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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.

  • Raider 8

    like durkin says these guys fighting for jobs might get one or two shots to show something and they have to come through. giorgio missing his one and only xtra pt attempt…hansley muffing a kick and now mickens…notice how we didn’t see hansley out there. he’s gone too.

  • 24

    Just saying…why does the offense look so different between Carr and Cook? Is it their decision making thats different? I know Carr is playing against tougher players which dictate where he goes but the offense seems more versatile and spread out with Cook where it looks more simplified with Carr.

    But Carr put up great stats last season so is he just holding back because it’s pre season while Cook is trying to earn himself a job?

  • BABY AL

    Boring azz game

  • Raider 8

    heeney has shown nothing to indicate he is going to be a good mlb for us. i just wanna see….”something”.

  • 24

    It can’t be that hard…make your reads, shed your blocks and tackle the guy. He’s athletic enough for it…I hope.

  • 24

    Yup…you gotta make that 1 chance count because you may never get another one.

  • HELLSBELLS

    Can cover and shed blocks, more physical at the point of attack.

  • 2romes

    RG3’s wife never took his last name

  • that doesn’t mean Irvin is the guy. he’s not an MLB.

  • going from pass rusher to wearing the green dot is a huge swing and not why we signed him.

  • 24

    That’s because shes the man of the house.

  • 24

    When there’s a leaky pipe, you gotta fix it…lol

  • SaintKaufman

    Whatsup fellas!!

  • 24

    Well…it’s been better…you?

  • 2romes

    Yes, getting MOPPED all over the place is a boring chore.

  • idahoraiderfan33

    cut everybody??

  • SaintKaufman

    Doing good 24, thanks. Got off a little early so I’m enjoying a cold barley pop.

  • 24

    Well good stuff…don’t worry about the game tonight then. Just focus on pre season week 3 and you’ll be better off for it.

  • as we’ve been saying all along, it’s preseason. we did not sign irvin to wear the green dot. there are others that we’d try there before him.

  • Raider 8

    i’m not sure…and you’re right. it does seem more versatile w/ cook. the offense was just so uninspiring at all levels. it’s like they weren’t even trying to be competitive. the running game was non existent which concerns me too. where is this big ‘push’ led by osemele, jackson and hudson? where are the big holes they are supposedly going to create with their sheer physical dominance? they gave us nothing to hang our hats on tonight.

  • BABY AL

    Cool now you can turn the game on and enjoy it

  • 24

    Enjoy it?

  • SaintKaufman

    Yo Idaho, I take it things didn’t go down well in here. I haven’t seen the game but by scanning the stats I can extrapolate much angst within the blog ranks, eh?

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Short week, 2nd game on the road.. Sheet happens!! Our next game is at home, that’s the important one..

  • BABY AL

    Lmao ball bounced off numbers/hands of Rivera. The 2 things that kill us. Flags and drops

  • SaintKaufman

    C’mon bro, that bad?? I’m actually excited.

  • 24

    I would have thought they were doing it on purpose except JDR kept the starters in for a full half…which tells me different.

  • not the reason we signed him. we’re paying him to be a pass rusher. not a middle linebacker.

  • idahoraiderfan33

    I just popped in one time, and that was enough for me..

  • 24

    You want my honesty?

  • BABY AL

    Meh on the excuses.. every team has short weeks

  • SaintKaufman

    uhhhh, maybe not??

  • BABY AL

    Sarcasm?

  • idahoraiderfan33

    It’s not an excuse but a FACT

  • 24

    Ok

  • 24

    You’re better off. Just enjoy the early time off and the beer ya know? =)

  • SaintKaufman

    Oh boy, I remember last year I want to say our 2nd game was a stinker and everyone tripped out big time. I’m still gonna watch it. Ya know, the addiction and all.

  • 24

    Ok…well…just go in with a VERY open mind ok?

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Yeah im not tripping about this game.. And i too will tune in again

  • SaintKaufman

    Ok, I’ve been warned. Damn, you guys are freaking me out. Hey, maybe it’ll be one of those wake up calls kinda moments. :/

  • SaintKaufman

    LOL! So, like a B movie then? LOL!!!

  • 24

    Oh it is….and you don’t want to be getting a wake up call from JDR right about now…believe me haha but…it will make the team better with a game like this. Time for reality.

  • 2romes

    Someone posted is was a short week illusion. The Raiders just got plain spanked by the GB seconds.

  • 24

    Yeah…there you go…something like that lol

  • HELLSBELLS

    Drop down on passing plays.

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Sheet happens man..

  • SaintKaufman

    There ya go, these guys can get down off of their hype pedestal and get serious about kicking ass!

  • HELLSBELLS

    No seriously I think he lost some quickness putting on the extra weight.

  • Duct tape

    OLine looks not as advertised at this point. Murray still can’t seem to find an open lane to save his life. Carr still showing potential on one drop back and then ghosting the next. Same old Raiders. #OverReactionThursdays.

  • Raider 8

    i know we’re all venting after a disappointing showing but may i add that i didn’t understand carr continuing to come out there when all he did was boring play calls and hand offs up the middle for no gain. i thought maybe he lobbied jdr to let him go out and redeem himself for the pick…so as not to leave on such a sour note…but when he did come back out it was the same ole boring, non-effective, remedial nothingness.