Davis' final, McKenzie's first draft picks make starting debuts

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Davis' final, McKenzie's first draft picks make starting debuts
December 30, 2012, 7:45 pm
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SAN DIEGO -- It was a game in which Al Davis' last draft pick, quarterback Terrelle Pryor, and Reggie McKenzie's first draft pick, right guard Tony Bergstrom, each earned their first-ever NFL start.

And while Pryor's was the story of the day, Bergstrom had a tale or two of his own to share following the Raiders' 24-21 season-ending loss to San Diego. Even if Bergstrom shared time with Lucas Nix, who was active for the first time this season.

"I felt good," Bergstrom said. "I felt like I did a good job."

Still, it would seemingly be tough to find a rhythm if you're going in and out of a game, no?

"Whatever it takes to get playing time," Bergstrom said with a smile. "The downside of it is not getting a rhythm. The upside is you get a lot more rest so when you do go back in, you can give it your all and you're fresher."

The plan all along was for Bergstrom and Nix to play a few series before swapping.

"Both of those guys got in there and got a chance o play right guard, which was good for two young guys that we feel good about moving forward," said coach Dennis Allen. "Overall, I thought they did a nice job…a nice job with the protection up front.

"We'll evaluate the tape and have a better feel or how they did."

Pryor and Bergstrom were the fifth and sixth different Raiders to start their first-ever NFL game this season. Cornerback Brandian Ross made it No. 7.

Nix and defensive back Cory Nelms, promoted from the practice squad, became the 13th and 14th different Raiders to make their NFL debuts.