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The Raiders had a very encouraging practice on Wednesday, with many key players returning and a shakeup in the depth chart. Here’s an overview of what took place today. Flynn fell hard after that abysmal performance on Sunday. Good news, Raiders fans: you don’t have to worry about seeing Flynn for a while. During his press conference, Dennis Allen confirmed that Flynn is now the third QB on the depth chart, bringing undrafted free-agent Matt McGloin into a backup role. If you haven’t yet watched seen what McGloin can do and are concerned about this move, watch this and this. I commend Dennis Allen and Reggie McKenzie for making such a bold move. Until the end of the preseason, Flynn had the support of the coach and GM, although they preached an open competition. With this reshaking of the depth chart, it’s very clear that this team is going to play the best players possible, and it doesn’t matter where they came from. I absolutely love this, as it promotes serious team growth and makes sure that everyone is playing as hard as they can. I also really like McGloin. I personally focused on Tyler Wilson’s potential in the preseason and didn’t pay much attention to McGloin until I saw the second video that I linked, but I really like his attitude and his drive. He seems to fit the mold of players that McKenzie and Allen wanted: tough, young players that are hungry to play football and just want to prove themselves. I like what I’ve seen from McGloin and feel comfortable with him learning on the job in his role as the backup QB. Menelik Watson and Marcel Reece both practiced on a limited basis. Even better news for Raiders fans: offensive line depth is on the way! Jared Veldheer’s return is still a few weeks away, but his backup seems to finally be healthy. Second-round draft pick Menelik Watson practiced for the first time since week 4 of the preseason, his first career start at left tackle. Watson played well against Seattle, giving Pryor a surprisingly clean pocket and blocking hard on runs. Now that he is healthy, it stands to reason that he will push Barnes out of the left tackle position. Since Tony Pashos has been doing an incredible job at right tackle (again, kudos to Reggie and DA), Barnes could presumably be pushed into one of the guard positions. There would be inconsistencies on this line as they would need time to grow together, but this offensive line of the Raiders could quickly become a strength of the team. Darren McFadden is injured in the least-surprising event of the century, and presumably going to be injured until the bye week. Unless he is able to come back and have an incredibly successful season, I think we may be seeing the end of DMC’s time as a Raider. Much more encouraging news, however, is the fact that Reece was able to test his knee in practice today, albeit on a limited basis. He was held out of the game on Sunday after injuring his knee in the second quarter, but an early return would be greatly appreciated in the Raiders’ backfield. Rashad Jennings played very well for the Raiders on Sunday, but the depth behind him is pretty shaky. At this rate, it seems likely that Reece will be able to suit up on Sunday, especially since the A’s helped push the game into an 8:30 pm (Pacific) time slot. Most importantly, Pryor is back and fully practicing. This news is more of a relief than a surprise. Pryor was held out of Sunday’s game due to concerns about his request for a tinted visor, and rightfully so, in my opinion. It is encouraging for fans to know that Pryor seems to be completely healthy and is fully practicing once again. The offense definitely suffered when Pryor wasn’t leading them down the field, and his health is definitely appreciated. The Raiders seem to be without McFadden once again, in back-to-back divisional matchups against the Chargers and Chiefs. In order to stay competitive in the AFC West, the Raiders need to win at least one, if not both, of these matchups. Their chances seem to be higher than many expect with the sudden return of many key players. Sunday should be one of the most entertaining days for a football fan in a long while, ending with what should be an intense AFC West matchup between two good teams.
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Veteran defensive end Jason Hunter was another bargain free agent signing by general manger Reggie McKenzie that has stepped up this season for the Oakland Raiders. Hunter is a typical Raiders signing under the McKenzie era as he has played under both McKenzie and head coach Dennis Allen during his career.
The former undrafted free agent Hunter has been a rotational defensive end...
How did Matt Flynn get a $20 million contract? Flynn has no pocket awareness and reads a defense as if they were playing with braille. QB Terrelle Pryor's job security skyrocketed in the wake of Flynn's performance.
Raiders running back Darren McFadden hamstring was held out of practice for a second straight day, while fullback Marcel Reece (knee) was on the field practicing with his teammates.
McFadden still out, now where to be seen (bad sign). Wisniewski out, but watching practice. #raiders
— Scott Bair (@BairCSN) October 3, 2013
Marcel Reece practicing again.
— Scott Bair (@BairCSN...
It also looks like Raiders second string quarterback Matt Flynn lost his backup job to matt McGloin.
looks like McGloin has jumped Flynn on #raiders depth chart
— Paul Gutierrez (@PGutierrezESPN) October 2, 2013
Seems like Dennis Allen really wasn’t happy with the way Flynn played last week for him to lose his back up job after one game as the starter in place of Terrelle...
In the beginning of the game against the Washington Redskins, Oakland had the lead until the third quarter due to the Redskins’ disastrous offensive performance. What was the turning point in the game that caused the Redskins to overturn the Raiders? Washington’s defense picked up the slack of their offense, resulting in an ending score of Washington 24, Oakland 14.
How did quarterback...
Quarterback Terrelle Pryor will start this week after missing last week’s game with a concussion.
Pryor is symptom free, will start for Raiders vs. Chargers. Matt McGloin is backup. Flynn dropped to No. 3 QB
— Jerry McDonald (@Jerrymcd) October 2, 2013
This is certainly great news after last week’s loss to the Redskins. You would have to imagine that if Pryor played, the...
Terrelle Pryor is symptom-free and will start Sunday night’s Week 5 game against the Chargers. I am exited for Pryor, because he has been pretty surprising this year. Pryor will lead the Raiders into their 11:35 game against the Chargers which will be aired on the NFL Network. Pryor has been putting up at least 18 […]
Raiders HC Dennis Allen announced on Wednesday that undrafted rookie free agent Matt McGloin will take over as the team’s backup quarterback behind Terrelle Pryor.
“It is what it is. It didn’t work out,” Allen said, via Vic Tafur.
As if things couldn’t possibly get worse for Matt Flynn, he’s now lost a job for the third time in less than two years.
Allen basically threw...
Raiders coach Dennis Allen made it official Wednesday: rookie Matt McGloin is now the Raiders backup quarterback and Matt Flynn is No. 3. Re Flynn: “It is what it is. It didn’t work out” Allen said.
Flynn making $6.5 million guaranteed this year was brought in by general manager Reggie McKenzie to be the starting quarterback and was beaten out by Terrelle Pryor in the preseason...
The Oakland Raideres will have Terrelle Pryor under center for Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers.
“He is symptom-free, so he’s clear,” head coach Dennis Allen said on Wednesday.
The Raiders have also moved Matt Flynn, who started last week, to third string promoting undrafted rookie Matt McGloin to the backup role.
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The Oakland Raiders worked out wide receiver Joe Adams today according to a league source.
Adams is a speedy former Carolina Panthers fourth-round draft pick.
Per a source Adams is now 100 percent healthy.
The former Arkansas consensus All-American was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection.
Last season he caught one pass for seven yards with 335 total return yards