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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

  • Blackholepriest

    Pryors happy as well…

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Lily white, ink black, eggplant purple, mexican mocha, I don’t care. What matters is we have QB talent with the three.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Traded for Mr. Irrelevent? I’m sure he is.

  • lefty12

    We all know not all INTs are the QBs fault.I wonder if any of those weren’t necessarily his fault.

  • Blackholepriest

    You care, stop lying

    You and the rest of this lynch mob hood wearing suckaz

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I’ll answer when I understand the question.Slow down, wipe the froth off, and type slower.

  • Michael

    I’m starting to think the only one who cares about the qbs skin color is you.

  • Blackholepriest

    Playing for the Champs!

    Instead of the Chumps!

  • lefty12

    It goes totally over your head that people didn’t like Pryor as a QB because he wasn’t any good.LMFAO

  • lefty12

    You got it.

  • Michael

    Wait a second….was Flynn not just a really really light skinned black man?!?! Sign him back reg!!!!!!

  • Blackholepriest

    Neither is your good ole boy!

    That doesn’t stop ya’

  • BuckeyeRaider

    Damn, the Thunderbird must be flowing.

    Why does everything have to be filtered thru the prism of race with you, TJ?

    I don’t know. I’ve never had to walk a mile in your shoes. Maybe you’re old enough to have had to sit at the back of the bus. Or used a separate drinking fountain. Or worse.

    Jeezus. Come join the rest of us in 2014, Priest.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I did sugarcoat it. The next two were ugly. He was injured in the 3rd quarter of the 2nd of those and that is why he was benched, contrary to popular belief.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Last years champs. Not this years.

  • Blackholepriest

    Long as they’re all white of course you don’t care…..lol

  • Blackholepriest

    I like coaches that don’t care……period

    That’s when I care!

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I don’t. Never have. You can’t bear to believe that. It confuses you.

  • lefty12

    Not true but talking to you is useless.You are pathetic.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    In the NFL with their jobs on the line. Here it comes.
    Shut up, Fool!

  • Blackholepriest

    You and the rest of these fools are transparent BOY!

    Sell your story elsewhere…..period

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    He get’s like this when he’s drinking Old Jim Crow!

  • lefty12

    I thought it might be Ripple.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    That’s WHITE BOY to you, Boy.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Rei Montaine.

  • Blackholepriest

    Punk shut the tell up”

  • Blackholepriest

    Uncle Tom blind azz fool

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I almost spit all over my sheet on that one.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    you;re getting more and more confused there, priest.

  • BuckeyeRaider

    Just as I suspected. You’re drunk as a skunk. It’s getting late, anyways.

    Good night TJ. And the rest of you fellas as well.

  • Blackholepriest

    If he’s white then it all majestic sense……lol

  • Blackholepriest

    Be gone sissy,

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Priest doesn’t drink. Just ask him. He suffers from late night dementia.

  • Blackholepriest

    Go chase done the llama you’re sleeping with tonite.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I don’t have to chase them. And I have slept with them. Males mostly.

  • BuckeyeRaider

    Damn TJ,

    You starting to sound more and more like Mystifiedthasupabigot every day.

    Before long, you’ll be telling us you have no interest in watching a game played between two teams with white QB’s.

    Or, perhaps you’ll root against the Raiders if RGIII is QB’ing the other team. SMH.

    Ignorant bigot.

    Ok, Now I’m out. G’night.

  • Blackholepriest

    Perhaps you should go get that dude waiting for ya’…

  • r8ter4evr

    Didn’t the pick get used for Dowling?

  • R8drTahoe in SF

    The only colors that matters in football are silver and black…

    I don’t care if the quarterback is black, brown, yellow, white, or red as long as the team is winning when he plays. I rooted for Hoestetler, George, Gannon, Mirer, Tuiasosopo, Collins, Walter, Brooks, McCown, Culpepper, Russell, Gradkowski, Frye, Campbell, Boller, Palmer, Pryor, and McGloin. For me, skin color never enter’s the equation, uniform color is all that matters in football.

  • DJ Johnny

    This talk of Pryor got me thinking back and that game we beat SD with him at QB…and I remember how the blog was so excited..we were talking about how we should lock him up NOW..with an extension etc. He looked good that game overall…and some of us thought it was only the beginning.
    It wasn’t until after the Giants game that I jumped off the train.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Our QB’s couldn’t be looking much better at this point and you couldn’t be much more bitter.
    That means that the worse the Raider’s white QB corp plays, the happier you would be.
    Stay bitter, old man.

  • R8drTahoe in SF

    I was hoping that the train would continue to roll full steam ahead… instead it derailed.

    One thing that a quarterback has to do to keep their job is score points.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Yes, Mr. Irrelevent may not be. Now that’s a trade!

  • SlashNHack

    He broke my heart. I thought that he was the QB for the future. It could have been injuries and the D noticing how he ran backwards or to the right under phantom pressure.

    I would have liked to have him on this team and have had him fight to clean up his mechanics.

    Very disappointed he pulled the drama at the end of the year. He should have focused on working on his game instead of playing the victim

  • Blackholepriest

    For some people that’s enough, but not for these suckaz in here. Every black QB that comes here they hate on him even when he wins……

    That’s why I blast their racist azzez when I feel like it.

  • DJ Johnny

    In fairness, the team has never given ANY of our QB’s the real tools to succeed. Palmer gets an UDFA and a 5th rd draft choice. Then they trade away his # 1 TE target. Not making excuses but it’s far from Cutler in Chicago where they truly built everything around HIM. They get his QB coach from Denver, fire the OC he doesn’t like and get one he does…then get him Brandon Marshall, Jeffrey and Bennett at TE…not to mention Bushrod for his blind side.
    One day the org will trust our qb enough to build around him.

  • SlashNHack

    You might have a point with Jason Campbell .

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    SD turned it over right off the bat, and Pryor threw a 44 yarder to Streater that he had to hold up for, but was open enough to convert anyway. Pryor led a very nice long TD drive mid 1 st quarter. added a short FG drive late 2nd quarter(turnover) and another FG in the 4th.
    Woodson scored a TD and SD turned it over 5-6 times. We won by 3 or 4.
    That’s great and all but it wasn’t all that.

  • Blackholepriest

    McZgloins sorry azz couldn’t win a Game but he’s loved. TP wins games and they rip him apart.

    It isn’t about winning it’s about if they’re comfortable with the way he looks…..lol

  • Blackholepriest

    It not a “might have a point” it’s the freaking TRUTH……period