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Three Raiders who helped themselves against Packers

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Oakland Raiders linebacker Shilique Calhoun had his first NFL sack. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

Oakland Raiders linebacker Shilique Calhoun had his first NFL sack. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

Shilique Calhoun

 The third-round pick from Michigan State will get his fill of playing time this year and started showing some of his natural ability in this game.

He did a solid job setting the edge a couple of times and in the fourth quarter got in to the backfield for his first NFL sack. On the play, he rushed free off the left side, changed directions along with Packers quarterback Marquise Williams and wrapped his paws around him for the sack.

Dan Williams

He’s been stuck behind Justin Ellis since reporting to camp on the heavy side. But the two rotated drives at nose tackle and went three-and-out every time Williams was out there in the first half.

He doesn’t deserve all the credit for that, but the fact that he finally got some first-team repetitions against and the defense played well with him out there is a good sign.

Brynden Trawick

The former Baltimore Raven was signed for his special teams ability, but a crowded roster doesn’t make his roster spot guaranteed. He helped state his case in the fourth quarter when he came free and laid out to block a Packers punt that Nate Allen jumped on for a touchdown.

Bonus points: First round safety Karl Joseph had three tackles, including a nice stuff of a run on the goal line. The Packers still scored a play later though. Quarterback Derek Carr threw a tremendous dime of a pass on third down for a 20-yard completion to Amari Cooper. He also had a nice scramble on a run that was called back due to a penalty. Third-string quarterback Connor Cook completed 6 of 9 passes for 101 yards, none better than when he scrambled to keep a play alive before lofting a 30-yard pass to Seth Roberts. Tight end Lee Smith did a nice job of drawing a personal foul penalty on Green Bay while staying out of trouble himself. Oh, and defensive end Khalil Mack was a beast.

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Jimmy Durkin

Sports writer for the Bay Area News Group, covering the Raiders.

  • StrongGrogCharlie

    jeez, yeah…10 still. And nothing good to show for them.

  • Sweep the leg

    The boys looked pretty flat. Not pretty.

  • StrongGrogCharlie

    Again, there is not one pair out of that group that is not playing together for the 2nd time. It takes time to get your timing down, and we played a team that has their run-fits cold.

  • 2romes

    Could be a problem.

  • Big poppa

    Hey guys,
    We need an offensive coordinator. The guys calling place is weak and Murray is sad. He is afraid to get hit. Watch him. Give the kid Washington more carry.

  • Big poppa

    We have the team but Murray is not a power back. This is his last season with the silver and black. We need a mind like Gruden.