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Raiders take close look at Manziel

By Steve Corkran
Monday, February 24th, 2014 at 12:24 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Former Raiders All-Pro quarterback Rich Gannon calls Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel a “bad fit” for the Raiders. Maybe so, but that hasn’t deterred the Raiders from considering Manziel as their quarterback of the future.
Raiders owner Mark Davis, coaches and front-office workers met with Manziel over the weekend at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, according to Sirius radio.
The Raiders own the rights to the No. 5 pick in the NFL draft in May. It’s conceivable that Manziel will be available when the Raiders make their initial selection.
The Tweet from Sirius said those in attendance at the Raiders meeting with Manziel came away “very impressed.”
Gannon also is impressed by Manziel. He just doesn’t think the Raiders are an ideal fit for Manziel, who succeeds in large part because of his ability to keep plays alive with his feet and improvise when plays break down.
“A team has to be ready for a young quarterback,” Gannon said in Indianapolis. “I don’t think that team is quite ready yet.”
Terrelle Pryor’s skill set resembles Manziel’s in some ways, and Pryor struggled last season in his nine starts.
As of now, Pryor, Matt McGloin and Trent Edwards are the only quarterbacks on the Raiders roster.
Coach Dennis Allen and general manager Reggie McKenzie said it’s no secret that the Raiders quarterback situation remains unsettled and that finding a solution is a high priority.
Manziel is regarded by some as the top quarterback prospect in this year’s draft class. Other intriguing candidates include Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater, Central Florida’s Blake Bortles, Fresno State’s Derek Carr and Eastern Illinois’ Jimmy Garappolo.
“I really like him,” Gannon said of Manziel. “ … My biggest concern is the discipline from a quarterback standpoint. Footwork, sitting in the pocket, going through reads and progressions.
“He has to go somewhere where they have a very disciplined coordinator and quarterback coach, somebody who is really going to grind on him and stay on him for those first couple years as he learns the system. He’s a guy who likes to ad lib a lot, and you can’t always do that in the NFL.”
The Raiders also met with Bridgewater at the scouting combine. Bridgewater said he walked away from the meeting confident that the Raiders liked what they heard and learned.

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  • 24

    Oh trust me…I’m laughing…I don’t take this too seriously…

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

    How do we know if you even have a sister?

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

    Harsh but humorous

  • R8erEduc8er

    Plenty. SD, ATL, CHI, DET, MIN, NO, HOU, JAX, TEN, WASH, INDY, NYJ, NYG, BUF.

  • william banks

    Then put P.Manning behind that awful Offensive Line–guess what the same thing will happen to him and then what ya going to say.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    If I can get tickets (and time away from my job) to go to this year’s NFL Draft, I’m there.

    I’m going to start a chant

    “Clowney or Mack in the Silver & Black! “

  • 24

    You don’t need wonderlic scores for that.

  • 24

    Bergstrom? lol…they’d cancel the trade.

  • FourMoreYears

    Holding penalty, sack, delay of game, sack. 3rd and 48. One out of four on the offensive line.

  • 24

    Maybe Jerry and Steve will pay your way.

  • william banks

    To f n bad, just because I don’t agree with you.Who do you think you are!!!!

  • Theghostronin79

    I doubt that….There’d be a whole LOT of incomplete passes to receivers who weren’t expecting the ball, or coming outta there break to take one in the facemask because they aren’t used to a QB with anticipation.

  • 24

    …Mr Big stuff…

  • william banks

    Please,if you are what you say you are then why say it then.

  • R8erEduc8er

    BTW, seeds are crops, you big dummy.

  • 24

    What…I was just finishing the lyrics to the song man…

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

    You should change your name to Carlton

  • 24

    This blog is on it’s period!

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

    You are high. Go back to trying to explain what GMO’s are you will have better luck.

  • FourMoreYears

    Cycle together…I’m dying…

  • Dakota

    If we pick Carr at 5 will you start a “Reggie Sucks” chant for me?

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    I think Clowney will be the #1 overall draft pick, but not necessarily by Houston.

    Houston is not going to allow Jacksonville to draft him so if they don’t want him, the Raiders and Atlanta are in play for a trade up.

    Houston isn’t going to want St. Louis to get all those draft picks.

  • william banks

    Yeah just like the Superbowl remember picked off an ran in for another Seattle touch down.LMFAO.

  • 24

    Oh man…can you actually see Carr going at 5?

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Something similar.

  • FourMoreYears

    New post

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    No I can’t.

  • Theghostronin79

    Hey, that would be more like it actually….How many times did Seattle sack him? I think Zero….So he’d be throwing picks and incompletions. But he gets rid of that damn Rock though; in a hurry.

  • R8erEduc8er

    And you’re stupid. GMO’s are what I said they were.

  • Dakota

    It only matter what Reggie sees, and last year Reggie had Hayden at the top of his draft board……know what I am saying? Picking up what I am putting down?

    Yeah……we be fked.

  • william banks

    Yeah who rocked The Great Peyton Manning–Seattles DEFENSE didn’t really touch him but they applied a lot of pressure which made things uneasy.We can’t win against Denvar with another QB we need a DARN DEFENSE!!!

  • william banks

    Picture that you’ve gotten me wrong.Im only interested in helping our Raiders get back to the glory days and getting a QB every year isn’t the answer.

  • severeraiderz

    I’d be pissed!!!

  • Theghostronin79

    And for a 4th rounder at that.

  • Steveopa

    Give me Clowney, Watkins, Bridgewater, Mack, or Aaron Donald

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    A trade up???? You kidding? We don’t have picks to give. No matter how good a guy is he can’t play two positions.

  • jumpnjiminy

    Carr is no better than his brother…I mean this ain’t a Manning/Manning situation here folks…

  • UCLA Raider

    Funny I posted and said exactly same thing. Problem with Raiders is way bigger than Reggie now. IMO the main issue is Mark Davis who hired Reggie and gave him a pass on back to back 4-12 seasons. You see Mark Davis has never been a high achiever in anything, attended Chico State and learned nothing and is now busy spending his daddy’s money with no clue what he’s doing in football business operations.
    Al used to destroy the little POS routinely in front of his staff for good reason. And now this guy is CEO running an NFL franchise. Why do you think Raiders are the least valuable franchise in NFL? Yes 12 losing seasons, no stadium, bad GM, horrible coach,… But sheet always flows downhill the real problem with this franchise in 2014 is owner’s lack of vision, business management, and football know how,….

  • BiggSwipe

    I really don’t see why people want a wrapper with our first pick. Baffling how stupid these experts can be.

  • R8drTahoe in SF

    In the What If League…. What if the Raiders first round picks since 2002 all lived up to their potential?

    Phillip Buchanon, Napoleon Harris, Tyler Brayton, Nnamdi Asomugha, Robert Gallery, Fabian Washington, Michael Huff, Jamarcus Russell, Darren McFadden, Darrius Heyward-Bey, and Rolando Mclain all turn into superstars…

    How did they get it soooo wrong?!?

  • R8drTahoe in SF

    However, none of that is why this team is in the state that it’s in. It’s all the guy that’s been running the show for the last two years’ fault. *sarcasm*

  • Return

    Burris is marginal at best but he is a great member of the Rudy club.

  • Return

    Watson you could see coming as soon as they switched him to LT. Hayden you could see coming as some as they said we drafted him. Murry was strongly indicated given his injury history in college. Bergstrom was bad luck.

  • TrevJo

    Any update on Ray Guy’s HOF status?
    by Guest123 12:56 PM
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    lol

  • TrevJo

    We didn’t need immediate impact players in 2013. That’s not what rebuilding is about. We needed impact players for 2014 and beyond.