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Raiders cut one linebacker, on verge of adding another

By Steve Corkran
Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 at 2:45 pm in Oakland Raiders.

The Raiders waived linebacker Martez Wilson on Tuesday, freeing up a spot on the 53-man roster for the expected return of second-year linebacker Miles Burris.
Burris returned to practice almost three weeks ago after spending the past 10-plus months rehabilitating from offseason knee surgery. The Raiders are obligated to make a move at some point during the 21-day period from when Burris first practiced.
That window ends today, so it seems logical that the Raiders cut Wilson so that they can activate Burris. The only other options the Raiders have when it comes to Burris are to place him on season-ending injured reserve or cut him outright.
Wilson was claimed off waivers from the New Orleans Saints on Oct. 23. His play was limited to special teams.
Burris became an immediate starter for the Raiders as a rookie last season as a result of a knee injury suffered by incumbent Aaron Curry. Burris played well enough to keep his job once Curry returned, and the Raiders ultimately cut Curry.
The Raiders are pretty well set at linebacker right now, with Kevin Burnett, Sio Moore and Nick Roach entrenched as starters. Therefore, Burris likely would be used primarily on special teams from the outset.
Burris is versatile enough to play any linebacker position. As a result, his return would give defensive coordinator Jason Tarver more flexibility in terms of using a 3-4 alignment more often.

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  • Raider O

    I’m not convinced, and that’s why I said “should get a chance to showcase his talent”.

  • Davy Jones

    Because you need hints. It’s called sarcasm, welcome to the party- we’ve been wanting a pinata.

  • SnBG

    Pryor would not have made those TD throws that MM made.

  • Jim Jesus

    As cut and dried as it seems to us semis this decision by DA could mean a lot to the future of this team. Not an easy decision and could have far reaching effects on DA, Pryor and McGloins future as well as the rest of the team. Not an easy one by any stretch of the imagination.

  • rifflicks

    McGloin’s win against #1 pass defense

  • Taiwan_Raiders

    True. But then Pryor is not exactly a franchise QB or have progressed enough to convince. QB position is not necessary set.

  • Jim Jesus

    NASTY BRO just Nasty. Thanks for sharing COLLAPSE

  • Davy Jones

    Loved the TD throws, and that’s the best argument for McGloin starting and it’s a good one. But as Cork said: “Let’s be realistic here,
    too. For as well as McGloin played, his first two scoring drives began within
    spitting distance of the Texans goal line. He still had to make nice throws,
    sure, but only one on each drive. His third scoring drive was the telling one.”

  • SnBG

    Very true.

  • Davy Jones

    Agreed. Not sold enough on Pryor to be upset about McGloin passing him up. I’m just annoyed at people pretending- and yes, they are pretending- that Pryor had no success this year. The stats, the FACTS tell a different story.

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    How long have you been afraid of girls?

  • Taiwan_Raiders

    Yes, if you take into account of total offense, not just passing, of what TP brings to the field, he did well for few games. Honestly, I’m just hoping the QB situation gets solve this year, be it McGloin or TP.

  • SnBG

    The first one was a bit easier than the second. On the second he had to anticipate Streater getting open and throw the ball before he did.

  • HGDaddy

    Cool! BJ34 to light the torch this Sunday.

  • Jim Jesus

    Whoever plays we need to win 5 of our next 6 games. All hail the QB who leads us to VICTORY!

  • Davy Jones

    IMHO, it’s likely to be neither of them and in fact be a highly drafted rookie. JFB had a great post about this, to the effect of: Look at the playoffs, it’s nothing but Tom Brady and QBs drafted in the first round. But who knows?

  • Jim Jesus

    BO KNOWS!!

  • SR Raider

    Sure hope McGloin gets the start Sunday. It is and should be an open competition at QB at this point.

  • Davy Jones

    Um, maybe we shouldn’t use the initials with him.

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that, just saying.

  • RediaR

    Downvoted for referring to a legend with initials +jersey number.

  • Raider O

    Well said. I agree.

  • SR Raider

    Jennings made me think of Bo with that run yesterday :)

  • seymour bush

    He worked hard, and played well early in the season. Has he regressed? Absolutely. Did I think he was going to regress? Absolutely. But guys should not lose their jobs to injury and if Pryor comes in with a fire lit underneath him, that might be a good thing. If he falters, have a short hook, and McGloin comes in to a hero’s welcome. Win-win.

  • RediaR

    Pryor hasn’t had better games.

  • Jim Jesus

    That being said winning trumps all else, feelings be damned. DA gonna earn his money and possibly seal his future fate this week.

  • seymour bush

    Pryor has worked hard, and played well early in the season. Has he regressed? Absolutely. Did I think he was going to regress? Absolutely. But guys should not lose their jobs to injury and if Pryor comes in with a fire lit underneath him, that might be a good thing. If he falters, have a short hook, and McGloin comes in to a hero’s welcome. Win-win.

  • Davy Jones

    You can think all the ill of Pryor you want, he’s had several good drives throwing the ball this year. The game logs don’t lie.

  • HGDaddy

    my bad. will edit. lol

  • SnBG

    Three TDs in one game. Pryor do that.

  • jumpnjiminy

    I felt DA botched it up last year by not benching Palmer and seeing what we had in Pryor…I mean especially when the season was lost!…Don’t make the same mistake this year, put in the hot hand as TP is probably not yet 100% and I think he’s the kind of player that really needs to 100% to be effective.

  • SnBG

    There’s plenty of evidence that MM is a better passer than Pryor.

  • Davy Jones

    He’s had five games where he threw for more yardage. He’s had two games with a higher passer rating, including one (SD) where it was significantly higher. By almost thirty points. Stats can mislead, but not by that much.

  • Jim Jesus

    This season is far from lost though, strange as it seems.

  • SnBG

    In this situation DA has always said the QB situation is under evaluation. McGloin has the hot hand and will start. DA has set the tone by saying what he said. Pryor has also said that he needs to play well to keep his job.

  • Davy Jones

    New Post.

  • SR Raider

    It was more than injury that caused Pryor’s benching. He also didn’t tell the coaches about it, and also played poorly several weeks in a row. He was ready for a rest

  • SnBG

    Why did he botch it last year? Pryor wasn’t ready to play. You go with the second stringer.

  • Davy Jones

    Agreed.

  • raiderjefe

    Yeah, why add two more letters?? All you need is Bo.

  • Carl Cockerham

    How? All he did was break a tackle. He didn’t put the guy on the ground the way Bo did.

  • BOKNOWS

    Somebody call me….?

  • BOKNOWS

    Well we had a viable passing game for once which helped the running game as well

  • jumpnjiminy

    He botched it b/c Palmer couldn’t get it done…now we’ve had to go through a painful training camp, preseason, and to present in the regular season whereas we would have known a lot more about TP’s abilities and limitations back in December…that’s all I’m saying.

  • jumpnjiminy

    Not lost, but quickly slipping away…time to make some bold moves…e.g. start McG and only consider putting TP back in if McG gets injured or is stinking up the place…

  • SR Raider

    It was the breakaway speed. While not at Bo speed, he still ran away from the db’s

  • SnBG

    Pryor would have been worst than he was last year as a passer. DA knew this.He also knew our Oline was not that great and the D was terrible. He knew that Palmer had no help from his receivers either. Why start a guy that can’t throw.

  • SnBG

    Pryor has not been good in the red zone and throws a lot of ints at critical times.

  • TrevJo

    You realize the SD game was against a bad pass defense at home, and the Houston game was against a good defense on the road, right?

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  • funnyfalcon

    Seems like the offensive line was just as good if not better last year than this year. Pryor would have stunk it up but it’s not like it would have dramatically affected the amazing record we ended up with by starting Carson Palmer.

    Having Greg Knapp as O-Coordinator a second time hurt way more than anything Pryor could have done.