FLORHAM PARK, NJ - The Jets will look to bounce back from a tough loss, against the Patriots, when they travel to Oakland to play the Raiders but this Raiders team isn't the pushover that Raiders team of recent past has been.
Amari Cooper was the big topic of conversation today as Buster Skrine and Brandon Marshall both compared the rookie wideout to A.J. Green, with Marshall saying he's like a mix of Green and Chad Johnson. It's no surprise that Cooper is already creating this type of attention, his talent was evident for years as he tore up the SEC while playing for the University of Alabama, fortunately for us spectators this Sunday we get to see one of the best young receivers in the game face-off against one of the best cornerbacks ever as Cooper gets to visit Revis Island for the first time in his career.
"Yeah, I think the biggest thing is the way he approaches every day like a pro," Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said. "He's a young player in the years in the league, but he's mature in the way he approaches the game and he has a lot of respect for the profession. The way he approaches his job every day, he's been very consistent and very mature in that approach and I appreciate that a lot."
For the Jets most of the attention was on the injuries as there are a lot of questions surrounding who will and won't be able to play this week. Willie Colon (knee), Eric Decker (knee), Nick Mangold (neck), Chris Owusu (concussion/shoulder), Bilal Powell (ankle) and Calvin Pryor (ankle) all missed practice today.
Todd Bowles said Decker had a little swelling in his knee but it sounded like he was still fairly confident Decker would be able to play this week. Owusu suffered yet another concussion, his fifth in the past couple of years, and they're not really sure when it happened. Owusu didn't feel anything during the game but felt symptoms come on after the team returned from New England. Bowles said Mangold's neck is still sore and they are trying to work through the soreness, if Mangold can't go on Sunday then either Dakota Dozier or Wesley Johnson will fill in for him (the two are splitting first-team reps in practice and the coaching staff will make that decision later in the week if need be).
While Powell didn't practice Stevan Ridley was a full participant again but Bowles said he's still a little behind mentally and that they will make a decision on both Powell and Ridley later in the week. Bowles made it seem like it will be one or the other active this week and probably not both. This would lead one to believe if Powell can play he will get the nod and they'll give Ridley another week but if Powell can't go they will activate Ridley on Sunday.
Skrine and Devin Smith were both limited in practice. Smith has an ankle injury and Skrine was limited with a shoulder and hand injury. Yes, the shoulder was from Skrine's crushing hit on Julian Edelman. When Skrine was asked what he thought of the hit on Edelman he paused, cracked a huge smile and said, "I thought it was a good hit." Skrine also had his wrapped in tape, "a club" because of a fracture in his, "fifth metacarpal." He said he will have his hand wrapped in a club for the game but he will definitely play and added that he played with his hand clubbed last year in Cleveland, "last year I broke my thumb, in Cleveland, and I got all my picks with my cast. Once I got the cast off I didn't get any more so..."