The Oakland Raiders have unveiled a Wildcat formation in their last two games. Against the Houston Texans, it worked for an 80-yard touchdown for Rashad Jennings off a direct snap and a fake handoff.
Against Tennessee, however, the Raiders deployed fullback Marcel Reece as the trigger man and the results were considerably less impressive—two carries, two yards.
Reece didn’t make a fake of any sort; he just rolled ahead into the line to look for whatever daylight there was, only to discover sundown came quickly on those two plays.
ESPN.com reported Tuesday that quarterback Terrelle Pryor, out with a knee injury for the last two weeks, might be the trigger in some Wildcat packages against Dallas on Thanksgiving Day.
Pryor had a franchise-record (and an NFL record for a quarterback) 93-yard touchdown run against the Pittsburgh Steelers last month and the package that Reece was in for on Sunday was intended to be Pryor’s package.
“That was part of what our plan was going into the game,” head coach Dennis Allen said. “We had some plays in for Terrelle but I felt like if we could play this game and still do well offensively and didn’t have to use those packages we’d be able to give him another week to heal up a little bit.”
Allen didn’t commit to the idea of using Terrelle in some specialty formations Thursday, but he hinted broadly at it.
“We’ll see how that goes moving forward, if there’s a way we can get him into the game in some of those packages,” Allen said.
Pryor is now the second-leading rusher for Oakland with 504 yards on 68 carries. Jennings overtook him for the team lead on Sunday, gaining 73 yards on 16 attempts to run his season total to 553 yards in 109 totes.
It would be interesting to see how the combination of Pryor’s running and passing ability would work against Dallas’ defense. Then again, for much of this season, the key to gaining yards against Dallas seems to be just snapping the ball.