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Raiders well represented at Manziel’s pro day Thursday

The Raiders already found their starting quarterback for next season in Matt Schaub. The search for a long-term solution continued in earnest Thursday, with coach Dennis Allen and among a Raiders contingent at the pro day of top quarterback prospect Johnny Manziel.
Allen was one of eight head coaches at Manziel’s high-profile workout at College Station, Texas, where Manziel played his collegiate ball for Texas A&M. Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson and quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo also made the trek.
In an interview with the Houston Chronicle, Allen said there’s no question about Manziel’s arm strength, calling it “well above average.” There are concerns, though.
“The biggest thing you have to look at with Johnny, it’s really not as much what you see on the field, but all the other things surrounding him – the media attention, the ‘celebrity’ of Johnny Manziel,” Allen said.
“Those are all things, as he continues to mature, that he’ll be able to handle. And if he’s able to handle those things and keep them under control, he’s going to have a successful career.”
Manziel is considered one of the most talented players overall in this draft class. Some also view him as the best quarterback among an impressive group that includes Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater and Derek Carr.
The Raiders hold the rights to the No. 5 pick in the NFL draft in May. Trading for Schaub last week addressed the glaring need of finding a starting quarterback for 2014.
Just the same, general manager Reggie McKenzie and Allen said that acquiring Schaub doesn’t necessarily preclude the Raiders from drafting a quarterback in the first round of this year’s draft.
Manziel won the Heisman Trophy in 2012 as a freshman. He backed it up with a solid season in 2013. On Thursday, Manziel dazzled general managers, coaches and other NFL employees with an array of throws from a scripted workout that lasted almost an hour.
Making the trip to Texas A&M also provided Allen with an opportunity to meet with Aggies wide receiver Mike Evans and offensive tackle Jake Matthews, both projected as sure-fire first-round picks.
Earlier this month, McKenzie or Allen attended the pro day workouts of quarterbacks Bortles, Bridgewater, Carr and San Jose State’s David Fales.

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  • xraided

    chip wants more than a one trick pony…that’s what Moore is… i think for value purposes, moore is in the same mold, but much cheaper

  • Return

    Again when logic fails and in your case logic never enters the equation, fall back to the old Mistic routine. Works wonders with the stupid and rednecks. Smart fans of the sport see you as just being a foolish lightweight not really worth the bother.

  • 24

    hah…no way man…it says Jaws (non edited) =P

  • Return

    Fair enough. There does need to be more corroboration. And I too hope we get a good trade for him. I hope he winds up on a team that can help him develop his skills.

  • Blackholepriest

    I couldn’t care less at this point the way they have treated this kid. I hope he gets everything he deserves. And I hope the same for them……….period

  • inonewordraider

    re: pryor vs mcgloin. who’s a better qb between the two of them is a tossup. both have the potential of being much better. the raider braintrust sees mcgloin ahead of pryor, others orgs see it differently and it sounds like yes he does have trade value
    in my opinion pryor can still be good because of his gifts add his work ethic. but there’s no denying he didn’t continue to progress as I had hoped he would have last season, and I proclaimed him our qb for years.
    it’s not a race thing, Atkinson says he should change position and reggie likes mcgloin better. be upset with the raiders org for benching him for mcgloin. as far as in here goes, sure there are racists, sad but true, move on

  • Blackholepriest

    Then why haven’t they cut him, like they did Flynn?

    Because they know better……..period

  • Return

    With every post you just demonstrate how woefully ignorant you are of the game. As a fan of football you revel over those records. As a Raider fan you should be bursting with pride.But you don’t get that. Your pride comes in spouting the tired old mantra JR is the biggest bust in football history. That is your pride and joy.
    Your game is ” they will never be better than me”. And you sing JR from the rooftops to validate that view.

  • Return

    1 and 5

  • Blackholepriest

    Reggie has proven to be a great judge of QBs

  • Return

    No its not crazy, just stupid. No coach inthe NFL except maybe DA is going to get Pryor so they can turn him into a receiver.

  • Return

    No. You tell me smart guy.

  • Blackholepriest

    Come on Jax, come and get your boy.

    I watched Manziel and man did ski ball over that kid. I didn’t see one throw that both McGloin and especially Pryor couldn’t make. The difference I saw both do it in THIS LEAGUE………NOT IMPRESSED!

  • Rick Worth

    Guess Jafatso will always come up> have they updated biggest bust yet? Last top 10 on Nfl net. It was still whats his face> Chargers lol!!

  • Rick Worth

    Lmao

  • Return

    No, Pryor is better than Mcgloin. You can make the case that they are pretty much the same in terms of passing but not in terms of rushing. Pryor beat him hands down period in terms of rushing. Mcgloin is not superior to Pryor enough, actually at all, since Pryor has a better completion percentage and has thrown for more yards, to overcome the deficit in his rushing abilities.

    I am just as anxious as anyone else for Pryor to leave the team and to move on. I wish him the best and will follow his career, unlike others who wish every Raider who leaves the organization fails. Good luck Pryor. I’m pulling for you.

  • Blackholepriest

    Dude they kiss McG butt endlessly in here. Because he throws jump balls. These same people loved Gradowskis sorry butt for doing everything TP does. But hate Pryor. They loved Flynn sorry butt but hated JC. And JC was hands down better than Flynn.

    Schaub is no better than Jason Campbell he’s just been blessed to play on a great team. I am telling in one year they will hate Schaub and curse Reggie for this move.

  • Blackholepriest

    If the Raiders were smart they would draft the QB from LSU………PERIOD

  • TrevJo

    lol

  • _Mista_

    tj after your JaMarcus debacle just leave the Qb position to others….period

  • _Mista_

    They should let Edwards go and keep both TP & McGloin. TP is asking for release so it’s a mute point but….

    WTF is Edwards going to do ????

  • 504 Raider

    Priest probably is talking about drafting Russell. Lol

  • r8ter4evr

    Jason Cambell is A CAREER BACK-UP to put him on the same level as Schaub is idiotic

  • http://thebadtenants.com/ eternal pessimist

    Edwards is simply a camp arm signed well in advance. There’s no chance he’s in any plans unless he just comes out and has the most insane camp of his career…

  • JonGrand

    Raiders D played much better at the beginning of the season, and that helped generate wins. Once defenses figured out TP, he was a different QB. McGloin was the more polished of the two, and it wasn’t even close. Most of Pryor’s completions came backyard football kinda plays. Rarely did you see him complete passes 15+ yards down the field within the design of the play. Even when our offensive line was healthier and playing better, Pryor consistently ran away from protection and into trouble. He’s not an NFL caliber QB. Even Jamarcus Russel’s first full season (2nd season-54%, 13TDs, 8INTs, 2423YDs, 77.1 RAT) was better than Pryor’s.

  • FanSinceStabler

    Yes, good luck, Pryor. You’ll be a far better receiver than McGloin will ever be.

    Seriously, Pryor could be the next Megatron in the making. The quarterback ship has sailed. I wish he would stay and switch positions. Imagine if Jerry Rice wanted to be a QB. What a misdirection of talent. As a QB, Pryor will merely be a backup or out of the league in three years. Mark my words.