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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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  • RaidO

    Shut up Dr Rob

  • canadianraider

    the only thing i like about mcgloin so far is his confidence to throw that ball down field…confidence goes far…running around every play is exciting but frustrating at same time

  • rifflicks

    too many buttons for you Fool?

  • eastoaklandraider

    Really? again with the oline stats, we have the worst line in football at the moment.

  • rifflicks

    guess again

  • rifflicks

    Yeah Allen threw that INT

  • rudegruden

    If Pryor put up 22 TD’s 14 INT’s and 4K yards, I think everyone would be extremely happy.

    Only if…

  • rifflicks

    and McGloin took how many snaps with the 1st Offense the week of the Philly game?

  • LB32

    I can’t totally disagree but I’d like to see more creative play calls too. We’re aren’t using our weapons and the play calls are predictable.

  • eastoaklandraider

    how my nuts taste? lol.

  • rifflicks

    No I’m a Raider Fan….not a Pryor groupie

  • canadianraider

    im allowed an opinion..thats the whole point in this site…every team has their problems and weaknesses…its the good teams with great players that find a way to win….

  • rifflicks

    I don’t know….you’re double jointed at the waist….tell me Fool

  • LB32

    I doubt it cause we only won 4 games. If we lose, it doesn’t matter what happens. Campbell had us winning but people complained about he couldn’t through it deep.

  • rudegruden

    You can still root for him and have doubts. Not sure why hating on the guy is the solution. If he continues to suck, we will move on, but why are you happy about it?

  • rifflicks

    Pryor understands the X’s & O’s about as much as you

  • eastoaklandraider

    Yes we call the slant and screen plays alot, but why is that? I’m begining to think Pryor still doesnt know the entire playbook.

  • rifflicks

    tell us Campbell’s record as a starter again

  • rifflicks

    he sucks….and is hurting the team

  • 2romes

    Vincent Jackson quit on the play twice in a row . I would sit him down now .

  • rifflicks

    yet you defend Pryor’s lousy playing

  • Blackholepriest

    Should draft a QB regardless. Because IMO the guys behind TP ain’t worth not drafting one. Even if TP lights it up.
    You fans have no idea what developing a QB means.
    But all competition is good, just like every other position.

  • DJ Johnny

    It does seem that way but sometimes stats can help rethink what we think we’re seeing.
    I don’t know how PFF figures this stuff out but that’s how our oline ranks according to them.
    For what it’s worth.

  • rifflicks

    you don’t know how to tie your shoes either

  • rifflicks

    tell us what developing a QB means….and how many seasons you sacrifice in the process

  • RaidO

    When beat-writers and bloggers can predict your playcalling, you can imagine what actual NFL defensive coordinators and players can do.

    Giants CB Terrell Thomas on his interception:

    It was a big play for us. We needed it. It was a route that they run a lot and I was waiting on it all game

  • Blackholepriest

    Everybody admitted it

  • rifflicks

    tell us what you would do to get Pryor to learn more plays

  • RaidO

    Oakland Raiders Should Replace OC Greg Olson: 3 Reasons Why

    http://justblogbaby.com/2013/11/11/3-reasons-oakland-raiders-replace-oc-greg-olson/

  • RaidO

    “The idea is to keep a small playbook and limit the amount of decisions Terrelle Pryor has to make in order to put him in position to succeed– but by taking that notion too far, the result has been quite the opposite. No quarterback can have consistent success throwing the ball when defense knows that his receivers only run a small handful of different routes.

    It would be wise to incorporate some plays that can exploit this type of aggressiveness in defenses.

    For example, If defensive backs are smothering your slant routes to Denarius Moore (hypothetically…), wait for them to bite on the slant then turn upfield and burn them over the top. Dart back to the sideline for a quick 3rd and short conversion. Have a back (Marcel Reece, perhaps?) go sit in the area vacated by the overly-aggressive DB. The options are, quite literally, endless.

    At some point we need to find out if Terrelle Pryor can operate an offense with NFL-level complexity; and with the Oakland Raiders’ postseason hopes dimmed, there is no better time than now to find out.”

  • LB32

    He didn’t play that great in preseason either. He’s mostly played against 2nd and 3rd teamers. Plus there isn’t any film to study. If he plays we’ll see.

  • rifflicks

    more idiots like you that don’t understand Football….thanks for sharing

  • Alex7

    So Glennon just audibled more in one series than Pryor has done all season…because Pryor struggles with the mental side of QBing.

    but we whine about our OC.

    Some people don’t even want to learn. That’s sad and indefensible.

  • 2romes

    Pryor did not quit. Pryor was injured. I am defending that

  • Blackholepriest

    People only see the QB because they don’t know what else to look at, it would require some work to go beyond the QB…….lol

  • RaidO

    Failure to Utilize Personnel:

    I’ll just cut to the chase, here: Raiders fullback Marcel Reece is one of the most intriguing weapons in the entire National Football League. He is a mismatch waiting to happen.

    Yep, still waiting.

    Greg Olson is content to say that defenses are now aware of Reece, and they prepare accordingly, so opportunities to get him the ball are fewer and farther between.

    While this is a legitimate claim– Even Terrelle Pryor has said that defenses are devoting cornerbacks to cover Reece– all it takes is a run-heavy formation to get the defense in a base personnel grouping, motion Reece into the slot, and all of a sudden a linebacker or safety will be forced to try and cover him.

    Defenses don’t just give up mismatches, you have to force them into those situations. And Olson has failed to do so.

  • rifflicks

    KoolKell teach you to cut and paste?

  • RaidO

    You bring nothing but BS to this blog so shut the hell up..

  • rifflicks

    I thought you were going to explain how to develop a QB and how many seasons to sacrifice in the process

  • Alex7

    ha, Gruden bragging about when he drafted Davin Joseph.

    Some forget that Gruden made the playoffs 3 times with 3 different QBs DESPITE having zero 1st or 2nd round picks TWO YEARS IN A ROW.

  • rifflicks

    you bring your cut and paste ability?

  • RaidO

    shut it troll

  • LB32

    I’m sure that you can look it up and see that he was 11-7 as the Raiders starter. That’s better than anyone since Gannon.

  • rifflicks

    tell us the QBs that Gruden drafted that are successful

  • Alex7

    He didn’t need to.

    He was making the playoffs with the ones he had.

  • seymour bush

    Actually, most times Reece is singled up and can be targeted. But Pryor doesn’t do it because he cannot fit the ball in tight windows. Which is required of all NFL Q’s.

  • Blackholepriest

    We haven’t run a slant and go route all year, no option routes. Because these WR just do not run great routes.

    I think Andre Holmes may be the exception. He runs aggressive routes and seems to recognize coverages better. Streater tries hard but he is just a sloppy route runner.

  • RaidO

    Always find a way to blame Pryor uh???

  • Rico Stifler

    Pryor against a QB isn’t really a competition as pryor will easily lose. Trading for Cousins or Foles or drafting Carr, Mettenberger, Boyd or McCarron. Miami’s Stephen Morris could be like a EJ Manuel type player.

  • Alex7

    you have the all 22 film? Wait, no, you don’t.

    If Pryor can’t read the D on a simple slant, you want him to run more complicated tree routes more often?

    Like you’ve EVER seen him pump-fake a safety or corner out of the way?