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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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  • Michael

    Big time money line bet! Especially since Carolina is fkin up my parlay right now

  • Raidersfan727

    Carolina isn’t doing their job

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Miami not showing much respect for the #3 defense either.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Started out with two picks and got 1 FG and 1 blocked. Gone downhill since then.

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

    Keenen Allen is flipping awesome.
    I sometimes wonder what scouts look at when you see this guy fall to the 3rd and Stills to the 5th.
    If you asked me I would have said they were the two of top 3 or 4 WR’s in the country.

  • marks hair

    must win game.. if we lose its all draft talk from here on in.. Im gonna go mow the lawn.. too much stress.

  • prometheus

    Danny Woodhead BABY!!! FF is looking good

  • Michael

    Guy got injured. Scouts then get a little gun shy wondering if that’s a sign of things to come. Sure would lime Allen over m Watson tho!

  • RaidingTexas

    I’m down for that!

  • prometheus

    Panthers will get knocked out in the wild card round

  • RaidingTexas

    Or maybe a modern take on the concept: sharks vs christians. Throw them into a tank full of tiger sharks that haven’t fed in a few weeks. Dump a bunch of chum in there. That’d be some good TV viewing. Could also try salties vs christians.

  • Papertiger

    Wow, you actually have hope? I’m used to hearing nothing but draft talk from you.

    It’s a holiday miracle!

  • willy91137

    another player Bill Belichick let walk this is the patriots down year next year they will be up on top again but they’re still competing there a lot younger right now than they have been in the past

  • RaidingTexas

    So you’re tying the NFL corporation’s profit maximization policy to liberal political correctness? Interesting.

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

    I don’t even think they are $10 at Isotopes AAA games, lol.

  • Raidersfan727

    and he grew up a raiders fan too

  • RaidingTexas

    $12 at Rangers games. $14 at Cowgirls games.

  • Papertiger

    Stop it! You’re giving me flashbacks!

    I have Raiders QBPTSD.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    So am I. Unless it’s the beer talking.

  • prometheus

    if the PATS win tonight they’ll be the #1 team in the AFC.

  • Papertiger

    Houston and Hali both “dinged up” during the first half of the San Diego game.

    Denver is pleased. Stupid Chargers!

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

    Watson inactive.
    The old “healthy scratch”
    L-E-M-O-N

  • willy91137

    hike can’t wait till we played Denver and Oakland and Kansas City I think we will surprise a lot of people if our line gets well

  • Papertiger

    I wonder what the British version of a lemon is.

    Frenchman, perhaps?

  • willy91137

    Is he injured again he must be made on a glass

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

    No excuse to have a 2nd round pick a healthy scratch at this point in the season.

  • J Hill

    NONE

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

    Not listed on injury report, practiced all week

  • PlunkforHOF

    Looks like TP2 is backup.

  • lefty12

    I really like you Willy,but sometimes it is really difficult to understand what you are trying to say.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    lol

  • J Hill

    HAS to be that leg acting up that he got rolled up on last week.

  • lefty12

    He is dinged.Had to leave last game with an injury.

  • PlunkforHOF

    And does this mean Velds is suited up?

  • Jim Jesus

    That is the BEAUTY of willy. We all have the same issue but willy is a stalwart blog semi with unique insight. LOL

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

    Not listed on injury report, so if so we won’t hear about it.
    Because that would be a fineable offense.

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

    He hasn’t been moved up to the roster yet.

  • willy91137

    He must not be injured than maybe Veldheer is coming back today

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    OAKLAND RAIDERS‏@RAIDERS10m

    Raiders Inactives: QB Tyler Wilson, WR Denarius Moore, RB Darren McFadden, SS Tyvon Branch, G Lamar Mady, T Menelik Watson, DE Jason Hunter

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  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Uses speech recognition software. Dragon/Mac.

  • PlunkforHOF

    Ahh.. thx Vegas

  • RaidingTexas

    No Dmo and Dmac = upgrade.

  • PlunkforHOF

    Gonna be able to get the game Pman?

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

    Vic Tafur ‏@VicTafur 46s

    Inactive Menelik Watson wasn’t on injured list, so apparently he’s behind tackles Pashos, Barnes & healthy McCants on #Raiders depth chart

  • lefty12

    True.Well considering how raw is was to begin with and how much he has been injured,with others getting healthy I can see why he sits.

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

    I can see why he sits.
    I CAN’T see why he was drafted.

  • lefty12

    No blackout

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

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  • RaidingTexas

    Not terribly surprising given that he’s missed most of the season.

  • Jim Jesus

    Not a ringing endorsement for Dragon LMAO!