OAKLAND – Nothing yells "we need regular season football" as a 13-6 preseason game with flags galore, missed field goals, and steady backup quarterback play.
Two and a half weeks lie between the Raiders regular season opener against the Rams on September 10, and this Monday night can not come soon enough.
Still, players are still battling for jobs, however the game may be uncomfortable, and there were some impressive Friday night demonstrations in the Raiders' 13-6 win over the Packers.
Let's look at three of them and three not so impressive performances after the exhibition # 3.
Fadol Brown: What a stat line for the defensive end of the second year. Seven combined tackles, three quarterback hits, one and a half sacks and a forced fumble. Talk about your case for the 53-man roster. Brown is probably right on the cutting line, and he takes his chance in Khalil Mack's absence. Bruce Irvin was not in the stadium on Friday because of an "apologized absence." Brown spent the whole last season in the training squad. He thought another team would add him to his 53-man roster later in the season because he felt he showed up in practice. That never happened, and Brown never had a chance under Jack Del Rio and Co. With new staff Brown got fresh eyes and a fresh start.
"The coaching staffs did not even give me a chance last season," Brown said after the game. "I came out this year and had people like Bruce and Jelly (Justin Ellis) and Mario (Edwards Jr.), all the guys that were there just push me every day, I got a new coaching staff the chance to start with a fresh vest. "
Brown has a bit of temper ̵
"I talk to Bruce every day," Brown said. "He demands most of us all, especially all the young people who play a defense line, so you just have to come out and do your job."
Chris Warren: Lock. Warren makes the 53-man roster. He may have been set in stone before the game on Friday, but another efficient day should seal the deal for the undrafted rookie running back from Texas. His numbers did not dazzle like his first and second preseason games (15 carries for 54 yards and a touchdown against the Packers), but Warren found the end zone for the second game in a row. Warren coped again with the heaviest workload when he ran back to the Raiders. He did not burn absolutely, because that would have been the only way to lose his 53-man place.
"I have a feeling that pre-season games are like this, vets are coming out and the younger ones are getting more iterations, which has been the trend in recent weeks, I'm cool with it," Warren said. "I have the feeling that I started this preseason to prove that I can be on a list, I know this is the preseason and there are no starters out there, but I think I have a chance I believe that I have shown that I have the potential to definitely be in the 53-man list. "
Marshawn Lynch will enter the No. 1 and Doug Martin the No. 2 in the regular season. Lynch did not race on Friday and Martin ran six times for 24 yards. Then the depth map will be interesting, and Gruden will have to decide whether to give Jalen Richard or Warren the number 3. DeAndre Washington seems to have a long list, especially because of his recent knee surgery, and Warren's appearance makes it much more likely that the Raiders will have to endure four running backs on the day of September 1st.
Shilique Calhoun: The defensive end of the third year is another one that makes it much harder for Gruden to drop his name on the 53-man list. Calhoun scored his second preseason sack against the Packers, in addition to one he had against the Lions two weeks ago and a strong show against the Rams in Los Angeles. Calhoun has also reaped the benefits of a new coaching staff, and a scheme by Paul Guenther that puts Calhoun's hand in the ground, rather than falling into coverage as in previous years.
"I think the kind of defense they are performing really suits me as a player, it allows me to be aggressive, allows me to be the person I was before I came here," said Calhoun. "It makes me the person I was in high school, the person I was at school, it allows me to be aggressive and do plays."
Calhoun has scored the first two seasons in his first two seasons, from the convocation in the third round to a training staggering of the IRC team. Now he is pushing for a place on the 53-man squad in a crowded defensive line group. Another feat like the one he's already entered, and Calhoun could get the call he wants in a week.
Connor Cook: Huch. So much for this great preseason debut against the Lions. This seems to be a distant past after two below-average shows by Cook, who lost his quarterback after a 6-for-15 show against the Packers with 72 passing yards and an interception. Cook had opened Dwayne Harris for a would-be touchdown over the top, but a heavy under-throw resulted in a Jaire Alexander interception and the Packers take over from their own seven-yard line. Cook would have thrown another interception, this time a six if he had not been sacked by a defensive mission in the second quarter.
"I do not know," Gruden said when asked if he thought his backup QB was on the list. "We'll keep working and see who's available, there were some good moments tonight and there were some moments that were not good, it was too inconsistent but I will not say much tonight until I see the tape But we will continue to evaluate. "
Cook has given Gruden every reason in the last two games to relegate him to the third rank or move on. The fourth grader of 2016 has not exactly developed into the solid backup that the Raiders hoped for, and we'll see if the preseason finale against the Seahawks will change anything about changing his reputation with the team.
EJ Manuel: Yes, Manuel went to 8-12 with 87 passing yards and led the game-ready touchdown ride, but here's the main stat: Manuel has been fumbling in all three preseason games. Against the Lions, he and Center Jon Feliciano mocked a bargain, fumbling a ball against the Rams while throwing him back 10 yards before recovering from L.A. and losing control of the Packers as he ran before Green Bay recovered. Gruden was furious with quarterback fumbles last weekend when both Cook and Manuel lost one, and Saturday was no better for the former first-round pick.
"I think they are fighting," said Derek Carr when asked to rate his backups this preseason. "They both had a bunch of games that you're thinking of," man, their turn ", but they also had games like we all have over the course of three weeks, where you think: & # 39; 39; Man, I want that back I do not think they made any terrible decisions, I think they're right there fighting with each other. "
Manuel, after being outscored in Cook's opening game, has played better in the last two games. Does that mean he's the backup quarterback of the Raiders this season, or just the signal-caller Gruden wants to get rid of less?
Donald Penn: As expected, the 35-year-old beat some speed bumps in the first game test of the first tackle. Packers linebacker Reggie Gilbert rushed Penn on 3rd-4th with the Raiders on Green Bay's four-yard line while driving No. 1. Penn met Carr, who fumbled and dropped to the ball for an eight-meter Loss forcing Oakland to be content with a field goal on its first run. Penn looked shaky on a few other passatts, while Kolton Miller looked stiff on the other side from a blow-by from Clay Matthews.
"He played pretty well, he had a snapshot today, where he was in power, and I'll watch the video before I make too many specific comments," Gruden said of Penn. "It's been a work in progress, he's been out for a long time, doing a rehab on the side with the coaches is one thing, and getting out in those games and preventing blockages is another thing." He has much to do before He's back 100 percent, but we appreciate his hard work. "
No one expected Penn to master the move to the right tackle. If his head coach is satisfied with the trial run on Friday, who can deny that? Regardless of who thinks what, these 24 snapshots will not be very useful at the 2016 season opener, and time will tell whether the veteran can return to his Pro Bowl self on the right.