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Raiders making most of their players’ talents

When faulting the Raiders for squandering five second-half leads this season or failing to blow out any teams, perhaps it bears taking into account what coach Dennis Allen has at his disposal.
Take the Dallas Cowboys game, for example, in which the Raiders started Matt McGloin at quarterback, Jeron Mastrud at tight end, Andre Holmes and Rod Streater at wide receiver and Marcel Reece at fullback.
The common denominator? All entered the NFL as undrafted free agents. Then there’s running back Rashad Jennings, a seventh-round draft pick.
That doesn’t even factor in the defense. The point is, it should pass as more surprising that the Raiders have been competitive in all but two games so far and not that they won only four of their first 12 games.
It also bodes well that general manager Reggie McKenzie and his scouting department have the eye to spot players such as McGloin and Streater, as they did each of the past two seasons, as a means of bolstering the roster.
Injuries and subpar play by players counted upon to play starring roles, in part, helped thrust Streater and McGloin into starting roles. Their desire, work ethic and overlooked talent enabled them to succeed once given an opportunity.
“When you don’t get drafted, that kind of puts you back,” Streater said. “But it also gets you that edge. You want to work hard and you always feel like you got something to prove.”
Streater and McGloin made immediate impacts once they received starting gigs. For Holmes, it took until the Cowboys game for him to take what he has done for months on the practice field and exhibition games into a regular-season game. And this is his third season.
He was with the Cowboys last season and also spent time with the Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots. Holmes said
“It’s taken me three years to be able to do it and it’s just the development and me figuring out the skills that I need when I’m out on the field,” Holmes said. “Part of it could be opportunity and things like that, but I mean, I wouldn’t say that I wasn’t doing it before or anything like that. It was just the right time.”
Holmes sat out the first four games while serving a league suspension. He spent the next seven games either on the inactive list, on the sideline as a backup or getting a few reps here and there.
Inconsistent play by rookie Brice Butler, second-year receiver Juron Criner — he’s now on season-ending injured reserve — and Jacoby Ford, along with an injury to regular starter Denarius Moore, created the opportunity for Holmes to shine.
Streater said he and others aren’t surprised to see Holmes enjoy a breakout game. Holmes caught seven passes for 136 yards against the Cowboys, or more than he produced in his career to that point.
“He’s been doing this way back since camp,” Streater said. “The four-game suspension kind of threw him off, but you see he goes out there and makes plays. He might not be the fastest but if you put the ball in his area, he’s going to come down with it. He’s very impressive.”
And it’s just as impressive that the Raiders now have a few receivers to carry over into next season and beyond. Ford is in the final year of his contract, and he’s unlikely to be offered a new contract. Criner isn’t a sure bet to be asked back, either, even though he’s still under contract.

– Jennings wasn’t permitted to speak with the media Monday, even though he was in the locker room, because he’s still suffering the effects from a concussion. That’s in keeping with the league rules for players going through the league concussion protocol.
For what it’s worth, Jennings was smiling and playing around with his teammates, which bodes well for a quick return.

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  • SnBG

    That means we have a lack of talent and depth. A rookie QB with an inconsistent line. Fix those issues and we are on our way.

  • Rifflicks

    What difference does that make?

  • _Mista_

    Who gives a FACK?

  • SnBG

    Pryor screwed us more than anything.

  • DJ Johnny

    The elephant in the room is Mark Davis. For all we know he could be working with Gruden’s people on a major deal (as some have speculated). Not saying he is, but does anyone really know what is going thru that bowl cutted head of his?
    We assume he’s going to do the wise, steady, logical things; but we’re talking about a guy that had two outbursts in the 1st yr of a big rebuild about how “it’s not good enough” and that “he’s pissed”.
    This yr seems like a more subdued Mark Davis. More accepting of a plan of steady growth etc.
    Just sayin. He’s a major wild card in all of this.

  • Jim Jesus

    lol

  • Rifflicks

    you both squat to pee like a poodle

  • BOKNOWS

    He’s still mad about TP…..

  • The_Judge37

    We can’t win back to back games, but at least we’re consistant at that. #continuity

  • Rifflicks

    Baloney

  • SnBG

    Pryor and his boneheaded plays cost us the most this year. We could have had a couple of back to back wins if he had played better.

  • Rifflicks

    or started McGloin earlier

  • Blackholepriest

    How is that different from Jags?

    This is the famous lie that permeates this blog. Whenever you challenge the leadership the excuse is “we have no talent” whenever you challenge the GM the excuse is “he put more talent on this team than the previous GM” yet that GM had us in the playoff hunt back to back years.

    Which is it? ; No talent says bad GM

    Good GM says; the talent is there and we’re poorly coached.

    You cannot have both PICK ONE!

  • Rifflicks

    Why stop there ?
    start predicting playoffs again

  • SnBG

    Our D was playing great and then Pryor would screw the game up for us.

  • The_Judge37

    Is that what happened against Dallas? Or was it Pryor who couldn’t score in the 2nd half again?

  • The Big Banana

    Lol, the guy simply cannot hide his hate for Pryor. “I am rooting for Pryor, but he sucks”

  • SnBG

    Worst passing team in the league with Pryor. Wonder how many games we would have won with McGloin?

  • RaiderGuy50

    I am sure Mark Davis is learning how to be an owner too– its not like his father helped him get experience at it- I heard many times Al had him thrown out of meetings. I am also sure he checks in with John madden and others he trusts behind the scenes too!
    But, you r right – definite wild card??

  • DJ Johnny

    On the Gruden part? I don’t think that’s happening either, just saying we don’t know what Mark’s thinking is on things and his thoughts on things will be a major factor.
    Who would have thought he’d come out like he did last yr with his outbursts?

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    You just love watching because you have such a large vagina you could never join in it takes a nut sack little guy….as you were

  • The_Judge37

    We didn’t give Pryor enough time. He needs to be a Full time starter for at least 3 full seasons to truely evaluate him as a QB

  • The Big Banana

    We are 1-2 with McGloin. Proportionately equivalent, with our sole win against a 2-10 team.

  • The Big Banana

    After witnessing the past 2 losses, it’s obvious our second half issues were not solely Pryor’s fault.

  • R8erEduc8er

    Then shouldn’t you be arguing that we release him the moment McG took over? Why waste our and his time?

  • The_Judge37

    I don’t know about that, I saw Olson give TP the head set a few times. Which explained why we still ran the Run Option

  • Gdog

    Really? I think its misplaced panic. I just checked again and they have 80 mill in committed salaries… so 45 mill in cap space to work with (It sez we have 65 mill in committed salaries). If you click on random teams, they are almost all over 100 mill.. and many are over 120 mill (KC and SD) Den is at 112.

    I didn’t go through how many free agents need to be signed though…

  • R8erEduc8er

    Hear it a million times and still laugh at “bowl cut” cause it’s SO TRUE. Someone has to get him on record talking about his hair! Cmon Cork!

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Priest figured up to 50 games. It seems Pryor might only be good for 12 starts a year(worse than Dmac?) so 4 plus years would be needed for a fair evaluation.

    Re up him now for 5 yrs and keep DA, Olson, Sparano, et al for at least 4 years so there’s no moe tumult in the poor lad’s progression to bona fide NFL starting QB.

  • R8erEduc8er

    Sio Moore

  • Blackholepriest

    Another FAMOUS LIE;
    Previous regime, we had two rookie coaches go 8-8 back to back years by the previous GM.

    The new GM hires rookie HC he goes 4-12 and we’re in DECEMBER with 4wins and yet we’re better ran org. Because we have cap space.

    You tell me what is wrong with that picture?

    We were 7-4 when the QB went down before Reggie. Yet these dumbbells tell us that team was going nowhere. But this 4-8 team is headed in the right direction………lol

  • RaiderDebo

    The Packers stink for a lot of reasons. Have you seen that D??? But at the end of the day, they should have had a better QB than Tolzein out there. I’d rank that guy toward the bottom of #3 QBs in the league, forget the backups. They had Vince Young on the team in preseason and let him go. Self-inflicted wound.

  • Blackholepriest

    This is how brain dead you sheep are. tTp never entered my mind. This shows how full of crap you all are.

    Stare incompetence straight in the face and excuse it………lol

    Because you are so focused on a QB you all hate…….idiots.

    Stare at the tree but there is a forest…….period

  • Blackholepriest

    I have said this from day1 I wanted TP to get a chance, he got it. TP will handle it from here………period

  • R8erEduc8er

    Not so sure. Seattle is badass. but Denver’s passing attack is record breaking. There’s no passing attack like it ever. Welker, Demaryius Thomas, Julian Thomas, Decker – that’s a lot to contain.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Thanks for clearing that up.

  • Gdog

    I won’t dispute any of this, but they were STILL a playoff team until Rodgers went down.

  • Blackholepriest

    They better start winning this Sunday and show some ability to play the last four games that they haven’t shown since taking over……….period

  • Blackholepriest

    If TB and Jax can do it they better show that same ability to turn it around and show some degree of consistency. Or else it’s bye bye……….period

  • Blackholepriest

    We have only won 4 games he won three of them…….period

  • Blackholepriest

    Finish strong DA and you can keep your job………don’t and you won’t………..period

  • Gdog

    I am afraid he is so far over his head on the football side of this he will just roll with Reggie, like, FOREVER. I don’t think he wants to go through that interviewing process again. Reggie prolly knows this…

  • JLofty

    I think the main reason for that is we are no longer paying Kamerian Wimbley types TOP $$$$ for mediocre or less results. Routt, Seymour, Palmer, Jamayonnaise, CJ37, etc.
    I think THAT’s the primary reason. The Raiders mgmnt pattern of 2008-2011 was NOT sustainable. Obviously….

  • SR Raider

    Yep. Al’s strategy of borrowing from the future led us to the last 2 years. Now, the price has been paid, and we can begin building a stable organization

  • 10centsworth

    Hmmm, my observation is…never have we seen such porous Ds.

  • 10centsworth

    My comment is a reminder of when men were men. I’m trying hard to remember if they even had an IR in those daze.

  • 10centsworth

    I say give him another 20 years and have another generation just like this one.

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  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Purvis says:
    “Flynn has been as abysmal a QB as the NFL has seen in since before J Russel. That work for your narcissistic @ss?”

    “Nurse says
    ‘stupid thing to say. flynn has a rating that is better than half of the nfl starters in history.’”

  • http://facebook.com/Unicron5 Samnificient Jonsey

    a lot of good it did him. I saw upset wins and better leadership with Bruce Almighty.