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Raiders’ rookie DT McGee hitting his stride

At a time when rookies usually slow down, Raiders defensive tackle Stacy McGee is just getting started.

McGee, a sixth-round draft pick out of Oklahoma, has become a key part of the Raiders defensive line rotation and had his biggest impact play of the season in a 28-23 win over the Houston Texans.

With defensive end Jason Hunter ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans at O.co Coliseum, McGee could get even more work as starting tackle Vaughn Walker gets some snaps at end.

McGee’s first-quarter hit on quarterback Case Keenum as he was attempting to pass resulted in an interception by linebacker Nick Roach, which the Raiders eventually turned into a touchdown and a14-0 lead.

It was a popular highlight in McGee’s hometown of Muskogee, Okla.

“I heard from a lot of people who saw it on TV,’’ McGee said. “I think they were proud to see me doing something.’’

McGee was a controversial selection given his background and the Raiders stated preference for character players. His four years at Oklahoma included a DUI, a citation for marijuana possession and suspensions for breaking team rules.

Raiders coach Dennis Allen, who called McGee’s performance a “pleasant surprise,’’ believed McGee was a good guy who made some errors in judgment.

“Is that a young kid making some young mistakes, or is it an issue or a problem?,’ ‘’ Allen said. “We were convinced it was something we could deal with, that we could manage. And he’s been great since he’s been here.

“Obviously that’s something you want to continue to monitor, but we’ve been pleased with what we’ve seen on and off the field with Stacy McGee.’’

McGee said he wants to pay back the Raiders for having the faith in his character.

“I accept the things that I’ve done. I know I messed up,’’ McGee said. “I don’t have a chip in my shoulder because I put myself in those situations. All I can do is move forward.’’

In a football sense, McGee’s ability to move forward _ with raw power _ is his defining characteristic.

“He started off slow with some nagging injuries when he came to camp, and now he’s just starting to get really healthy,’’ defensive line coach Terrell Williams said. “He’s getting better in practice and he’s obviously getting better in games.’’

The so-called “rookie wall’’ has yet to be in evidence with six games to play.

“I actually feel like I’m progressing and the games are getting more and more fun each week,’’ McGee said.

Williams said McGee’s football intelligence is high and that he enjoys working at it.

“He loves it,’’ Williams said. “He studies tape, and when you ask him questions about what he’s supposed to be doing up front, he knows the answers.’’

– The Raiders announced the Tennessee game is a sellout and will be televised locally. All six home games have sold out this season with capacity reduced by approximately 11,000 fans by putting a tarp on the east structure as well as third-deck sections near the structure.

– Wide receiver Denarius Moore (shoulder), running back Darren McFadden (hamstring), defensive end Jason Hunter (foot) and safety Tyvon Branch (ankle) were ruled out against Tennessee.

Moore is the Raiders’ leading receiver with 37 receptions for 569 yards and five touchdowns. Andre Holmes will start in his place opposite Rod Streater.

Quarterback Terrelle Pryor (knee), linebacker Kaluka Maiava (ribs), defensive tackle Daniel Muir (knee) and wide receiver Juron Criner (shoulder) were listed as questionable.

Allen said he wants to see Pryor again Saturday before determining whether he will be available as the backup quarterback against Tennessee.

Guard Mike Brisiel (ankle/knee) and Holmes (shoulder) were listed as probable.

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Jim Jesus

    JINX!!

  • willy91137

    He hasn’t been playing football that long next year he will be a different player they will put him on a training program that will make hem stronger

  • Dakota

    new post

  • Jim Jesus

    Kinda like when Cork predicts a Raider win LOL

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    Pashos and McCants haven’t exactly been healthy either.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    The usual suspects.

  • rioderek

    I’m watching the KC vs. SD game. How the heck did Reggie Mc sleep on Keenan Allen. Dude is beasting. He leads all rookie WR’s in receiving yards and has 100 yards today at half time. Keenan Allen is FAR better than any WR on the Raiders roster and was available all the way until the 3rd round. Allen played in the Raiders back yard at Cal, yet Reggie Mc had no clue relative to his special abilities. The guy runs routes like a seasoned vet. Reggie Mc is a VERY suspect GM.

  • lefty12

    Vets-big difference

  • willy91137

    Then if he still gets hurt they will make hem blocking tight end lol

  • rioderek

    Just posted something very similar. KA is beasting against KC

  • RaidingTexas

    Or Greg Jenkins.

  • lefty12

    If he lasted until rd 3 then EVERY GM in the NFL pasted on him more than once.

  • willy91137

    Wide receivers are only as good as the quarterbacks throwing them the ball

  • rioderek

    He didn’t play in every teams backyard.

  • Rico Stifler

    I had an eye on Keenan Allen. He was the WR I wanted if we didn’t take Robert Woods.

  • Chino

    Matt Flynn 1 for 1. MVP

  • Rico Stifler

    I think Pashos has been solid. I was glad that we added Pashos after he was cut before the season.

  • rioderek

    The opposite also holds true

  • willy91137

    didn’t Greg Jennings play quarterback in college Wild cat

  • rioderek

    SD has more WR’s than Allen yet he’s their best, so obviously is not simply the QB, Mr. excuse maker

  • willy91137

    MVP for the most money fleeced from the NFL

  • 10centsworth

    Notice all the QBs of THIS century have nothing humorous about them? No quotes. No anecdotes. No personalities. NADA. Boring bunch as well as…well, you know.

  • 10centsworth

    Could make it PC. Waterskiing in shark infested waters, family fare.

  • 10centsworth

    Why point out…a fact. Some just want to hate.

  • 10centsworth

    Blatant anit HayZeus mentality. Shame. I got no issue with Willy.

  • 10centsworth

    Excuse me. You think that is funny?

  • Veldiman

    Well, at least we can see how they handle it. Let’s see what kind of players they bring in without any cap space and compare it to the ones we brought in. Just as an experiment.