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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

    I don’t think it’s really a competition between he and aus. Both pass catching Tes, but will be used in different ways.

  • hwnrdr

    Good Morning Nation!!!
    This is the weekend…Football! YES!

  • Guest123

    John Middlekauff@JohnMiddlekauff · 12h

    Matt Schaub has had a very good practice. Looks to have an excellent grasp of the OFF & has been very accurate all day

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    Love this!

  • Guest123

    YES YES YES YES!!

  • Guest123

    I think Rivera does some things route running that Aus just can’t do consistently. I think Schaub will develop some chemistry with Rivera because of that, and Aus will be spelling him from time to time. If he can stay healthy that is.

  • RaidingTexas

    Mixed messages from all the beat writers. I guess I’ll just wait and see what happens in the preseason games.

  • Guest123

    32nd to 29?

  • Guest123

    can’t wait!

  • Guest123

    It’s good news that we have Woodley and Tuck on the field to give Watson some friendly fire. Iron sharpens iron. I think we will see a steep learning curve for Watson this preaseason.

  • Hotep Down

    from his coments you get the sense that he’s happy to be here, relieved to be here enjoying hte ride. that’s a big deal

  • Guest123

    and a little cocky too. somewhat disdainful of Penn’s comment that he got his “mojo back”. telling everyone he never lost it in the first place.

  • hwnrdr

    Well…you can take that either way! Just hope his “cockiness” lives up to it!

  • Myopinion

    I really think we see both at the same time a good amount. I think they all have a little different skillet. And like I’ve said we get most of our best mismatches with te/fb, te/te in at the same time. I think it’s like this.
    Blocking fb:olawale
    Fb/pass catcher/rb:Reece
    Wr/te: Rivera
    Recieving te/blocking te:aus
    Blocking te: ?

  • Dakota

    not much of an improvement actually.

  • Guest123

    nothing wrong with being confident. he’s got 10 guys in the huddle looking at him every huddle up, and he needs to show that swagger, or else doubt creeps in on everyone in that huddle. starting QB has to have that “it” factor. I’m hoping that Schaub’s the real deal.

  • Guest123

    Blocking TE: Kasa?

  • RaidingTexas

    I didn’t say ranking changed that much. But look at Penalties per game and Penalty yardage per game. MASSIVE difference.

    2011: 10.2 PPG, 84.9 YPG
    2013: 7.2 PPG, 57.0 YPG

    Also worth pointing out: Raiders had the 2nd fewest penalties resulting in first down for the opponent last season. Yes, #2 in the NFL. That tells you that most of the Raiders penalties were on the offensive side, generally procedural (like TP not getting the fkn ball snapped in time).

  • RaidingTexas

    See below

  • hwnrdr

    Me too!

  • Dakota

    Two years and that is the extent of progress on DA’S resume. Impressive.

  • Guest123

    Greg Little has clearly passed him. Little has been taking the route running seriously. There’s no excuse going into your 4th year of pro ball and rounding routes and running sloppy. That’s a problem between the ears. And he’s no spring chicken to be learning all the fundamentals over again. He needs to be put on notice.

  • Dakota

    Bottom 10% in the nfl…..winning!

  • Marley Bob

    I get the sense Schaub is in F-You mode.
    You know most people consider him done and he’s not dealing with Super Bowl expectations this year, pressure is off now.
    And the way things ended in Houston last year seem to have toughened him up, no way it gets as ugly here no matter what and he knows it so he’s just having fun again.
    Sometimes adversity brings the best out of people, Schaub may prove a lot of people wrong, myself included.

  • Myopinion

    Yeah, also read good things on leonhardt.
    Blocking te: mcants?

  • Guest123

    I still have major doubts about his arm strength and his willingness to attack outside the numbers. But I also think Kubiak had a lot to do with the defenses being able to jump on his reads. I have hope that Olson will give him the freedom to audible out of a bad situation and take what the defense gives him. It may not be much, but at least Schaub will be taking baby steps downfield if the defense is guessing perfectly. The key for Schaub in my opinion, is for him to be able to sell the play action pass off of a run heavy set. If he can get the safeties to bite he can get the ball over top. The other day, he had a perfect strike that would have been a TD, but Brice Butler was too slow to catch up with it.
    If he can set up the defense to collapse forward, he can burn them downfield. It doesn’t take a rocket arm. Look at Peyton Manning as a good example.

  • SlashNHack

    He might pull it together. In his defense, last year I saw him take several brutal shots to the head and somebody almost ripped his head off … I think he was a bit shell shocked

  • Guest123

    Sio Moore is another guy that maybe got complacent over the offseason. DA lit a fire under him with Burris, and it looks like Sio got the wake up call. Glad to see it, and avoid the sophomore slump. Fierce LB competition makes the whole unit dynamic, strengthens the front 7 overall, and allows them to come at you in waves.

  • SlashNHack
  • Marley Bob

    Yeah, I mean as an example, how many times can you call the play-action bootleg to the right before every defender is ready for it?.
    Last year it was shocking they kept calling it, the DE-OLB wasn’t biting and just rushed Schaub while the DB’s had the receivers blanketed.
    It was disgusting really, if I could see it coming, you know DC’s were ready for it.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    No way DA is incompetent haven’t you been reading this blog? Sarcasm off

  • SlashNHack

    I think that Sio was hungry last year… Burris is hungry as hell now …. Iron sharpens iron ? :-)

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Optimism abounds!

  • Guest123

    an effective run game is the remedy for this. from what I’m reading about the glowing reports of the improved line, and RB’s doing work up the middle, DB’s won’t be able to just sit back and DE-OLB’s won’t be able to rush the QB.
    Schaub’s effectiveness lives and dies with the run game.

  • Guest123

    yes it does!

  • 1960AutumnWind

    His advertisement kind of has that look to it. Let me introduce myself….

  • SlashNHack

    30% less is considerable improvement, no ?

  • Guest123

    I’m looking for nuggets of optimism. That doesn’t change the fact that if DA can’t deliver on the number of wins that Mark expects, he should be kicked out the door. No pressure.

  • Marley Bob

    I get that, but if it wasn’t working, Kubiak should have adjusted and he never did, IMO Kubiak was the one shell-shocked his system stopped working for a variety of reasons but he was too proud to try something else or simply didn’t have a plan B.

  • JerryMcDonalds#1Fan

    Q: how carlos fields #44 looking?

    Chris Hansen: Ate up Atkinson in pass rush drill the other day, but so did everyone.
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    doesn’t look like GA3 will make first cuts. Can’t block his way out of a wet paper bag #bummer

  • jesusraiderjim

    Good observation. I hope Burris and Moore have healthy kick azz seasons. They are our future. Hopefully Reg will try and keep them in the future .

  • JerryMcDonalds#1Fan

    DA (2014 COY) is awesome. That is why … Optimism Abounds!!

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Read that months ago. One of most negative one sided articles I have ever seen at NFLN and that is saying something. In his analysis he excludes QBs and data that do not support his point.

  • hwnrdr

    And he muffed some punts, but then again, so did everyone ….coming out of a machine! Hopefully that is where he will stick…whatever happebed to his twin?

  • Guest123

    shell shocked is a good way to describe Kubiak. he is a micro-manager and dealing with health issues last season. maybe he got distracted and wasn’t altogether there mentally. I won’t begin to make excuses for him. but Schaub from what I read wasn’t given a whole lot of latitude to audible. defensive backs were sitting back and waiting on Schaub’s passes like they were watching film all over again. whole lot of blame goes to Kubiak, but some of that has to be on Schaub. he owns that.

  • SlashNHack

    Kubiak had that heart attack last year… Maybe he was way off his game too

  • Guest123

    Guy who wrote that hate piece, Chris Wesselling same guy that said he’d eat his softball pants if Johnny Manziel wasn’t the Browns day one starter.

  • JerryMcDonalds#1Fan
  • Dakota

    Still very bad, I am very impressed in DA’S ability to decrease penalties 30% and wins 50%.

  • Guest123

    I think they got a spot on the practice squad reserved for him.

  • SlashNHack

    Ok I just found that while looking for a story about getting his ear ripped off. No vouching for it