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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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  • lefty12

    Do you realize the whiners are 10 mil under the cap?It isn’t a big deal.

  • Gdog

    The thing that struck me with this post is comparing Carr to Gannon in mobility. I had no idea this was a trait of his. One positive Koolade sip!

  • 0ak R8rs

    Wonder which CB we get from TC casualties? Idc what Reggie and DA say, DBust is one in grown toenail away from IR. We need another body at CB. Unless we wanna watch Taiwan and Chekwa chasing people down that is.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Yea. Almost exactly like Gannon in that sense actually. Not super fast, but runs hard and smart. Elusive is a good word I guess.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Lmao. Not stealing. Can’t remove them at all. Even from you’re own house.

  • _Mista_

    I was going to offer 10.00 to anybody that read your post from beginning to end….deal is off the table now fk face. :)

  • Gdog

    Swoon. I just hope we don’t have to rush him in too soon…

  • BuckeyeRaider

    While on one hand I’m looking forward to watching the Ray Guy Road to Canton special tomorrow night on NFLN, it is also bittersweet at the same time. It’ll be nice to see Madden and all the old Raider Greats give Guy his long over-due moment in the sun and celebrate his enshrinement into the HOF. Relive all those great moments of this storied franchise’s history.

    On the other hand, it’s sad because those glory days are quickly becoming ancient history. This proud franchise needs to get back to respectability and start creating some new legends and history. For the next generation of Raider fans.

    No more living in the past. Just Win, Baby!

    I genuinely think this team is going to start the turnaround this year. They are going to make Raider fans proud again. I’m not suggesting they are going to come out of nowhere and win it all like the ’80 team.

    But they are going to surprise some people this year. They are going to be way more competitive than all the prognosticators are suggesting. I truly believe this.

  • r8ter4evr

    Is everyone all in on The Schauby train
    He has been a division winner, pro bowl QB , record setting QB and now he is here to bring this team back to their once perennial winning ways
    Broncos , Chiefs and Chargers can be had
    It’s our time
    We have a QB that can move the chains, put up good yardage and point totals and manage the clock especially the 2 minute drill
    Sky’s the limit
    Forget 7-9
    It’s all about 10-6

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Sins Of The Brother
    The same toughness question that haunted David Carr during his NFL career could chase younger sibling Derek out of the first round.
    ESPN The Magazine
    by Seth Wickersham

    http://espn.go.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/10862080/sins-brother-derek-carr-learn-brother-david-busted-career

    Worth the read. Very long. When you hit the picture and think it’s over, it isn’t. Nor the next time.

  • Dakota

    Mmmmmmmmmm, no. Talk to me after they play the preseason games.

  • r8ter4evr

    Read above Buck
    It’s going to happen
    Starting this year
    We have talent and we are just getting started

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    99% of yours can be read from beginning to end by reading your name and moving on.

  • Howard Benner

    Neanderthalic child. . .

    But the fk face part. . how impactful. . .

  • r8ter4evr

    Tired of hedging
    Liked the Schaub trade and it’s looking better and better to me
    Sure it’s TC but this guy is legit

  • r8ter4evr

    Don’t worry Schauby is the man

  • Dakota

    Rise above.

  • Howard Benner

    Yes, but when it calls out your mom, the farthest thing an adult & a man would possibly do disdain for it’s existence is magnified when it responds to my posts. . .

    I think it spread the lotion in it’s mouth. . .& liked it. . .

  • r8ter4evr

    Not bad

  • Dakota

    Then you are not making an informed evaluation…..

  • lefty12

    We definitely have better talent than last year.The key will be staying relatively healthy and if young guys step up when an injury does occur.It is Preseason and optimism is a good thing.

  • Howard Benner

    Dude, he called my mother out on a previous post. . .no self respecting man would lower themselves to that marianas trench level. . .I have said this for the entire blog to notice. . .if I ever met it in person I immediately punch it in it’s nose. . .

  • _Mista_

    Dont be so sensitive, grow a pair.

  • r8ter4evr

    Why?
    I will take his YEARS of very good QB play over 6 weeks of a slump
    He is our best QB since Gannon
    Accolades prove this

  • Gdog

    Reports are encouraging… I have to admit!!

  • _Mista_

    After you trolled me for no reason I did what? You cockroaches always take a p!ss and then cry wolf.

  • Gdog

    Not on any train yet until about game three.. but for sure in line!

  • r8ter4evr

    We can say this year is different every year
    But IMO this really is true this year
    When have we had multiple Pro Bowl players on both sides of the ball ???

  • Howard Benner

    Weeks ago you considered the ultimate cardinal sin; you called my mother out. . .

    No self respecting man would ever do that. . .since you lack the intestinal fortitude to exist in our society stay off my posts. . .you are the lowest life form in creation. . .or the accidental waste found in your petri dish. . .

  • r8ter4evr

    That’s a good start
    Brought a smile to my face
    Hope this team comes together and
    plays to it’s potential

  • 0ak R8rs

    My only concern w Carr is his performing under pressure. He’s had some bad “big” games. But when he’s on, he’s as good as any QB I saw in college last year.

  • lefty12

    Oh,I agree.This could be the best team we’ve fielded in a long time.

  • r8ter4evr

    Since 2002
    I believe

  • Gdog

    If anyone is going to Mnlps for the first pre-season game I can meet you for a pregame drink!

  • Gdog

    Weirder things have happened in the NFL.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    A 61%+ slump, by the way, and on pace for another 4000+ yd season, albeit with a rash of Int’s along the way.

  • r8ter4evr

    He crosses the honorable borders in here
    He is a SCUMBAG POS

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    You buy my ticket, I’ll buy your drink.

  • Gdog

    The only game I saw was his bad game… so I was jaded. Sheety college QBs sometimes make great NFL QBs though.

    He is the only hope of the Raiders really. Mack might be great, and not win one extra game.

  • r8ter4evr

    Love the input

  • _Mista_

    You still sore about that it was a month ago right? Grow a set of stones and think twice before you come out of the shadows to smart off to me you got smacked, deal with it.

    Gnight old man! :)

  • Gdog

    Preseason? You can find twenty buck tickets. Vikings fans are fickle as Raider fans…

  • lefty12

    I’ll buy your ticket,you buy the plain tickets.

  • Howard Benner

    I stick to topic; you insist in engaging in personal attacks & name calling. . .

    You completely defy my debate code of conduct. . .

    Your points of view are so intrinsically atavistic, particularly politically they bear response. . .but that is what blogs are for; an exchange of ideas to promote HEALTHY debate & idea exchange. . .

    What you engage in? Well, if the general mental healthy community only knew; can’t help thinking why they wouldn’t; they would draw straws to see who would get you as a test case. . .the unlucky winner (when they open Pandora’s box) would be able to retire on your case. . .

    Case never closed. . .

  • _Mista_

    Cry wolf ladies! :)
    See ya tomorrow.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Gumby, Gumby, Gumby. Most just continue to abuse you.

  • r8ter4evr

    See you at the game
    SCURRY RAT

  • Howard Benner

    Don’t think he has any friends. . .he surely has no allies on this blog. . .

    He is the most delusional form of life I have met that can actually communicate. . .a paranoid predatory mass of life. . .to refer to any specific animal would be an insult to that animal. . .

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Airplane ticket. I’ll buy my own game ticket.

  • Gdog

    Ha. Nice try.