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Pryor back at practice, McGloin taking first-team reps

By Steve Corkran
Thursday, November 14th, 2013 at 12:20 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Terrelle Pryor is back at practice today, which increases the chances of Pryor starting against the Houston Texans.
Time will tell, of course. For now, at least there’s hope, whereas Wednesday there was little more than uncertainty after Pryor sat out because of lingering soreness as a result of his MCL sprain in his right knee.
Rookie Matt McGloin worked with the first-team offense in the early part of practice, with Pryor taking reps with the backups. Always tough to tell what that means at this stage of a game week.
If McGloin still is taking reps with the first-team Friday, then it’s far more likely that he is going to start Sunday. Best guess is, coach Dennis Allen will have a pretty fair idea of whether Pryor is healthy enough to go Sunday by the end of today’s practice.
From afar, Pryor looked fine. He didn’t seem to be favoring his knee at all. He was able to plant that leg and throw with plenty of velocity.
Then again, Pryor isn’t running at full speed on the practice field, with a slew of defenders chasing him around. So, that’s where Allen and offensive coordinator Greg Olson earn their money, projecting off what they see on the practice field.

– Running back Darren McFadden isn’t on the practice field once again, which makes it unlikely that he will play Sunday.
He still is hampered by the hamstring injury that he suffered against the Eagles. Therefore, it appears as if you’re going to get a steady diet of Rashad Jennings on Sunday.
That’s not such a bad thing, given Jennings has averaged 95 yards rushing and 45 yards receiving the past two games. Allen said Jennings has “earned his touches” and McFadden’s return won’t change that mind-set.

– Jared Veldheer, Andre Gurode and Tony Pashos are on the practice field today and going through the paces.
Of note, Pashos is working at right offensive tackle, with rookie Menelik Watson working with the backups. It’s unclear whether Allen will go with Pashos or Watson on Sunday, if both are healthy. Pashos began the season as the starter. Watson started last Sunday.
Veldheer’s presence at practice is noteworthy because it means his surgically repaired triceps held up well Wednesday and that he is making progress toward a return to game action.
Veldheer hasn’t played in a game all season. He practiced for the first time Wednesday. The Raiders are two days into a 21-day window in which they have to decide whether to activate Veldheer or place him on season-ending injured reserve.

– Linebacker Miles Burris and kicker Sebastian Janikowski are at practice and taking part in drills. The same can’t be said for wide receiver Juron Criner and cornerback D.J. Hayden, who aren’t cleared to practice.

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  • 0ak R8rs

    Has it occurred to anyone that perhaps the rest of the league has heard Reece is a “matchup nightmare” and have started to account for him? I mean, he’s not exactly Jimmy Graham or Gronk. He’s lost the element of surprise. Perhaps he’s just a fast fullback w good hands now?

  • RaidO

    It’s Palmer’s fault

  • RaidO

    It’s Flynn’s fault

  • RaidO

    It’s Pryor’s fault

  • NewEra S&B

    Ed Reed signed with the NY Jets today. They’re playing Baltimore next week. Interesting….

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000281466/article/ed-reed-signs-contract-with-rex-ryans-new-york-jets

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    I don’t think most Raider fans thought Hue a poor play caller. I thought him innovative. He made some costly mistakes, but then again any signal caller does; it’s the nature of the business. Only the Super Bowl winning play caller gets off the hook for criticism.
    Hue’s negatives, however, were of a personal nature. I suspect we’ll never know all that went on behind the scenes with the Raiders and Mark and indeed with him on other teams too.

  • Raider O

    Are you thinking of 2011 when Hue was the HC and finished 1-4 the last 5 games? Cable was the HC in 2010.

  • RaidO

    Next on the list= It’s Mcgloin’s fault.
    That seems to be your logic

  • 0ak R8rs

    I thought Hue took WAY too many chances w his offensive play calling. And I think Olson is WAY too conservative at times. Except she he throws fades on the middle of the end zone w an inaccurate QB on 2nd and goal from the 1 yard line. That looked more like a Hue play to me.

  • SnBG

    The excuses are pretty obvious. Pryor sucks, Oline is injured, DMC is garbage. Oh but lets blame the coaching for the players problems.

  • NewEra S&B

    Slow it down brother… You’re becoming trollish and earning your doctorate very fast.

  • 2romes

    And if that benefited the Raiders somehow I would be so happy. Proof to this point. Failure for two year and rebuilding for the third.

  • gerry559

    Temporary bandages at qb and wr’s! Hope they pick mike Evans with first pick and comeback and get manziel or aj mccarron. I just hope they stay away from sammy fools gold watkins! Watkins=Moore

  • SnBG

    Think about it. The Broncos where bad that year then the next year the Broncos became a playoff team. Realistically Hue would have not made 8-8 against the Broncos and the malcontent older injured players we had on the team when Allen got here. It’s a pipe dream that Hue would have been good

  • SnBG

    O is an idiot and deserves it for all the trolling he’s done.

  • 2romes

    So with all the problems. Your solution is one man. Mr. Super QB to the rescue? What is with the Pryor only suck stuff. Have not been watching it as a team sport?

  • NewEra S&B

    I agreed with all of that. Hopefully you’re wrong and he comes out a phenomenal pick up, I’d love to see him succeed in this league no matter his life choices.

  • SnBG

    If you follow my post you would see that I have said we need to fix the Oline, Draft a QB and get a pass rusher. A WR in the draft or as a free agent would be nice also.

  • NewEra S&B

    “Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.”

  • Raider O

    SnBG,

    Dude, you are losing it. Insults, trolling, etc… You used to be a nice guy. You were ignorant but nice, and now you are ignorant and a troll.

  • SnBG

    It’s Pryor, DMC and the O- line’s fault.

  • 2romes

    Hue would have made it by the odds of his first two years with the Raiders. You guys can keep saying that he would not but it does not make it true if the chance does not exist.

  • SnBG

    That could work as long as the O-line gets fixed first.

  • 2romes

    Get over your inheritance

  • SnBG

    Just taking youre lead O. I’m tired of you.

  • NewEra S&B

    Raider O vs. SnBG.

    I’m taking bets..

  • Raider O

    Still confusing “your” and “you’re”? lol
    You’re is you are!!!

  • Raider O

    That’s not possible. It’s not fair for a man to compete with kids or women.

  • Raideraholic

    Roethlisberger your Raiders 2014 starting QB?

  • Raider O

    Pass. I think he is done.

  • NewEra S&B

    Raider O wins. Thank you all for participating.

  • Raideraholic

    I think he could give the Raiders 3 years while we groom a youngster.

  • 2romes

    QB’s cannot make a positive difference with inadequate time. You refer to a QB draft . That’s my problem. Who said McG is not an answer if you are so sure Pryor is the problem.

  • NewEra S&B

    Starting? No. Veteran presence is a plus though.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Reece would have 100 receptions if he were playing with Tom Brady.

  • SnBG

    I didn’t know you where a little girl. So sorry for picking on you.

  • Raideraholic

    You don’t think he has a couple years left in him?

  • SnBG

    I don’t think he will leave the Steelers. They will dump Haley first.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    only if we signed bill Cowher, other than that he would probably retire

  • Raider O

    That’s a good idea. He can help us while we develop a young QB, but he is not a LT solution.

  • Raideraholic

    I don’t know, I think he may get insulted by the Steelers contract offer and things could quickly go down hill.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Vehldeer practicing best news all season

  • NewEra S&B

    Personally I’m tired of the Raiders being the latter years of every other player’s NFL career.

  • Raider O

    He will have similar production to A Hernandez.

  • NewEra S&B

    English… Please sir.

  • Raideraholic

    totally agree. It’s a plus that he seems like he would be a classic Raider.

  • SnBG

    Not with this Oline knucklehead

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Hopefully Sanford will be activated this week, he has taken one for the team two weeks in a row.

  • SnBG

    If it happens then great. Ben would be a good Raider.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Thanks