New LB Wilson pushes out 2012 draft pick


Yes, one-third of the Raiders 2012 draft class no longer is on the roster. But, to be fair, coach Dennis Allen said, the Raiders didn’t make the first of their six selections until the tail end of the third round, when they used a compensatory selection on offensive lineman Tony Bergstrom.
Bergstrom, wide receiver Juron Criner, defensive end Jack Crawford and Burris still are on the roster. They outlasted defensive tackle Christo Bilukidi and linebacker Nathan Stupar, both of whom were waived — Stupar at the end of training camp last year and Bilukidi on Wednesday
Furthermore, Allen said, the Raiders bolstered their haul from last year with the signings of undrafted free agents Lucas Nix and Rod Streater, both of whom are starters right now.
As for what happened with Bilukidi, Allen simply said that Bilukidi wasn’t developing as well as the Raiders hoped and it made more sense to use the roster spot on linebacker Martez Wilson, who appears to have more potential to play a big role in the Raiders defense and special teams.
Wilson was claimed off waivers from the New Orleans Saints, and his arrival here coincided with the Raiders canning Bilukidi.
The Raiders got an extended look at what Bilukidi has to offer. Now it’s time to take a look at Wilson, Allen said.
“Big guy, athletic,” Allen said of what the Raiders liked about Wilson. “He can really run. He did some good things there with the Saints. He did some good things on special teams. He’s got some rush ability, and he’s a good guy as far as a coverage linebacker. We thought he was a guy that we wanted to get in here and take a look at and see what he can do.”
Allen and cornerback Tracy Porter have a pretty fair idea what Wilson can do, given they all were with the Saints in 2011, when Allen was the Saints defensive backs coach.
“Great signing,” Porter said. “A very versatile guy that can do a lot for us and fit right in with the defense. I’m excited about having him and the things that he brings to the defense and what he’s going to provide for us.”
Wilson said, on the one hand, it was disappointing that the Saints no longer wanted him, but, on the other hand, it’s nice that the Raiders wanted him so badly.
“It’s been great so far,” Wilson said. “The coaches seem very excited. The players have been very warm welcoming. From here, it’s just go on forward, they expect of me to execute and expecting me to do things they know I could do. I feel like they’ll allow me to do it and I continue to show them in practice. Man, I’m just excited and ready to ball out.”

— Allen said he doesn’t envision Wilson being able to help the Raiders this Sunday against the Steelers, simply because Wilson hasn’t been around the Raiders long enough to know the special teams and defensive schemes well enough.

— Allen is “hoping” that linebacker Miles Burris will be cleared to practice next week.
Burris is on the physically unable to perform list as he recovers from offseason knee surgery. Once he returns to practice, the Raiders have 21 days to decide whether to activate Burris to the 53-man roster, place him on season-ending injured reserve or release him.
The latter option doesn’t seem likely at all, given the way Allen and defensive coordinator Jason Tarver spoke of Burris.
“We’ve been trying to acquire as many players as we can, one, that love football and, two, that can be position flexible, set an edge in the run game, use your hands to get off of blocks, cover a back or a tight end when they need to,” Tarver said. “Miles showed last year that he can do a lot of those things, so he’s in the mix.”
If Burris keeps progressing, the Raiders soon could be blessed with their most linebacker depth in years: — Burris, Kevin Burnett, Sio Moore, Nick Roach, Kaluka Maiava, Wilson and, perhaps, one other.

— The Raiders and 49ers are tied for 31st (last) in the league in average passing yards per game at 191.7. That stat is somewhat misleading, of course, given the Raiders and 49ers are so adept at running the ball and they sport mobile quarterbacks that aren’t afraid to pull down the ball and take off running.

— Maiava (hamstring) returned to practice Thursday after missing one day. He was limited in practice today, which makes him questionable for Sunday’s game.

— Here’s offensive coordinator Greg Olson’s take on what to expect from wide receiver Jacoby Ford moving forward.
“He hadn’t been healthy,” Olson said. “About three weeks ago I started to see the explosive Jacoby that maybe some of you had seen. So we still continue to try and keep him involved in certain packages.”
Ford caught seven passes for 55 yards and rushed three times for 8 yards in Oakland’s first six games. He missed all of last season with a foot injury that required surgery.

— The 49ers and Seahawks, as well as other teams, are fond of signing players from other teams in hopes of gleaning insight into how to game plan against that player’s former team.
No telling if that’s why the Steelers signed former Raiders Richard Gordon and George Winn in recent weeks. Even if that’s the case, Allen doesn’t think there’s much to that line of thinking.
“We’ve got enough that we could throw enough at them,” Allen said. “Sometimes that’s a little overrated. I’m sure with certain guys there’s a lot of information that you could gather but I’m not really concerned with that.”

— Allen reiterated the stance he first trotted out after Sebastian Janikowski’s first missed field-goal attempt this season: Janikowski is fine and there’s nothing to get worked up about.
“He’s going to be fine,” Allen said. “Everybody goes through a little bit of a rough patch. He obviously has. With the expectations that we have of him, and we all have pretty high expectations, that every time he trots out there he’s going to kick it through the uprights.
“It’s just been a situation where he’s gotta be mentally strong. He’s gotta continue to battle through it, and he will. When you look up at the end of the year I think all of us will be pleased with the results that we’ve seen out of him.”
Janikowski missed four field-goal attempts in the Raiders firs six games. He missed only three all last season.


Steve Corkran

  • So let me get this straight…..by you sounding stupid the people who post in here are even stupider.

    Your a freaking genius!

  • They don’t learn because you are teaching retardation. DUH!

  • Papertiger

    Looks like Vickerson got fined ten large for knocking Satele out of the Sunday Night game:


  • RaidingTexas

    Rather trade him for a pick(s) next April.

  • Blackholepriest

    If they actually knew something worth discussion then I could at least entertain it. But it is soooo freakin stupid it it deserves a stupid reaction……….period

  • Seymour hurt you didn’t he?

    Its okay there is a “I have been hurt on the Raiders blog” therapy session you can join.

  • Theghostronin79

    Perhaps I’m just seeing things different. I mean, I thought he looked better in every game he’s played leading all the way up to SD part 2. I thought that was a great showing for HIM. He was solid enough in the first half in KC…..
    That being said, I was very disappointed in the second because of the regression that you mentioned. Yes it was, I agree….It just happens to be the last half he’s played. I tell you, I’ll be much more concerned if he looks the same way to open up against Steelers. We have to see a “Pattern of regression”. To be honest, that was the 1st time this year, I thought he looked like TP of 2012.


    Kickers don’t have a lot to do but the stress is considerable.
    Therefore, you don’t give them more stress when you don’t have to.
    And when it comes to Sebass, he’s a great kicker and Raider and doesn’t need you to tell him to suck it up.

  • You vs Me!

    In a Fantasy Football extravaganza!

  • RaidingTexas

    What are you kids fighting about now? Please don’t tell me this is still the TP-Flynn debate.

  • Stupid is as Stupid does….

  • KoolKell

    Speaking of stupid, you’ve been awfully wrong, you don’t have to continue to be stupid. Grow up.

  • Papertiger

    Speaking of which, I’m afraid that I may have conditioned myself to reflexively up-vote any post by KK.

  • What was I wrong about you fake flying?

  • LOL its hard to stop once you have started

  • RaidingTexas

    Well, that’s the point. He HASN’T had a new holder every couple of seasons. He has gotten used to the same guy for a decade plus.

    Not disagreeing with you. DA just seems reluctant to call out anyone for the problem.

  • KoolKell

    Do I look like I need to fake fly to Seattle?

  • Papertiger

    Dude, it’s like Wonder Woman; KK has his own invisible airplane!


    Pittsburgh is picked I think to win by three points.
    As long as Wiz is playing in this game, we can win it.
    And even now, if there is any game that I want to win, it’s every game against Pittsburgh.

  • KoolKell


  • KoolKell

    Thank you

  • Papertiger

    Stupid muscle memory!

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    So we’re never allowed to get a new punter as long as Seabass is our kicker?

  • KoolKell

    Stupid period.

  • Blackholepriest

    I have yet to see a QB play if this league without having a bad game. Especially early in h s career TP will have games where they get him and have games where he gets them……..period
    He will start to be more consistent as he goes thru the league and sees teams for a second and third time. He will start to plateau as he gets near 30 starts. Then you will see him be much more consistent………period

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    The only person who should be called out is Seabass. Very few kickers have the luxury of the same holder for 13 seasons.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Well according to Debo, JaMarcus never even had a bad snap, let alone a bad game…

  • Gdog

    I am just now getting around to watching the “coaches film” of the KC game… the blocking is horrendous. A lot of missed assignments, nobody is finishing their blocks on running plays… the push for a second then disengage… crazy stupid. There is ZERO second tier blocking. This is not a well coached line, or offense in general, IMO. Hue and Cable had more attention to details.

  • seymour bush

    Yes, but to get to your sophmore slump you have to excel your “freshman” year. This is the point I made about the R/O offense. Guys like RGIII are struggling not only due to injury, but due to the fact the DC’s spend off seasons figuring out how to defense them. And they are also taking Suttons blue print for Pryor right about now so it could get ugly.

  • KoolKell

    Anybody hear Papa interview Tom House on 95.7?
    Veeeery impressive. Says Pryor entering elite stage.



    New post

  • plunkhead

    new post


    Because you’re quoting Seifert!
    Fik Siefer and the cart he rode in on.

  • “elite stage”

    When did he win a Super Bowl?

  • A picture of cannibalistic African tribesmen surrounding a derelict proves nothing!

  • R8erEduc8er

    See ball, kick ball. Wtf else is there? So no matter how bad Lechler punts (not that he has), he has a lifetime contract as long as Drunkbass is the kicker? Lol laughable.

  • RaidingTexas

    You mean that KC game where backups were out there?

  • Davy Jones

    “As poor a half as anyone has ever seen”? Hyperbole. And while Pryor deserves to be criticized for his play in the latter half of the Chiefs game, the idea that it should mean nothing that he has third stringers on the O Line, no true #1 WR, no TE, and no running game (he does have a darn good fullback, LOL) is ludicrous. It would sure as hell mean something to you if it was a QB liked. I bet you made copious excuses for Flopsweat Flynch.

  • DKnight007

    The turnovers will decide this game. Hope TP doesn’t throw picks and hope the Raiders don’t let Big Ben throw the ball all over the place like they did last year. Raiders D needs to stop 3rd down conversions from Steelers.

  • rioderek

    Expert and casual fan expectations for the Raiders entering this season: were along the lines of them being the worse team in the NFL, with 3 wins predicted as a best case scenario. If Pryor hadn’t been allowed to start the team would be fulfilling their woeful expectations. Instead they have Pryor who gives them a legit chance to win week end and week out.

  • David Kern

    I am predicting a win here. I suppose that Stiller pass-rush could have a break-out game like Washington did a couple of weeks ago but I think olson and pyror will be ready for that that game plan. Pyror is the type of player who could do well here after a bye week. The young guy has had time to synthesize the information from the chiefs game and probably wont make those same mistakes, at least not in back-to-back games