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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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  • Myopinion

    So who’s our backup lt?

  • JerryMcDonalds#1Fan

    Alex Barron is waiting by the phone

  • Myopinion

    Reason 1 to take training camp tweets with hesitation. If I remember correctly last year at this time he was looking real good.

  • SlashNHack

    Thanks!

  • 0ak R8rs

    Nice info.

  • 0ak R8rs

    They will be out in first after our first preseason loss. No worries there.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Which league?

  • 0ak R8rs

    How about DBust Haydone? When’s that gonna trickle down?

  • SlashNHack

    Lol

  • SlashNHack

    The NFL is experimenting with the point after bring made Info a 33 yarder. What are your thoughts? First thing I thought of was the havock it might cause for handicapers

  • 0ak R8rs

    Another bad “1st” pick for Reggie. At least this one made some sense at the time, because of the stupid ZBS and stupid Knapp. Not as devasting as DBust Haydone tho. Not even close.

  • 0ak R8rs

    I think they r gonna try it week two of preseason too, right? Idk, I get that the extra point has become automatic. But it’s been that way mostly for a long time. Very few extra points were missed even in the 70s and 80s. I’m torn on this one. Because I like how it changes the game on the rare occasion one is missed. But idk how it will change the game when there r 2 or 3 missed in a game?

  • SlashNHack

    Going with the zbs after the success we had the prior year was horrible !!! And compounded by an immediate shift back! We all knew Knapp sucked and that McFadden sucked in the zbs and we ostracized two of our best coaches, Wiz and Wiley…. Repugnant !

  • 0ak R8rs

    Yea. Sht like that why this deconstruction/reconstruction is a year behind. Reggie and crew got off to quite a slow start, to all of your points. FCKING Knapp.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Barnes.

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    I think it is stupid, there are lots of things in sports that are at 99% conversion,but you still play it out.

  • SlashNHack

    I think that Anything under 45 yards is where Jano tanks – and how pissed fans will be when their teams lose on a missed PAT…and people who bet will freak out

  • 0ak R8rs

    Yea. It will add a “luck” effect to wagering.

  • SlashNHack

    I was thinking of you when I read it ha ha

  • SlashNHack

    It’s cool from an excitement point of view…. Just not for your own team or when betting

  • Myopinion

    Could be. I actually think it could be menelik.
    But to that point, I hope Jackson can beat out Barnes soon. I’d rather have Barnes as everyone’s backup, and letting Jackson get comfortable in one spot.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Yea. Would be great to have a rookie step right in and grab a starting role. He’s behind right now. See what happens when the games start.

  • Guest123

    I think it’s a bad idea. Trying to make drama where it shouldn’t be. I think extra points should be automatic. I’d hate for my team to fight hard all game and lose by a missed extra point in lousy weather. The same principle holds for why I hate penalty kicks in world cup soccer. Deciding a long hard fought out game on the fate of an extra point kick isn’t fair for the fans or the players. Cheapens the game. Doing away with extra points would be a better option than making them risky.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Yea. That’s about right. Not even sure about the excitement part of it actually. Still a boring play until it’s missed.

  • RaidingTexas

    Morning, Nation!

    Sounds like Schaub is in line for a rebound season. Good thing, because Carr seems to be a ways away (still fumbling snaps!) And us believers in Watson are being proven right. Fk the PFF crowd!!!

  • 0ak R8rs

    I think if the US continues to progress in soccer we can have some influence to change that. Maybe I’m giving us too much credit. But in hockey you shootout during the year, to get the games over. But full extra periods in the Stanley Cup. Best way of doing it IMO. Soccer should do the same. Add more subs.

  • Guest123

    On the subject of preseason sleeper favorite Andre Holmes. According to most beats including Tafur, he’s been really struggling. No lock to even make the team? Wow. This I was not expecting…
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    Asher Mathews@AsherMathews · 11h

    Andre Holmes has struggled a lot during camp, so far. He’s no lock to make the team, although they like him. Needs to get his mojo back.

    Christopher Hansen@ChrisHansenNFL · 6h

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

  • SlashNHack

    One very bright note under the Regime and after the “purge” is that you don’t see a lot of distractions surrounding the team. Flynn starts moping, he’s out, Pryor starts playing the martyr in the public forum, he’s gone…. Nobody getting suspended for PEDs or weed (not since Holmes) no wife beaters etc.

  • Guest123

    John Middlekauff@JohnMiddlekauff · 9h

    Accurate, knows the offense, commands the team well, just lacks arm strength & is a bad foot athlete Raiderdude41: how’s Schaub looking?”

  • 0ak R8rs

    PFF isn’t Watson’s problem. His problem has been keeping his fat azz and weak calf on the field. Looks like he’s taking his job seriously now. Good for him, and us.

  • RaidingTexas

    “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.”

  • SlashNHack

    I agree

  • Guest123

    I think that’s a fair assessment by the way. If that’s what “mojo” is then Schaubby has it in spades. Just don’t oversell what he brings to the table. What I’m pleased with is the consensus opinion on his accuracy and command of the huddle. I think we’ll be alright with Shaubby. Better than I at first believed.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Yea. Not good. I’ll have to eat crow w JFB if he doesn’t turn it around. He called this.

  • RaidingTexas

    It was lack of football experience that hindered him last year. He only played two years, remember? That’s Reggie’s fault, not Watson’s.

  • SlashNHack

    It would be cool to see the Donkeys blow a PAT to lose a key game, but other than that, it’s not a good thing

  • Guest123

    John Middlekauff@JohnMiddlekauff · 11h

    Have some bad drops today, has talent but I’m not depending on him for 50 catches @One___Nation: @JohnMiddlekauff Not a fan of Holmes?”

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    here’s another criticism of Holmes

  • Guest123

    John Middlekauff@JohnMiddlekauff · 12h

    2nd year TE Mychal Rivera should have a BIG year. MAJOR mismatch, can line up in the slot, outside & in the backfield

  • Myopinion

    The his routes are ugly is the frustrating part. You’re a professional, I see no excuse for not perfecting that part.
    I still think he’s a lock, what his size and ball skills, jumping ability bring to the offense is hard to find.

  • Guest123

    Now here’s a tweet I can get excited about. I’ve been of the mind that Rivera should be a year 2 breakout TE. I’m not buying the Ausberry koolaid, and never did. Though there are still a couple of beats (Levi, Hansen) who think it’s Ausberry’s job to lose. I’m not agreeing with them at all. Rivera is primed for 80 catches this year, just like Myers kinda did a couple years back.

  • RaidingTexas

    I’ve consistently said that lack of WRs is what’s going to keep this team from winning. There were immediate impact WRs sitting there for Reggie in the 2nd round. Dumb.

  • Guest123

    John Middlekauff@JohnMiddlekauff · 12h

    Yes very, looks like he has some of his quickness back @SigmundBloom: @JohnMiddlekauff does MJD look like he’s in good shape?”

  • Hotep Down

    yep i agree, good points. but the 7 points automatic and the posibility of gambling one point for the two point conversion would be better.. would make the game faster less meaningless kicks or even worse as you say to loose on penales

  • Guest123

    Hated the move to get MJD from the start. Thought he lost a lot of quickness and nothing but a plodder at 29 yo. Maybe the injury is now behind him. Can he bounce back? Serve me up a heaping pile of crow please…

  • RaidingTexas

    I’ve been skeptical of him too. I was not a fan of the trade. But once Reggie reached on Carr, I knew we needed a rebound season from Schaub in a very bad way.

  • Hotep Down

    also they would have to have the good sense to go to ‘sudden death’ in the first or hypothetical second pieriod or perhaps in the second part of the first extra period

  • Myopinion

    If Watson had experience, you wouldn’t be able to pick him with less than a top ten pick.

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    IF THET DO AWAY WITH THE P.A.T., DOESNT THE 2 PT. CONVERSION GO WITH IT ?

  • Guest123

    John Middlekauff@JohnMiddlekauff · 12h

    If they played tomorrow Schaub would give them the best chance to win. Can’t say if that’ll be the case in a month

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    Just when I was getting my hopes up, Middlekauff throws a wet blanket over top.

  • RaidingTexas

    And quite a bit more disciplined on the field. Penalties are WAY down since the embarrassing Huebris season.