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.”


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • jesusraiderjim
  • _Mista_

    DA needs to stop calling him Schaubby that is lame as Fk but Schaub/Carr is the best thing we had going in a long while!

  • _Mista_

    Your kidding?

  • Dakota

    Skeptical there too…at least until he sees live competition with no red jersey on.

  • _Mista_

    You have yet to see Penn when it matters, relax.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Actually the offense could not score much last year. Level of play is up is the point.

  • jesusraiderjim

    Ahoy there Schaubby

  • _Mista_


  • jesusraiderjim


  • Auric Jarrel

    Not to Schaubby.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    “Defensive tackle Antonio Smith, who had sports hernia surgery in the offseason, left practice with a groin issue possibly related to that procedure.”
    Damn! A lingering issue or more surgery to clean up scar tissue?

  • Dakota

    His groin fell off.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Why the heck should a guy in shape have a “back tighten up” in training camp?
    Answer: don’t assume he’s in shape.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV


  • lefty12

    So if the defense stops the offense it is because the offense just sucks.And if the offense scores on the defense it must be because the defense sucks.I see how it works around here.BTW,all defenses have difficult times at the end of games with todays rules and you guys know it.

  • Dakota

    But DA did say it was still flying around out there.

  • Dakota

    Yes….and don’t forget, it isn’t because watson is good, it is because tuck and mack suck!

  • aig-raiders

    seriously I’d rather hear about completions than balls hitting the dirt like yrs past.

  • lefty12

    From what is inferred on here it that could only be happening because the DBs can’t cover anyone.

  • DJ Johnny

    I’ll wait till preseason games. The last 3 yr’s we’ve seen in preseason the same things we see in reg season…not as far as specific plays or strategy…but just how the team is gonna play.
    Week 3 (the most “important” game) is at Green Bay.

  • DJ Johnny

    …and the game at Green Bay is being televised nationally on CBS.

  • ForHundred8


  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Ugly?!? That’s awesome!!!
    I would’ve replaced the trees with ornaments picturing Raider greats.

  • DJ Johnny

    Woulda been nice if we could’ve had a game winning drive last yr. Indy…NY Giants…we had the ball and a chance. Both times Pryor turned it over.

    This yr will be different I hope.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    We’ll humiliate them in the 1st half! And our 2nd string will humiliate theirs in the 2nd half! And at half time it’ll be announced that Reggie spent that 12 million on two playmakers that you love! You’ll be very happy.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I got disappeared for the last 5 hours. A lot of catching up to do. Any highlights?

  • Howard Benner

    Just a couple of observations. . .

    Like i do b4 any season I go over all the DVD’s I have on the Recent Raiders & the special teams, the Super Bowl Raiders. . .

    I was watching the 1980 video. . .they were going through a transition in which the national pundits predicted the Raiders would be the bottom feeders of the division. . .

    They were starting six new defensive players, one being a MIKE that played Dline in college (Matt Millen) @ Penn State. . .plus a new qb (which required replacement in game 6) became the first Super Bowl winner from the wild card ranks. . .

    . . .And this season? well. . .veteran laden FA class. . .seven new starters. . .four on offense, including a qb. . .

    The difference that team boasted Art Shell, Gene Upshaw, Cliff Branch, the late Rod Chandler & Mark van Eegan & future standouts like Todd Christensen. . .nobody even close to those illustrious players graces the Raiders current foster. . .

    So, when discussing the progress of this current group of Raiders people have gone from “they look good on paper” or even pollyanish. . .then they check themselves with, ‘well, we’ll see in OTA’s. . .then they say, “we won’t know until training camp. . .’ then they minimize that with, “it’s just practice & arranged & controlled as well. . .” they even go on to “is the result of that battle between two players in a scrimmage type scenario or is it a drill ? ”

    Then some maintain we won’t know until pre season games. . .Whereupon a lot of people will say, “they don’t have a gameplan in yet. . .We really won’t know until the regular season evolves. . .”

    It’s great to find out, in print, in a situation we can’t even touch that doesn’t even remotely resemble a game how the players are performing. . .some players aren’t practice players; they suck in practice but once the lights come on, they shine more brightly than their practice all star teammates. . .

    And that leads me to the bottom line. . .all this attention to training camp & pre season is both required & somewhat revealing. . .but let’s see (A if they can physically hold together & (B they can develop into a cohesive & competitive group. . .

    I am pragmatic, as always but remain hopeful. . .

  • Howard Benner

    A lowlight; Antonio Smith had to adjourn early from practice with a groin issue. . .this may or may not be related to his recent sports hernia surgery. . .

    Aaron Howard left practice early with a ‘stiff back. . .”

    And there’s hamburger all over the highway in Mystic, Connecticut. . .

  • _Mista_


  • Howard Benner

    Observation: a player can sustain an injury when in fine shape. . .

  • Howard Benner

    Now he’s mojo less?

  • BuckeyeRaider

    Got disappeared? There isn’t any missing time is there? Possibly an alien abduction. Do you need hypnosis therapy for repressed memories?

    Hopefully no Llama mutilations were involved.

    Other than that….no, you really didn’t miss much as far as I can tell.

  • Schaubēmojò (c) ès no Yohnny Fùtbol. No. Yohnny Fùtbol ès fiesta hombrè. Schaubēmojò (c) ès be a Raderio badàss. Ès be Supremo Bola Lombardi año por Oakland. Ès true. ¿No?

  • Howard Benner

    Go to the SI site & check the story out on his training regimen, straight from the gym & involving the trainer. . .

  • BuckeyeRaider

    Which is basically an admission that it is above his reading comprehension level. Which is basically anything more complicated than The Cat in the Hat.

  • Howard Benner

    That’s not the point; these are but two of the veteran FA class the Raiders brought i for 2014. . .that is part of the “worst case scenario” that might occur. . .the incoming FA class becomes injured & cannot add the needed production, leadership & depth, their presence promised. . .

  • Howard Benner

    Better inform the seismic crews. . .might only be Reg dumpster diving. . .

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Had a bunch of stuff under a buddies house that’s getting foreclosed on and finally had to start reclaiming what’s left. JBL speakers and stereo system, Fender Bassman(Pre CBS) guitar amp, tools. albums, etc etc. Lots of downed insulation rat’s nests to clear away.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Sounds like the offense has been sharper than the defense for all 3 padded practices so far. Gonna take some time for that defense to gel. Not worried about Howard, guy never misses games. Concerned about Smith tho, probably shut him down the rest of TC. Not saying the defense sucks because the offense seems to dominate. It’s tough when you aren’t allowed to take guys to the ground. Still, I hope the D is impressing by preseason game 3.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Copper pipes.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Gumby, the syphilitic psycho.

  • Ès so true. Ès be a supremo estación. Señor Reggie ès briliantè hombrè. Ès A++ draftès. He no draftès Yohnny Fùtbol. Ès so briliantè.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    If they were, on the last week I would. Fvck’ em! Wiring too.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Yea. They do. They have 0 basis in fact. Penn has been ranked higher than Veldheer 2 out of the last 3 years. And the year Veldheer beat him it was by 1 place. Penn is a FAR superior run blocker than Veldheer. It’s not even close.

  • Howard Benner

    Refrain from commenting any further on my posts. . .you are a complete sociopath without any redeeming qualities. . .

    I can’t imagine how someone could become as mentally contorted from reality than you. . .

    Noe pizz off into oblivion. . .

  • 0ak R8rs

    With a statue at QB and a UDFA at left guard.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Pretty sure that’s illegal. Is in PA anyway. Meth heads swiping them from occupied houses.

  • DJ Johnny

    Ahh. You picked up on my big pet peeve…I guess I have been harping on it a lot.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Stealing copper pipes and wiring is illegal in PA? What’s up with that?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Barely noticed!