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Reece finally gets meaningful touches, Jennings earns more praise

ALAMEDA – Matt McGloin’s eye-opening performance in his first NFL start earned him a game ball, nationwide exposure and props from his teammates and coaches.
However, Raiders coach Dennis Allen said he still hasn’t decided whether McGloin’s sterling starting debut against the Houston Texans on Sunday earned him the start against the Tennessee Titans this coming Sunday.
“I will say that, obviously, with Matt’s performance he’s certainly earned the right to be in the discussion, that’s for sure,” Allen said Monday during his weekly day-after-game news conference.
McGloin completed 18 of 32 passes for 197 yards and three touchdowns in the Raiders 28-23 victory over the Texans.
In the process, he became the first undrafted rookie in a non-strike season with three or more touchdown passes in his first NFL start since the Dolphins’ John Stofa accomplished the feat in 1966.
Also, McGloin joined former Raiders quarterback Todd Marinovich as the only other rookie — drafted or not — since the league merger in 1970 with three or more touchdowns and no interceptions in his first NFL start.
McGloin started against the Texans because regular starter Terrelle Pryor remains bothered by a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee.
Allen said he intends to speak with Pryor to gauge Pryor’s health before proceeding.
“Then I’ll have all the information I need to make the decision on who will start this Sunday,” Allen said.
Allen gave his players the day off Monday, so Pryor and McGloin weren’t available for comment.
Pryor started eight of Oakland’s first nine games – Matt Flynn started one – and seemed to cement his status as the unquestioned starter the rest of the season.
However, his play tailed off in recent games, in part because of the injury he suffered against the Philadelphia Eagles on Nov. 3.
The Raiders signed McGloin as an undrafted free agent out of Penn State this offseason. At the time, he was fourth on the depth chart, behind Flynn, Pryor and fourth-round draft pick Tyler Wilson.
Allen said he always is cognizant of what his players think and how they feel. Just the same, he’s going to base his decision on who plays quarterback on one thing: What gives the Raiders the best chance to win that game.
“They don’t always agree with the decisions I make,” Allen said, “ … You’ve seen where guys have rallied behind Terrelle Pryor as the starting quarterback, and played well with him in there. Then, (Sunday), you saw how our guys responded with Matt McGloin in there. I really don’t see that as being an issue.”

– After weeks of talking about it, the Raiders finally followed through on making fullback Marcel Reece a more focal point of the offense.
Reece averaged three touches the first nine games, but he received double the normal workload Sunday.
He rushed four times for 6 yards and caught two passes for 17 yards. He also had three other passes thrown his way.
Lo and behold, it was Reece who turned in one of the plays of the game for the Raiders.
He broke free on a seam route on a third-and-nine play, hauled in the pass from McGloin and turned it into a 20-yard gain. The Raiders scored a go-ahead touchdown on the next play.

– Wide receivers Andre Holmes (shoulder) and Denarius Moore (shoulder), right guard Mike Brisiel (knee) and defensive linemen Jason Hunter (foot) and Daniel Muir (knee) underwent MRI exams Monday, Allen said.
Brisiel’s MRI returned negative. The results of the four other exams aren’t known yet, Allen said.

– Running back Darren McFadden’s status in his rehab from a hamstring injury remains uncertain, Allen said. He is scheduled to work out Tuesday so that the Raiders can gauge his progress.
Regardless, Rashad Jennings still is going to get plenty of action once McFadden returns from an injury that sidelined him for most of the past three games.
“He’s earned the right to carry the ball,” Allen said. “Whether he starts or doesn’t start, I don’t think that’s really much of a factor. He’s going to get his touches.”
Jennings rushed for 150 yards against the Texans and 340 yards the past three games. By comparison, McFadden has 352 yards on the season.

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  • seymour bush

    First, as usual!

  • seymour bush

    Now that McFadden is not near the field, wins should start coming.

  • Alex7

    Titans staff:

    “Hmmm, do we prepare for the guy that’s thrown 7 INTs and 1 TD the last 3 games or the one that just had a hallmark, eye-opening, 3td win on the road vs the #1 pass defense? Dang you, DA! We can’t figure it out!!”

  • Alex7

    Word is if the Titans have to prep for Pryor, they’ve already finished.

  • Dakota

    DA trying to play the lame hide the starter game again?

  • rifflicks

    START McGLOIN

  • rifflicks

    they get an extra day off this week too

  • Daven559

    Who new that we had a Mini14 in our arsenal.

  • eseterik78

    Nice job Pork!!
    You have earned a second start.

  • Daven559

    Yes

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    a mini marino

  • Papertiger

    Where’s the post on Thomas Howard!?

  • Daven559

    Start Mini14

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Read it on silver and black pride website

  • eseterik78

    That sucks!!
    Always liked Howard.
    RIP 53

  • Gdog

    I don’t think DA is crazy enough to bench a relatively hot QB that just righted a ship that was sinking fast. Especially at home… if Pryor starts out slow, the boo’s might kill his confidence even further.

    He should let McGloin LOSE the job now instead of just handing it back to Pryor for no reason. Pryor won the job and then lost it fair and square. He has to wait his turn now to win it back. Thats the penalty for sucking in todays NFL.

  • eseterik78

    Ride the hot hand.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    I asked this on previous post,
    did anyone else think Woodson was going to whoop the trainer’s a$$ if he didn’t let go of his arm?

  • RaiderDirt

    RIP #53 part duce ….

    Once a Raider always a Raider unless your name is SAPP

    One Nation!!!

  • RaidingTexas

    This blog post isn’t the final stop on your tour tonight. Keep going.

  • Papertiger

    C’mon, Steve! The PFT report came out like 3hrs ago…

  • NewEra S&B

    R.I.P. Thomas Howard? R.I.P. the 55 year old man he killed going 100 mph down the highway… I loved T. Howard, one of the most underrated coverage LB’s to date, but that was reckless and could have been prevented had he been driving slower.

  • Gdog

    Yup.. the villagers might get restless benching a three TD QB when we have been so starving for points all season….

  • RaidingTexas

    It’s here. Refresh.

  • NewEra S&B

    I saw that! Lol.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I see a ref saying ‘Penalty. Number two. Unnecessary sucking.’

  • eseterik78

    RIP Zenglong Liu

  • Rick Worth

    How about Seymour ? Not as bad as Sapp who Gave thaRaiders a little bit of love!!

  • Rick Worth

    On nfl network

  • seymour bush

    Honestly, what the f*** was Thomas Howard doing?

  • Rick Worth

    On nfl network last week

  • Jeff

    I don’t think there were too many people who thought Jennings would supplant McFadden. Dude looks like Beast Mode 2

  • eseterik78

    I hate to say it, but I’m guessing alcohol was involved.

  • Rick Worth

    Not smart

  • Rick Worth

    Amen

  • NewEra S&B

    He was coming back from a comedy show the night before.. Hung out with the comedians. I’d say alcohol was most likely involved.

  • Rick Worth

    I always thought 6 ft 3 was the least you could be starting qb hope I’m wrong

  • Rick Worth

    Breese always comes into my head 5 11 I think

  • RediaR

    Mainly just the people who had watched McFadden. Man is he terrible.

  • rifflicks

    you are almost always wrong….your streak is still alive

  • MachoManRandySavage

    Allen undecided? LOL. Shea right. Pencil down McGloin for the rest of the season. Gotta keep Mark Davis happy with the “undecided” quote to media.

  • Rick Worth

    I’m glad I’m wrong always thought it was kind of dumb!!

  • Rick Worth

    Okay Mr. No it all

  • Rick Worth

    Know oops

  • bennings

    Start McGloin, but give Pryor some packages. See how it works. Keeps everyone happy and Pryor gets to keep developing.

  • Jojo

    I like Pryor but he needs work,and he will work….but I cannot think of any other way to keep MD happy then with Wins!!! McGloin looks good n hungy,great QB poise….I smell competition…bout time!

  • Raider Rocker

    Since when is an injury losing it “Fair and Square”? No injury and Pryor is starting against the Texans.

  • jano

    Raiders receivers better get some practice with the Jugs machine this week and turn it all the way up. They are not used to catching the fireballs that McGloin is slinging.

  • nolarick

    Hell no. That sharing time thing never works. Time to put TP in the slot and see what happens. Dude is so big that he may be the answer at TE.

  • nolarick

    Still feels wrong posting football stuff under the Thomas Howard is dead post.