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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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  • the famous dr robert

    u ahve now been here for 8 hours and almost every post has been about me.

    i win.

    LMFAO!

  • lefty12

    No he won’t.The teabaggers won’t allow it

  • spiff

    that qb ain’t done s**t since week one…… for the record of course.

  • Alex7

    O-line is overrated:

    Seahawks current o-linemen = Paul McQuistan at LT and guys named JR Sweezy and Michael Bowie.

    Just need smart guys that play as a unit and limit blown assignments.

  • RaiderDebo

    His production was reflective of his poor supporting cast. In fact, I would say that his supporting cast in 2009 is the worst in NFL history. Look at everybody’s All-American Matt Ryan. With White and Jones, great “stats”. Without Jones yesterday, not so great. And he still had White and a HOF tight end. Same with Luck without Reggie Wayne yesterday. Not even competitive. It’s really not that hard. QBs are only as good as their supporting casts with very few exceptions.

  • Dakota

    So Romney was their candidate in 2012? Sorry, the tea party doesn’t control everything.

  • RaidingTexas

    You wingnuts and your silly fake scandals.

  • Alex7

    sorry, what? Was watching his Super Bowl appearance and 6 wins this year.

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    CHRISTIE=RINO

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Christie’s chances of getting out of the GOP primaries without adopting enough extremist positions to torpedo his general election chances: Not impossible, but not good either.

  • rifflicks

    You’re right…thankfully for SF he’s no Pryor

  • Dakota

    lmao, she won’t escape that once the election coverage begins, no matter how much CNN, MSNBC, NBC, CBS and ABC would love to cover it up.

  • Alex7

    the point of THIS post is that QBs turn teams around, not OTs (if your team sucks).

    Eagles, Seahawks, Lions, 49ers, Falcons, Panthers drafted their QBs.

  • the famous dr robert

    his stats were a product of him sucking. that’s why he wasn’t wanted in the nfl after being cut.

    real football people agree with me.

    u embarrass urself.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    But he was acceptable to the Tea Party. The GOP’s strongest candidate BY FAR would have been Jon Huntsman, but he torpedoed himself the first primary debate when he said that the Earth really is billions of years old and climate change really is happening and the Republicans better admit both things if they want to be taken seriously. The response from the crowd? TOTAL crickets.

  • Dakota

    Damn, you wingnuts are terrified of Christie lol.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    On The Game this afternoon, they discussed that TP has not once audibled out of a play at the line.
    My question: even if they are wrong and it’s happened once or twice (which I too have not seen), why isn’t it happening more? TP has a half season under his belt. McGloin, in his one appearance looked to have audibled a few times.
    Isn’t this concerning?

  • the famous dr robert

    looking like the bucs are gonna screw up their chance at the top pick a day after jax tried to.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    You watch too much Fox News. Nobody outside of Fox News viewers cares about Benghazi, and they’re not voting Democrat anyway.

  • LB32

    He only got on the field cause Smith got hurt. Plus they went to the Conf Championship the year before. He just showed up and bam they were SB bound, right.

  • lefty12

    They don’t need the top pick.They drafted their QB this year.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Not true. The Big Bang is coming.

  • Dakota

    They should, and they will….if they can pull their heads out of their Iphones long enough to listen.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Oh, come off it. If nobody cared about Benghazi in 2012, even fewer people will care about four years later. It would be an exact repeat of when Dukakis tried talking about the Reagan Administration’s support of Noriega in the ’88 elections. NOBODY cared.

  • Alex7

    O-line is overrated:

    The Saints since 2006 have spent ZERO 1st round picks on linemen.

    Falcons zero in last 5 years.

    Broncos ONE 1st round O-lineman in last 12 years.

    Meanwhile the Jaguars, Browns, and Dolphins load up.

  • the famous dr robert

    let’s hope they win 3. maybe jax can too.

  • spiff

    Miami is garbage….

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Again: Fox News tried milking Benghazi a last year. Nobody cared. What makes you think they’re going to suddenly start caring four whole years later?

  • Alex7

    as I said, new QB = Super Bowl first year.

    That’s what I said because that’s what happened.

    Notice no 1st round linemen by 49ers last few drafts. The smarter front office knows what’s up

  • lefty12

    They have to hang their hat on something besides obstruction.

  • Dakota

    Yeah, nothing in a person’s past comes up again, especially the person directly responsible for the situation.
    You must not follow politics.

  • Alex7

    because they spend their 1st round picks on OL and QBs with sketchy accuracy in college, a huge no-no that I warned about on this blog when he was drafted.

    ACCURACY DOES NOT IMPROVE IN THE NFL.

    If you struggle with it in college (Pryor, Locker, Boller, Tannenhill) you struggle with it in the NFL.

  • r8ter4evr

    Otto Upshaw Shell would argue line is where it starts

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Not when it’s been thoroughly exposed, vetted, and talked about in the national media for months like Benghazi was.

    But by all means, go ahead and talk Benghazi to your heart’s content. You’ll only assure eight years of President Hillary.

  • spiff

    who is your qb next year………?

  • r8ter4evr

    They do cause line is still young. DUH

  • lefty12

    No,because their line is already made up of 1st and 2nd rd guys.

  • LB32

    No, not recently but they have three 1st round picks on their line. 2007, 2010 and 2010. 2011 they were 13-3. Smith was already there.

  • Alex7

    Let’s look at Russell Wilson’s supporting cast on offense:

    LT = Paul McQuistan (bleh)
    WR = Doug Baldwin and Golden Tate (bleh)
    TE = Zach Miller (bleh)
    RT = Michael Bowie (bleh)

    stud RB. Yet Wilson ELEVATES the play of those around him through his decisions and accuracy.

  • r8ter4evr

    Why would they draft lineman again????

  • Dakota

    That is your hope anyhow. I understand why you wont want the general public to know about it, because those are the zombies you depend on to get your party elected.

  • spiff

    who is qb next year………?

  • Alex7

    haven’t scouted them enough yet, but I love Aaron Murray’s brain and think he’s the safest QB.

    Mariotta is the most talented (arm, pocket awareness [shoulder turn when pressure is near, moving inside of pocket).

    Bridgewater lacks that fire that most top QBs have, that desire to slice your throat off (figuratively, of course). But he sure is accurate. Might be an avg NFL QB which isn’t bad.

    Carr has strongest arm but footwork is terrible. Will have better predictions in off-season.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    The general public has already BEEN told about Benghazi, and has decided they don’t care. As usual, what the general public has decided to care about has very little to do with what is actually important, but that’s what is so.

  • Alex7

    answered below.

  • Alex7

    they would argue that if it was 1970.

    Even they see the rules have made this a QB/WR hands-off league.

  • r8ter4evr

    To say Oline is overated is pathetic every Dynasty team had All Pros up front comical comment for a stat bug like yourself Alex

  • the famous dr robert

    so much for the “flynn is out of the nfl’ defense for pryor.

    as if that somehow excused his 69 rating.

    there are a lot of people who have realized the hyenas were idiots and i was right about pryor.

    ready for the rest of the story?

  • Dakota

    There are plenty of other points that will come up….watch out for that snipe fire…..hey, your brothers got paid how much for those pardons your husband gave?….wow, you want to run the Country, but you couldn’t even control your own husband?..oh, Chelsea was jogging around the towers on 9/11, really?…look at how well the world was doing when you were Sec of State!
    Sure, ignorance might win you another election….let’s hope not.

  • the famous dr robert

    tannehill making throws all over the field that pryor can’t dream of.