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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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  • Charlie

    Seriously??????
    How about McCarron’s Oline?

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

    or at least share them!! Jerry Mac = fat pig

  • SnBG

    Never read anywhere that Jesus called someone a sissy

  • prometheus

    it made sense ONLY because it was a throwaway season. Pryor has canyon sized holes in his game and most fans saw it in college.only deluded idealistic raider fans were on his ball sak. fugging bridge to nowhere. wave of the future blah blah.. NFL has already neutralized that BS.that and the QBs are getting hurt

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

    thats because he hasn’t spoken to you in the last 10 years or maybe since he created you

  • kuhlest

    5 yrs is what he has to turn us into a perennial contender.

  • SnBG

    Did Jesus ever call someone a fat pig?

    Calling Pastor Kaufman. RR has an anger mngmnt issue.

  • SaintKaufman
  • kuhlest

    2 yrs down means we have to make the playoffs 2 0f the next 3 yrs for him to stick

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

    actually, i’ve completed an anger management course and have the certificate to prove it !!

  • prometheus

    any of the top 8

  • prometheus

    no he just told them they would go to hell if they rejected him. no big deal

  • SnBG

    Where in the Bible does Jesus call someone a sissy or a fat pig?

  • SnBG

    Can you go back and take the course again.

  • SnBG

    Given what Reg had to do here I say he gets next year to keep rebuilding and the year after to make the playoffs

  • prometheus

    how about 2 winning seasons out of the next 3? for me that would be success HERE.

  • Davy Jones

    RIP Todd. The man who taught me what a great Raider TE looked like (was a little too young to watch Dave Casper.) Looking forward to the day that a Raiders TE reminds me of you. The sooner the better.

  • kuhlest

    these coaches are doing well, and will get better with each year together, some might question Olsen, but he hasn’t had much to work with
    -QB struggles to read defenses and make quick decisions
    -OL is in shambles, worst I’ve seen or Sporano has seen
    -RB when your best back is either your FB or Jennings you need upgrades
    WR- a talented young group of late picks and UDFA’s where 3rd yr player Moore is the Vet?
    TE- 3 rookies??? 6th rounders and UDFA

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

    SnBG: Jesus Loves You, but everybody else thinks you’re an irritating jerk

  • The_Judge37
  • SnBG

    Does Jesus talk like that.

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

    ask him and find out.. I wish somebody would call pest control and have you removed from the blog

  • SnBG

    I’m like Al Davis, I don’t tolerate fools.

  • SnBG

    I did and he says he doesn’t talk like that and wants to have a little one on one time with you son.

  • kuhlest

    I hear you…..but look at our OL….when healthy, we do not need a top ten OT/OG
    we have our bookend OT’s (veldy/Wats)
    we have Wiz either at center or OG we will pick up an OG or 2 in FA and will prolly use a mid round pick on another…McCants is a rookie and has played his way into a backup roster spot next year…..

    we NEED a franchise QB, we can get one in the 1st, 2nd, or maybe even the 3rd, this class is loaded with nfl starters…….reference the above list (and that doesn’t even include Mettenberger or Murray)

  • RaidingTexas

    Dayum! Liver disease? Was he an alkie?

  • prometheus

    Matt Shaub to the Raiders in 14 if they don’t pick up a QB. YEAH lets draft a guard!!!

  • prometheus

    Matt Shaub, Josh Freeman, jason campbell,matt flynn LOL,Matt cassell and MAYBE Gay Cutler but doubtful. wow man we’ve got some winners there. I’d take Cutler and OAK could win with him IMO but he’s staying put. Draft a QB fuggers

  • The_Judge37

    Well he did play with Lyle Alzado and Co.

  • bennings

    I love it! no argument just personal attacks, classic trib blog garbage, do you have a clue how weak that reply is? That’s a rhetorical question, by the by. tff gtfo

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

    I’d take Cutler and OAK could win with him IMO but he’s staying put
    ***
    co-signed, prom. We need to draft a franchise QB unless Pryor forces us not to in the next 7 weeks. Also need to pair the youngster QB’s with a veteran type and a solid QB Coach. McGloin & Wilson add nothing to the QB room. Greg Olson hasn’t developed a QB in 15 years and coach Flip hasn’t ever!

  • The_Judge37

    If Reggie’s still here next year, then it’ll probably be Flynn

  • prometheus

    Rich Gannon QB coach? or maybe OC.

  • DutchRaid

    QB coach would be nice, show the youngsters what it takes to prepare to be an NFL QB…

  • Charlie

    Sad About Todd.
    Real intelligent guy so I doubt he was on roids when he played.
    I saw Chester, Casper and Todd. All great!

  • NYCRaider

    in 2010 the Raiders were 6th in the NFL in scoring with an offensive line of Veldheer,Gallery,Satele, Carlisle, and Walker. Only 1 of them was a first round pick.

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

    Rich Gannon would never take a paycut going from the booth to QB Coach and come to Oakland (he’s a Raider hater)…and you certainly dont start out as OC with no coaching experience anywhere ever

  • prometheus

    yeah but OAK should still draft OLINE in the 1st round for 3 more years and sign matt flynn again while passing on Manziel, Carr in the draft

  • Raider O

    Don’t post facts. Facts = no credibility according to a few morons here.

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

    Judge: the QB competition is really going to heat up when Reggie adds Seneca Wallace & Scott Tolzien to compete with Pryor/McGloin/Wilson !!

  • Charlie

    For all of those saying TP is a complete bust:
    Who in college today is more mobile than TP?
    Who in college today has ANY experience with a pro style offense?????????
    So what you are saying is that arm alone, a rookie QB will out perform TP in 2014?
    How about we actually protect the kid, give him a WR and see if any of the three rookies we have can develop next year before throwing in the towel after nine weeks.
    Peyton was 3-13 as a rookie.
    Talk about the need for instant results. Geez.

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

    aren’t 3 of those guys out of the league??

  • Raider O

    And DMC had his best season.

  • prometheus

    Caron Palmer, the statue was only sacked 26 times in 14 games last year. oline will be fine, don’t need to waste a 1st. TP has been sacked 29 times in 8 starts!!!!!! more proof that this guy doesn’t know what the hell he’s doing.

  • R8erEduc8er

    Walker? First name slips me.

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

    running around doesn’t mean you don’t get sacked. Ask Mike Vick or Bob Griffin

  • The_Judge37

    You’re negleting the Fact that Flynn is a Packer again, which damm near seals the deal for his Raider Return next year.

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

    Stop making sense already! This is a Blog no logic allowed!

  • Raider O

    Langston Walker.

  • The_Judge37

    Like LDE’s slipped by him.