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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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  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Chelsea Clinton jogging at the World Trade Center on 9/11??? Link, please.

    And “You couldn’t even control your own husband” would be a complete DISASTER of a line considering 50% of the electorate is female. Hillary would stay up late at night PRAYING Christie (or whoever) would try bringing that up at a debate.

  • Chino

    I remember when Pryor beat Flynn for the starting job

  • the famous dr robert

    never happened.

    the job was gifted by our stupid coach.

    pryor never earned it at all.

    we see that now, don’t we?

  • LB32

    A 1st round pick is supposed to be more NFL ready.

  • Chino

    And when the bills dumped him to sign a fullback

  • r8ter4evr

    How many free agent first rounders have they aquired in those years?

  • the famous dr robert

    pryor doesn’t have nfl passing skills. he will never be ready.

  • r8ter4evr

    Great QBs=SB wims but Games are still won in the trenches ask Marino ask Kelly ask Fouts greats who never won the prize

  • LB32

    They said that same thing about Brady.

  • seymour bush

    What are you mumbling about now? Does anyone here speak gibberish? Gibberish with a meth head accent?

  • LB32

    Flynn too.

  • the famous dr robert

    no they didn’t.
    and they have said the same thing about countless qb’s who actually ended up sucking.

    and pryor proved over 9 games that he does indeed suck.

    he never should have been put out there.

  • the famous dr robert

    but flynn proved that he does have skills.

  • r8ter4evr

    With talent around him not here

  • Morilla_00

    When is Veldheer slated to return?

  • RaiderDebo

    Had some horrific games. Did you see the Ram game? He’s a great player, but his D helps him quite a bit. Erases his mistakes and gets him extra chances with the football. D does the same thing for Andy Dalton and he still screws it up.

  • r8ter4evr

    I hope soon Barnes killing us

  • LB32

    http://liveballsports.com/2011/05/27/fnqb-how-well-would-tom-brady-profile-as-a-draft-prospect-today/
    They said that he was a system QB. He played that way through his career. They’ve put in a system that works for him. As long as that doesn’t change, he’ll be ok. At this point, its doubtful that he be traded so we’ll probably never know.

  • RaiderDebo

    Not about 1st rounders. Your Oline is either good or it isn’t. Atlanta is suffering now.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    Reggie hows that flynn deal doing?

  • the famous dr robert

    nope. he completed over 70% of his passes in preseason.

    had an 83 rating in his one game with one bad pass.

    he was the best qb we had. easily.

  • Al_is_theraiders

  • r8ter4evr

    He didnt show leadership peripd

  • rudegruden

    Flynn is garbage, that is why Pryor got the job. Let it go, he will be and always will be garbage.

  • rifflicks

    How’s Pryor working out for you now?

  • rudegruden

    For you?

    So you are not a Raider fan. Got it

  • eastoaklandraider

    what about 2nd and 3rd rd picks? those are considered high picks too ta know.

  • eastoaklandraider

    Anybody else having trouble logging in with their phone?

  • LB32

    Players that get drafted earlier are projected to have more skills/physical gifts. There will always be exceptions but that’s why they get drafted ealier. Period( I wanted to use that cause everyone else does, lol)

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Wait a sec. If we owe Flynn 5 mil whatever minus what the Bills paid him, do we get to deduct what Green Bay pays him as well? Maybe Seattles paying Flynn, we’re paying Seattle, Buffalo’s paying us and Green Bays paying Buffalo.
    Was he a FA when Seattle got him, cuz if they were paying Green Bay it’d be pretty funny.
    Where’s BCZ when we need him.
    HeII, Vegas might even know.

  • eastoaklandraider

    No coach or QB has ever said that, every coach and qb say the game is won and lost in the trenches EVERY ONE.

  • LB32

    Yeah, it would be nice to bench one these UDFAs.

  • Blackholepriest

    When will Veldy get back?
    Nick Kasa must really be struggling I hardly ever see the guy.
    Holmes looks like he may be a player after all he consistently beat his man.
    TP needs to get him some targets.
    This could be the player who ultimately gets the passing game off the ground.

  • eastoaklandraider

    every single playoff team last year had at least a 1st or second rd pick on the oline, get over it dude oline will always be hand in hand with the QB position. QB/Oline league

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    On a laptop, but now and then I have to pause my tracker blocker(Ghostery) to log in, even though I already have Disqus allowed. Not every time or every new post. It’s like you get pinged by some service every now and then.
    If you got something similar try that or check your browser settings-cookies and such.

  • eastoaklandraider

    you forget they have a SB defense, you are sad.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Just in time for McGloins start this week so you can credit the improved O line if McGoin looks like an NFL QB.

  • eastoaklandraider

    thx

  • canadianraider

    lets face it…flynn is garbage and as much as i like the guy pryor just aint that good…no td passes in 3 games……..how sad is it that mcgloin may be the best qb we have….man we HAVE to go qb with our first pick cause next years starter will be a rookie….im excited

  • LB32

    Since he didn’t look to hot against Philly’s second teamers, that’s optomistic.

  • canadianraider

    mind you all..i think mcgloin will surprise us all if he starts a couple games this year….our own tony romo i hope

  • RaidO

    “no td passes in 3 games”

    Kind of like Palmer last year.

    I guess you can keep blaming the QB uh?? It’s all the QB’s fault. Not the worst Oline in the NFL or one of the worst WR cores or a decent TE or a decent running game…

  • DJ Johnny

    “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.”

    If I had a nickel for every dam time I heard our coach say that last sentence i’d be a rich man.
    Sick of the b.s. Sick of the losing. Sick of the excuses.
    Win or shut up.
    Quit giving us these empty threats and promises and close a dam game you had no reason losing.
    Yes. I am still pizzed. Lol.

  • RaidO

    You guys and this Mcgolin talk are frickin ridiculous

  • rifflicks

    sort of like the Pryor defenders who refuse to face reality

  • canadianraider

    i dont want palmer back either…its time we had a top 10 qb on our team and we just dont have it….blaming the oline is getting old for me..the same people who blamed the oline for mcfadden having a fantastic year…and look what jennings does in one game….whatever

  • eastoaklandraider

    Pryor is not progressing, he still doesnt go through his progressions quick enough, granted the oline is part to blame but I see him locking on to his first read too often. I will continue to monitor that. Pryor has maybe 7 games left to prove we shouldnt draft a QB.

  • DJ Johnny

    Statistically the oline is average according to PFF.
    The receivers suck but nobody would admit that last yr when Palmer was QB.

  • rifflicks

    Pryor needs padded britches for a long stint on the bench until he agrees to switch to WR

  • RaidO

    “blaming the oline is getting old for me”

    You obviously do not watch the games or know much about football.