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Raiders quarterback Matt Schaub making good on promise to put 2013 Houston experience in rear-view mirror

The Raiders ended practice Wednesday with a two-minute drill where the offense needed to score a touchdown to win.

Quarterback Matt Schaub, who has been extremely sharp since the Raiders went to padded practices Sunday, got the Raiders in the end zone on the 10th play of the drive with a short flip to Denarius Moore in the back of the end zone.

Schaub patiently completed short passes down the field, moving the chains and exhausting the clock until the touchdown, which came when Moore got free against Chimdi Chekwa.

“It definitely feels pretty crisp, but there’s always stuff we can clean up, things we can get better at,”Schaub said. “We’re not there yet, but it’s some quality work we’re getting in and a good defense we’re seeing on a day to day basis. We’re just trying to make each other better.”

Wide receiver Rod Streater, stayed out of team sessions while recovering from a concussion, can see the difference in the offense with Schaub in command.

“He’s been very impressive, completing a lot of passes compared to what we were last year,” Streater said. “It’s looking way better. His two-minute drive ended with a touchdown so I think we’re way ahead of where we were last year.”

Schaub said he is still in the process of learning his teammates, finding out which ones need prodding, criticism or a pat on the back.

`We’re getting close to having everyone figured out, but it’s a never ending process,” Schaub said. “The more we go through training camp, the more things get hard, the more install we put in the hotter it gets, the longer the days, the you find out about guys.”

Schaub has seemed amused by questions about his confidence following a poor season to Houston and laughed when told Antonio Smith, a teammate in Houston and now in Oakland, said, “Schabby’s got his mojo back.”

Said Schaub: “I never lost it. It never went anywhere.”

– Right guard Austin Howard left practice when his back tightened up and was replaced by Gabe Jackson, the third-round draft pick out of Mississippi State. Jackson had played exclusively on the left side.

“What you try to do when you have an injury is keep as much continuity as you can,” Allen said. “You move Khalif, now you’re switching two guys. You want to be able to just plug a guy in.”

Allen was not sure of the extent of Howard’s injury.

– Defensive tackle Antonio Smith, who had sports hernia surgery in the offseason, left practice with a groin issue possibly related to that procedure.

– Wide receiver Rod Streater participated in warmups and drills but sat out team sessions. Streater had a concussion Monday and said he has been cleared for contact Thursday.

– A potential move to San Antonio or anywhere else is not on the radar of Allen.

“That’s above my pay grade,” Allen said. “That’s something Mark Davis is in charge of and I really don’t focus too much on that.”

– Fullback Marcel Reece, dropped about 15 pounds in the offseason, made the play of the day with a leaping sideline catch of a pass from Schaub despite tight coverage from Tyvon Branch.

“Whether it was the reason he was able to make that play or not, I don’t know, but it certainly doesn’t hurt,’’ Allen said. “I just think losing that weight is going to make him more explosive.’’

– Right tackle Menelik Watson continues to play well, effectively pass blocking rookie nickel rusher Khalil Mack on the 10-play drive in the two-minute drill at the end of practice.

“I’ve been very impressed with what he’s been able to do on the right side,” Allen said. “I think it helps him on a day-in and day-out basis that he’s going against guys like Justin Tuck, Lamarr Woodley and Khalil Mack. That’s going to do nothing but get both sides of the ball better.”

– Second-string quarterback Derek Carr also put the offense into the end zone against backup defenders, finishing it off with a run around right end for the score. Carr’s mobility is almost Rich Gannon-like, and it was one of the things that Allen liked about Carr during the scouting process.

“From that standpoint he and Schaubby are two different quarterbacks, but Derek adds a mobility that allows him to create when things don’t happen the way we want them too,” Allen said. “What was good to see about it was he was decisive. he put the ball the way, took off and ran, and understood if he needed to get out of bounds he could but if it was clean he could score the touchdown.”

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • PlunkforHOF

    First!

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

    The Raiders ended practice Wednesday with a two-minute drill where the offense needed to score a touchdown to win.

    Quarterback Matt Schaub, who has been extremely sharp since the Raiders went to padded practices Sunday, got the Raiders in the end zone on the 10th play of the drive with a short flip to Denarius Moore in the back of the end zone.

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    Good to see Tarver and DA are in midseason form

  • http://cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    Second!

  • BuckeyeRaider

    Way to be a glass half empty kinda guy, Vegas.

    Maybe it was just your boy DMoore making a spectacular play.

    Did ya ever think about that?

    Or Matt Schaub executing a flawless 2 min drill.

    Ok, maybe you’re right… and the defense still sucks.

  • Dakota

    “He’s been very impressive, completing a lot of passes compared to what we were last year,” Streater said. “It’s looking way better. His two-minute drive ended with a touchdown so I think we’re way ahead of where we were last year.”

    Translation…..pryor, flynn and mcgloin suuuuuuuuuck.

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

    How about it is all of the above?
    Moore still scores TD’s, Schaubb is vastly better then what we have had at QB, and when needed, our D folds.

  • http://cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    The concern is that our defense is supposed to be our strength but maybe that was just a “on paper” thing.

  • The Big Banana

    Thanks for the Koolaid, big Jerr! QBs much improved, eh? Daddy like.

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

    It is good to hear that D-Moore is making plays in the offense.
    With his issues being a lack of focus at times, I am not sure why they continute this nonsense of him returning kicks/punts.
    Just let him focus on offense and making big plays like he has shown a penchant of doing.

  • Carl weathers

    Who’s going to replace hayden I wonder. Carrie? Checkwa? McGill? Reggie riding his first ever first rounder may be the straw that breaks the DA’s back

  • Dakota

    A Smith groin injury……Howard back problems…….not good.

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

    That was all nonsense of people watching Seattle and saying “I want that!!!”.
    If we are good, it will be winning 30-27 games with Schaub slinging it around.

  • J Hill

    Moore wouldn’t scored on Hayden!

  • Dakota

    Two major puzzle pieces…..can we just start the season now…..or when they get back.

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

    Howard yes, not expecting a ton from Smith.

  • J Hill

    The injury thing is like a damn curse, man.

  • http://cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    Once teams are forced to get down to 53 players Reggie will go dumpster diving.

  • The Big Banana

    Hey DA, if Melenik keeps killing it, move him to the left and replace that washed up sieve, would ya? Much thanks.

  • Dakota

    Next year that might happen.

  • J Hill

    If these injuries keep piling up, what other choice is there?

  • Morilla_00

    Don’t flip out yet.

  • PlunkforHOF

    It happens to all teams. Some have lost majors players for the season already.

  • http://cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    No he wouldn’t because Moore would need an end zone to be in a hospital or physical therapy office.

  • RediaR

    I give it until week 3 at the latest.

  • Dakota

    The one unit I am excited about (insert joke here) is the oline in run blocking……I hope they make it to game 1 intact.

  • http://cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    Not many choices you are correct.

  • J Hill

    Maybe they are simply hoping the young man has worked at it and gotten better. Also, with age, maybe a bit more mental development as well.

  • Dakota

    Too late.

  • J Hill

    You mean like last year when injuries ultimately had us starting Barnes and LT and some cat from Washington’s dumpster at RT?

  • Morilla_00

    I thought Penn was reported as stone walling people.

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

    Happens to every team.
    Seattle was starting a 7th round rookie at LT and a converted DE at RT last year.

  • J Hill

    I mean, with the “compared to what we were last year” statement, what else could it be?

  • Morilla_00
  • PlunkforHOF

    Last year we had guys that went from pickup to PS to starters in like 2 weeks.

  • PlunkforHOF

    I want one.

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

    That’s pretty awesome, I wear a ton of crappy sweaters.

  • Morilla_00

    I think that’s my sweater for the holiday parties.

  • jesusraiderjim

    Well this certainly fits the bill LOL.

  • AlDavisJr

    So this was the 4th or 5th practice in official TC? We have a long ways to go before game one of the regular season. Preseason games are usually abysmal showings after the first quarter, as the back ups and rook’s make mistakes, fold under pressure, the plays aren’t run smoothly or correctly. So Schauby making a 2 minute drill work good is great news.
    One last thing before going to dream land—I am gonna laff my azz off if Menelik Watson is a bull dozer this year. Hahahahah! BWA hahahaha!!!!!!!!! Practicing up….

  • Dakota

    Some in here are blind to comments regarding their particular crappy hero garbage qb.

  • jesusraiderjim

    From a distance your Avatar looks like Pauly from Rocky. Good night Pauly.

  • J Hill

    Do you dislike Penn simply because he is not Veldheer?

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Is your cup down again Vegas….

  • 1960AutumnWind

    So reports on Penn are good so let’s replace him? I think all the losing has drove all of you a little loco. Texas lingo….

  • Dakota

    12-13 sacks allowed…reason enough to be skeptical.

  • Dakota

    Last year it only would have taken a team 4 plays to score on the defense….progress!

  • AlDavisJr

    Heh! I have been compared to uglier characters…Nite

  • 1960AutumnWind

    No you are not first it’s just everyone else is last! Blog logic…. Sarcasm off.

  • J Hill

    1 bad year like Schaub?

  • AlDavisJr

    Texas lingo would be “Poco loco.”