Raiders notes: McCann makes his case, etc.

August 31, 2012, 7:05 am
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SEATTLE -- There were not many bright spots for the Raiders in their 21-3 exhibition finale loss Thursday night but Bryan McCann may have saved a roster spot for himself.After newly-acquired returners Roscoe Parrish and Coye Francies fumbled all of their returns, McCann relatively shined, returning one punt 18 yards and a kickoff 26 yards. He also broke up a deep pass from Josh Portis to Charly Martin on a fourth and 10.And that was the play he was most proud of making.
"The defense had been out there a couple of plays and we had the penalty on the punt, and to turn it around and let them stay on the field after that fourth down would have been a big blow to the team," McCann said. "So I think that had a bigger impact than the punt return did."Roscoe Parrish, who entered the game with a career 12.0-yards per punt return average, may have sealed his fate, losing one punt on a fumble and muffing the second, when he seemed to be having trouble with his helmet."You have to protect the ball," said Raiders coach Dennis Allen. "He has done a nice job in the NFL as a returner, so I don't know if the one night defines who he is. But obviously, he had a rough night tonight."Sixth-round draft pick Christo Bilukidi started at defensive tackle in place of Tommy Kelly and played most of the game, finishing with four tackles, including one for a loss.And as a draft pick, he should feel safe about making the 53-man roster, yes?"It's like the reverse of draft day," he said. "On draft day you're waiting for the phone call. Tomorrow, you don't want that phone call to happen."I was confident. I know I can make this roster, or if not this roster, I know I can make (one of the other) 31 rosters. I work hard in practice. I work hard in games. So I'm pretty confident in myself."Seventh-rounder Nate Stupar had a game-high 11 tackles with a sack, three tackles for a loss and a quarterback hurryEddie McGee led the Raiders with three catches on three targets for 36 yards, including a 36 yarderquarterback Terrelle Pryor led the Raiders in preseason rushing with 121 yards on 14 carries, while Lonyae Miller was second with 106 yards on 36 carriesDarren McFadden averaged 4.1 yards per carry.