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Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen has suggested that their will be a time share upon Darren McFadden return to the line up, after he has healed from his hamstring injury. Rashad Jennings has forced the coaches hand by rushing for 340 yards on 57 carries, this translates into a 6.0 yards per carry average in the last three games.
Pyro's take: There is no doubt that Jennings has looked top notch in the last three games, and deserves to be credited more playing time. Also, Allen has finally figured out the "Run DNP" is as fragile as his China plateware, and will need to split reps just to keep McFadden healthy. This situation spells out trouble for any fantasy owner. Nobody wants a RBBC on a bad offensive team, and thats what you will now have. At this time ignore Jennings on the waiver wire, unless you have plenty of room, or you want to take the leverage from the McFadden owner. If you own Rashad Jennings then put him on hold, because, it's "Run DNP" and he is a step away from hurting himself on a blade of grass.
Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor is day-to-day with a knee sprain.
Pryor said following the game his knee appeared stable and thought he would be fine.
``He seemed to be doing pretty good this morning,'' Allen said at his weekly press conference. ``We'll see how he's doing tomorrow.''
Pyro's take: There is good optimism that Pryor will not miss any time with this knee sprain. We will learn more as the week progresses, but he has been a viable fantasy starter with his ability to run for big yards.
Pryor is still going to have an up and down rest of the season, but I do like his potential for Dynasty/Keeper leagues. Although, if he does play this week, he could put up a nice fantasy game against the Giants.
McFadden was listed as questionable Friday by the Raiders after limited practice time and was less than emphatic that he would play against the Kansas City Chiefs.
``I feel pretty good,'' McFadden said following practice. ``We're just going to try and make that decision whenever it comes time to make a decision -- whatever the coaches and the trainers feel like is the best for me.''
Asked if he had run with the burst he would in a game, McFadden said, ``If I haven't done it I feel like I've gotten pretty close to it. I'm just looking forward to whatever decisions the coaches and trainers make.''
``I watched him all week in practice,'' Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. ``I like where he's at. I feel good about where he's at. We'll see how he feels tomorrow. But I think every day he's gotten a little bit better.''
Pyro's take: McFadden has once again hurt owners by getting injured, and when healthy has still not shown the flash that he displayed in 2010, and the beginning of the 2011 season. There is no reason to feel confident about starting him this week when he still might not have the burst he needs to be successful.
Raiders running back Rashad Jennings expects to get the ball a lot on Sunday night against the Chargers, with Darren McFadden expected to miss the game after suffering a hamstring injury.
“I’m always ready,” Jennings told CSNBayArea.com. “I’m approaching this week the same way I’ve been approaching any other. I’ll be ready for however many carries I get.”
After McFadden got hurt in last week’s game against Washington, Jennings became the primary focus of the Raiders’ offense, both as a runner (14 carries for 45 yards) and a receiver (eight catches for 71 yards).
Pyro's take: Jennings was pretty effective while replacing McFadden last week and will look to build on that performance in the late Sunday night game against the Chargers. If you are in desperate need for a starting back this week and he is on the wire, this is a good week to grab and start him.
Terrelle Pryor has to be completely non-symptomatic from his concussion to play this weekend against San Diego.
Pryor was actually medically cleared to play against Washington, but Allen said the quarterback was still exhibiting symptoms, such as a sensitivity to light.
Pryor had requested a tinted shield for his helmet's facemask -- he was denied -- and the fact that Pryor wanted a visor set off warning bells for Allen, he said.
"When you have that symptom," Allen said, "we can't put him at risk."
A player, then, can pass the NFL's concussion protocol and still exhibit symptoms?
"Yeah, because part of the tests are objective, and part of them are subjective," Allen said. "We wanted to make sure we exercised extreme caution in his situation and we probably went a little bit above and beyond what the typical protocol would be and it was just deemed that it wasn't worth the risk."
And while Pryor, who was inactive Sunday and watched the game from the sidelines wearing dark sunglasses, would seemingly be ready to face the Chargers, Allen would not commit to him ... yet.
"The biggest thing is that he's got to be symptom-free," Allen said. "Whenever that point is. We're going to continue to monitor it until he's symptom-free."
Pyro's take: The Raiders are not going to contend in the AFC West this season, so it reasons that they are going to be extra careful with Pryor and not risk further injury by rushing him back. The good news for Pryor is that Matt Flynn was impressive in his chance to replace Terrelle and the job is Pryor's when he is ready to return.
The oft-injured McFadden, who has never played more than 13 games in a season and had missed 13 of Oakland's previous 32 games coming into this season, Allen would not go into detail regarding his latest injury, purportedly suffered on his first carry of the game.
"I wouldn't get into characterizing whether it's minor, major," Allen said. "He's got a hamstring [strain]. I don't expect him to be out a long time but we'll see how he responds. I mean, it's one day after a game."
"We want to make sure that he's healthy. I think hamstring injuries and brain injuries are two totally different things but yeah, we want to make sure that Darren's healthy. We don't want this to be anything that's going to linger."
Pyro's take: McFadden has been an injury risk ever since he came to the NFL and once again he has been snake bitten. Rashad Jennings filled in for RUN DNP and had 45 yards on 15 carries and added another 71 yards on 8 receptions, and could be a candidate to get a few more starts, as the Raiders will be sure McFadden is 100% healthy before putting him back on the field.
An MRI of fullback Marcel Reece's injured knee came back negative.
"It's really a matter of when's he going to be physically able to go," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said of Reece. "It's not a surgical procedure or anything like that that needs to be done. It's just, whenever he's ready to go."
Pyro's take: The Raiders backfield is all banged up with injuries to Reece, Darren McFadden and Terrelle Pryor. Reece should only be being used in 14 or 16 team ppr leagues, and depending on the length of the injury may be a drop candidate.
Pryor appeared to run right into two Denver defenders. Though he stayed in the game to finish that drive, he left the field afterward. Raiders fans thought the hit was unfair, but Pryor was the ball carrier.
Allen wouldn't go so far as to blame Pryor's injury on the offense.
"He took a shot on that particular play," Allen said. "I think that play could happen to just about anybody."
"He'll go through the protocol," head coach Dennis Allen said.
Pyro's take: This is a tough break for Pryor, but is always the risk being a running quarterback in the read option. This is a reminder to owners of these types of quarterbacks that all it takes is one shot.
It is never easy to tell how long a player will be out with the new concussion protocols, so it will be interesting to see if he can practice this week, but my gut tells me he is going to miss at least one week. Matt Flynn would start in his absence, but that is not good news for anyone.
Terrelle Pryor has been named the Raiders starting quarterback for the season-opener on Sunday, according to two league sources. Coach Dennis Allen told both Pryor and Matt Flynn his decision Monday morning.
Flynn was the starter thoughout training camp but struggled in the third preseason game, throwing two interceptions and fumbling once. Pryor came in and led four scoring drives and then started the preseason finale while Flynn rested a sore arm.
Pyro's take: That sure did not take long. Pryor is definitely the player that has more potential than Matt Flynn, who has seen his last chance to be a starter in this league unless there another GM who wants to lose his own job. Pryor is not going to light it up with his passing performances, but he should do some damage on the ground, and have a chance to score some sneaky fantasy points.
Terrelle Pryor auditioning for startng job tonight
The Raiders will start Terrelle Pryor at quarterback in their preseason finale on Thursday, a game that could wind up being the final step in Pryor winning the starting job for Week One over Matt Flynn.
Pryor’s ability to make plays with his feet has given him a leg up over Flynn, who has not played as well as Pryor in the preseason and is now dealing with the same elbow tendonitis that struck him last summer when Russell Wilson took the Seahawks’ starting job. Should Pryor wind up with the job, offensive coordinator Greg Olson admitted that the team will have to alter the offense as Pryor would be doing more than playing in specific packages of plays and because he still needs to develop as a passer.
“When you see Terrelle in a game, he just looks faster than the other players on the field,” Olson said, via Scott Bair of CSNBayArea.com. “That’s what jumped out at me, and probably jumped out at most people when they watch him play. He can run. He is a tremendous athlete, and he’s got the ability to make plays. Right now we’re looking for playmakers.”
Pyro's take: Terrelle Pryor was a Rip Van Winkle sleeper and then became a deep sleeper and is continuing to move up, but not much further than that. Pryor is a much better playmaker than Matt Flynn and with his ability to run could wind up scoring some quality points. I could definitely see Pryor having more than a few game with more rushing yards than passing yards.
If the Raiders do go with Pryor that could help to open things up for Darren McFadden in the running game. McFadden is going to need all the help he can get with a weak offensive line ahead of him, but it may end up being Pryor running for his life and scoring more fantasy points.
Darren McFadden continues to struggle in preseason
Darren McFadden has yet to show any signs of life through two preseason games. McFadden has 22 yards on 8 carries in 2 preseason games.
Pyro's take: Darren McFadden had a very poor 2012 season and many feel that was in part to the offense that they were running. This season the Raiders and new offensive coordinator Greg Olsen are employing a power running system, which is supposed to play into McFadden's strengths.
Unfortunately, McFadden is still a major injury risk this season, and through 2 preseason games has not given fantasy owners much to feel good about. The Raiders are not going to be a good team this season and even though Run DMC has game breaking ability, this feels like it is going to be a very inconsistent season for McFadden.
Trent Edwards, Ryan Fitzpatrick out, Brian Brohm in
Bills quarterbacks Trent Edwards and Ryan Fitzpatrick both suffered ankle injuries in the loss to the Patriots last weekend and are highly unlikely to suit up for the game against the Falcons this week. QB Brian Brohm will get the start in their place if neither can go.
Pyro's take: Hmmm... good news or bad news? Brohm is nothing to write home about, but both Edwards and Fitzpatrick are about as bad of a QB tandem as it gets, so pick your poison. Whatever the case, Terrell Owens and Lee Evans take a hit to their fantasy value this upcoming weekend.
Raiders coach Tom Cable said in a conference call on Wednesday that the team will be going with Charlie Frye as it's starting quarterback against the Broncos this weekend instead of QB JaMarcus Russell.
Pyro's take: When Bruce Gradkowski got hurt at the end of the first half last week, Russell was the one who replaced him. In one half of play, Russell threw one interception, fumbled once (Raiders recovered), and was sacked SIX times. Russell's days in Oakland are likely over, and it's possible he never plays another down in the NFL.
Bills wide receiver Terrell Owens said on Thursday that QB Ryan Fitzpatrick should have remained the starter after the bye, and fellow wideout Lee Evans seconded the statement.
"He has a lot more experience. There are some situations where he'll be able to buy time with that experience. There will be some times where he can assess the defense and really take some shots down the field. We're looking forward to the opportunity with Ryan," said Owens.
Pyro's take: Fitzpatrick may have the starting job over Edwards, but that doesn't make him fantasy football material. He's had just two TD passes to four interceptions and a QB rating of 49.8 in the four games he's played in thus far, which hardly makes him a good option in any situation.
There's no doubt that Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell has not lived up to his No. 1 draft pick status, and now it looks like the Raiders may go in a different direction as QB Bruce Gradkowski took the reps with the first team at practice on Wednesday.
Pyro's take: Our guess is that coach Tom Cable is just lighting a fire under his ass and that the team is not giving up on him just yet. However, they probably should as he looks like one of the worst starting QBs ever to lace 'em up in the NFL. We'd have a tough time telling you to keep him on your fantasy football team even in dynasty leagues at this point.
11/18/09, 03:45 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
After going 8-of-23 for 64 yards (2.8 YPA) in almost three quarters of action, Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell was pulled from the game by coach Tom Cable in favor of backup Bruce Gradkowski. When asked about it on Monday, here's what Russell had to say:
"I really can't explain it," Russell said of the benching. "I really don't know what to say about it, but that was his decision, and just move on from it."
Pyro's take: Has JaMarcus ever seen the stats that real quarterbacks put up in the NFL and college? Or High School? Or maybe even Pop Warner Youth Football?
Clueless? Check. Gigantic and overweight? Check. Worst QB in the NFL? Double-check.
Fit to be a Raider, that's for sure.