve been a big Reggie guy and won’t be joining the “Fire Reggie Now” crowd any time soon, but I’ve lost a lot of faith in him as a result of this whole QB situation.
    I can forgive the Flynn trade since it was only a 5th round pick in the next year’s draft. But this whole recent noise with Freeman really pizzes me off. Tafur said Reggie spent the whole weekend actively trying to sign him.
    He’s got a potential franchise QB sitting right there in Pryor that he can’t seem to wait to replace. I don’t get it.

  • Raideraholic

    Let’s do a quick 5 week recap of the season.
    Week 1- Raiders were the better team and should have beat a Colts team that has now beaten the Niners and Seahawks.
    Week 2- Raiders delicately beat the Jags when they should have went for the jugular.
    Week 3- Peyton happened, 1 positive was the moment was not to big for Terrell Pryor.
    Week 4- Matt Flynn Happened (Had TP been available, Raiders win)
    Week 5- Offense/Defense/ST all played a hand in a solid win over a high powered offense.
    Week 6- Do the Raiders build off the momentum from week 5 and have a solid showing against the undefeated Chiefs? or… Are they the same ole’ Raiders”?

  • Just Fire Baby

    The “prevent” worked flawlessly to perfection at the end of the game.
    Took off almost 3 minutes and didn’t allow a point.
    That’s how you do it. You play to win the game, not be some tight-shirt wearing machismo douchebag.

  • SnBG

    Purvis, thxs for posting the Ballers article. Good read.

  • Raideraholic

    tight-shirt wearing machismo douchebag————————————————————————
    lol

  • Mike_Trail

    I really think they are going to bring in a Vet QB to mentor Pryor still–I mean the kid’s basically got no-one to lean on right now because all that’s left are two Rookies…TP is the only Vet QB on the Roster as strange as that is to say. I give Carson alot of Credit for showing TP the right way to do things and taking him under his wing..say what you will about CP, but dude was a professional and TP benefited from seeing that. Which is also what makes Flynn seem like such a jerkoff–moping around and being crybaby about getting demoted. Aaron must not have rubbed off on him all that much, since all Aaron did was sit in Favre’s shadow till he got his number called and answered the bell.
    Bring in a Vet who will never play and have him show TP a few tips and tricks and lend an ear to what he is seeing..Got no problem with it.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    What? You didn’t like the excitement of all those mis handlings? Being on the edge of your seat every time the ball was in the air?

  • Raideraholic

    I would wager he has clipped almost a half a second off his get off time since week 1.
    ——————————
    My wife has accused me of the same thing lol

  • william banks

    Silver,don’t believe that stuff.Things are being said all the time that’s untrue.Listen to what ya know,not what you’ve heard.

  • The_Judge37

    If they want a Vet strictly as a mentor, then i say bring in David Carr, who can teach TP how to properly ice his body after taking sacks.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Nice having a long list of ballers and honorable mentions along with a short list of busters. And the busters being qualified at that.

  • SnBG

    I would almost agree with you. The Flynn deal turned out to be a loss but I will give him a cautious pass because everyone makes mistakes. As far as the Freeman thing, I would have tried to get him also. I think one of the things Freeman looked at was the fact that he wouldn’t be a starter here as Pryor has been coming on strong.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Hope that’s not a large percentage.

  • Raideraholic

    lol

  • Raideraholic

    I needed some humor today, You guys are on point.

  • SnBG

    I think they’ve shown they are not the same old Raiders. They just need more talent now to keep the rebuild going.

  • Papertiger

    It’s a game of inches…

  • http://raiders.com/ whoknows

    Fail

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Agree. Said so at the time. We don’t like seeing it, but the fact of the matter is, the numbers show it usually pays off.

  • SnBG

    Can’t wait for the KC game. We may not win but we will fight them.

  • SnBG

    I hope we don’t bring in Carr. He’s a lazy party boy.

  • Raideraholic

    Although we do have a pretty good track record playing KC.

  • DutchRaid

    So if the Eagles start Foles at QB, do the reins of your owenership travel to Foles? Or will you be owned by a backup QB?

  • _Mista_

    As if he was leaning on Flynn for anything.

    Disagree.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I think the D is really coming together and will be effective against human QB’s. And that’s all of them except the forehead. We’ll have to win a shootout to pull off a win in the rematch.

  • Raideraholic

    killin’ it my man

  • http://www.raiders.com/ Drexl

    He needs to start hitting the corners. He can put the hang time on it, but in the long run touch-backs that net 23 yards are useless.

  • _Mista_

    False.

  • DutchRaid

    Really he is a lazy party boy? I thought he was a no-talent hack? Makes me feel a little better if Reggie signes him…