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Raiders’ rookie DT McGee hitting his stride

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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

  • jumpnjiminy

    What’s worse is Cork is actually thinking about completely shutting down this discussion board thanks to the jerk KKK dude that posts his racist tripe here and they cannot figure out a way to block him… One bad apple.

  • Rico Stifler

    I never liked him.

  • Que

    I dont mean that myself and I wouldnt wanna start a distraction from the Game today but I didnt think that was right by AL either. Marcus was our guy and thank god he and Mark remained friends. No way Marcus should have ever worn anything besides silvaaaa and Black. But anyway Go Raiders and it’ll be fun to watch today .

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    “..more suitable for a WR..”?
    If he’s not going to be a QB, and he says he is, then he’s more suitable for TE.

  • 10centsworth

    Talking about guys that need their shot…Rivera.

  • Rifflicks

    needs wore bulk to block

  • How about blitzing like 7 people on 3rd and 16 with them having no offense?
    Drop into coverage and they would have been more than happy to check it down and punt.
    Blitzing cost us a Super Bowl, IMO

  • Que

    Im hoping to see this kid get some passes thrown his way. If he can learn to run routes and can catch . WOW serious open field runner and oh yeah . Hope he can take a hit

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Seconded.

  • PlunkforHOF

    I’m glad he has to wear diapers

  • RaidingTexas

    That would be ideal. But kids who go into the NFL with every intention of playing QB don’t typically accept another role on the team. If the Raiders tell him he won’t be a QB on their team, he will leave when his contract ends. I’d bet the house on it.

  • Ineptness of the refs.
    Don’t blow the whistle in the Bears game, on a clear incomplete pass, then a guy grabs a facemask.
    So that’s a penalty now I guess. On something that should have been blown dead 10 seconds earlier.

  • J Hill

    The Raiders are going to get a lot of calls from agents this offseason about their QB coming to the Raiders.

    A lot of cap room and a perceived starting spot.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I was curious.

  • jumpnjiminy

    Maybe he’ll die of a heart attack big fat jackass.

  • RaidingTexas

    You can thank Gruden for that.

  • Que

    who was that breshan?

  • marks hair

    dang.. you’re too dumb to even realize I was agreeing with you

  • lefty12

    Al ran the drafts.It was on him.

  • RaidingTexas

    Superstar? LOL

  • Rico Stifler

    Al drafted who he wanted regardless of what anyone else says….

  • RaidingTexas

    Al gave Gruden the second round picks. That was the story I always heard.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Watching Jason Campbell making some ill-advised throws.

  • RaidingTexas

    $10 beers? If only …

  • lefty12

    Gruden might have wanted him but you know Al had to write off on any pick.

  • RaidingTexas

    Fair enough. I still blame mostly Gruden for bringing attention to Tui. Tui was not exactly a typical Al draft pick. I don’t think he would have drafted him on his own.

  • lefty12

    $10 beers.When is the last time you’ve been to a game?

  • Dakota

    Cork doesn’t like his job then?

  • prometheus

    they will eventually ban football itself. country has been taken over by liberal political correctness

  • W.J

    Like I said, the attacks on JR just paved the way for the “jerk KKK dudes”. It set a nasty dangerous precedent and still persists to this day. Some of us see it as plain as day.

  • marks hair

    waaaa!! I have to do 5 minutes of moderating a day!! :'( waaaaa!

  • 10centsworth

    Set up a down vote system (totally doable), so many off for the day, so many more…gone. Then for the active users, there’s also the COLLAPSE button.

  • lefty12

    The incompetence of refs is acceptable unless they make a comment to some pampered player,then they get suspended for a game.

  • 10centsworth

    SB you might double those prices.

  • RaidingTexas

    Alex Smith slinging it downfield today. Ol’ Captain Checkdown himself.

  • 10centsworth

    Perhaps the last 11 years have damaged some minds.

  • 10centsworth

    Led by that coward, Bush Junior the Deserter.

  • jumpnjiminy

    Less than a couple hours now guys…noticed where now Tenn is a 2.5 point favorite!?

  • SR Raider

    Moneyline!!!

  • prometheus

    i don’t care about Repubs and dems. political correctness has run wild. no denying it. can’t even fart in a locker room without getting sensitivity training

  • J Hill

    I can see it at the SB.

    Especially if you want a Heineken or something other than Budwater.

  • 10centsworth

    Players are speaking up. They know the risks they take, for sure, but also know they can set up their families for 3 generations for taking those risks. Besides, they all think it won’t happen to them.

  • lefty12

    Hell,J,a good beer at O.co costs $12 now.The SB probably more like $16-$20.

  • prometheus

    they should use common sense and accept when people hit each other they get hurt OR just ban the game. just my 2 1/2 cents

  • Cam has bee downright awful so far.
    After I finally came around and praised him today.

  • prometheus

    Rapistberger has filled in for Rodgers in FF nicely

  • 10centsworth

    Perspectives vary, but I say…bring back the lions V christians if they ban football.

  • J Hill

    Ouch.

  • prometheus

    he’s got a great D and run game. but HAS NEVER SHOWN THAT He can carry the team himself.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Big Primo‏@BigPrimo331h

    @RAIDERS @VicTafur my son’s first game pic.twitter.com/oB7zXFwCyO

    Retweeted by Vic Tafur

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    LoL.