Kolton Miller and Brandon Parker will likely pass on horror movies with Halloween approaching.
They saw enough grisly footage in the aftermath of the Raiders’ 27-3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in London before the bye.
The rookie starting tackles were bewitched, beaten and bewildered against the Seahawks, with Frank Clark and Quinton Jefferson doing as they pleased and Derek Carr taking the brunt of it.
Carr was sacked four times and hit countless others. Miller, the left tackle, and Parker on the right side had a week to let their bodies rest, but also had extra time to over the film frame by painful frame.
“I watched a lot of film, things I need to adjust, things that hurt me,” Miller said Friday as the Raiders completed preparations to host the Indianapolis Colts Sunday at the Coliseum. “I also watched some previous film of things I’d done well.”
Parker, who conceded he takes poor games very hard, said the coaching staff did a good job not harping only the bad plays.
“What they did a good job of was making a cut-up of all my negative pass pros and then all the positive,” Parker said. “I watched both trying so I could fine tune the details I can work on.”
Still to be determined is if the rookies will have Pro Bowl left guard Kelechi Osemele on the field to lend a hand. Osemele practiced Friday for the first time this week but there is no guarantee he’ll be ready to play after missing the last two games with a knee injury.
“Hopefully, K.O. can play,” coach Jon Gruden said. “He’s one of the best guards in the league, so when you don’t have him, it’s a huge loss.”
Being that Osemele plays on Miller’s side, it’s especially tough on a rookie starter who has been playing through a knee injury in recent games. When Jon Feliciano also went out with a rib injury against Seattle, tackle Jason Murray was pressed into emergency duty alongside Miller.
“When you’re playing next to three different left guards, it’s tough,” Gruden said. “There’s a lot of things that happen there that you really don’t go to the game on Sunday to watch. Guys switching stunts, guys working in concert with one another in the running game.”
Miller said the week off, which included a Roseville High School game where he went to school, has him feeling better physically.
“I felt a lot better this week moving around, I feel almost back to normal with my speed,” Miller said.
Other things we learned Friday:
▪ Cornerback Daryl Worley was added to the injury report with a knee injury that Gruden didn’t believe was serious enough to keep him out of the game. He was limited in practice and listed as questionable. Worley and Osemele were the only players listed with a designation on whether or not they would play.
▪ Indianapolis tight ends Eric Ebron and Jack Doyle will be a major test for a Raiders defense that has had difficulties guarding that position for years.
“If we’re in man coverage, we’re going to have to have one of our linebackers or safeties walk out and cover one of these guys,” Gruden said. “That’s a matchpu every team in the league is looking for every week. we look for it ourselves without our tight ends.”
▪ Gruden is confident the crowd will be behind the Raiders despite the recent losses and the trade of Amari Cooper to Dallas.
“These Raider fans, they’re the best,” Gruden said. “We’re looking forward to playing in front of ’em and we hope to win a game for ’em.”