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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.

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  • rioderek

    I’m sure I could do a better job

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Delusions are always fun to read, no?

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    Have you accepted TP into your heart today…Oh yeah he touched me!

  • KoolKell

    The Oline is indeed in shambles but because if injuries not personnel decisions by Reggie.

  • SnBG

    Yes the jury is still out on Reg’s picks but if his FA signings are any indication then his drafts should be fine also.

  • the electrifying dr robert

    The McG-men

    The Mickey-G’s”

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    He touched you? Is he a Catholic priest or something?

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    CODE HEATHEN!

  • NYCRaider

    I thought knapp got blamed ..remember him? How did you treat TP2 after the SD game? All pro? Maybe we should give TP2 a full season and compare the number of wins vs Palmer after its over.

  • Prometheus

    glad I’m not Catholic, unless it was a nun

  • SnBG

    Do you have an alter to TP in you’re house?

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    CODE HEATHEN!

  • SnBG

    WOW! I agree with you.

  • Prometheus

    when he gets his shoe deal I’ll get a pair and build a tabernacle and worship

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    I am not the one comparing TP2 to anything. So maybe you should wait until the season is over before complaining about the KC game.

  • Prometheus

    you just lost 1 IQ point for agreeing with him.. I am so sorry

  • KoolKell

    Maybe you’re getting wiser with age and exp.

  • the electrifying dr robert

    Brady and manning both missed seasons due to injuries incurred on sacks.

    They read the defense pre snap and post snap, make quick decisions and deliver quick accurate darts.

    Pryor does none of these things.

  • NYCRaider

    whats your thought on QB ratings? are the still the most important way to evaluate a qb? or have you reevaluated your position once again

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    You dorks can argue about TP2 all day in here it wont change anything. He has the ball in his hands for 10 more games. If he shines Reggie wont have to draft a QB in April if he doesn’t then its his own fault because he was given the chance. I am still not sure how this is debatable but you dorks will find a way I am sure?

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    I completely agree. Let’s see what we have.

  • NYCRaider

    complaining? you make no sense..i never complained. re read the post

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    NYC I would say wins and losses are the only way to evaluate a QB. Again this is my opinion.

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    Seems pretty cut and dry to me.

    CODE HEATHEN!

  • eastoaklandraider

    The hating continues, but u want him to succeed? Yeah ok.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    CODE HEATHEN!

  • the electrifying dr robert

    I want him to succeed so I don’t have to post these things, yes.

    It’s the truth.

  • Prometheus

    wins and i would say PPG as well since the QB leads the offense.

  • the electrifying dr robert

    Dumb. They don’t block, run, catch, tackle, defend, kick, return, or call plays.

    Wins and losses are a team/HC stat.

  • NYCRaider

    are you going answer the question about QB rating?

  • the electrifying dr robert

    Why lie?

    I never said “most important” and I never “reevaluated again”.

    Ur trying to make things up and pretend I said them so u can make it seem like I change my opinion.

    In other words, u lie.

    Rating is a good way to judge a qb but also, yards per pass, and watching them throw.

    U need to first understand what ur looking for though.

  • the electrifying dr robert

    I just did.

  • SnBG

    So one would negate the other. Darn.

  • NYCRaider

    lol..u were all about QB rating. you hammered Pryors rating during your man crush on Flynn. i guess now that Tp2s rating is higher than some of the elite QBs its time for your selective memory to kick in..lol , your unbelievable!!!

  • DutchRaid

    “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.”
    What does “one other” refer to? Cryptic player signing? Are these bread crumbs or nothing…

  • eastoaklandraider

    How many young qb’s would thrive in this situation? No oline no big threat wr, so in your eyes what would be consisdered good enough to give tp another season.

  • DJ Johnny

    Some wanna see McGloin right NOW.
    I’m not one of those, but these next 4 games are very winnable games and their should be no excuses.
    None of the teams we face in the next 4 are even at .500.
    That’s why for me…the next 4 games will show me all I need to see.
    The Raider staff made a quick decision on Flynn based on limited play so I don’t see them giving anyone else a long time either to show they can win football games.

  • fingersrdrs

    Agree…Pryor’s gonna be the Qb for 10 more starts…. Nothings gonna change that , unless hes injured…
    Im gonna try and enjoy the games and hope for the best… Still haven’t seen anything thats convinced me he’s our Qb of the future but im supporting him while he’s the Qb…. Were gonna have a good idea after that 16th game if hes the guy…..good take Silver’n Black666

  • Papertiger

    RoMac, dude. Cork is setting the stage for Slo’s chance at not only redemption, but glory!

  • KoolKell

    Yeah Dork, and take Palmer and Flynch with ya.

  • the electrifying dr robert

    Wtf is wrong with u? I JUST said its a good way to judge a qb.

    And I ALWAYS said its one tool combined with watching.

    And two weeks ago, after his rating was high due to the Denver and SD games, I said that I reluctantly had to support him cuz of it or else I would be a hypocrite.

    But he quickly crashed and burned.

    My evaluation has not changed, other than acknowledging he has improved more than anyone could have imagined.

    But that doesn’t mean he’s good. It means not horrific.

  • DJ Johnny

    Are you guys saying 10 games for Pryor no matter what?
    Even if (god forbid) he is horrible and we lose almost every game?
    In that worst case scenario we’d see McGloin.
    No, I don’t think we’re gonna lose like that. Just sayin’.

  • seymour bush

    If we see another half like Pryor’s last one, he is not going to be finishing out the season, that I can assure you. The players won’t stand for it. They will be promoting Tyler Wilson.

  • the electrifying dr robert

    It’s soon time for Mickey-G and T-Dub!

  • KoolKell

    If ifs and buts were candy and nuts, you’d be Santa Claus.

  • DutchRaid

    True, but the 2000 Ravens won the Super Bowl because of Trent Dilfer?
    The 2012 Vikings went to the Playoffs b/c of Christian Ponder?
    Derek Anderson was a Pro Bowler b/c of his awesome talent or the awesome talent around him?
    So many QBs you can think of were really not that good, but played for good teams.

  • Papertiger

    If it comes to that, I’d give three or four starts to McNugget, which is what I wanted the organization to do with TP6 once the team was eliminated from playoff contention and then again when Palmer went down.

  • DJ Johnny

    I don’t think Reg and DA are going to give Pryor the benefit of the o-line “excuse” in evaluating him going forward.
    If so, they would’ve excused Flynn’s performance. Flynn…a guy who Reggie went to bat for and risked egg on his face for dumping so quickly. He had guys in his face too and his pick 6 was no worse than Pryors last week.
    I don’t see them exonerating Pryor either.

  • Prometheus

    Pryor could have played for Shitsburg but didn’t want the hometown pressure? i hate to be the judge but that sounds weak. imagine being from NorCal and NOT wanting to play for OAK or SF. but I’m sure the Lord has his reasons

  • DJ Johnny

    I wanted that too and I was a card carrying Golden Haired Hero Worshipper.