Roscoe Parrish had a job in his hands and he dropped it…twice. That pretty much summed up the conclusion of Oakland’s preseason as the Raiders rolled over in a hapless 21-3 loss in Seattle.
Dennis Allen won’t be at all happy with the sour taste left in his mouth just before the curtain goes up on the regular season. His team looked unprepared, unmotivated and uninvolved. Parrish’s problems best illustrated that.
In desperate need of both a kick and punt returner with both Jacoby Ford and Denarius Moore on the mend the Raiders turned to Roscoe mere hours after he was cut by the Chargers. Odds are Parrish will be right back in the breadline after his pathetic preseason debut. On his first punt Parrish put on a good move only to fumble the ball away. His second touch was even worse.
Parrish didn’t even have his helmet on by the time the punt was in the air. He could barely see the ball as his helmet bounced wildly while he made a sad and diving effort to field the kick. That time there was no turnover as Seattle recovered the ball out of bounds. But that would be the last we saw of Parrish last night and possibly ever again in Silver and Black. For good measure the recently signed Coye Francies did no better on kick returns as he too fumbled away a potential job.
Beyond Parrish and the horrid special teams the entire offense was a mess. Terrelle Pryor spent his most extensive preseason action running for his life behind an O-line that was completely listless. The running game never got going as Greg Knapp’s zone scheme continues to struggle.
Overall it was a completely forgettable night of football that will haunt quite a few men. Guys like Bryan McCann and Pat Lee earned themselves a roster spot. Guys like Parrish and possibly every member of the second team O-line not named Bergstrom or Barksdale likely lost out on work. Such is the nature of preseason football. Typically an ugly exhibition yet always an open audition.
Just who got the part and who has been sent back to scanning the want ads remains to be seen. What we already know is that after four preseason games the Raiders have more questions than answers. We’ll at least have 53 of our questions answered by the end of the day. Problem is those 53 questions aren’t even close to the top of the list.