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Three Raiders who hurt themselves against Packers

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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.

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Jimmy Durkin

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

  • inonewordraider

    Cooper=diva?

  • BABY AL

    Amerson needs to tighten up his coverage

  • 24

    Yeah…gotta agree.

  • inonewordraider

    Well if there is a hell…

  • Fugazi

    Oh the scissors are already at the bottom of the bay

  • 24

    Yeah…he lets some of them go but there’s plenty of other plays we don’t see because hes covering well. He seems to be a guy that has tight coverage mostly but lets a few get past him.

  • 24

    I can think of worse people.

  • Raider 8

    that was a knock on him going back to his draft profile. over running plays and not getting off blocks. him being that easily moved out of the way has to be a concern right now for the staff.

  • BABY AL

    Breather plays?

  • 24

    Sounds about right.

  • 24

    I will say this. JDR proved last season that he’ll make changes as necessary so I trust that he looks at the film and makes the proper adjustments. Whatever we see that’s not working right now…JDR will correct it…I trust in that.

  • HELLSBELLS

    Muskrat?

  • Fugazi

    Next week should show what’s really going on with this team

  • 24

    I’m referring more to the defense. He did ask Musgrave to make changes to the offense this season but I don’t think we’ll see that stuff in pre-season…altho JDR and all of us would have liked to see something positive anyways.

  • 24

    Yeah…maybe we see some roster shifts and changes that need to be made. We need to play better.

  • BABY AL

    Hudson with bad hold on Carr run

  • Raider 8

    on those big runs…(there were many it seemed) it was heeney who could have stopped them…by just being an effective linebacker and not being ushered out of the way.

  • HELLSBELLS

    Hillary

  • 24

    There it is…The Devil herself.

  • BABY AL

    Mack with the smack on the qb

  • Fugazi

    Usually the third preseason game is when it comes together. Game 4 is a throw away game because they always rest the starters that game

  • 24

    What’s funny is I don’t recall seeing starters playing a full half in the 2nd pre season game normally. That speaks volumes about how JDR felt during the game.

  • DevilR8er

    After tonights performance jdr might yank that green dot from heeney. Mlb only position im worried going into the season. Murray also needs to step up.

  • 24

    Yeah…he does that.

  • 24

    Murray will step up when he has a hole to step into

  • HELLSBELLS

    Never get holding calls for us.

  • Fugazi

    I think he was pissed at their effort and left them out there to get it straightened out

  • 24

    Yeah…disappointing that they didn’t but if playing them longer helps us in the long run…then its all good, considering nobody got hurt of course.

  • Raider 8

    just assume i am prefacing everything i say with “i realize it’s just preseason..but….”

    wth was that deep ball to cooper? and if we’re gonna have carr play the whole 1st half…why is he in there running dumbed down simple stuff and handing the ball off? that offense was excruciating to watch.

  • Fugazi

    There’s always that chance. You could tell JDR wasn’t happy with the results

  • BABY AL

    Musgrave sucks

  • 24

    Yeah…I’m sitting here crossing my fingers hoping we’re holding the offense back on purpose but most of those offensive plays were mind boggling.

  • 24

    Well…what I can’t understand…is why JDR hired Musgrave to run his offense for a 2nd time after he fired him in Jacksonville. Why take that risk with your team again? I can only guess there was nobody else available but it just trips me out.

  • HELLSBELLS

    Needs vision, at least try a cut back.

  • Raider 8

    the only play that was “good” was that 20 yd pass play to cooper on 3rd down. i don’t recall anything else.

  • Fugazi

    This is were I miss Norv Turner. He’s a lousy head coach but man can he coach an offense

  • 24

    He didn’t do well but neither did that offensive line. They got swallowed me constantly.

  • StrongGrogCharlie

    Kinda seems to me like it was the same thing with al and Art Shell. Both JDR and Al felt like they pulled the trigger too fast on those guys, and gave em another shot because they had to know. They where both right the first time.

  • HELLSBELLS

    Bruce Irvin needs to drop some weight and play middle LB in base D.

  • 24

    Well…Cook looked much better. Which makes me wonder…same offensive plays as Carr or no?

  • 24

    Omg…you’re right. Have him play MLB and start Calhoun at Strong instead.

  • HELLSBELLS

    How about that run up the middle or the flare passes to he RB s.

  • Raider 8

    i was gonna say that one play where cook bought time and hit roberts was nice.

  • BABY AL

    Lmao mickens is curtains

  • 24

    Yup…dunzo…

  • Raider 8

    cook has played well imo overall. that was bad pick he threw…but mcgloin did zip tonight.

  • Raider 8

    sure. there were a couple here and there but just a mind numbing offense overall.

  • BABY AL

    This offense is Thrifty vanilla…

  • why? he’s never played mlb before.

  • HELLSBELLS

    It was a joke, this better be a dumb downed play book because it looks a lot like last year.