Observation deck: Raiders-Seahawks

August, 31, 2012
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A look at the Raiders’ 21-3 road loss Thursday night:

It was a night for the backups for the Raiders and it looked like it.

The Raiders weren’t very good, but not many of these players will even be factors in the regular season. But it shows the biggest problem this team has -- depth.

Backup running back Mike Goodson had 26 yards on eight carries and Taiwan Jones added 12 yards on seven carries. I’ll say it once again: Oakland needs another backup running back behind Darren McFadden for depth purposes.

Terrelle Pryor wasn’t as dynamic against Seattle as he was against Detroit last week. After playing like a star late in that previous outing, Pryor wasn’t overly productive Thursday. That’s OK. He is a project. Sure, we might see some Pryor packages this season, but he is still a developing player.

Seattle ran and passed at will against an Oakland defense that was pretty strong in the preseason.

Rookie linebacker Nathan Stupar had a big night and should make the team when the roster is trimmed to 53 players Friday.

Newly signed punt returner Roscoe Parrish fumbled twice. I could see Parrish, cut by San Diego on Monday, getting the axe. Cornerback Coye Francies, claimed this week, also fumbled a punt. He could easily get cut Friday as well. If so, Oakland could look for a punt returner because of injuries. Punt returners are easy to find on the waiver wire. It could keep Bryan McCann as well. He had a nice game as a returner and a cornerback Thursday.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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