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Allen likes his group of wide receivers

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Friday, November 1st, 2013 at 11:49 am in Oakland Raiders.

Other than Denarius Moore and Rod Streater, it’s anybody’s guess how the wide receivers are deployed when the Raiders host the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday.

All were present and accounted for during the media window Friday, with Andre Holmes getting some extra pre-practice attention from a member of the conditioning staff as well as trainer Rod Martin as he works through what appears to be a minor hamstring strain.

There were some miss-steps in a 21-18 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, most notably two drops by Brice Butler (one which went straight to a defender for an interception) and a fumble deep in Raiders territory by Jacoby Ford that set up a touchdown.

Coach Dennis Allen, however, gave the unit a vote of confidence of sorts Thursday.

“I think we have a good, solid group of wide receivers,’’ Allen said. “I don’t know that we have that Calvin Johnson, Andre Johnson or A.J. Green type, but I think we have a real solid group of receivers and I feel comfortable with any of those guys we put in the game.’’

Moore and Streater have gotten the most work this season, having played 336 and 327 snaps, respectively, as the starters. Then comes Butler (196), Ford (110) and Holmes (31).

Moore leads the Raiders with 27 receptions for 431 yards and four touchdowns, while Streater has 23 receptions for 319 yards and one score. Butler has nine receptions for 103 yards, Ford eight catches for 52 yards and Holmes has yet to catch a pass after being active in two games.

Holmes was talked up by Allen earlier this week as a big target who will be getting more time and offensive coordinator Greg Olson said it’s been a weekly conversation about possibly having Juron Criner active and that it could happen this week.

A fifth-round draft pick in 2012, Criner has been inactive for all seven games.

Considering Ford’s role on special teams, possibly the only way Criner could be active is if the Raiders sat down Butler after a difficult game since it’s doubtful all six wide outs would be among the 46 active players.

Quarterback Terrelle Pryor said he still felt good about throwing to Butler, crediting his route-running and understanding of how to get leverage on a defender.

“This past game, he just had those two drops. It happens to the best of us,’’ Pryor said. “I see the best receivers in the game dropping balls, wide open balls. It happens. Nothing’s going to change about him for me.’’

– No surprises as the media window closed for Friday’s practice. Offensive linemen Tony Pashos (hip) and Andre Gurode (knee) were not on the field, nor was strong safety Tyvon Branch.

They will likely be declared doubtful or out on Friday’s official report and none will see the field against Philadelphia.

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  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Hopefully Watson goes the whole week through practice without any setbacks and will be able to be activated at the very least.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    And first even again, I’m on a roll.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Butler is a rookie, Criner is a 2nd year player, absolutely no reason to give up on either one.

  • Dakota

    Allen likes these WRs? He must have gone jogging and suffered a concussion from his teeeeeets hitting him in the face!

  • Raideraholic

    yo

  • Thec

    Makes no sense to throw the guys you have under the bus.

  • Dakota

    Another shooting? smh

  • Papertiger

    BLURST?

  • Papertiger

    Our WR corps is going to look quite different next season.

    First things first. Send Ford to the chop shop!

  • Morilla_00

    He’s already short enough.

  • Raideraholic

    I’m surprised Butler has seen 196 snaps this year. I watch every game and it didn’t seem like it.

  • Raideraholic

    Ford should not be benched!….
    He should be released asap!

  • Dakota

    The invisible player….like DHB his first few seasons…..he was supposedly out there blowing the cap off the defense or some such nonsense. Looked like 11 on 10 football to me.

  • Papertiger

    I wonder who Ford is going to latch onto next season. It would be hilarious if he manages to stay within the division.

    Ford as a Charger? Stranger things have happened. Besides, he had a good time in SD on New Year’s Eve before the season finale and Hue’s meltdown.

  • Raideraholic

    If we win this week I may have to cheer for the Donks to beat the Chargers in week 10 seeing as right now they are our biggest wildcard competition.

  • KoolKell

    Sounds like DA doesn’t know squat about Offense.

  • Raideraholic

    Ford will be lucky to be hanging out with Johnnie Lee Higgins, Raider Rockstar and the ice cream truck.

  • DJ Johnny

    Seems I’ve watched a lot of Denver football this yr since it’s shoved down our throats every week, but I have not seen Welker OR Decker drop a single pass; yet…they rank 6th and 8th in the entire league respectively for dropped catchable passes.
    No Raiders are even close to the top 10 in this category…as strange as it may seem and it is based on percentages too.

  • Papertiger

    Does anybody else think that Dolphin OT Jonathan Martin is in the closet? That’s the only kind of situation I could think of in which bullying would cross the line in a locker room.

  • Papertiger

    It’s one of those circumstances where statistics completely fail to tell the whole story. I’m sure there’s a Bronco medical staff complaining that the Donks should never have signed Welker.

  • RediaR

    The Philadelphia Soul

  • Papertiger

    Higgins got his clock cleaned by Weddle. I don’t blame the kid for being gunshy after that thrashing.

    Could you imagine Jacoby Ford in the powder blues lining up against Porter? Talk about blood in the water.

  • RediaR

    yes, he should

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

    That was my first thought when I read that article. Why else would that happen?

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

    Kind of like you and your knowledge of the real estate market

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

    Or thinking he is still Denver’s DC

  • the electrifying dr robert

    When ur meds kick in yu’ll realize how ignorant u come across. DA said exactly what he should say regarding a less than stellar WR group.
    u aren’t the brightest bulb, are u?

  • DutchRaid

    That is just mean and uncalled for! Stop picking on the mentally retarded…he may not win, but he is brave in the attempt.

  • the electrifying dr robert

    could be u have no life?
    think about it.

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

    Hey Dutch good to see you.

  • the electrifying dr robert

    according to DA, there is no reason the team should be last in the NFL for offense passing.

    zero reasons.

    none.

    nada.

    well except for that qb guy.other than that, we’re stumped

  • Morilla_00

    Seems like he was in on pranks himself. He hid some OLs car last year. Florio was saying how is isn’t a typical football player type guy. A smart guy from Stanford, intellectual and introspective. Not really into the underwear snapping alpha male mentality. Who knows.

  • the electrifying dr robert

    the only kind u could ‘think’ of?
    maybe that’s the problem.
    ur thinking.
    ever think of that?
    oh, wait, here we go again

  • DutchRaid

    Sunday? Bringing my Nephew, need to have that beer..

  • the electrifying dr robert

    why does an old fart like u have jimi as an avatar?

  • DutchRaid

    “A smart guy from Stanford, intellectual and introspective…”
    Well, that is what Cable said about Kwane Harris…just saying.

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

    Zeppelin was a band from the 70′s that was 40 years ago.

    Think about it.

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

    I might not be there….work

    do you have my email address?

  • the animal dr robert

    my impostor wants to fight u

  • the animal dr robert

    my impostor is trying to get ur attention

  • DutchRaid

    Yeah, It is after my favorite Raider on all time Jonathanholland77@yahoo.com!

  • the animal dr robert

    an-i-mal!!!

  • the animal dr robert

    my impostor doesn’t listen to music

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

    Holmes with a hamstring strain, eh? activate Criner !!

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

    You play the drums right?

  • the animal dr robert

    it’s likely

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

    Bring JLH out of retirement…

  • Papertiger

    I bet Ken-Yon Rambo still has something left in the tank.

    They drew first blood…

  • Standsintherain

    Criner was TP`s fav target in pre-season games ,remember he took one to the house,didnt make sense Butler was activated before him

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

    Remember Hong Kong Phooey