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Passing on Allen OK because of Streater, Holmes

Rod Streater and Andre Holmes have played so well of late there’s no need for the Raiders to lament the one that got away.

San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen, a contender for the NFL’s offensive rookie of the year, played in the Raiders’ backyard at Cal.

Although in need of a playmaking wide receiver, the Raiders passed on Allen three times in the NFL draft in favor of cornerback DJ Hayden, cornerback Menelik Watson and linebacker Sio Moore.

Ten spots after Moore was drafted, the Chargers selected Allen at No. 76 overall. With 63 receptions for 931 yards and seven touchdowns, Allen is a front-runner for the NFL’s offensive rookie of the year award and one of the steals of the draft.

Considered a first-round talent, Allen saw his draft stock plummet due to 40-yard dash time in the 4.7 range while coming off a knee injury. At the NFL scouting combine, there were rumors of a failed drug test.

It turned out Allen had a test red flagged for having too much water in his system, a sign of attempting flush or mask a potential positive test. He took another test and passed it.

“Obviously he had the injury coming out but I knew he was a talented player and he’s shown that with the way he’s playing,’’ Raiders coach Dennis Allen said.

Keenan Allen said had no contact with the Raiders heading into the draft, which isn’t unusual _ the Chargers hadn’t contacted him either. Seven wide receivers had their names called before Allen.

“It was definitely hard watching, especially seeing guys picked before me,’’ Allen said by conference call. “It’s unfortunate, not only for me but the teams that passed on me. I’ve just got to make them pay for it.’’

If the Raiders feel any remorse, it has been lessened by the play of two receivers who weren’t drafted at all.

Streater was undrafted out of Temple in 2012 and signed with the Raiders as a free agent. Holmes also wasn’t drafted out of Division II Hillsdale in 2010, hooking on with the Dallas Cowboys before being released. He also was cut by New England before signing with the Raiders.

With 54 receptions for 846 yards and three touchdowns, Streater is 154 yards shy of becoming the first Raiders receiver to gain 1,000 yards since Randy Moss in 2005.

Holmes has 17 receptions for 322 yards, all within the past month. With Streater at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds and Holmes at 6-4, 210, the Raiders have two targets capable of making jump-and-catch plays and a quarterback in Matt McGloin who believes in giving them a chance to go up and get it.

Since McGloin became the starter, Streater has 25 receptions for 423 yards and is averaging 16.9 yards per reception. Holmes, averaging 18.9 yards per catch, has made all his catches with McGloin as the starter.

With Denarius Moore (39 receptions, 615 yards) returning against the Chiefs after missing three games with a shoulder injury, the Raiders have three wide outs with the capability of making plays downfield.

All three go about their business without flash, in contrast to the diva stereotype associated with the position.

“Usually there are some characters in that group, but we have a good group of guys,’’ Allen said. “They come in, they work hard, they really don’t say a whole lot. They just try to do their job the best they can. From early in the year to now, I think that position group has been one of the bright spots and of the more improved spots on our team.’’

– Defensvie tackle Vance Walker was not on the practice field, indicating he has not sufficiently recovered from his concussion and will be ruled out Friday afternoon. Running back Darren McFadden (ankle) and safety Charles Woodson (ribs) were on the field and expected to play.

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • eastoaklandraider

    You were wrong on Winston, I was right lol.

  • SnBG

    Nope, not in our horrible situation. We where lucky Reg took this crap job.

  • the authoritative dr robert

    What category does this fit into?

    “He was the right choice at the time for this team.”

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    or at least use our 3rd to get an another early 2nd.

  • HELLSBELLS

    Allen also has a quaterback duh

  • NYCRaider

    RM announced last year around week 12 that it was an evaluation year, this year around week 12 he announced our Dline wasnt stout enough. So many bloggers point to the worst inherited situation ever by a gm, yet RM needed a whole season to recognize its time to rebuild.This off season our DL was not only a weakness but had virtually disappeared and RM ignored this in the draft and didnt add a pass rusher. But these misses are Al’s fault? RM created 20+ million of dead money this year soley on his own mistakes. You can let him continue but you have no reason to be confident

  • SnBG

    Reg has addressed the Dline and also brought in a future pro bowl C in Hayden. He wanted to see how Lamarr would do before he went after a 4-3 DE. I like the Hayden pick because we will be facing 3 good QB’s in our division for a few more years. Now he can work on upgrading the D line.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    East Oak, you are more than likely correct, Graham will be franchise tagged, the numbers on TEs is dirt cheap, outside of Brees, they will cut anyone to keep him.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Gee, you think?
    You signing your posts now?
    What’s “duh”? Your first name?

  • HELLSBELLS

    yep its duh tea and crumpets

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    add Joyner opposite Hayden Raiders will have the best CB tandem in the NFL in 2015 for a decade.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    LoL
    Good luck with that…….

  • Gdog

    Astonishing how content Raider fans have became with losing.

    We are the Neo-Lions!

    So when are you EXPECTING spectacular? I mean he has record cap space to deal with, and perhaps a top three pick.

    If you don’t expect spectacular THIS year, what are you waiting for? The number one pick and 100 mill in cap space??? Oh wait.. maybe you think he will have 200 mill in cap space sometime!! Yes, Einstein… I see it now.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Btw, we don’t resign Vehldeer, all of us will be thankful Reggie drafted Watson.

  • eastoaklandraider

    All this cap space and not 1 star to spend it on, we cant win for losing.

  • NYCRaider

    crap job yet he didnt start the rebuild in year1? hmmm..evaluation?

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Maybe Hayden will turn out alright but it was an unnecessary gamble for a team that couldn’t afford to gamble.

  • SnBG

    Hindsight.

  • eastoaklandraider

    Veldeer will be costly, but we cant afford to let him walk.

  • RaiderLen

    McKenzie had expressed concerns about the Lack of size on the roster before the season began………
    ——————————————————-
    Besides the lack of a top-flight pass-rusher, McKenzie had one other concern when he signed these free agents, and that is bearing fruit now.

    “I was worried about how physical we were going to be,” he said. “Because we’re not a big team. And that’s showed sometimes. We have to be more stout. …

    “We want to put up this big brick wall and say you’re not getting through … but we’re not there yet. I would love to get there, but we’re not there yet, and we’ll keep plugging away to get there.”

    _______________________________________

    You think He’s oblivious? I think you will see the “situation” addressed shortly.

    McGee was added by the way, via the draft.

  • NYCRaider

    Exactly what RM gets excused for.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Next year both Holmes and Streater will have over 1200 yards receiving for the Raiders.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    No we can’t afford to let him walk. Maybe his injury lowered his price though.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Why?
    In the few games that Watson has played this game at either the college or the NFL level, he was a RT.

  • eastoaklandraider

    Agreed, we didnt need Hayden anyway as this season proved me right. Portet, Jenkins, Adams, and Chekwa were good enough to roll with. We could have Star on our Dline wich many of us wanted.

  • RaiderLen

    Rebuild with what? Cap space, Draft picks? The solid core left behind?

  • HELLSBELLS

    Played a little left tackle in preseason, hope he is our future RT.

  • DJ Johnny

    Good point. It doesn’t get any “better” of a situation than this.
    Now we already are seeing pre-excuses that there’s nobody out there and once again Reggie is a helpless victim…powerless to improve the team.
    No FA’s…draft class sucks…etc.

  • NYCRaider

    Priority? nope

    Q:How was Mark’s mood at the end of the season, in your perspective?
    
McKenzie:
    “Me and Mark, we talk all the time. His concerns were, as mine, how are we
    going to get better, mainly offensively

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Unless we get two firsts for him

  • RaiderLen

    This is the best situation He’ll see regarding Cap space. No doubt.

  • NYCRaider

    didnt realize any analysis of a RM draft pick was allowed for 3 years?

  • HELLSBELLS

    Hardy said he will take a paycut to stay with Panthers, Looks like Allen might be best choice for a pass rusher.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    What does passing on Keenan Allen three times say about the scouting team that McKenzie has assemled?

  • eastoaklandraider

    Combined yes, each no.

  • RaiderLen

    If you’ve got 5 bucks and you want to belly up to the 100 dollar table, your options are somewhat limited.

    Priority now? Yep.

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

    I like Allen on a high-salary 2 year deal.
    He is still a close to double-digit sack guy, and I would have confidence he would bring it in big moments.
    And is a quality backup LS as well, lol

  • HELLSBELLS

    What does it say about the other 30 teams that passed on him too.

  • NYCRaider

    I wonder how many the bloggers who act superior and say you cant evaluate a draft for 3 years kept a positive outlook when DHB was drafted

  • HELLSBELLS

    Could get Allen and Bennet.

  • RaiderLen

    Agree, plus they can move money around on other contracts.

  • Gdog

    One could argue he has the best situation for picking up players for a non expansion team in NFL HISTORY!

    And you are right… the sycophants are already dutifully low-balling expectations.

    I want to be the CEO of these people’s company…

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    He played one game at that position in pre-season against Seattle scrubs,

  • eastoaklandraider

    Orakpo an option as well, but he is injury prone.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Thank you again for your support.

  • RelentlessIV

    They already have that this year. Are you saying they remain the same into next year?

  • HELLSBELLS

    Thats what I said.

  • NYCRaider

    RM created 20+ million of dead money this year with his own mistakes..Do you think even15 mil or 10 mil could get you to that 100 dollar table on the DL?

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    ?
    Allen was playing college ball in the Raiders backyard!

  • Raider_Riff

    Keenan wasnt in the other 30 team’s backyard.

    And few needed WRs as bad as we did.