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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.

  • Paper Tiger

    I have to imagine they were the three who didn’t suit up this week.

  • Fugazi

    2nd

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Sigh. We know for a fact that Reggie and JDR aren’t happy with Seabass’ performance last season: Why else would we go to the trouble of flying in Roberto Aguayo and having Seely work him out? So why in the blue hell didn’t we end up with someone better to compete with the Overrated One?

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    McGloin was awful tonight. Suddenly the idea of Cook backing up Carr doesn’t seem so weird.

  • StrongGrogCharlie

    Cook puts up yardage, that much is certain.

  • Oak R8rs33.01

    Someone said before the game Calhoun was gonna show up. It was me. And some others.

  • M.Shorter

    Cook has good pocket awareness. That 30 yd pass to Roberts was nice to see.

  • Oak R8rs33.01

    He’s gonna be a good number 2 next year. Ideally he can step in for Carr next year if he falters this year. We will see.

  • 24

    This just in…

    There was a game against the Packers tonight but none of the Raiders showed up.

  • Oak R8rs33.01

    There were a lot more disturbing takeaways one could have from this game besides Jano.

  • dplunk

    : ) whoa now. slow your roll

  • StrongGrogCharlie

    Ball comes out quick and natural. Haven’t seen enough yest, but looks like ihis issues aren’t his talent.

  • Ghost of Jeff Hostetler

    I am hoping injury free and they are playing the bubble guys from here on out

  • IVRaider

    Man, that was ugly. Just a bad effort. I hope Del Rio lets them have it.

  • 24

    Yeah…he was the least of my worries.

  • Oak R8rs33.01

    Just saying. Carr needs to improve again this year from last year. His rookie year was below average at best IMO. Made some strides last year, but not ready to give him $100 million.

  • M.Shorter

    Poor practice player but steps up in games. He can be a starter in this league imo.

  • 24

    The coaching staff as a whole should be embarrassed by the lackluster play on the field tonight. We got beat on almost every phase of this game.

  • dplunk

    I agree

  • Sweep the leg

    What a snoozefest……..

    Latavius runs straight up and down, leaves his feet, and goes down way too easy. I am not impressed by him or our “awesome” O-line. We’ll see.

  • StrongGrogCharlie

    Have yet to see the blocker to that.

  • our 1s got beat by their 2s…

  • 24

    Agreed! Murray needs a solid offensive line to do anything at all but we didn’t even see an offensive line tonight…and we’re the team that’s supposed to maul defensive lines?

  • 24

    I think the Packers played their Pop Warner squad tonight…and they beat us too.

  • Sweep the leg

    He’s very “McFadden-ish”.

  • StrongGrogCharlie

    A beat-down in GB at this point in the process, considering the stability of that club if nothing else, does not surprise me. But it is INDEED up to the coaches to get more vitality and fire out of the squad.

  • 24

    Hell…Not even Rodgers cared enough about us to waste his time tonight.

  • Dakota

    Carr has been pretty crappy in, what, 9 of his last 10 games?

  • 24

    Our team should have shown more stability tonight at least but we looked liked a group of rookies instead.

  • Oak R8rs33.01

    Partially agree, but we also got out coached. So there’s that. Played in the nickel the whole first drive and got the ball shoved down our throats, waited until the next drive to make any adjustments. And never really caught up to the vanilla play action/bootleg game GB seemed to play all night. Can’t say much about offensive game plan in preseason since there is no game plan, but whatever it was, was bad as well.

  • StrongGrogCharlie

    Give the OL time to mesh.both guards are doing something different. that means no one is playing next to a guy they are used to there.

  • 24

    Feels like we’re saying the same thing every year…enough with the excuses.

  • Oak R8rs33.01

    Yea. Pretty much.

  • 24

    Damn damn damn damn damn

  • J Hill

    Yes!

  • R8erEduc8er

    PENALTIES!!!!!!!!!!!! WILL IT EVER END!!!! FFFFFFUUUUUUU

  • Sweep the leg

    I was thinking while he was being tossed around like a ragdoll, that his running style is the exact opposite of Marshawn.

    I’d play Olawale or Reece at RB1 in front of him.

  • 24

    People want to give our team some time because we’ve made some changes…

    The Packers started their backup QB and he outplayed us. Then they put in their new rookie UDFA QB after he got hurt and he also out played us.

    Do you see the problem here?

  • M.Shorter

    Carr can run. Better see some bootleg play action passes week 1.

  • M.Shorter

    Packers have our number?

  • Dakota

    New post.

  • 24

    Didn’t matter which QB they put out there…all 3 tore up our starters on defense.

  • Fugazi

    Is it me or did the players mail it in tonight. Because that was a lousy effort

  • 24

    Well 2…the backup and 3rd stringer I meant.

  • M.Shorter

    Yeah. They kills us with their bootleg passes and roll out plays. We always seem to over pursue and give up big plays on those.

  • StrongGrogCharlie

    This OL is not the same as past years IMO.

  • R8erEduc8er

    It’ll be called back by a penalty any way

  • 24

    You’re right…it’s supposed to be better…that’s what makes it all the more disappointing.

  • 24

    True

  • M.Shorter

    True. He had a nice 20 yard run up the middle of the field, called back. Smh