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Seabass, King still a work in progress

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Friday, October 25th, 2013 at 4:30 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Filed for print with additional notes. . .

Imagine a shortstop having worked with the same second baseman for 13 seasons and then being asked to turn a double plays with a rookie and you’ve got an idea how Sebastian Janikowski feels.

Marquette King isn’t technically a rookie, having spent last season on injured reserve, but he’s not Shane Lechler, either.

Six games into the season, Janikowski is still getting used to having someone other than Lechler as his place kick holder as the Raiders host the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday at O.co Coliseum.

In a 24-7 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs preceding the bye week, Janikowski had his most surprising miss yet _ a 51-yard attempt that came up short in Arrowhead Stadium, his favorite kicking venue.

“I was kicking the ball great in warm-ups,’’ Janikowski said Friday. “I didn’t miss anything. I just love that place. There’s something about Kansas City.’’

And then?

“Right when it hit his foot, I heard it,’’ long-snapper Jon Condo said. “He didn’t make good contact.’’

“I was surprised,’’ Janikowski said. “I didn’t hit it real good and I kind of toed it.’’

That makes four misses for Janikowski in six games. In Week 1, he missed wide left from 48 yards after not having failed from 49 yards and in since 2011. Janikowski was 4-for-5 the following week against Jacksonville, but was wide left from 35 yards out, his first miss under 40 yards in 50 attempts.

Janikowski missed from 52 yards against Washington.

He missed only three field goal attempts last season, all from 50 yards or longer.

Raiders coach Dennis Allen, who like most everyone else thought Janikowski was back on track with field goals of 47 and 50 yards without a miss in a win over San Diego, was again extending another vote of confidence to his struggling kicker.

“Everybody goes through a little bit of a rough patch,’’ Allen said. “He obviously has. I think we all have pretty high expectations that every time he trots out there he’s going to kick it through the uprights.

“When you look up at the end of the year I think all of us will be pleased with the results we’ve seen out of him.’’

While King has worked diligently on his holding, and even put a balloon bouquet in front of Janikowski’s locker the day after the San Diego game, changing place kick holders has been a bigger issue than expected.

Most kickers have to get used to different holders a number of times in a career. This is the first time for Janikowski and he’s in his 14th season. Janikowski remembers things weren’t smooth with Lechler when both were rookies in 2000 when he was 22 of 32 on field goal attempts.

“You’ve got to understand, when Shane and I came out the first year I think we missed 10 field goals together,’’ Janikowski said. “It’s like being a rookie again, and I think you’ve just got to work with the guy and get that confidence and trust. It might be better Sunday. It might take two more weeks. I don’t know.’’

Condo said there are nuances to the process that came second-nature to Lechler and Janikowski built up through years that can’t be worked out with King in a mere matter of months.

“After 13 years, he gets used to Shane’s body mechanics and the way he moves,’’ Condo said. “Marquette or any other holder isn’t the same as Shane. It can be as small as how he reaches for the ball, something that Seabass catches out of the corner of his eye on his approach.

“It all comes down to getting reps together and we’re working on it as a unit, the three of us.’’

– Running back Darren McFadden is hoping Pittsburgh’s no-nonsense defense plus getting back center Stefen Wisniewski will help get the running game on track.

“You always know Pittsburgh is going to play hard-nosed defense,” McFadden. “That’ll be the case on Sunday, but we have some things that we want to do out there and hopefully make some big plays against them.”

“A physical game fits my style. It’s always good. I love running in these games. You wan tot be able to go out and show what you can do.”

– Offensive coordinator Greg Olson said Thursday he had just begun to see some of the explosiveness from Jacoby Ford that he’d heard about from others.

Ford, who has three carries for 8 yards and seven receptions for 55 yards, believes he’s been good to go since the beginning of the season and is waiting for his turn.

“It’s just been a matter of trying to figure out different ways to get the ball in my hands and on special teams,” Ford said. `That’s been something we’ve been exploring around with this week.”

Ford agrees he’s still proving himself to a new staff.

“They saw what I did in the past but now it’s time to go and show what you can do now,” Ford said. “That’s what I try to do whenever I get the ball in my hands, I just try to make a positive play every time so the ball just keeps finding my hands more and more.”

– Right tackle Tony Pashos (hip), guard-center Andre Gurode (knee) and tackle Menelik Watson (knee) did not practice and were listed as doubtful, meaning they are highly unlikely to face Pittsburgh.

The Raiders will probably promote tackle Jack Cornell from the practice squad Saturday for line depth, meaning they’ll have to release a player.

Center Stefen Wisniewski (knee) was limited but listed as probable. Cornerback Tracy Porter (shoulder) had full participation and is listed as probable. Linebacker Kaluka Maiava (hamstring) is questionable and safety Tyvon Branch (ankle) is out.

– Former Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon was at practice Friday as part of the CBS television crew which will broadcast the game.

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  • marks hair

    can invest in a wr this yr reg? please!

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    His hamstring is bothering him but if Barkley keeps playing like this, it’s probably true anyway.

  • Dakota

    And so ends the Matt Barkley era in Philly.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Just another USC QB. All garbage in the NFL.

  • J Hill

    SMH

    Barkley with a brain fart.

    Might have to add them to the list of teams who will draft ahead of us.

  • KoolKell

    Racists like JFB link Vick to Pryor. All baaaaaaaaaad. Lol.

  • no mas diamante

    Lots of J’ville fans over there because there are a lot of brits living in J’ville area… almost like a hometown team.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    I post that and he fumbles……..

  • 0ak R8rs

    4 series in the NFL. 4 turnovers. Following in palmers footsteps. LMFAO.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I have never linked the two.

  • KoolKell

    Wow, I will. Lol.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Lol.
    I hope not, I need him to win this game.

  • Just Fire Baby

    And I am sure you will not even consider bringing it up and telling me I am right when it does happen.

  • KoolKell

    A Flyncher comes in here and harps on Vick all morning? C’mon.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Maybe you shouldn’t throw terms around like racist.
    I’ve never seen Vegas say anything remotely racist on this blog.

  • no mas diamante

    So is anyone thinking of making the trip to London next year for the game? Thinking of going..

  • Just Fire Baby

    You are a fkn moron.
    I liked Flynn? LOL
    Like you said I liked Palmer yesterday too?

  • Dakota

    KK is paranoid. He sees white sheets everywhere.

  • KoolKell

    See see see, Vick is bad.

    -Flyncher Bot.

  • alex7

    if you can afford it, absolutely go!

  • no mas diamante

    I deserve a good vacation damn it!

  • Papertiger

    KK is just doing his part as the designated pootbutt of the Civil Rights Movement…

  • marks hair

    I cant watch any more.. most of the other NFL teams are so far advanced over us it just makes me sick to sit here and watch it.. the Raider game is the only pro football I’m watching the rest of this week.

  • 0ak R8rs

    You should have watched the Giants and Vikings last week. You’d feel alot better.

  • Just Fire Baby

    This KoolKell guy tells me yesterday “I like you Vegas, because I am a fair minded progressive” LOL.
    Than I tell everyone Vick sucks, then he goes out turns it over, scores zero points and sits, and he goes off the rails on me as a racist.
    *Sigh*

  • J Hill

    You know you white dudes all stick together.

  • Papertiger

    Take it easy, Hair! Put down a few drinks. Hopefully a Raiders victory will cheer you up!

    Knowing you, though, you’ll just end up complaining that the team’s costing itself draft position :-)

  • Dakota

    Yeah, just ask the French, Brits, Germans and Russians.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Way ahead of you with the booze.

  • Papertiger

    And can’t dance! That is a fact. Period.

  • r8ter4evr

    The GM and staff inherited a train wreck

  • J Hill

    When can I expect to see Rivera “arrive” as a pro bowl prospect?

  • marks hair

    we won’t be getting a top pic this year..

  • Papertiger

    I’ll drink to that. You going to be present for the London game?

  • 0ak R8rs

    Eagles have no business giving points to anyone. That’s been one of my plays this year. Going against terrible teams they r laying points, regardless of who they r playing. This game should have been a pick.

  • Just Fire Baby

    When we get a QB who can get him the ball up the seams.
    And an OC who knows how to design that stuff.
    Might take a year ……or 3.

  • Papertiger

    Somebody’s got to carry the crazy torch since Mistic went into hiding after the pryotechnics in Kansas Shîtty…

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    An attempt was made once to teach Germans how to dance once but their instinctive goose step kept getting in the way.

  • marks hair

    yr 6 of our 10 and then plan for the playoffs

  • 0ak R8rs

    British humor.

  • Papertiger

    Precisely. Germans can’t dance but they can sure as hėll march!

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Oh, you like it too Oak. Lol.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Pats still have that great O-line. Pro Bowlers everywhere.
    No WR’s, Gronk injured and the offense is in shambles.
    And now they can’t block either.
    Hmmmmm………….

  • Raiders for Life

    Mark
    You catch the game last night? Friggin nail biter.

  • J Hill

    Playoffs next year when we add 2 playmakers on offense and spend some FA $ on the DL.

  • Papertiger

    You see, it’s like building a quilt…

  • RealTruRaider

    Its amazing watching brees trying to look over his linemen, he is damn near on his tip toes with his head cocked all the way back and still finds his WR’s with ease

  • 0ak R8rs

    Where you been Mark? I’ve missed your incessant and mind numbing negativity.

  • KoolKell

    You are bro.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Depends whether I’m in the country or not.