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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

    A lot of us liked JC.

  • Blackholepriest

    Lol listen to this azz hole…..punk in the trunk!

    Get the hell outta here!

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    No it isn’t. You’re blindand exposing your racism. Not anybody elses. You are an old fool.

  • DJ Johnny

    True…but it seemed to be a bit of a coming out party…like he COULD get it done and make defenses account for his arm..like you couldn’t just let him stand back there and dare him to pass.
    You’re right that we barely hung on..but I thought his 3rd down pass to Butler late was clutch.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    You can’t handle the truth! How’d you like the way Hue handled the JC situation? JC heard about the trade on TV from his hospital bed.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Oh hell, I was excited, no doubt. Wanted to build off that.

  • Blackholepriest

    Go finish your Archie Bunker tapes…

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Go respond to the JC/Hue post, if you dare.

  • SlashNHack

    McGloin is a midget… And does not “look” like a prototype NFL QB. But some liked that he got plays off on time, did not take sacks, got the ball out quicker with more zip than Pryor.

  • DJ Johnny

    Who woulda thought that as good as it was gonna get…

  • turf toe

    Yeah.

  • turf toe

    But mt flyn really sucked.

  • SlashNHack

    JC and Vince Evans maybe :-)

  • the super genius dr robert

    hey idiot. teams win games, not qbs. only ignorant people think otherwise.

  • the super genius dr robert

    liar. thats’ all u are.

  • the super genius dr robert

    see. u always try to tell us what we think, no matter what we say. that’s what makes u a clown to ignore.

  • http://batman-news.com accupolco gold aka elmo

    Hola Nacíon Raderio. Ès ès so supremo día ès be a Raderios fan. ¿? Ès so supremo.

  • the super genius dr robert

    Re: pryor.

    told ya so.

  • SlashNHack

    I just read an article stating that TP now gets it and is very much improved in Seahawks camp!

  • SlashNHack

    Ok Shauby has his mojo back and Reece lost 15 lbs and will be more explosive. What else we got?

  • the super genius dr robert

    believe it when i see it.

    there’s now way. he sucks.

  • SlashNHack

    Just saying that “pryor sucks” is very lame. I think he had correctable issues.

    I don’t get why our coaches couldn’t impose a “do not run backwards or to the right in the face of phantom pressure” rule or performed drills with rope around his feet and force him to stay in the pocket and run through progressions. If they had done that we might have had something.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    You also read pretty much the same thing about Pryor in pre-season when he was here.

  • SlashNHack

    I also read that shabby Schauby has his mojo back :-)

  • the super genius dr robert

    lol. well he does!

    everything ur saying points out that he’s in fact, not an nfl caliber qb. he’s fast and he’s capable of doing some nice improv but ultimately he just isn’t a qb worth putting a bunch of time into since he simply lacks too much that is required.

    i wish him luck and stuff but i have a feeling he’s not long for the league.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Wow. Priest really went on a bender, no?

  • JerryMcDonalds#1Fan

    DA calls our QB “Schaubby” too (lol) or that was just a misquote by Jerry?

  • JerryMcDonalds#1Fan

    always!

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    The nicknames trickle down. I remember watching a CP presser at camp a couple of years ago where he referred to DHB as “DHB.”

  • SlashNHack

    The thing that mystifies me is that the things he does wrong should be able to be corrected. Basically his pocket presence and reads. I am torn on Pryor … He was not good last year and he is on year 4, but could put it together still

  • SlashNHack

    Better than pick six !

  • SlashNHack

    Let’s hope

  • SlashNHack

    Bergs trying out at center. A last ditch effort to find value before he is jettisoned, or a sign that Boothe is done ?

  • JerryMcDonalds#1Fan

    just thought it was funny Antonio Smith gave Matt a nickname and the whole team (even coaches) use it!

  • JerryMcDonalds#1Fan

    relax Slash. Pryor might be a darn good QB in 2016 if he’s still in the league

  • JerryMcDonalds#1Fan

    Ok Shauby has his mojo back and Reece lost 15 lbs and will be more explosive. What else we got?

    ***
    the 2 biggest surprises have been Watson & Branch. Chekwa & Ausberry might make a name for themselves this year too. Donald Penn is killing it at LT. Carr has potential. DMAC & MJD are healthy. Hayden will be back soon. Optimism Abounds!!

  • JerryMcDonalds#1Fan

    i found that interesting too. I thought Boothe would be backup center and RG. he was neither. what is he doing here? is he hurt? is he a rah rah bench guy, like an asst coach?

  • SlashNHack

    I’m not a huge Pryor guy. I just think that the racist tone of his supporters (backing him mostly for his color) caused a huge hate backlash. Then again his own agent sealed his fate here

  • Guest123

    Optimism Abounds!!!!

  • Guest123

    last ditch effort to find some value in Bergs. I think he’s a longshot to make this roster.

  • SlashNHack

    Boothe reminds me of Gurode in a way, just fatter. He’s a load in the run game but maybe slowing down

  • JerryMcDonalds#1Fan

    yep. you called it

  • SlashNHack

    Ok! What has Branch done of note? Haven’t seen anything except him getting burned for a TD by Ausbury

  • SlashNHack

    I tend to agree. If he can’t play center they keep Boothe

  • JerryMcDonalds#1Fan

    lol, me too – but Reece is a tough cover for most LB’s and SS’s … DA says he’s flying around out there, praised his coverage ability of all things. All the beat writers agree. Bair even said via Live Chat “he’s everywhere!”. Maybe Year 7 he’s finally got it all figured out

  • JerryMcDonalds#1Fan

    where have all the jokes gone about DA’s teets? pretty sure he gets more looks from Raider fans than that white trash hooker Miley does

  • Guest123

    https://twitter.com/ChrisHansenNFL

    **********

    Late Night twitter chat in the wee hours of the morning with Chris Hansen talking Raiders. I am too lazy to edit it but here’s the gist of it.

    Christopher
    Hansen@ChrisHansenNFL · 4h

    With guys like Tuck and Woodson I tend not to get too worried if they aren’t dominating camp. Saving the juice for games.

    I’d like to see more from Tuck and Woodson. Still early. RT @og_gin: has there been anyone in camp who has been disappointing so far?

    I see positive signs. RT @beto_42: @ChrisHansenNFL will @CelReece45 finally be prominently featured in the passing game?

    When did I say that? No, I don’t. RT @laker_r8erfan: @ChrisHansenNFL you really
    think raiders move out of state?

    Tough to say because OL is so much better. RT @obiJuan__: @ChrisHansenNFL how much improved is the D line looking?

    Has looked like worst of bunch so far. RT @EmilioCruz35: @ChrisHansenNFL what about Chance Casey?

    Might be true that Raiders haven’t signed a CB because they expect Hayden back, but young corners playing well is another reason.

    Neiko Thorpe has impressed me so far. Raiders young DBs are looking so much better than last year.

    No. He’s done. RT @gramcraccr: @ChrisHansenNFL U think Asante Samuel has enough left to warrant a look?couldn’t hurt IMO

    No major concerns at the moment. RT @marklubienski: @ChrisHansenNFL Still
    feeling good about Penn and Watson? Any concerns there?

    James Jones. RT @TotallyTaran: @ChrisHansenNFL Best WR in camp so far?

    Keep eye on Erle Ladson. RT @JV_Raider: @ChrisHansenNFL Which UDFA
    player/players you think can make the 53 man roster?

    Guess is as good as mine. RT @AP_sports1: @ChrisHansenNFL How’s my
    man Janokowski doing?

    His routes are ugly and he’s dropping too many balls. RT @Stanto68: @ChrisHansenNFL Is Holmes not doing much?

    Doesn’t look like it at this point, but possible. RT @vagrantkaw: You have Moore 4th on the depth chart? Is he a possible preseason cut?

    Around 10 is realistic. RT @Kam_IsTheMan: @ChrisHansenNFL how many
    sacks do you think Mack will get this season?

    If they keep 6 he has great odds. RT @3170d8abfb20416: @ChrisHansenNFL thoughts on Brice butler making the roster?

    Not to that extreme. RT @clankfu: Any truth the report that Rogers looks out of shape and getting burnt left and right?

    Ate up Atkinson in pass rush drill the other day, but so did everyone. RT @JV_Raider: @ChrisHansenNFL how carlos fields #44 looking?

    Ausberry, but both mix in. RT @Steve_Naranjo: @ChrisHansenNFL who wins
    TE battle, ausberry or rivera?

  • Guest123

    DA’s teets? The jokes are his tweets about Niner Nation. HA!

  • Guest123

    He’s had that nickname since HS

  • Myopinion

    Cool thanks, my super sleeper udfa erle ladson got his name mentioned. You can’t teach 6/6 350 who played lt in college.