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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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  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Two drinks?

  • Howard Benner

    Delusional failed science project. . .

  • Michael

    Dammit reports stop giving me optimism! Haha this camp seems a lot better than years past…

  • BuckeyeRaider

    As opposed to Mista, who just likes to grope a pair.

    I’m not talking some Double D’s either.

    Just an old hairy beanbag.

  • Michael

    Yea definitely could.use another corner. And might need someone to play for Antonio smith for few games. I worry about him staying healthy

  • r8ter4evr

    You know I have had some
    moments in here at times
    but in the end I know we all have a right to our opinions and are unified by the passion of the Raiders
    But never do I mention Moms, Dads family etc
    And worst of all cancer
    He will never apologize and deserves no respect

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    “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.”

    Thought we had one of those last year.

  • Dakota

    That is the hope. We shall see. Practice is not the same as game time. Even preseason games may not indicate success….last year schaub went 5-5 in the Texans first preseason game.

    Hopefully schaub is back and injuries caused his 2013 debacle. I pray for that to the football gods.

  • r8ter4evr

    As much as I liked TP
    Carr can throw
    TP can’t

  • lefty12

    You must have missed the”he was decisive…..and understood if he needed to get out of bounds he could have but……..

  • Michael

    Lol. Yep we did have a real decisive qb. As he walked to the line “ok I’m gonna snap the ball and roll to my right”

  • Miamiraider78

    Dude, kill yourself. I’m sure at this juncture of your life, if you’re going around insulting ppls mothers or those who have battled cancer, you have probably entertained the thought. Nobody will miss you!

  • Raider O
  • Dakota

    Couldn’t afford a dome with all that oil money?

  • Michael

    I guess technically a mushroom cloud is artificial…

  • r8ter4evr

    He is not to old
    Change of teams will bode well
    Has enough good targets and will help get one or more 1000 yards
    RB situation is the key
    I also have high hopes for MJD

  • Michael

    Defense worries me a lot. As do our offensive skill positions

  • Howard Benner

    I would go out for a beer with almost every blogger I exchange posts & opinions with. . .but that? I have to refrain from going off. . .

    Yes, i echo your sentiments. . .

  • lefty12

    L. Murray is the dark horse.He could be the short yardage back we’ve needed for far too long.

  • Raider O

    I was thinking the same thing.

  • r8ter4evr

    It will be a strength
    LB’s and front 4 are going to set the tone . We have the potential to have a great front seven
    Secondary is a concern no doubt

  • lefty12

    Remember,last year the D started fairly strong.Injuries and the lack of depth to keep guys fresh took their toll.This year we have better talent to start with.Whether or not we have the depth will be the question.

  • r8ter4evr

    Harems aren’t cheep

  • Michael

    Fair point. Hope the secondary holds up

  • Michael

    I’m a bit concerned about the d line. Hope they can get after it

  • Raider O

    The cloud costs 500K, so I’m assuming it’s more cost effective.

  • Blackholepriest

    He won games, while your decisive QB lost them. And your hand picked good ole boy couldnt beat him out.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Schaubs 1st 4 games last year;
    ————-Comp—-Att—–Yds—-TD—-Int
    1 @SD——34——45—–346—–3—–1
    2 Tenn——-26——48—–298—–3—–2
    3 @Balt—–25——35—–194—–0—–1
    4 Seat——-31——49—–355—–2—–2

  • Blackholepriest

    Pryors gone, you got your Lilly white QB classroom. And mascot to go with it…….be happy!

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Uh oh. He’s gonna make friends with you now.
    What’s up Miami? How’s the kid?

  • Michael

    My hand picked boy? Dude I killed the move to sign Flynn. I had been saying matt Moore should have been signed, would have come cheap and was an average qb. Which would have been a lot better than what we had

  • Blackholepriest

    Throws good enough for Seattle. The Champs!

  • Blackholepriest

    Well then shut about it!

    You hot what you wanted be happy…..

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Yep! Got that #2 spot locked up and is now challenging Wilson. Whoo-Hoo!!

  • Michael

    I am happy Pryor is gone. All he could do was run fast.

  • Michael

    Calm down, it was one little joke

  • Blackholepriest

    Well he’s doing it somewhere else and they seem to like it.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    2 games we hung on to win by shutting his azz down

  • Blackholepriest

    To bad we couldn’t hang to one for the mascot…

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Yep. He’s a lock!!

  • Raider O

    Cheap or Sheep? Lol

  • Michael

    Yea but Seattle has a solid starter. I would have been fine keeping Pryor and use him in the sort of brad smith role. He definitely could have been a good weapon, just not a starting qb. Hell as far fetched as it seems I would have liked to see what he could have done returning kicks

  • Blackholepriest

    You worried?

    Certainly seems that way!

  • Blackholepriest

    Shut up sucka you showed your hand…….long as they got their boys…..be happy!

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    He’s the ultimate Pryor groupie. Been predicting greatness for him for 3 years now, and still is delusional.

  • Dakota

    Kind of a mixed bag there…..good yardage though.

  • Michael

    Well I’m definetly happier with schaub and hopeful for Carr.

  • Blackholepriest

    Who’s the mascot challenging?

  • lefty12

    Among other things!

  • Michael

    Ah ok. Pryor choir boy. I’m sure Russell Wilson is about to be cut