Scouting the Raiders: Top five storylines in Oakland

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

On Sunday September 7 at 1 p.m., the Jets will host their old rivals the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium for the Jets home opener for the 2014 season.

In our first look at the Raiders, here’s five storylines from Oakland to consider before the Jets come out of the tunnel on Sunday to face their old adversaries:

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Rookie QB Derek Carr will start against the Jets

The Jets won’t get to beat up on Matt Schaub

The Jets secondary is trying to find their way right now as they deal with the injury of CB Dee Milliner. The opportunity to take on Matt Schaub would have been the perfect antidote while the Jets buy Dee Milliner more time to get healthy. Raiders coach Dennis Allen might have been praising Schaub up and down for months, but the writing was on the wall; Schaub is an old and done NFL quarterback, posting a 13:19 TD-to-INT ratio with five pick-sixes in his last 16 games. Somehow, the Raiders looked past those concerning numbers to pay him eight million dollars. Schaub was a a man paired with Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins and still couldn’t get the job done.

Instead, the Jets will see rookie QB Derek Carr who has been named the starter after a fine performance in the Raiders last preseason game against the Seahawks. Carr saw the first 16 minutes against Seattle’s backups and threw for 143 yards and three touchdowns. Allen admitted Carr’s performance played into his decision to start Carr. “It was a factor in it,” Allen said. “We’ve seen signs of Derek Carr’s development from the day he started camp this year until where he’s at right now. We’ve seen him grow by leaps and bounds and I think he’s ready to accept the challenge.”

Reading his scouting report, the younger brother of former NFL QB David Carr is known as a gunslinging quarterback who can roll out and extend plays with a live arm when the play breaks down. Expect the Jets to pressure Carr but don’t be suprised if Carr can connect on some downfield strikes against a depleted Jets secondary.

Menelik Watson and the domino theory

Watson was the Raiders second-rounder in 2013 and he has failed to take control of the team’s right tackle spot and they will start 32 year old veteran Khalif Barnes in his stead. Barnes played left tackle to start 2013 for the Raiders and was moved inside to left guard after a rough 11 games. The Raiders signed the much more efficient Donald Penn to anchor the left side with a solid interior group including Gabe Jackson (LG) Stefen Wisniewski (C) and former Jet Austin Howard (RG). The Raiders missing on Watson is certainly not good news for Reggie McKenzie, but the second year player’s inability to step up will force more pressure and attention from opposing defenses on the right side of the Raiders line.

Placing Barnes on the Raiders right side of the line will be something that coach Dennis Allen will try to cover up with tight ends on that side of the formation, but the Jets pass rushers are a group set up to take advantage of Barnes. Look for the Jets to test Barnes early and often during the game as the group’s weakest point.

Denarius Moore poised for a breakout?

Moore was a player for whom great things were once expected, but the excitement has died down due to his production in recent years. Moore admits that in recent years he’s put too much pressure on himself and now he’s ready to let the game come to him. “I was worried about being the go-to guy,” Moore told the San Francisco Chronicle. “[I've been] building up that pressure on myself when I didn’t have to.”

Could Moore be back on the map as a star player? With the addition of James Jones and Maurice Jones-Drew, there’s more complementary players. The removal of the ever-weakening armed Schaub can’t do anything but help as well. Moore has a growing chemistry with Carr, catching two touchdowns from the rookie quarterback in the preseason finale.

Change of travel plans

The Raiders have a notorious recent history of struggling in games played on the east coast. Oakland has lost 13 straight games in the Eastern Time Zone, eight of which have come during current Raiders coach Dennis Allen’s tenure. Dating further back, since December of 2002 (the winning season for the Raiders), Oakland is 5-30 in the Eastern Time Zone.

Football players creatures of habit, and in an effort to break the trend Raiders coach Dennis Allen has made plans for his team to travel east on Thursday. The Raiders will hold a practice on Friday in the New York area before a walk-through on Saturday as a method to better prepare for Sunday’s game. In the past, the Raiders have traveling all day Friday and it would seem that Allen thinks this is a better plan for his players. The Raiders have three eastern time zone games this season, but so far they’ve just committed to the plan this weekend as an experiment.

No team for old men

The Raiders are among the NFL’s oldest teams – in fact, they are the oldest. While Oakland might bring their experience with them east, Marty Mornhinweg might try to expose the Raiders collective age (and lack of speed) with his gameplan but trying to get many situations where the Jets ballcarrier (runner or receiver) into isolation outside the hashmarks.




125 comments
Conor McElhearn
Conor McElhearn

Extremely interested to see AA start for us at corner. I recently moved from NY to florida, so haven't had the opportunity to see him during the preseason. 


Thankfully, this week one matchup will provide him with some extra reps prior to going up against some of the leagues elite QB's. 


Any thoughts on how he preformed during his limited action?

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

Denarius Moore didn't play in their matchup last year because of injury. Now he is dangerous in the slot. He will be lining up against Kyle Wilson. This is an important matchup because Moore has speed and can force defensive backs out of position when he makes moves. This is intriguing because Carr will most likely want to get some early completions on the jets weak secondary. I don't think the jets have the edge in this matchup with Oakland's offense against their defense. 


  Interested Jet

Karl Leopold
Karl Leopold

First offensive play will be:


1) Run up the middle

2) Run to the outside

3) Pass to a RB

4) Pass to a TE

5) Pass to a WR

6) Wildcat

williamg1
williamg1

@Brendan


Thank God it isn't someone we needed. I know that sounds cold, but yeah.....

Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

SMH

Seriously, what is wrong with NFL players. Why is it so difficult for them to stay out of trouble?

a57se
a57se

@Karl Leopold 

If it is the Raiders, I think they start Carr off with a simple pass to a RB.

The Jets, I think we run it to the outside with CJ.

Brendan
Brendan

@bob Oops! I forgot, Bob-o doesn't like the vacuum. 

levi
levi

@a57se  Sounds like he knuckled someones head.

jsadolph
jsadolph

@bob @levi @Karl Leopold 

I do think we will take a long shot to start the game if we get the ball first.  If we get it second, then I think we will be more conservitive. 

Unless we receive the ball off a turnover, then we make them pay with a quick strike.

levi
levi

@Disgruntled Jets Fan He might get moved to the active roster if thats the case. THATS GOOD HUSTLE. (slaps ass hard)

juunit
juunit

@levi @juunit 

If it was a girl, Enunwa has some TERRIBLE timing. If he'd hit a girl a week ago he'd have been all good. Now though, he'd be scaaaaareeeeewed. 

williamg1
williamg1

@levi @juunit I live in West Hollywood. Its hard to tell the difference between guys and girls. 

a57se
a57se

@juunit @levi 

Is it domestic Violence if it happens in a Hotel and you don't know the person?

juunit
juunit

@a57se @juunit @levi 

I would think that's just simple assault. But logic rarely plays into Goodell's player conduct punishments. 

a57se
a57se

@Brendan @a57se 

That's what I thought he was charged with...simple assault.

Though simple assault does not mean he hit anyone, right?


Brendan
Brendan

@a57se It could mean he just shoved someone, not really sure. The person not even needing medical attention makes me think this will go away quickly. 



levi
levi

@a57se  If nobody was hurt why even arrest the guy? Jesus has the whole world gone all sissified?

Ron Alexander
Ron Alexander

@Brendan @a57se No Brandan, its the undying loyalty you have for our Jets that makes you think this will go away quickly(LOL!) Knowing you you probably thought the same thing about Goodson and his adventures with the law last year!

williamg1
williamg1

@Brendan @a57se


The fact that dude didn't need medical attention, yet pressed charges, tells me he's a chump. Clearly deserved it. 

a57se
a57se

@Brendan @a57se 

From my limited knowledge of the Law, I thought you could be charged with Assault for simply yelling at someone while Battery meant you hit them...

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Bent @a57se @Brendan

No, but there's either "simple assault" (i.e. without a weapon) or "aggravated assault" (with a weapon).


That's most states... Jersey may have some other arcane wordings, though.

hitchhiker
hitchhiker

@a57se this is my understanding too, but I am not certain.

williamg1
williamg1

@a57se @Brendan Assault through words? I may as well just start hitting old ladies with batteries, instead of screaming at them to make the friggin left hand turn already. 

tsjc68
tsjc68

@a57se @Brendan

That's correct, but assault can also mean hitting someone (i.e. battery).


Most places no longer use the charge of "battery" that I'm aware of, everything has been rolled into either simple assault or aggravated assault.

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Brendan I thought you actually had to throw a battery at someone.

juunit
juunit

@a57se @Brendan 

I didn't think yelling constituted a crime unless you were threatening the person. Spitting on someone is assault though. 

Bent
Bent moderator

@tsjc68 @Bent @a57se @Brendan In the UK we have, amongst other things affray, which is a level below assault and basically means you got in a fight but didn't do any serious damage and GBH or grievous bodily harm, which is what it sounds like and more serious.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@juunit @a57se @Brendan

Yelling at someone could be "terroristic threats", though, if you were yelling that you were going to kill them or something.

juunit
juunit

@tsjc68 @juunit @a57se @Brendan 

Right. If you yell "I'm going to kill you" then it's threatening someone, which can be a crime.

However, if you walked up to someone in the street and yelled "tomatoes and potatoes" at them I don't see how that could be construed as an arrestable offense. I guess you could get a public disturbance charge though. 

tsjc68
tsjc68

@juunit @tsjc68 @a57se @Brendan

However, if you walked up to someone in the street and yelled "tomatoes and potatoes" at them I don't see how that could be construed as an arrestable offense.


I now have the urge to do this and see what happens.

juunit
juunit

@tsjc68 @juunit @a57se @Brendan 

If you do it while pushing a shopping cart I'm sure you'll get away with it. People might even pay you for your words of wisdom.