For the record, Raiders coach Dennis Allen called his team's 21-3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks "significant" because it came in the final tune-up before the regular-season opener.
Deep down, Allen knows this game won't be remembered by many 10 days from now if the Raiders take the field against the San Diego Chargers on Sept. 10 at the Coliseum and play as well as Allen and general manager Reggie McKenzie envision.
At least 22 of the players who played in Seattle on Thursday night won't be around for the opener against the Chargers, possibly more if McKenzie is able to find better options among the more than 1,000 players cut Monday and Friday.
The starters who did play weren't in for long. Quarterback Carson Palmer lasted six plays, and he handed off on all six of those plays.
He fumbled away the ball at the end of his first punt return for strike one. On his second return, he struggled getting his helmet squared away -- how does that happen, by the way? -- sprinted toward the
Even so, damage done. Parrish was handed a golden opportunity to be the Raiders punt returner to start the season, and he all but fumbled it away.
Allen diplomatically said afterward that Parrish isn't defined by what happened in the game. Maybe not, but Bryan McCann handled punt return duties the rest of the game.
Actions speak louder than words, it says here. Parrish just went from being a lock to a potential casualty when the Raiders trim their roster to 53 on Friday.
If Parrish goes, McCann jumps to the head of the line, perhaps on kick and punt returns, at least as long as Ford and Moore aren't healthy enough to handle those chores.
Bilukidi didn't disappoint. He struggled on a few plays but likely sewed up a roster spot with his performance.
Perhaps fellow rookie Brandon Carswell missed that play, as he just stood there when a Seahawks defender intercepted a pass thrown for Carswell on Thursday night.
Fortunately for Carswell, the review of the play revealed that Carswell touched the defender as he was falling to the ground after making the interception. Still, Allen no doubt isn't going to be pleased with Carswell not switching from a receiver to a defender in a second's notice.