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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

  • Gdog

    Its the best situation ANYONE has seen. Its a good QB draft class, a top 5 pick, and the most cap space of any other team… and look at this… “lets just hope he does ok.”

  • jtdxyz

    i’m sure his agent has other ideas

  • Davy Jones

    Future pro bowl? I hope you’re right, but let’s see if he can become a solid starter first.

  • Raider_Riff

    I got some major news today regarding the future of this org.

    I posted it at the other place.

    Some of you might want to go read it.

  • HELLSBELLS

    Niners needed a receiver.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Which “other place?”

  • Colorado

    Anyone know who the top free agents will be this offseason?

  • eastoaklandraider

    Allen is and has been at the top of my FA wish list, If Houston walks pair him with Orakpo or this Benett guy or who ever the bengals let walk.

  • HELLSBELLS

    Or like what was said earlier kick Houston inside where he belongs.

  • RaiderLen

    Mike Johnson is the guy that will walk.

  • Steveopa

    In this draft we need to get Clowney or trade down and get the DT from pitt Aaron Donald this guy is a faster Suh. He is ublockable and comes off the ball really fast he reminds me of John Randle. He would be a top 5 pick if he wasn’t under sized. He is six foot and weighs 285.

  • Raider_Riff

    There are MAJOR things in the works at Alameda. A big time story is about to break on the Raiders any week now.

    If you know what is good for this org, you will 100% be rooting for DA these next two weeks. It could set some major changes in motion.

    The future of this org very much hangs in the balance. Show your support for this team no matter who is the QB or coach these next 2 weeks. I firmly believe we MUST WIN.

  • Anthony Carrillo

    I wrote a college paper on how pissed off I was with that draft. I still can’t believe Al picked him.

  • eastoaklandraider

    whats your outlook on this years FA class?

  • HELLSBELLS

    His numbers dipped once Atkins went down. Think he has about 2.5 sacks. He is younger a bigger though.

  • RaiderLen

    ??

  • SnBG

    Arthur Jones of the Ravens is an interesting FA coming up.

  • Steveopa

    Please tell us what you are talking about,

  • Raider Rocker

    Yeah, what “other place”?

  • jtdxyz

    i’m interested in seeing Hayden after a year of conditioning, weight training, etc….especially after being less than a year removed from major surgery before playing his first NFL snap

  • NYCRaider

    Im not a Raider legend and i know how bad RM is. I can imagine how they feel. Hope your analysis comes to pass

  • eastoaklandraider

    Hayden pro bowler? lets see him guard Riley Cooper first.

  • RaiderLen

    BS, unless you spill what you “allegedly” know.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS
  • SnBG

    Highnsight, Allen had a knee injury and was trying to cheat a drug test by drinking to much water to flush the drug out of his system. Holmes is doing just fine and will get even better.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    He’s referring to his rather fanciful story of Gruden supposedly coming in as GM, replacing Reggie, but retaining DA as his head coach. Read his opium dream here: http://oakland-raiders-forum.53548.x6.nabble.com/REALLY-MAJOR-NEWS-MUST-READ-td1252.html

  • eastoaklandraider

    I can see 1 having 1200 not both unless we somehow nab Brady or PM.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Can’t say as I’m going to root for anyone because of some rumor.
    I root for Allen because he’s the Raider’s HC.

  • RelentlessIV

    I see 1800-1900 yards combined with Streater getting that 1200.

  • HELLSBELLS

    Starting to like the idea of Allen and Clowney. Some when gets to beat up on the right tackle.

  • eastoaklandraider

    can you elaborate? you’ve peeked my interest.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS
  • HELLSBELLS

    Still remember him sitting on his couch like what the F, looked like he had been asleep.

  • Christian W

    I hope there is major changes coming and DA fire!!

  • NYCRaider

    Take a look at the dead money..Seymour, Flynn , plus other RM mistakes add up to over 20+ million of dead money . Al gets blamed for the dead money but RM is responsible for about 40% of that. That money could have brought a stout DL
    http://www.overthecap.com/teamcap.php?Team=Raiders&Year=2013

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    No, he thinks Gruden will come in as GM with DA as his HC, despite Gruden have zero GM experience.

  • PlunkforHOF

    Wow, Watson is HUGE for a cornerback.

  • jtdxyz

    i had no problem with drafting DHB, if that was who the raiders really wanted, but not at # 7 overall…that was a great opportunity to trade back, get more pics and still get the player u want

  • RaiderLen

    Clowney is off the charts talented. Not sure about His dedication.

    That could potentially be Brilliant.

  • HELLSBELLS

    DA is going to be the first transgender coach.

  • jtdxyz

    guess he tried to “catch” a nap…but clanked off his chest…;lame joke, ik

  • NYCRaider

    get rid of contracts would have been a good start like Seymour..etc

  • NYCRaider

    Didnt Cork say after the raiders got eliminated there would be a good number of cuts?

  • Gdog

    Gruden just resigned his contract at ESPN I thought.

  • PlunkforHOF

    New post

  • RelentlessIV

    Yea in the chat.

  • Raider_Riff

    That contract means that ESPN is required to pay him whether they fire him or not.

    It doesnt mean he cant quit and take on a new job.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Let me say that I have huge doubts about your story. However, if Gruden-as-GM comes to pass, I will be the first to come on here and admit I was wrong.

    I’m not holding my breath, though.

  • Raiderfusion

    Charlie: I lived it too, and AD drafted linemen when he had Ron Wolf to bounce ideas off of. In the later years he drafted DBs that didn’t pan out in the 1st round. The DLine need the impact in the coming year, not only impact but depth. The OLine can move forward with one addition, and I think that should be Mack if he’s as good as you guys say he is. Depth on both of these lines is imperative. The DLine has taken too many snaps per man this year, and because of that they are performing way below where they were a month ago.

  • Raider_Riff

    Nice google work. I did searches myself and couldnt find anything.

    The site used to be password protected. We took the password off cause we wanted people to slowly join the site. Learn their way around, and create a good forum culture. We wanted to keep it troll free.

    There was no reason to post the link. You could have just joined the site and made your comments there. Not sure why you did that. I specifically asked that it not be posted here. For obvious reasons.

    So the password is back up. Which is lame. It was meant to keep the trolls out. Not meant to keep out regular members. Thx for blowing that.