The Raiders 3rd preseason game vs Detroit brought some
interesting results. With the first string playing a large portion of
the game, it was going to be a good test both on offense and defense.
Palmer didn't look spectacular, but that's no different than the previous two games. He has a habit of throwing into double coverage and still seems to be a little off with some of the receivers. Again, we don't know if its the wrong route being run or if the throw is just off - but either way, there were plays left on the field and a few given away.
Pryor had a
great game and we got to see him roll out some good runs with one
crossing the goal line. He threw very little, but of his 5 attempts,
two were TD passes to Criner - one for 39 yards and a long 76 yard toss
thrown across his body. He looked really comfortable out there with the
2nd team and it surely will do wonders for his confidence.
The defense held Detroit to 5 first downs and under 100 yards in the first half. They shut Calvin Johnson down, which was a good sign for our young secondary. Our tackling has been much improved - there were some really nice open field tackles with the defense wrapping guys up. Something we haven't seen in a long time.
Janikowski got injured on a kickoff return in the 2nd quarter, but Eddy Carmona was able to boot a 56 yard FG from the dirt - pretty impressive. Not sure whether Janikowski will be ready to go by week one with his groin injury, but Allen says he's not too worried about it.
None of the roster cuts made yesterday were surprising, but we signed Roscoe Parrish today to help our return game - which is a huge need.