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Jennings earns more ‘touches’ based on strong showings

By Steve Corkran
Monday, November 11th, 2013 at 4:38 pm in Oakland Raiders.

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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  • R8erEduc8er

    Yea I thought Langston Walker but thought he was before that group of lineman. Ok.

  • DutchRaid

    Yeah, I am happy to role with the Tackles we have. But you don’t think we can upgrade the guard position with a 2nd-3rd pick and FA? Veldheer, Watson, Pashos, McCants(?) and Barnes would be a nice platoon to bring in for O-Tackle.

  • The_Judge37

    He returned for a 2nd tour of Doodie

  • Charlie

    NYC

    Losing argument.

    Let it go. What round were Upshaw, Mosebar, Lawrence and Schuh taken?????

    Add to this list KC and Fisher and very possibly Detroit and Reiff for 2013.

    24 starting Offensive Tackles, 16 were either a 1st
    or 2nd round pick.

    Every team but GB has at least 1 starting OT
    drafted in the 1st round.

    Indy: Castonzo, 1st.
    Cincy: Whitworth, Smith, 2nd and 1st.
    Bal: McKinnie, Oher, 1st and 1st.
    Hou: Brown, 1st.
    NE: Solder, Vollmer, 1st and 2nd.
    Den: Clady, Franklin, 1st and 2nd.
    Minn: Kalil, Loadholt, 1st and 2nd.
    Was: Williams, 1st.
    Sea: Okung, 1st.
    Atl: Baker, 1st.
    SF: Staley, Davis, 1st and 1st.

  • R8erEduc8er

    Lol

  • DutchRaid

    Buffalo gave him a big contract? Got cut and returned.

  • prometheus

    carson “statue” palmer was dropped 26 times in 14 starts. 4.3 40 Pryor gets dropped 29 times in only 8 STARTS! they guy holds the ball can’t read a defense and is predictable.

  • DutchRaid

    Remember the Palmer Geno Atkins sack? I think I could have well blocking Atkins as Brisel did..yeah he was on one ankle, but why was he playing?

  • prometheus

    sure man, i could see them using a 2nd on a guard. but I’m more concerned with what RM does with the top 5 pick. needs a QB BAD. and yeah Veldheer at LT and Watson at RT sounds like a winner.

  • Charlie

    Repost

    NYC
    Losing argument.
    Let it go. What round were Upshaw, Mosebar, Lawrence and Schuh taken?????

    Add to this list KC and Fisher and very possibly Detroit and Reiff for 2013.

    2012 Playoff teams: 24 starting Offensive Tackles, 16 were either a 1st
    or 2nd round pick.

    Every 2012 playoff team but GB had at least 1 starting OT
    drafted in the 1st round.

    Indy: Castonzo, 1st.
    Cincy: Whitworth, Smith, 2nd and 1st.
    Bal: McKinnie, Oher, 1st and 1st.
    Hou: Brown, 1st.
    NE: Solder, Vollmer, 1st and 2nd.
    Den: Clady, Franklin, 1st and 2nd.
    Minn: Kalil, Loadholt, 1st and 2nd.
    Was: Williams, 1st.
    Sea: Okung, 1st.
    Atl: Baker, 1st.
    SF: Staley, Davis, 1st and

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

    Reggie has failed when it comes to the QB position.

  • NYCRaider

    so if your argument is fool proof. explain the 2010 Oakland raiders who finished 6th in the NFL in scoring with an average at best offensive line

  • Raider O

    The moron is losing it. He is reposting the same crap. God help us!

  • loyal

    RIP #46. Thanks for the memories.

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

    Cable had a pimp hand….J/K

  • The_Judge37

    You left out the Cleveland Browns, who have 1st round picks Alex Mack and Joe Thomas.

  • DutchRaid

    Yeah, pretty scary, DO NOT WANT to end up with Blame Gabbert, Christian Ponder or even Jake Locker..hate drafting QBs.

  • kuhlest

    so this keeps RM around for you?
    2014- 6-10
    2015- 9-7
    2016- 9-7
    ??

  • The_Judge37

    As opposed to any other day?

  • Raider O

    Please ignore him the way he ignores facts. I can’t read his stupid arguments anymore.

  • prometheus

    as bad as that game was for Palmer he was still looking downfield trying find a WR. Palmer is twice the QB Pryor is.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    If you meant ‘reposting’ the same crap, Then he started losing it from his 2nd post on. I mean way back when.

  • Raider O

    Same idea different words, but not today. Same exact post. Why repost the same exact post?

  • prometheus

    no choice man. will probably end up with Manziel or carr. RM HAS to draft a QB 1st round unless he can get jay Cutler.

  • kuhlest

    for me this would be my minimum wins to stay around

    2014- 8-8 is a must for his 3rd yr

    2015- we must compete for a playoff spot 9-7/10-6

    2016- playoffs 10-6 or better

  • Charlie

    Prom
    You are in the remedial class taught bt Raider O:
    Sure the Oline will be fine with Barnes, Gurode, Brisiel, Pashos all over 30 having all had significant injuries the last two years and the human traffic cone Nix.
    We have two proven starters in Veld and Wiz. Watson is a rookie.

    We need five. DO THE MATH !!!!!!!

    We will draft an Olineman in the first three rounds next April.

  • The_Judge37

    It means he’s discovered the Copy Paste feature on his Typewriter. God Help us indeed.

  • David Kern

    I am assuming you expected me to blown away by your supposed revelations? what happened is that I had already considered all of that and decided that when a guy who’s coaches never bothered to show him proper throwing mechanics until this year, yet, has shown himself capable at times so he probably has no where to go but up. Nearly every young QB who has started as few games as Pyror has goes through a learning curve like this because what worked for him one game is negated by the other teams coaching and preparation the next. Anyone who pays attention knows teams catch up to young qbs and the good ones adjust-it hasn’t been long enough to know. It’s all a matter of perspective and instead taking the reasoned one which says, wow this team is patchwork sewn together with the remains of The Human Centipede which probably means that any of the guys, at any position, who show a little talent probably have more than we’re seeing because they don’t have any support around them.

  • Raider O

    Reposting the same crap with “repost” is a new low. He is losing his mind.

  • Raider O

    LMAO!!!

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    I really liked Todd C, as a person, then a football player, later a broadcaster. Too young to go.

  • R8erEduc8er

    Aaron Murray

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    BECAUSE HE’S SURE YOU’LL SEE THE LIGHT THE SECOND TIME AROUND. IT’S BETTER THAN SHOUTING!

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

    if Jay Cutler is available, sign him. if not – draft a franchise QB early in RD1 with a stud WR early in RD2 or trade up if you have to. i’m also taking a RB in the 3rd or 4th. the o-line isn’t a priority unless we lose Veldheer, Barnes, Pashos & Gurode in FA. Even then, fill those holes in free agency with system fits or guys with limited experience, but massive potential

  • kuhlest

    8-8 or better next year…..don’t forget he took over a team that was 8-8 in back to back yrs….

    if you can’t get back to 8-8 in 3 offseasons, you are not doing it right.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    I don’t think Cutler is a leader although he has a heck of an arm.

  • Raider O

    Why are you yelling at me? lol

  • r8ter4evr

    #46 was a surehanded beast RIP Todd God Bless

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    But even at 3-13, one could see Peyton had passing skills. Duh.

  • David Kern

    …You want to run it like a Madden team who fires the coach the gm the qb and the water boy after less than a year in some respects. Look at that, another petulant child looks like a petulant child :)

  • kuhlest

    I dunno about Cutler…..agree with you on how to fix OL and drafting a QB

  • prometheus

    . Manning always a strong accurate arm, could read defenses and could stand and deliver DARTS. Pryor can do none of that. Running is a bonus.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Quite often only needed one hand. Al Davis’s greatest position switch.

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

    Charlie: our O-Line is in good shape, our guys are just banged up. Who could have predicted injuries to all these guys – Veldheer, Bergstrom, Gurode, Pashos & Watson ?? Even Wiz, Nix & Brisiel have played at less than 100% … I think the biggest issue is lack of depth

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Nix plays at less than 50% even when he’s 100%. Not sure what that works out to.

  • prometheus

    add Charlie to the list of Blogtards.

  • The_Judge37

    That problem was magnified by having our Starting RT as our back up LT, our Starting LG as our Back up Center, our starting RG as our Back up LG/C’s back up Center.

  • kuhlest

    we have our OT’s
    Veldhere- 3rd rounder that would be the #1 FA if we let him go….so we don’t (nice surprise)
    Watson- 2nd round

    and I don’t believe you draft interior OL before the 3rd round….

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    SEE. I GOT YOUR ATTENTION!

  • DutchRaid

    Didn’t the Rookie McCants(?) do well at RT? Graded out pretty high? Watson/McCants to fight it out for RT? Pashos and Barnes to backup the other two tackle spots and get some guards? Draft some developmental players late for tackle position…
    Agree, round 2-3 should be O-Line. Maybe even trade down and pick up another 2nd rounder…
    I understand we might need a QB, but if the right guy is not there, I do not want to draft a pud…