OAKLAND – Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said it was good to win the preseason match against the Green Bay Packers on Friday, although the bottom line did not matter.
This sense of victory prevails, even in a slog festival like this one, which he said felt like an "eight-hour game".
This competition has a lot to offer, even if only a few stars have played a lot. Here are three things you need to know from Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum:
Raiders Have a Backup QB Issue
Derek Carr will be the star quarterback of the Raiders, and if everything goes according to plan, he will Do it every single snap this season. Carr has not played all 1
Connor Cook and EJ Manuel did not raise the confidence that they could both be functionally relieved. Both guys were terrible for a second game in a row. In fact, they were so bad that Gruden could not say with any certainty that Carr's support was on the list.
"I do not know (when we do it)," Gruden said. "We will keep working and continue to see who's available, I thought there were some good moments and some moments that were not good tonight, it was too inconsistent, I do not want to say anything until I saw the tape but we'll continue to rate it. "
The tape shows some inaccurate throws from both passersby. Koch was 6-for-15 for 72 yards and a poorly thrown interception. He opened the preseason with a strong performance against Detroit but struggled with training and has been playing ever since.
Manuel was the better thrower, but had a big sales problem. He has now lost a fumble in all three preparatory games.
It's hard to bring in a new quarterback at this stage to teach him Gruden's offensive and terminology in a timely manner to relieve him of the worst possible case. It could be what the Raiders do should force Gruend's hand on the poor hand.
Jury Still on the Penn Experiment
Donald Penn started his first game in the right tackle ever since he was asked to change position just over a week ago. It did not go well after a live viewing. In the first season he got a bull butt, and Carr was dismissed in his only series.
Actually, Gruden did not want to comment on Penn's performance until he looked at the film, but complimented a double pro bowler. At age 35, he tried to change a position switch. He is also working his way back to the footbal level after recovering from an operation on his foot in December. He was released for training on the last Tuesday of the training camp, so he did not have much time to get used to training or the right attack site.
He moved so in the first round of attack against Kolton Miller left left. Miller had some problems with the first drive, but seemed to get better in the following series. Permanently putting the penny on the right side depends on two things: Penn's learning curve as he adapts, and Miller's continued development.
The Raiders at this stage have no sure answers to both targets. It is especially important that they find something to avoid the quarterback problem mentioned above. The problems are somewhat linked. If the line can not be right, the offensive Carr, the franchise's price hold, will not run or protect, good enough to be productive.
D-Line looks much better
The Raiders were totally dependent on Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin to pressure enemy quarterbacks in recent seasons. That's why the Raiders have three defensive linemen and are pushing to develop a few more in this offseason.
Keeping Mack's services and Irvin out of the game with an apologetic absence, it was the reserves on Friday to shine. They certainly did. The Raiders had five bags and continued to get solid production from the rookies Maurice Hurst, Arden Key and P.J. Hall. Fadol Brown, Treyvon Hester and Shilique Calhoun have shown a good film there and proved that they can achieve something even after the quarterback.
"The edge jump is better with a good insider pass rush," Gruden said. "I think Key and Brown do not have good things, these guys are better for the boys, and we saw this preseason and they work well together."