Three Raiders who hurt themselves against Packers

There were plenty of reasons for Raiders coach Jack Del Rio to be frustrated Thursday. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio was plenty frustrated Thursday. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

Antonio Hamilton

The undrafted rookie cornerback was a stud return man in college at South Carolina State. He got his first chance to show something with a second-quarter punt return, but didn’t go after the ball and let it bounce to take away his chance to a return.

It may be cruel, but some of these players will only get one chance like that to show something. He also got called for a special teams penalty and his already slim roster hopes lost weight.

Jaydon Mickens

Mickens also needs to create some juice as a returner, because the wide receiver opportunities are going to be slim. He too got just one chance and muffed the punt. There was a Raiders penalty on the play anyway, but anyone who can’t hold on to the ball isn’t going to get a good shot to make the team.

Matt McCants

He’s essentially the fourth offensive tackle for the Raiders. If they keep nine offensive linemen, his job should be safe. But if they only go with eight, it’ll probably come down to McCants and seventh-round pick Vadal Alexander.

McCants could’ve have made Del Rio happy with a personal foul penalty for instigating. Alexander had his own 15-yard flag, a facemask after Connor Cook threw an interception. That’s at least a little more tolerable.

Bonus demerits: Linebacker Ben Heeney got out there and played a few days after getting nicked up in practice, but he struggled to fill run gaps and didn’t add to the confidence in the Raiders linebacker corps. Wide receiver Johnny Holton caught a 21-yard pass from Connor Cook, but did so after bobbling it and having to corral it with his legs. It was a nice improv move, but use the hands next time. Linebacker Cory James was demolished at the goal line on a run by John Crockett. Wide receiver Amari Cooper made next to no effort to go after a Derek Carr pass that was intercepted. Initially, it looked like Green Bay had a long return on it thanks to Cooper not even making the tackle, but a replay showed Cooper barely got his hands on him as he was going down to rule him down by contact.


Jimmy Durkin

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

  • Born With a Patch

    If I ruled the world _______

  • There is nothing wrong with Musgrave’s offense – when you have “no” running game its difficult tot do anything.

    Players need to execute!!

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  • He needs to but these Millennials would cry to the union.

  • Gdog

    If you didn’t watch the game, you didn’t see both lines getting pushed back.

    I thought the lines were our only rock solid pieces.

    What are we supposed to think with this?

  • Sorry – I missed your point.

    YES!! You are 100% on point “Olawale” was the best back on the field last night.

  • Born With a Patch

    She already does that!

  • Born With a Patch

    The Raiders would have their own stadium on their own island

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  • easyant13

    Nuevo post amigas

  • Gdog

    Well true. The o-line was getting pushed around like they were a college team.

    But maybe the point is, Musgraves offense will NEVER work with a line getting pushed around like that.

  • marks hair

    With Williams and MEj out the Dline is weak.. they just run away from Mack for as many yards as they want.

  • Dakota

    Well, he just said 8-8 is okay in year 5, so his expectstions must now be 5-7.

  • Gdog

    lol.. I better scroll down further!

  • That is so true – good morning Gdog

  • R8erEduc8er

    Yep. All other DTs besides Jelly and D Williams are too light in the azz. They are the ony run cloggers we have. Ward may actually be our best all around DT.

  • Gdog

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  • Dan78

    Furious… Had a few posters say that just a preseason game JDR isn’t going to do anything because the game was not important… Can you believe that..

  • Mike_Trail

    Fundamentals like jumping offsides is a concern. Not getting killed by going up and risking life and limb for a pass in pre-season is different.
    We’ll find out. I just hope its early season jitters.