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 on: Today at 07:38:31 AM 
Started by TIBERIUS - Last post by goalax13

If I can change my answer to 6...over!

7 - yes.

 on: Today at 01:45:45 AM 
Started by Oakland65 - Last post by TIBERIUS
The only day of preparation for Seattle was Wednesday in a practice that was closed to the media.

A 10-member practice squad can be assembled Sunday, most of which will be players who didn't make the final cut.

 on: Today at 01:45:14 AM 
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Derek Carr looking forward to extended Raiders audition

The Raiders insist it's not an audition, just a chance for rookie Derek Carr to get in some much-needed work.

Yet with starting quarterback Matt Schaub sitting out Thursday night's exhibition game against the Seattle Seahawks at Coliseum with a sore right elbow, the Raiders quarterback of the future can speed up that process in front of a home fan base that is embracing his candidacy through social media.

"The more that I can be out there, the happier I'll be," Carr said. "That's why we work so hard in the offseason. That's why you spend so many hours here before anyone's here. That's why you do all those things, because you want to go out there and help the team win, and I'm looking forward to it."

It's the last chance for players on the bubble to secure a spot on the team, with rosters being cut from 75 to 53 players by Saturday at 1 p.m.

Coach Dennis Allen has made it clear Schaub is the starter presuming his elbow is better and he can get in the requisite practice time heading into the season opener Sept. 7 on the road against the New York Jets.

Carr, a second-round draft pick out of Fresno State, appears firmly entrenched as the backup even though second-year player Matt McGloin has put up the best exhibition numbers, albeit against mostly third-team competition.

Having recovered from a concussion and a rib injury Aug. 15 against the Detroit Lions, Carr likely will play well into the second half. He missed last week's 31-21 loss to the Green Bay Packers. For a series or two, at least, Carr will face a Seattle defense that was last seen dominating the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Both Allen and Seattle coach Pete Carroll will likely remove key starters very early in the game.

If Carr were to stand and deliver against the first-team Seattle defense, Schaub's uneven exhibition play (two scores in 15 possessions) would at the very least shorten the leash on the presumptive starter when the regular season begins.

One thing Allen won't have to worry about is Carr making waves. Carr is playing the role of the eager backup with sincerity and a sense of team.

"I do everything selflessly," Carr said. "I do it for my teammates. I come out here and I work as hard as I can so I know when my number, if it has to be called, I'll be ready to help us win."

Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson acknowledged that while Carr is in the first year of a new system and is still learning, he has a field presence that belies his rookie label.

"I've said it from Day 1, the guy's comfortable in the huddle," Olson said. "The game's not too big for him. ... I don't think the game's too fast for him, which a lot of times is a concern with a rookie quarterback."

Terrelle Pryor, whose playmaking ignited two stirring home victories last season against San Diego and Pittsburgh, returns to the Coliseum to face his former team. Pryor is expected to get extended play for the Seahawks, as he is competing with veteran Tarvares Jackson to be the backup to starter Russell Wilson.
Pryor had a potential game-winning touchdown pass intercepted at the goal line in an exhibition loss to Denver, had a 44-yard touchdown run in a win over the Chargers and had one of his only two passes intercepted in the third exhibition game against Chicago.

"I have an opportunity to go and play against some (former) teammates and some friends and some good players," Pryor told reporters during the week. "That's all I look forward to."

 on: Today at 01:41:57 AM 
Started by TIBERIUS - Last post by TIBERIUS
 Oakland Raiders fans will get a close look at their past and future at quarterback in Thursday night's exhibition finale against the Seattle Seahawks.

Rookie Derek Carr will start and get ample playing time in place of injured Matt Schaub for the Raiders, while last season's opening game starter in Oakland, Terrelle Pryor, should get significant playing time as he fights for a roster spot with the Seahawks.

After a promising start to last season, Pryor's struggles eventually led him to lose his starting job in Oakland and then get traded to Seattle for a seventh-round pick in May's draft.

With Pryor out of the picture, the Raiders traded for Schaub to take over as starter and drafted Carr as his heir apparent. With Schaub struggling in the first three exhibition games and nursing a sore elbow, Carr might have a chance to speed up that process.

''Every day is an opportunity, a huge opportunity,'' Carr said. ''You have to go out and prove yourself every day.''

Carr has impressed the coaching staff ever since he arrived as a second-round pick out of Fresno State. He has adjusted to a pro-style offense after running the spread in college the past two seasons and has deep knowledge of the position having watched older brother David's NFL career.

Carr played well in the second exhibition game against Detroit, leading three scoring drives before leaving with a concussion and sore ribs. He sat out as a precaution last week in Green Bay but figures to get plenty of playing time against the Seahawks.

''The guy's comfortable in the huddle,'' offensive coordinator Greg Olson said. ''The game's not too big for him. I still believe that he sees the field very well. I don't think the game's too fast for him, which a lot of times, that's a big concern with a rookie quarterback. But he's done some really nice things in some of the preseason games in terms of his pocket presence.''

Pryor has not fared as well this summer in Seattle and is fighting to remain on the roster after cut-down day Saturday. He threw a bad interception late last week against Chicago after he was surprised to get put into the game.

''I thought I was sitting out the whole game,'' he said. ''You have to own up to those things and I'll play better this week. That's a definite.''

He has completed just 10 of 22 passes for 147 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions this preseason. But he has rushed for 85 yards on 12 carries, including a 44-yard TD against San Diego two weeks ago.

With Tavaris Jackson entrenched as Russell Wilson's backup, Pryor needs to show enough to persuade coach Pete Carroll to keep a third quarterback on the roster this season.

''He's been a really good student of the game,'' Carroll said. ''He just dove into it, taking great pride in commanding in the huddle. Right from the start, he was very impressive right from the beginning. Got a good way about himself in handling it. We can call the whole offense. We can do everything that we want to do. He's an explosive, dynamic football player. He's done a good job.''

Pryor showed flashes of what he could do early last season for the Raiders, completing 68.1 percent of his passes for 845 yards, four touchdowns, two interceptions and a 97.6 passer rating in his first four starts. But he struggled after that and lost his starting job to Matt McGloin and lost the trust of his coaches.

But the Raiders know he still presents a challenge, especially the way he can run the ball, which will be a good test for an Oakland defense that might have to deal with Michael Vick in the season opener against the New York Jets.

''He's still extremely athletic,'' coach Dennis Allen said of Pryor. ''He can make a lot of plays in the pocket, moving around in the pocket, creating. ... Obviously, his speed is something that we're certainly concerned about. So he's shown a lot of the same things that we saw when he was here.''

 on: Today at 01:40:06 AM 
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 on: Today at 01:37:16 AM 
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Running back Kory Sheets, wide receiver Greg Jenkins and safety Larry Asante cleared waivers Wednesday, which means that they revert back to the Raiders injured-reserve list.

The Raiders waived all three under the injured designation. That meant that any team that claimed any of the three players within the 24-hour period for waived players was obligated to honor their salary and medical costs for the 2014 season.

The Raiders now are on the hook for everything. For now. They can either leave the players on injured reserve all season or release them once they recover from their injuries or reach a settlement.

 on: Today at 01:35:02 AM 
Started by Oakland65 - Last post by TIBERIUS
Raiders to donate $50K to Napa schools, as students return.

In lieu of the 6.0-magnitude quake that devastated Napa, the Raiders have decided to aid their neighbors and training camp host with a sizable donation.

 on: Today at 01:34:20 AM 
Started by TIBERIUS - Last post by TIBERIUS
Christine Michael missed practice Wednesday with a hamstring injury and won't play in the preseason finale.

 on: Today at 01:31:22 AM 
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The biggest news of the day was a long time in the making as Josh Gordon’s yearlong suspension for violating the league’s drug policy was upheld.

The abnormally long amount of time it took for the decision to come down gave many hope that Gordon might get a lesser sentence, but alas no. And if you thought they might be able to delay the suspension with red-tape it's looking very unlikely. A league source familiar with NFL cases like Gordon's told the Cleveland Plains Dealer, "he has no shot of having the suspension overturned in court. It's over."

 on: Today at 01:28:32 AM 
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