Oakland Raiders: Seattle Seahawks

NFL Nation TV Spreecast No. 3

April, 29, 2014
Apr 29
Here is NFL Nation TV's Spreecast Episode No. 3, from April 29, 2014, with host Paul Gutierrez (Oakland Raiders reporter), co-host Coley Harvey (Cincinnati Bengals reporter) and guest Terry Blount (Seattle Seahawks reporter).

Join us today at 2 p.m. ET, 11 a.m. PT as ESPN’s NFL Nation TV’s third Spreecast airs live. Host Paul Gutierrez (Oakland Raiders reporter), co-host Coley Harvey (Cincinnati Bengals reporter) and guest Terry Blount (Seattle Seahawks reporter) take on topics.

Among topics we'll discuss: Herschel Walker saying he could still play in the NFL, a 49ers fan suing the NFL for $50 million over Seattle’s ticket situation in the NFC title game, Megatron potentially finding a loophole in the NFL’s anti-celebration dunk rule and the Seahawks Richard Sherman and Russell Wilson in the news for vastly different reasons. Viewers are encouraged to log in and ask the panelists questions as well as contribute in the chat feature.
The Oakland Raiders got down to the 75-man roster limit Tuesday, but not without some pain.

The Raiders put rookie running back Latavius Murray on the injured reserve list. The team had said he had a minor ankle injury. Earlier in the offseason, it appeared as if Murray would have a chance to be Darren McFadden’s primary backup with a chance to be a major contributor. The sixth-round draft pick from Central Florida is big, fast and skilled.

Yet, he will have to wait a year to try to make an impact. Rashad Jennings will remain McFadden’s backup.

Oakland also placed reserve cornerback Joselio Hanson on injured reserve. He was decent in backup role last year.

Linebacker Miles Burris was placed on the physically unable to perform list. He has been out all offseason. Burris, a rookie starter last year, has fallen out of the starting mix, at least for now. But he will miss at least the first six games of the season.

Oakland signed kicker Justin Medlock just so it can give Sebastian Janikowski a rest Thursday at Seattle. Cornerback Mitchell White was cut.

Seattle cut cornerback Will Blackmon. He was in Green Bay with Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie and Oakland safety Charles Woodson. The Raiders could always use veteran experience, especially with Hanson out. I wouldn’t be shocked if Oakland considers Blackmon.

Starting receiver Rod Streater is practicing Tuesday. He suffered a concussion Friday against Chicago.

This is Terrelle Pryor's chance.

Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen announced Sunday that presumed starting quarterback Matt Flynn has arm soreness and that Pryor will work with the first-team offense and he will start Thursday night against Seattle. At first glance, it’s not overly significant Pryor is starting the preseason finale because it's usually a chance for backups to play more.

However, after Flynn -- who is dealing with the same tendonitis issue that bothered him last summer in Seattle -- struggled Friday in a home loss to Chicago and Pryor gave the team a spark, this news is a big deal.

Saturday, I wrote the rebuilding Raiders need to give Pryor a chance to show whether he can handle the starting job. Now that he is working with the first team, Allen is giving Pryor the chance to show he can keep the job.

Regardless of what Pryor does in the Seattle game, if he practices well, I can see him getting the chance to open the regular season as the starter. It's clear that's the direction the Raiders are pointing to, and this minor arm injury of Flynn’s may be simply opening the door for Pryor.