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Raiders’ coach Dennis Allen identifies the bright spots in 10-6 loss to Minnesota Vikings in preseason opener

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Coach Dennis Allen acknowledged Saturday the Raiders had better get used to the way games will be officiated this season but saw enough good things in a 10-6 road loss to the Minnesota Vikings to be encouraged.

“The penalties were the biggest thing we had to deal with, and a couple of those things at this year’s points of emphasis with defensive holding or illegal contact downfield,’’ Allen said in a conference call with local reporters.

A facemask penalty on Brian Leonhardt also fell into that category, Allen said.

“I don’t know that in the past you would see some of these things called, but with the rules and points of emphasis, we’re going to see those things,’’ Allen said. “It was good for us to get out, play a game and see how officials are going to call those things.’’

The Raiders finished with 13 penalties for 94 yards, including five pre-snap penalties. The offenders were Menelik Watson (false start), Pat Sims (neutral zone infraction), Tony Bergstrom (two false starts) and Erle Ladson (false start).

Allen said positives from the loss included the running game and the pass rush.

Darren McFadden ran 23 yards on his only carry, Maurice Jones-Drew had two carries for 10 yards (not including a 7-yard run called back by penalty) and Latavius Murray had seven carries for 28 yards.

“I think we’re going to have an effective run game,’’ Allen said. “You saw some good things up front with guys being able to move people off the ball.’’

Defensively, the Raiders sacked starting quarterback Matt Cassel once, backup Teddy Bridgewater twice and third-string quarterback Christian Ponder three times.

Allen said he was “not displeased’’ with the performance of starting quarterback Matt Schaub, noting three potential first down passes that were dropped. Schaub was 3 of 7 for 21 yards.

“We obviously need to play better and be more consistent, but there were things to build on,’’ Allen said.

Allen said getting rookie quarterback Derek Carr work with the first team was “not part of the plan right now.’’

Rookie starting strong side linebacker Khalil Mack, Allen said, was able to cause “disruption’’ on a couple of pass rushes but overall “ I think you saw a guy playing in his first NFL game.’’
Rookies who flashed at Allen with solid play included defensive end Shelby Harris and cornerback T.J. Carrie. Both are seventh-round picks who look as if they will not only make the 53-man roster but potentially make a contribution sooner rather than later.

— Other than defensive tackle Justin Ellis (concussion), the only other player to come out of the game injured was safety Jansen Watson with a toe injury of undetermined severity.

— The Raiders took Saturday of and return to practice Sunday at 3 p.m. They break training camp with a Monday morning practice then travel to Oxnard to practice against the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday (4 p.m.) and Wednesday (9 a.m.)

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • R8erEduc8er

    I see some Drew Brees in McGloin. No joke, but feel free to laugh.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    rory played a mean mandolin and mouth harp. as well

  • Blackholepriest

    Raider O. BTW it’s nice to have someone else who has a sense of fairness and equality.

    And they can’t use the excuse that you are a Pryor fan. You’re just a fair minded dude. Bless you brotha!

  • SaintKaufman

    No laughing here. I hope he studies just as hard.

  • R8erEduc8er

    No, the DB.

  • SaintKaufman

    Sounds like some of the clowns on here…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ks_2guMtCe0

  • Raider O

    That was and still is disturbing. They were willing to support Flynn, MM, Wilson, but not TP.

  • Blackholepriest

    Behind who pick6? I think not!!!

  • Gdog

    CP looked pretty good in his practice game. Oh wait, we needed to save money (while we STILL have 13 mill to spend).

  • Gdog

    Runs up the gut all game… he showed his play book early. Now what?

  • SaintKaufman

    Man, it’s too bad the schedule is so brutal this year. We are such a better team than last year.

  • Blackholepriest

    I haven’t seen anything that says he’s recovered.

    He needs to demonstrated he has a game or play the kid…….period

  • Raider O

    Thx bro. I try to be objective. I don’t care about race or other crap cause I’m a minority. I a
    So don’t troll people cause I disagree with them. I understand that this site is a place for all Raider fans (monkeys included) to share their opinions even if they are wrong.
    Bless you too bro. We don’t always agree, but I appreciate your passion and love for this team. I a
    So remember what you did for a young fan, and most people will never do anything like that.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    No. Jansen Watson. UDFA defensive back.

  • Blackholepriest

    Yeah we needed the cap space not the wins. Who cares about wins, cap space is where it’s at….

  • Gdog

    I see him starting by week 7.

  • MEX_GHOST

    Good night Gentlemen!
    I didnt see the game and your comments dont give me hope.

  • Blackholepriest

    Thanks O I got more out of it than he did.

  • SaintKaufman

    I dunno Gdog. Schaub is pretty tough, has played through a lot of injuries.

  • Raider O

    a So = also
    I can’t edit for some reason.

  • SaintKaufman

    Wasn’t as bad as the Schaub haters make it out to be.

  • Blackholepriest

    Np

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    What happened to the tweets from today’s practice?

  • Gdog

    People here habitually say it still. While STILL under the cap! I laugh at the fans expecting a Wiz contract soon… just because Cork sez they are close. We heard that for an entire year with Veldy too!

    Reggie wants pay for play contracts only.

    Which means we have last leg vets ONLY!

    Wake up people…

  • SaintKaufman

    Look to the right ———–>

  • PlunkforHOF

    Yep.. right there.

  • MEX_GHOST

    Good. You think the 3 drops could change their minds? ?

  • Blackholepriest

    I know but I get it, they will never change becuase they don’t have to. You have to have it you man…….period

    They wanted him cut before he ever got a chance, they were scared he would beat those guys out. When he did they really hated him.

  • SaintKaufman

    No way! These are the same guys that made up their minds long before the game.

  • Gdog

    He didn’t look bad. But I see DA resorting to desperation.

  • SaintKaufman

    Yeah, maybe so. But I think that would just make it worse.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Of course Rory also authored ‘The Bullfrog Blues’ and plays a mean slide guitar on it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33Jaodra7AY

  • SaintKaufman

    Keep em coming

  • MEX_GHOST

    Ok. But 6/7 with around 50-60 yds and a few first downs could let them with NO arguments.

  • Blackholepriest

    I still have a hard time accepting that Reggie actually let those kids go with all that cap space.

    Then got rid of the ONLY vet QB we had for a guy with two FREAKIN STARTS……..LOL

  • SaintKaufman

    Come on Mex, you know these boys don’t care about success. You get the NFLN?

  • JV.

    @VicTafur: Allen said they will use Marcel Reece in ways similar to what they do with TE Mychal Rivera in passing game, but not for in-line blocking

    So then… A “receiving TE”

    Awsome.

  • Gdog

    If this was a merit based team, Carrie and Chekwa might be starting CBs week one.

    Anyone see it happening?

  • Raider O

    I can see Chekwa, but not Carrie.

  • JV.

    Chekwa might start week one depending on Hayden.. Carrie could start next year or fill in this year for injury.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    you like that one?

  • MEX_GHOST

    Yes I get NFNL. But only for the news and the exclusive games.
    And dont be mad I know the haters.

  • Raider O

    I will believe it when I see it.

  • Gdog

    Prolly so…

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    If they’re the two best, they’ll start. DA’s on the hot seat and he knows it.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Well did you ever? Well did you ever? Well did you ever?
    Well did you ever wake up with them bullfrogs on your mind?

  • SaintKaufman

    Hell yeah. Not a huge slide fan and I never got good at it myself. Actually it wasn’t VH that he opened for, it was Rush, Signals tour, 83ish.

  • MEX_GHOST

    Oh wait!!!. They will want 3 TDs

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Lord, my granmas got ’em too.

  • Raider O

    What’s up amigo?