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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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  • J Hill

    Side note …

    Ws vs Lakers Wednesday will be fun.

  • Just Fire Baby

    No you are!!!!!
    Nana-nana-na-na

  • KoolKell

    Bro, you’re the Imperial Wizard.

  • Dakota

    I DON’T THINK IT WILL BE MUCH FUN….

  • Just Fire Baby

    Well then I wouldn’t really be your “bro” than would I?
    But your halfie child might be though

  • marks hair

    im positive about positive things.. unfortunately you only know me to the Raiders.. and we perpetually suck áss.. making me, a real fan, very unhappy..

  • J Hill

    Criner inactive again …

    What is going on with this guy???

    Survives cut after cut, but can’t get on the active roster???

  • RealTruRaider

    Shocker, Criner is inactive

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Exactly.
    Great quarterback.

  • KoolKell

    DA is a slow pickup.

  • Just Fire Baby

    What would Criner’s role be if he were active?
    He doesn’ t play ANY ST’s, and is not a better big target WR than Holmes and Butler.
    He is simply going to stick around and get a chance to grow next camp or get cut.
    Not really THAT uncommon.

  • J Hill

    We’ll have the best bench in the league.

    MUCH better than last year offensively.

    Stay tuned.

  • KoolKell

    I’m a broad minded liberal, bro.

  • marks hair

    im pumped.. as always thank God for the Lakers

  • RealTruRaider

    I say we cut bait, amazing he has survived the last couple cuts, he will be the next to go

  • Just Fire Baby

    Go away it is gameday and I CAN’T WAIT TO GO ROOT ON PRYOR.
    Got my jersey in the mail this week.

  • Dakota

    You are always so positive. Thanks bro.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Soup is hanging around with those “smash-mouth” Chefs.
    Good for him.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Did Kelly really just go for it on 4th down from there?
    OMG this dude is clueless!!!!!!

  • Dakota

    We need to call Kelly TODAY and see if he will give us a bounty for Pryor.

  • marks hair

    yeah had a minor heart attack

  • 0ak R8rs

    Barkley. Takes a sack in 3rd down to put his team out of field goal range. And it’s actually an improvement because its his first NFL drive that ends without a turnover.

    Ah, those USC QBs. Good times. Good times.

  • J Hill

    Have you watched any preseason games?

    Damn shame Mitch could pick up Wesley Johnson and Xavier Henry types for scraps 2 years ago.

    Farmar, Henry, Johnson, Hill, Young = best bench in the league.

  • marks hair

    criner.. should have kept bass

  • J Hill

    perfect backup

  • Dakota

    I watched about 10 minutes of the Nuggets-Lakers game and the Nuggs went on like a 30-4 run….made me sick and have not watched another second of it.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Haha. No. I didn’t get it. I love Monty python and Benny hill tho. Mostly Monty python.

  • marks hair

    we will be better than last yr.

  • J Hill

    Boldin type, I’ve been told.

  • KoolKell

    Lol.

  • Dakota

    Last year it seemed like it was a turnover 50% of the times we tried to feed Howard.

  • J Hill

    Good call running for that 4th and 1 and then SOUP come threw for 6.

    Nice.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Nope, turnover on downs lol

  • RealTruRaider

    JC with another TD pass, Beat those Chiefs

  • marks hair

    howards a big baby.. better off without him.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Well, yea. Haha.

  • Just Fire Baby

    3rd and 2 read option run……..with the slowest QB in the league.
    To no suprise, it didn’t work.
    Sorry to keep railing here, but Kelly is literally HC’ing the worst game I have seen in years.
    He is completely clueless and revolt should begin in that locker room fairly soon.

  • 0ak R8rs

    That combined w a Raider win would make my whole week.

  • Dakota

    Can we get Bynum, Ariza, Shannon Brown and coach Jackson back?

  • Just Fire Baby

    Why is that funny? My last 3 jerseys now are TP, McClain and Jamarcus.
    Or maybe that is funny…….

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

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    Steelers Inactives: QB Landry Jones, WR Markus Wheaton, CB Curtis Brown, TE Richard Gordon, LB Kion Wilson, LB Chris Carter, DT H. Fangupo

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  • Dakota

    haha

  • 0ak R8rs

    They sound pretty healthy.

  • plunkhead

    More like an awful premonition

  • Dakota

    What happened to Nnamdi? Is his wife literally sucking the life force out of him?

  • 0ak R8rs

    Omg. You have a McClown AND a JaWalrus? Wow. $500 in the shltter. I had a McClown. I threw it away.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Thought the 4th quarter last week you started to see Reid and Smith get a little shaky.
    Starting to see some of it today a well. Reid and the Chefs.
    Just the perfect couple for end of the year implosions.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I gave the Jamarcus one to 504 Raider on here who said he gave it to the local B & G club or something.
    Also have a Jeff George one right next to the Slo-lando one.

  • RealTruRaider

    Steve Corkran ‏@CorkOnTheNFL1m
    Jason Campbell 13-of-19 for 200 yards, 2 TDs, 0 interceptions (138.0) passer rating) early in third quarter vs. Chiefs standout defense.

    ———————————–

    Not to bad JC, keep it up and get that W

  • RealTruRaider

    Have you seen her lips???