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Jennings earns more ‘touches’ based on strong showings

ALAMEDA – Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Monday that quarterback Terrelle Pryor’s right knee injury is more severe than he realized. Even so, that wasn’t the determining factor in the Raiders loss to the New York Giants.
“When you watch the game, I didn’t look at it and think that that was really the limitation that held us back there,” Allen said Monday in his weekly, day-after-game news conference.
Just the same, Allen added, he intends to meet with Pryor so that he can get a full grasp of where Pryor stands in terms of health.
Pryor completed 11 of 26 passes for 122 yards, with one interception, in a 24-20 loss Sunday. He also ran only five times for 19 yards and fumbled once.
Afterward, Pryor said that he played with a sprained medial collateral ligament that he suffered against the Philadelphia Eagles on Nov. 3. The knee worsened as the week progressed.
“It was obvious that there wasn’t that explosiveness that we had seen out of him prior to the injury,” Allen said. “I’ll sit down and visit with Terrelle a little bit more and find out exactly where he is physically.
“It wasn’t something that we thought was going to be a big factor going into the game. But, obviously, it was a factor.”
Running back Rashad Jennings said he was “too dialed in” on his own job to notice whether Pryor’s movement and play were restricted by Pryor’s injury.
Allen said he admires Pryor for wanting to play at less than 100 percent, as he does with all his players.
At the same time, he added, there’s a fine line between playing through pain and knowing when to ask out.
“You got to be effective,” Allen said. “If you’re injured and can’t help the football team, then it’s best that we have somebody else in there.”
Pryor did what Jennings and most other NFL players do, Jennings said, by playing hurt.
“Most players that I’ve ever met who have played this game, you have to take them off the field,” Jennings said. “They’re not just going to walk off. I don’t question anything.”
Allen said he didn’t consider removing Pryor from the game Sunday, either because of Pryor’s limited effectiveness or inconsistent play. Pryor remains the unquestioned starter as long as he’s healthy enough.
Pryor’s status for this Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans is in question until he tests it out at practice this week. His first shot at that comes Wednesday.
Undrafted free agent Matt McGloin is the only other quarterback on Oakland’s 53-man roster. Fourth-round draft pick Tyler Wilson is on the practice squad.

– Rookie Menelik Watson’s first NFL start in a regular-season game didn’t go quite as well as planned.
Most glaring, he got beat soundly on the play in which Pryor fumbled. Giants defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka blew past Watson and knocked the ball out of Pryor’s hand on a key play in the game.
“He struggled a little bit in this game,” Allen said.
In fairness, most players struggle against a Giants defensive line that features the likes of Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre Paul and Kiwanuka.
“There were some good things he did in the game and obviously some times that he struggled a little bit,” Allen said. “Hopefully we’ll learn from that and continue to get better at that.”

– Jennings rushed for 190 yards and caught nine passes for 93 yards in his past two games while filling in for injured starter Darren McFadden.
Allen said Jennings has played well enough to warrant increased playing time, even if McFadden is healthy enough to play. He stopped shy of saying that Jennings will start.
“It’s a production business,” Allen said, “and when he’s had the opportunity to go in there, he has produced. When you do that, you get more opportunities. … He’s going to get his touches because he’s earned his touches.”
Jennings seemed unfazed by the ringing endorsement from his coach. His focus remains on finding even more ways to help the Raiders win games.
“We deserve more victories than we’ve been giving ourselves,” Jennings said. “There’s no moral victories. We’re going to continue to grow as a team, no question. But we got to grow up now and learn how to close out games.”
Allen said his team’s latest loss doesn’t change his opinion of what his players are capable of doing the final seven games.
“I like that locker room in there,” Allen said. “Those guys are going to continue to fight. They’re going to continue to compete. We’re going to get this thing turned around.”

– The Raiders waived offensive lineman Jack Cornell. They now have a vacancy on their 53-man roster.

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  • rifflicks

    are you related to Flynn?

  • the famous dr robert

    it’s hard teaching a remedial class.

  • Rico Stifler

    Schlereth isn’t a Raider hater actually. Tom Jackson is the Raider hater. I remember when he almost cried on the air when we killed the Broncos like 59-14 a few years back.

    Now, i listened to the thing and he never once praised pryor for his passing, it was all about his running ability. He also called Pryor an athlete trying to play QB and said he’d rather have a real QB than an athlete playing QB. he did say pryor has potential, but that was about it. You obviously read A LOT more into what he said than what was actually there.

  • RaiderDebo

    Haha! You’re being serious, huh? Please explain to me how he “killed the franchise”. Be specific. This should be good.

  • rifflicks

    I’m glad you were 2 were the only people around to enlighten everyone

  • the famous dr robert

    lol. i will continue to bring him up cuz i am angry about DA’s mishandling of the situation, and all of the blog hyenas laughing about how great pryor was and how bad flynn was, when it’s clear they don’t know anything.

    revenge is sweet.

  • rifflicks

    Did GB sign him?????

  • the famous dr robert

    i heard it too. a lot of media looking foolish about their claims pryor was looking legit.

  • Michael

    I am concerned about the 1 year deals we have on this team. We have a lot FA. A lot of the signings on d have been pretty good, but I’m hoping we don’t have to over pay like crazy to keep a lot of these guys. U saw how much wheeler and shaugnessy got.

  • _Mista_

    Tr0lls (AKA libtards),
    If you like your Doctor you can keep your Doctor. If you like your health plan you can keep your health plan.

    If you like being stupid you can stay stupid…

    Sincerely,
    mope&change

  • Dakota

    Dakota = McFadden’s Agent (and proud of it)
    Debo = JaFatazzes brother
    Dr. Rob = Flynn’s wife

  • rifflicks

    WOW….stooping to Desperation???

  • seymour bush

    From the guy who claimed Romney was about to win in a landslide. This idiot can’t even change a roll of toilet paper more or less discuss anything intelligently.

  • rifflicks

    Proud to collect a paycheck?

  • the famous dr robert

    ate up tons of money, killed coaches and wrs, made sure no one wanted to come here, helped create a laughingstock attitude here, etc.

    he was awful. his stats were awful. his attitude was awful.

    he even knows it. why don’t u?

  • Dakota

    Proud to get him on a real team in 2014!

  • the famous dr robert

    that’s the twitter rumor.

  • rifflicks

    going with him???

  • Alex7

    we were just the loudest.

    Certain there were others, likely you, but I don’t remember the names. Sorry =)

  • the famous dr robert

    there were of course several of us.

  • _Mista_

    Hussein’s Un-AffordableCareAct….now over 6 people served!

  • Michael

    Hmm so gruden basically just said Dion Jordan has been bad so far. Looking like Jordan, Floyd, milner, ansah have all been pretty sub par so far. So much for this incredible draft of defense

  • Alex7

    Reggie doesn’t over pay. He’ll find new guys to fill roles if some of these guys get offered more than they’re worth.

    He’ll also re-sign a few of them because, for the player, staying is easier than relocating. Reggie has mucho cap space and an intelligent FA mind, so we’ll be fine

  • Dakota

    I’ll be pulling for him unless he ends up in NE, Den, SD, KC, or Pitt.

  • rifflicks

    mista’s Inside the Raiders posts……0 – 21,439…keep trying

  • Alex7

    this is why no one grades a draft inside of 2 seasons except for people who want to bash a certain player.

  • lefty12

    It is common knowledge if you draft a QB with the 1st pick in the draft and he is a bust it sets a franchise back at least 5 years.

  • the famous dr robert

    there were many actually.

    seymour, 24, zymurge, rediar, rico, mcf20, and several more.

  • seymour bush

    Funny how in his rookie year and five starts, Mike Glennon actually looks like a real Q out there. Where three years and 9 starts our guy looks like a steaming pile of Mr. Brown.

  • _Mista_

    Hussein the Human Wrecking Ball.

    -Wrecked our HealthCare
    -Wrecked our Economy
    -Doubled our debt
    -Put millions on food stamps
    -Made a mockery of our Military
    -Lies Lies Lies

  • tuckrulefool

    TP2 MIRAGE…..BACK TO THE 2003- … NO HOPE REALITY

  • Dakota

    Just give him another year or three, come on man!

  • the famous dr robert

    who cares? go to a political news site.

  • Alex7

    already has 8 TDs.

    More TDs in fewer games.

    Jason Campbell and Brian Hoyer are tied with Pryor (5 TDs) despite playing 2 and a half games each.

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

    Come on KK really?

  • Dakota

    I mean you gave Obama another 4 years after he face planted in his first 4!

  • the famous dr robert

    i’m really hot

  • lefty12

    Won’t matter where he goes,he’ll be on the bench hurt before too long.

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

    He has a small brain it knows about 4 sentences

  • Dakota

    No, they will have better HGH at his next stop.

  • JOn Wooah

    OLINE is the mirage, DA is a mirage.. masking everything. Tp2 is the only hope. PERIOD

  • _Mista_

    The dollar is about to collapse and then no more food stamps for the Hussein zombies.

    #civil war

  • rifflicks

    well then I HOPE you 2 the best when you’re married

  • Michael

    Wonder if Reggie will try and sign Vick in the offseason

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Wrong
    Wrong
    Wrong
    Wrong
    Wrong
    No more than any other politician

  • JOn Wooah

    Flyn gone Tp2 still here. They could go with McGloin but they Know tp2 is the best qb we have. Until that changes .. nothing will change.

    Mark Shlareth knows what he is talking about. Its the OLINE. PERIOD

  • the famous dr robert

    it’s everyone but the 69 rated qb.

    ahh, a girl in love. it’s sweet.

  • rifflicks

    wonder if you will take a Football 101 class in the offseason?

  • JOn Wooah

    U want vick?? See DMAC. Vick will give u 2 quarters and miss the next 5 games

  • _Mista_

    Four years ago SeyGlen666 and KK both told me the recession was over.

    lmfao