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New LB Wilson pushes out 2012 draft pick

By Steve Corkran
Thursday, October 24th, 2013 at 4:38 pm in Oakland Raiders.

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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  • The_Civilian_James_Trapp

    Only if we are drafting mid 1st…I don’t like his attitude. Barr will be better IMO

  • Prometheus

    change Jones team to the Dallas Fundies.

  • seymour bush

    Brady is 5-2 with a bunch of scrubs. And I think that is the point that most of the Pryor Flyers have been saying: Pryor has all the intangibles!! The team plays hard around him!! He makes others better! Clearly, none of that is the case, and when you actually look at the tape and break it down, his players around him are not playing that poorly. Pryor is playing poorly.

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

    it was funny dammit!

  • DutchRaid

    He does seem to make the O-Line look a little better and maybe gives the receivers a little more time in their routes…D-Ends do not crash down as hard on the pass rush?

  • Prometheus

    do u really doubt he goes 4-11? well we know soon, next 4 games are against bad teams, raids could win all 4 of them.

  • DutchRaid

    How about the Washington Crooks and Liars?

  • Prometheus

    well lets just have a few more 4-12 seasons then.

  • Prometheus

    manning was a prolific passer in high school. not a difficult decision.

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

    The QB’s job is to get the ball out of his hands and into the hands of a play maker as soon as possible.

  • seymour bush

    I would agree that the Dlinemen have to contain him. But what I saw in the last game was instead of 1-2-3, where a Q is taught to go thru his reads and get the rock out, Pryor would go 1-2, start looking at the Dlinemen, and start running. Which got him into trouble. Or go 1-2 and just throw the rock up for grabs. Which is flat out crazy.

  • RediaR

    Maybe Flynn made them look worse. Both held the ball way too long and didn’t make the right decisions. One can scramble away once they’ve done that.

  • Theghostronin79

    I guess you’re only as good as the last “Half” of a game you played. Right now, he’s more proven and ready than the other 2………They didn’t get Freeman, they ain’t calling Favre….Maybe Garcia?
    Who are they going to replace him with? I know you want him OUTTA there…..But I think he gets the season to sink or swim.

  • R8derdiehard

    Look what happened to manning when the hit him once or twice in the colts game and that guys the best in the buisness . And you saying that the bad o line isn’t a valid excuse. What are you smoking bro. Thers a reason lineman get paid big bucks. Not all the mistakes that half were on the line but c’mon lets be honest with ourselves and quit hating

  • seymour bush

    Touche. As I have said a million times, there is NO ONE that wants Pryor to succeed more than I do. No one. And God Bless the kid, EVERY criticism I have had of him, he has worked on. Ever since he has gotten here. But my point is not that he played poorly his last start. Hey, that’s going to happen with all players. It’s the amount of regression, and the type of regression. And again, contrary to what most of you all believe, most players that begin to regress, continue to regress, and are quickly out of the league.

  • SnBG

    Sporano on the Oline.”This has been the most moving pieces … that I’ve been around,” said Sparano, 52, who has been coaching for 29 years. “We have not played with the same unit for two weeks in a row since the third quarter of the Jacksonville game,” which was in Week 2.

  • SnBG

    The Oline gets most of the blame IMO.

  • SnBG

    Sporano is 52, man he looks like hell. The NFL coaching life sure beats you up.

  • RediaR

    Briesel has been alright this year.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Disagree. All young players in all sports regress. They even have a name for it: “The Sophomore Slump.” The question is can the players find the cause for the regression and remedy it. Either TP will or he won’t.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    Richard Gordon is the last guy you’d ever want to meet in a dark alley, but he has the IQ of a turnip

  • RaidingTexas

    The Flynch Mob still exists?

  • RaidingTexas

    What up, Nation? Why is this place so dead?

  • Papertiger

    Hey! I have no idea. Just loaded up the page, myself. Can’t believe my Bravehearts post is still on the screen.

  • turf toe

    We are all sleepwalking now.
    We need a game.
    It completes us.

  • Blackholepriest

    I’m Seymour Bush I know everything there is to know about TP eventhough he has proven me wrong at every turn. I’m smarter than he is at football. I can tell you what his next move will be eventhough I have no clue. I’m stupid but I’m smart enough to know evything about QB’s in the NFL. I can watch film and tell the Raiders every mistake he’s making before he makes them. I’m Seymour Bush!

  • Blackholepriest

    I would’ve made TP a WR last year and had him thro to himself and get hella YAC. Then have him hand off to himself and make sick yardage. I’m Seymour Bush I know technique, eventhough I have never seen it. I’m Seymour Bush.

  • Blackholepriest

    I’m Seymour Bush the biggest blowhard you’ve ever known, I put myself on pedestals just to fall off. I’m Seymour Bush

  • MachoManRandySavage

    I really dont care if the draft picks pan out or not. I could care less if we had 22 undrafted players on the starting lineups if we we were winning. Did Green Bay draft Favre? Did St Louis draft Warner? who cares, just win baby.

  • Gdog

    I hope Olson was spending his bye weeks studying what he did right in calling the SD game… that is what I want to see vs Pitts. For some reason he threw all that out vs KC. Like “why do something that WORKS?” What works is having STATIONARY patterns for Pryor with hook routes, WRs finding a opening in the zone, turning around and getting the ball.

    What DOESNT work is Pryor throwing endless slant patterns to moving targets. That is primarily what he was throwing vs KC before Pryor shut it down and basically quit. Add in some screens and rolling pockets and perhaps we can actually win a game going away… Pitts defense isn’t that good this year.

  • MachoManRandySavage

    Man, what the hell happened to our running game? Tom Cable and Hue Jackson had that thing going with numnuts QBs, how did they screw it up?

  • Blackholepriest

    I’m Seymour Bush I predicted everything TP is doing and will predict his future as soon as he does it. I’m Seymour Bush!

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Per @7BOOMERESIASON re: the Steelers, “If they go out and lay an egg out
    in Oakland this week, then you know the season is over for them…”
    Retweeted by Steve Corkran

    Per @7BOOMERESIASON con’t: “It would be just totally unacceptable for a Mike Tomlin team to lose to a team like the Oakland Raiders…”
    Retweeted by Steve Corkran

    “…unacceptable for a Mike Tomlin team to lose to a team like the
    Oakland Raiders being quarterbacked by Terrelle Pryor” #RaiderNation
    Retweeted by Steve Corkran

  • Papertiger

    Trade DMAC to the Giants for Hakeem Nicks! If that doesn’t work, bring back Brandon Myers! If all else fails, settle for Louis Murphy!

    DO IT, REGGIE!!!

  • KoolKell

    Anybody hear the Tom House interview with 95.7?
    Says Pryor entering the”elite passing stage”

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    MachoManRandySavage•3 minutes ago•00
    Man, what the hell happened to our running game? Tom Cable and Hue Jackson had that thing going with numnuts QBs, how did they screw it up?
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    For a running game, you need an OL not just a back.

  • Blackholepriest

    I’m Seymour Bush I tought Tom House everything he knows, he confers with me before he goes on the radio. I’m Seymour Butthead!

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Methinks Priest has finally lost it…PERIOD.

  • Papertiger

    Throw yourself in a fire, immediately!

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Jeeeeeeeeze Priest, have a drink….

  • KoolKell

    Anybody hear the George Siefert interview on 95.7 today?
    Says he’s glad he doesn’t have to Coach the Read Option. Says when it has the pieces it’s unstoppable.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Got a link?

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Didn’t even know that you’re a whiner fan.

  • KoolKell
  • KoolKell

    Why would you think that?

  • KoolKell

    Swabby, I went to my 1st Raider game in 1964. Don’t be weak, ok?

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    “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.”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Actually there is Allen.
    Sebass isn’t in his fat azz comfort zone any more and the reason is that Lechler is gone and there was no need for Lechler to go.
    No doubt he’ll adjust in time but right now he doesn’t trust the holder placing the ball.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    If that’s the reason, then Seabass needs to suck it up. Most kickers in the NFL get a new holder every couple of seasons, if not more frequently.

  • Blackholepriest

    The feeling is mutual with these dumbbells pretending they know what this kid can and cannot do………..in fact it’s 100 fold.

    These imbeciles have no clue and yet come in here pontificating about something they have no idea what’s going on. If they can do it so can I………..period

    As stupid as I sound it’s intelligent in comparison……..period

  • KoolKell

    Exactly. They never learn.