Friday, August 31, 2012

Seahawks 21, Raiders 3 - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN

Seahawks 21, Raiders 3 - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN: "SEATTLE (AP) Just days after being named the Seattle Seahawks starting quarterback, rookie Russell Wilson was the last guy out of the tunnel - greeted by the loudest cheers during the pregame pomp and circumstance. Even though he's now the starter nothing felt different to Wilson.

 Maybe that's because for the last 50 games that have counted, Wilson has known he's the starting quarterback. It's a streak that will continue when the Seahawks begin the regular season next week.

''I wouldn't say I had a different feeling. ... The feel of the game, no, not any different. Just the reps were different,'' Wilson said.

 Wilson played just one quarter in his final tuneup before the regular season, so high-priced backup Matt Flynn led Seattle on three scoring drives.

The Seahawks (4-0) closed out the second perfect preseason in franchise history with a 21-3 win over the Oakland Raiders (1-3) on Thursday night.

 Wilson saw limited action just days after winning the quarterback competition and being chosen the regular-season starter. He is one of five rookies expected to start for NFL teams when the season begins next week." 'via Blog this'


Sunday, August 26, 2012

Oh Zee Clothing: NEW ERA L.A. DODGERS FITTED CAP onField

Oh Zee Clothing: NEW ERA L.A. DODGERS FITTED CAP onField: I Got about four of these at home. Got them at finishline. CALI-RAZED

NFL Preseason Games 2012: Studs and Duds from Saturday's Action


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Studs: Terrelle Pryor/Juron Criner, Oakland Raiders
By Jesse Reed (Featured Columnist)

Terrelle Pryor was the best quarterback on the field when the Oakland Raiders and Detroit Lions went toe-to-toe on Saturday night.

Yes, you read that right.

In a game when Matthew Stafford went down with another injury (apparently a minor one, according to ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert) and Carson Palmer stunk up the joint (more on that later), Pryor gave the fans in the Black Hole something to cheer about.

He only threw the ball five times, completing three of them, for a whopping 137 yards. Out of those three completions, two of them went for touchdowns. One was 39 yards and the other a 76-yard bomb—both of which were caught by Juron Criner in the fourth quarter.

Criner only caught those two passes, but his work was more than enough to be worthy of a spot on tonight's "studs" list.

I suggest every RAIDERS fan who loves to tailgate, the keg2go is great.

MEMO TO REG: PRYOR CAN STAY


TERELLE PRYOR IS SHAKING THINGS UP IN THE EAST BAY
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Oakland has a new favorite QB on the Roster ready to step up into the game any moment he is called upon. I want to see Terelle Pryor and Carson Palmer work as together in a duo for the Raiders. It will bring pro-style gamble as well, but what if all teams started doing this. Imagine how many great plays we aren't seeing because of player fatigue. Running Backs go in and out of the game frequently, so why don't teams utilize every position in the same fashion.

I Hope to see a lot of Terelle Pryor in the flat catching screen passes, that he then launches downfield to DHB or Street-Rod. Or in some other innovative offensive scheme that incorporates both in the backfield. Because these two have completely different sets of skills. CP3 has the sound mechanics, the precise accuracy, and the will to win. Many think the last one can't be taught, and I agree. TP6 has the will to win that some may say it's enough will to need no skill.

Dennis, whatever you decide to do with this team will be fine, just know that this group can dominate if used in the correct manner. Everything is where it is, at this exact moment, for a specific reason. And this group is here to wow NFL Fans for the first time since the "greatest show on turf."

Oh Zee - Gregory Pitsch

Friday, August 24, 2012

RAIDERS VOICE: 25 Under-the-Radar Rookies Who Are Quietly Dominat...

RAIDERS VOICE: 25 Under-the-Radar Rookies Who Are Quietly Dominat...: 25 Under-the-Radar Rookies Who Are Quietly Dominating the 2012 Preseason Andrew Luck has lived up to the hype. Robert Griffin III has ha...

25 Under-the-Radar Rookies Who Are Quietly Dominating the 2012 Preseason


25 Under-the-Radar Rookies Who Are Quietly Dominating the 2012 Preseason


Andrew Luck has lived up to the hype. Robert Griffin III has had his ups and downs. Ryan Tannehill earned a starting gig earlier than expected. Even Justin Blackmon has looked good despite missing some camp because of contract issues.

We are not here to talk about those guys—the ones who have been in the limelight or close to it. Here are 25 relatively unheralded rookies who have made an impression this preseason.


Rod Streater

Organized team activities were all about Juron Criner. Everything since then has been Rod Streater, at least as far as rookie wide receivers go.

Streater has sizzled thus far this preseason, catching 13 passes for 108 yards. He has yet to make a huge play—his longest catch is for 18 yards—but the undrafted rookie has been the surprise of camp for the Raiders, who find themselves with a perpetual glut of talent at the receiver position even after trading Louis Murphy away.

Streater and Criner sit behind Darrius Heyward-Bey, Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford on the depth chart right now—assuming all three can stay healthy for more than 30 seconds at a time—but Streater has made a strong push to get on the field as the team's fourth wideout.

Not too shabby for an undrafted rookie out of Temple.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Head Coach Dennis Allen spoke with the media via conference call a day after the Raiders 3-0 loss to the Cowboys in Preseason Week 1.



Q: Do we have any updates on Stefen Wisniewski’s injury?

Coach Allen: Nothing other than it’s a calf and we’ll be monitoring that as we go along, day-to-day.

Q: What did the film tell you and your coaching staff last night after reviewing it?

Coach Allen: It told us that we have a lot of things to clean up as far as the little things are concerned. Our execution wasn’t where it needed to be but we still have a long way to go to get where we need to get to.

Q: Last night you said [WR Rod] Streater’s stat line looked good but you wanted to see the film to see more of what he did; what did you see specifically from him?

Coach Allen: I thought he did a nice job; he executed like he’s been executing all of camp, caught the ball well, was able to get up field and not a lot of wasted movement. I thought Rod Streater played really well.

Q: Jack Crawford was active for the game but he didn’t play; can you explain the decision to keep him on the sidelines?

Coach Allen: He’s not ready to go as far as that foot is concerned. There’s still a little soreness there so we just thought it was best for us to hold him and not play him in the game.

Q: Any timetable for when he can come into a game? Will he play in this next game?

Coach Allen: I’m not sure about Arizona yet. Again, he really is a day-to-day situation; it’s not anything serious but there’s obviously still some discomfort there so we’re trying to push him through it and we’re trying to get him out there as soon as we can.

Q: With how quick this next game is coming up on you, how much can you accomplish in the next couple of days in practice and what do you want to address?

Coach Allen: I think we can get some things accomplished. Obviously we don’t have as much time to prepare as we would like, but we are still in training camp mode and there are some things we still have to work on from an execution standpoint. That’s going to be my message towards the team. That’s going to be our motto is to be able to execute the little things better.

Q: What jumped out at you on the tape that you really liked last night?

Coach Allen: Darren McFadden was obviously very explosive; two explosive gains in the three touches that he had. And then I thought the first team defense played exceptionally well.

Q: What jumped out at you as something you were disappointed with?

Coach Allen: From a special teams standpoint we had a couple of tackles inside the 20-yard line, We muffed two punts, and then we didn’t have good operations on our field goal attempts. Those were a couple things. Offensively the dropped passes were obviously a big issue. I thought our tempo in and out of the huddle in the second half wasn’t where it needed to be offensively. Those were probably the biggest negatives looking back at the game.

Q: Did you expect to see Darren McFadden so early in the year, especially after not having him most of last year? Was it exciting to see him flash like that early in the game?

Coach Allen: Obviously it was exciting. I don’t know if I would say it was surprising. Every time that he touches the ball he is a threat to go the distance. Those are the things we expect out of Darren. I thought our guys did a nice job of blocking up front, both on the screen play and on the explosive run. He’s really a guy that you just have to give him a crease and next thing you know he might break it the distance. It’s not a surprise but obviously I felt really good about it.

Q: Does Jacoby [Ford] need to do a better job fighting for the ball on the interception Carson Palmer threw?

Coach Allen: Obviously there’s a couple things there. Carson thought that safety was a little bit more centered up. It was middle of the field safety so it wasn’t a double coverage situation. It’s the thing you coach your quarterback to do, to take a shot in those situations. I think Jacoby could have been a little better at the end of the route trying to break that thing up. You’re going to take that shot. We want to be aggressive there and we wanted to take a shot and get a big play but it didn’t work out for us.

Q: With McFadden is it something where you are going to want to increase his workload a little bit? Or are you still waiting to see how he responds to this one?

Coach Allen: We are going to look at how the week plays out. Darren needs to get his touches so that he goes into the regular season ready to go. That’s the most important thing for him; to make sure that he’s fully ready to roll when the opening game comes up on Monday night.

Q: Which of the injured players do you except to be back to practice tomorrow?

Coach Allen: I am not really sure yet who is going to be back. I would hope that we might get a couple of guys back. I think Mike Goodson will probably be back tomorrow. I will look at that again and sit down with the trainer and find out more about who we might have back at practice.

Q: Regarding Mike Goodson, if he is good to go, when is the timetable when he is able to practice of him being able to play in the game against the Cardinals?

Coach Allen: I think if he is able to practice this week we will get him in the game and let him play against Arizona.

Q: There is no concrete cutoff time for getting him into practice prior to getting into that Cardinals game?

Coach Allen: No, we have Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and then we play the game on Friday. I would expect that he would need to practice either Wednesday or Thursday to have a chance.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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