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The Raiders are getting very little out of their return game with Nick Miller subbing for the injured Jacoby Ford (hamstring). Much more explosive but youthful options include Denarius Moore on punt returns and Taiwan Jones on kickoff returns.

Moore has been practicing on punt returns but hasn't done it with any regularity since high school. Jones has not been used as a kick returner yet with the Raiders but Jackson said he was a possibility.

Jackson will have to decide if the mere act of catching the ball with Miller, given his lack of yardage production, is worth giving up the explosive possibilities of Moore and Jones, given their inexperience and potential for turnovers on special teams.


--TE Kevin Boss (knee) participated fully in practice and is expected to make his first start of the season against the Jets.

--CB Chris Johnson (groin) was limited for the second straight day but is expected to play against the Jets.

--CB DeMarcus Van Dyke (laceration) was limited in practice but is expected to be available against the Jets.

--RB Taiwan Jones, who had his first touch of the season with a 4-yard run against Buffalo, is expected to return kickoffs in place of Nick Miller against the Jets.

--WR Jacoby Ford (hamstring) missed practice for the second straight day and is not expected to face the Jets.

--WR Darrius Heyward-Bey participated in practice and should start against the Jets along with Denarius Moore.

Look for a no-frills, no-nonsense Raiders offense to keep risks at a minimum as the score allows and attempt to manage down and distance as best as possible to avoid sacks and turnovers. With Kevin Boss back, power packages with Brandon Myers and Stephon Heyer or Joe Barksdale will be prevalent. They will look to take occasional shot deep with Denarius Moore in particular, regardless of defender. Defensively, the Raiders are looking forward to a play-action, vertical attack like their own after struggling against Buffalo with its five wide receiver and spread-them-out philosophy.


Raiders DTs Richard Seymour, Tommy Kelly and John Henderson vs. Jets C Colin Baxter. The Jets lost center Nick Mangold, one of the best in the business, for at least the next two weeks, giving the Raiders' talented interior a chance to disrupt the New York offense in the middle. Baxter, a waiver pickup on Sept. 4 from San Diego, will face a rotating threesome of Seymour, Kelly, Henderson as well as Desmond Bryant, who may be stronger than any of them, and who will be running physical games on the perceived Jets weak link in the middle.

Jets CB Darrelle Revis vs. WR Denarius Moore. Moore exploded onto the scene against Buffalo with five catches for 146 yards and nearly had a 56-yard catch at the gun that could have won the game. He has developed such a level of trust with quarterback Jason Campbell that the quarterback will be unafraid to give him a chance for a jump-catch regardless of the defender. That includes Revis, who plays the ball in the air as well as anyone in at his position, and who can be physical and jam receivers at the line of scrimmage.

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