Lynn: Oakland 'Will Have to Account for James'

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On if T Russell Okung will practice:

“No, we'll take a look at him at the end of the week — Friday or Saturday.”

On if he would be comfortable with Okung playing even if he didn’t practice throughout the week:

“Oh, absolutely. Yeah, we're going to take a hard look at him Saturday. It will be a game-time decision.”

On WR Travis Benjamin:

“We put a cast on him to protect him and take the pressure off the foot, but it's the same situation with him.”

On S Derwin James:

“He's a heck of a player. He's versatile. We play him to the back end, play him in the box. He's just a good football player. That's why we took him in the first round.”

On the roughing the passer penalties against San Francisco:

“I can't remember that game. You know, it's a tough call [against LB Kyle Emanuel]. It was 50-50. So we understand the rules. They're not changing. We just have to adjust. You're going to have some of those. Some of those guys are put into situations where it's pretty challenging in a split second to make a decision to do something. When you've been taught to go get a guy, it's kind of hard to pull up at the end, but we have to do a little better.”

On if players have a good grasp on the new rules protecting the quarterback:

“We emphasized the rule all offseason. We practiced the rule. We practiced tackling the quarterback. We do all of that. Sometimes in a game, it's going to happen. You're coming off a block late and you don't have maybe time to react and adjust your body and all that. It's part of the game now.”

On Derwin James’ ability to cover tight ends:

“It gives you a lot when we have a stellar tight end like we have this week in [Raider TE Jared] Cook, but we're more of a zone team than man team. So we don't play in that situation a lot, but when we need to, we can. That's the comfort, that we can do it.”

On Derwin James’ length helping when he blitzes:

“The ability to knock balls down, the ability to reach and cause strip fumbles, those things are where it really shows up.” 

On how the Raiders have changed under Head Coach Jon Gruden:

“It's a different offensive system. It's the west coast system that I'm very familiar with. You have a lot of per progression reads where he ball comes out quick and [Raiders QB Derek] Carr is doing a good job of that. He's completing 71 percent of his balls right now, so he's picked up on the system well.”

On Raiders WR Jordy Nelson:

“Just another dependable and reliable receiver. He's a tall man, he's got a lot of meat on him as well. He's a tough matchup in the slot.”

On Derwin James as a pass rusher:

“They're going to have to account for him. We can use him as a decoy some. We have a lot on his plate. We need to, at some point, put him in position where he can learn that position and just play — but he's doing a heck of a job moving around for us right now. 

On if Derwin James will adjust to playing more of a safety role:

“Yes because [S] Jahleel [Addae] is playing in the back end. He played really well in the box last year. Now he's playing in the back end. It's different for him. So we're just trying to find that balance between those two.”

On if Derwin James moving around affects the speed he plays with:

“Oh, sure it is. He's a rookie. He still has a lot to learn, but when he knows it, he's very decisive.”

On where he would like Derwin James to play:

“Well, he's a box safety. Jahleel [Addae] was a box safety last year that did a heck of a job for us. So we just have to balance, depending on the personnel that we're going up against.”

On S Jaheel Addae playing more free safety:

“He's handling that well, but it is different. Trying to spot the ball, adjusting to the ball — it's different for him, but he'll get better.”




Jason B. Hirschhorn