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Raiders coach Jack Del Rio not overly concerned by preseason loss in Green Bay

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Jack Del RIo isn't losing sleep over preseason loss to Packers. (AP Photo)

Jack Del RIo isn’t losing sleep over preseason loss to Packers. (AP Photo)

ALAMEDA _ Worried about the Raiders?

Judging from the social media reaction following a 20-12 loss to the Green Bay Packers, it seems a lot of people are wondering if the consensus trendy pick to make a playoff run is really just more of the same.

Following practice Saturday, the first one since the loss to Green Bay two days ago, it’s pretty clear Jack Del Rio can live with the results because 1) They don’t count; and 2) His team is reasonably healthy.

“There are always things that you look at on tape and things you know you need to correct,” Del Rio said. “I thought we did some good things defensively after the first drive. We got some conditioning there. Everybody came out healthy. We learned some lessons.

“I think that’s part of work in the preseason; looking at a lot of different players and the evaluation continues. It’s very fruitful from that standpoint. They don’t carry forward into the regular season. It’s still preseason and we’re going to get our work done.”

— It was the first practice in Alameda since training camp ended, but was still a training-camp style of practice. That changes this week. The media is no longer allowed to watch practice and the Raiders will simulate a game week, as is standard procedure for the third preseason game.

It remains to be seen whether Del Rio will opt to play starters into the third quarter, and he certainly will be more vanilla in terms of scheme, given the fact that the Titans are also the Raiders’ opponent on Sept. 25 in Week 3 of the regular season in Nashville.

“It’s a little early for discussing those kinds of things,” Del Rio said.

— Remember when Karl Joseph said during training camp he wouldn’t be surprised if he sat out the first two preseason games?

Joseph has started both games, getting nine snaps against Arizona and 21 against Green Bay.

The Packers game contained the most important single play in Joseph’s development _ a second-and-goal stuff of 234-pound power back Eddie Lacy at the 1-yar d line. Fellow rookie Jihad Ward got Lacy low, while Joseph came in high for the finish _ precisely the kind of play he was known for at West Virginia.

“On that first drive, I was telling  myself, `I need to feel it again,” Joseph said. “That hit felt good _ especially coming against a big back like Eddie Lacy and on the goal line.”

Joseph appears to be on schedule to be somewhere near full strength for the regular-season opener. He was ready to go from the first day of training camp and his progress has been steady.

“The training staff did a great job getting me ready,” Joseph said. “I was a little hesitant, I didn’t know how much I was going to play and not feeling 100 percent like myself. But it’s important for me to go out, get those reps, knock the rust off and by New Orleans I’ll feel a lot closer to myself.”

— Cornerback DJ Hayden got turned around a time or three against slot receiver Seth Roberts Saturday, but he continues to have a stranglehold on the slot corner spot. He played six snaps against Arizona and then 21 against the Packers with the first team nickel defense.

Hayden concedes it’s different in the middle of the field as opposed to being on the island outside, where the starters are Sean Smith and David Amerson.

“There’s more to it in terms of run-fits, but you can disguise your play more and it gives you a chance to make more plays,” Hayden said. “You have more field to work with.”

— The right tackle spot has Menelik Watson firmly in the lead over Austin Howard, at least according to the way the first team has lined up since the start of training camp.

Watson was on the verge of winning the job last season but was lost to a torn Achilles in the final preseason game. Howard, who had played guard in 2014, took over and started 13

games before he was lost to a knee injury.

Del Rio isn’t proclaiming a winner and there’s no sense in doing so, particularly since Watson has been susceptible to injury.

“It’s going well. Both guys have had good camps, staying healthy,” Del Rio said. “We’re happy about that. I think it’s great to have Menelik back. He brings a little temperament, a little athleticism to the position. Obviously Austin filled in and did a great job for us last year. That’s been a good competition.”

 

 

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Juice

    Call them back and volunteer him for the Raider themed bake sale next Saturday.

  • Raider O

    How old are you? I said the same things when I was my 20s.

  • 24

    34

  • Raider O

    Lol
    You must be having way too much fun.
    I got 2 words for you.
    Fudge you!!!!

  • Dakota

    You are not one of those “the poor animals suffering in the zoo” types are you? Think of it this way…..if you were a zebra, would you rather hang out in a zoo and be pampered, or live with the threat of this:

    http://www.stevebloom.com/images/b/502948-BS1.jpg

  • 24

    I was thinking about our linebacker core and it got me to thinking. There aren’t many great linebackers in the NFL today is there? Theres a few names that stand out to me…Navarro Bowman, Clay Matthews…but overall? Is there a lack of talent?

  • BroJackson34

    lmao thanks man!

  • Dakota

    You will die alone…..

  • DutchRaid

    106 years of football and we still don’t know what a catch is….

  • BroJackson34

    lol same here. I was there for the food.

  • Born With a Patch

    the cowboys have one that plays pretty good

  • 24

    We all die alone.

  • Raider O

    Lol
    I am but I feel bad for the lions and elephants not the zebras. Zebras are food.

  • 24

    lol

  • easyant13

    Those guys are has beens too lol, keuchley, mack, miller, are class of the league now

  • R8RCatDave

    So did I, as well as my bro, who is ten years older, sure glad we changed our thinking

  • 24

    Yeah but Mack and Miller are considered more edge rushers than pure linebackers. Not that they couldn’t be. Keuchley seems like the most pure linebacker out of the bunch.

  • R8RCatDave

    But if you don’t want em, don’t have em, respect that big time

  • BroJackson34

    lmfaoooo

  • Raider O

    Yes but he will die old, happy, and with a head full of hair.
    You and me will die earlier, balder, and let’s be honest, we will be happy to die just to escape from the wife.

  • R8RCatDave

    Did until instant replay

  • r8dercain

    Von miller, Khalil mack,Luke kiechly..to name a few

  • 24

    Hilarious. Besides…I will have the blog with me…I will take you guys to the grave lol. My last words will probably be..

    Win, lose or tie…Raiders till I…………….

  • Dakota
  • 24

    lol…now you’re suggesting I’m MR or Dr Rob. I have friends and family dude lol

  • TrevJo

    new post, go raiders

  • easyant13

    Yea, that’s the way of the nfl these days, top athletes gear they’re game to what the league wants to pay for, being a 100 tackle a year guy isn’t valued as it was, Mathews was never a sideline to sideline guy, he’s as pure rusher as there is,

  • DutchRaid

    Lol, you want to join another FF league for $20? Just askin…

  • R8RCatDave

    Lmfao

  • RaidingTexas

    What is this Christmas you speak of?

  • Raider O

    Lmao

  • Raider O

    Even Rob has a family. MR has his cousin and mom. You have no one according to Dakota. Lol

  • 24

    Cool…I hate people anyways…not you guys tho lol

  • TrevJo

    I hate it. Some guys will get left off the injury report now but others that would have been listed as probable will now get listed as Questionable. Questionable is a huge pain in the ass for fantasy football. I don’t understand why they minded having a bunch of dudes listed as Probable.

  • TrevJo

    They already changed the catch rule again this offeason. Not that it’s going to help at all.

  • Raider O

    Me too lol
    Let’s go watch a game this season or go to the Q and meet Inone.

  • R8RCatDave

    95% of probable played, which is what you expect, but I agree, f ING with ff is stupid of the NFL

  • Raider O

    Smh
    Hopefully they made it simpler but I doubt it

  • Raider O

    Right?
    Stupid BS.

  • Dan78

    1million up votes..

  • TrevJo

    There are some pretty good linebackers (good enough to be considered great once they’ve done it for a long enough time) that aren’t household names yet.
    Jamie Collins of NE is a great athlete and playmaker, especially in coverage, but joined the team after their glory years.
    Justin Houston was banged up last year but is a great pass rusher, still has more than 11 sacks per season over a 5 year career.
    Lavonte David in TB (13 sacks, 8 FF, 9 INT in 4 years) and Telvin Smith in Jax (2.5 sacks, 2 FF, 1 INT in his sophomore season last year) are pretty damned good all-purpose LBs but haven’t been in the league long.

  • willy91137

    We all die alone

  • willy91137

    Me and you think along the same lines

  • willy91137

    No wife no life and that is a fing lie

  • Raiders21

    Morning 24, very true. Not many “do it all” MLBs in the league

  • willy91137

    You only get one life do it the Sinatra way your way

  • willy91137

    My first year in school was in 1944 my brother was in third grade my mother and father were working in the shipyards

    me and my brother walked to school some girls start pushing me around and I ran and told my brother and he told me to pleasure back so I did I got into trouble for the first day of school and not with just the beginning

  • willy91137

    You will see

  • willy91137

    I worked until I was 76

  • willy91137

    I volunteer to watch football and play on the blog and talk to my old friends that are still alive

    a lot of them rode motorcycles and passed away by now too much fun