Raiders snap count: RBs 'gave us what we needed' with Murray out

Raiders snap count: RBs 'gave us what we needed' with Murray out

OAKLAND – Latavius Murray missed his first game since 2014 on Sunday against the San Diego Chargers, leaving the Raiders to look elsewhere for rushing production.

Rookies DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard were ready for a slightly increased workload after taking significant carries during the first four games. At times those two operated a by-committee rushing approach with Murray.

Take one runner out and there’s more for the rest. That included fullback Jamize Olawale, who was active in short yardage situations.

Washington and Richard’s touch totals were equal. Olawale got involved. Here’s how totals broke down:

Washington: 9 carries, 31 rushing yards (2.6 ypc); 5 receptions, 29 receiving yards
Richard: 8 carries, 31 rushing yards (3.9 ypc); 6 receptions, 66 receiving yards
Olawale: 6 carries, 22 rushing yards (3.7 ypc), 1 TD; 1 reception, 2 receiving yards

The snap counts were also close. Washington played 37 snaps, Richard played 23 and Olawale played 22.

“I thought they were solid,” Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said. “I thought the rotation of those guys, all three of the guys that dressed today and played today, that they shared the work and did a nice job. Gave us what we needed.”

The running backs weren’t the only Raiders with increased snap counts in a 34-31 victory over San Diego.

Denver Kirkland saw significant action as an extra lineman in rushing situations, and played 27 snaps. He checked in as an eligible receiver and played a blocking tight end spot normally reserved for Lee Smith, on injured reserve with an ankle injury.

Newcomer Perry Riley played 51 defensive snaps just days after signing with the Raiders. He started for the injured Malcolm Smith, and lead the team with seven tackles and had a forced fumble.

Let’s take a look at the entire Raiders snap count:

72 – OL Donald Penn, OL Kelechi Osemele, OL Gabe Jackson, QB Derek Carr, OL Rodney Hudson
65 – WR Amari Cooper
61 – OL Vadal Alexander
53 – WR Michael Crabtree
51 – WR Seth Roberts
47 – TE Mychal Rivera
37 – RB DeAndre Washington
27 – OL Denver Kirkland
23 – RB Jalen Richard
22 – WR Andre Holmes, Jamize Olawale
11 – OL Austin Howard
7 – TE Ryan O’Malley
5 – WR Johnny Holton
1 – OL Jon Feliciano

51 – LB Cory James, LB Perry Riley, S Reggie Nelson
50 – S Karl Joseph, CB Sean Smith, CB David Amerson
47 – LB Bruce Irvin
46 – Khalil Mack
31 – CB DJ Hayden
28 – DL Dan Williams
24 – DL Denico Autry
23 – DL Stacy McGee
21 – DL Jihad Ward
19 – DL Justin Ellis
9 – LB Shilique Calhoun
8 – DL Darius Latham
1 – LB Daren Bates
1 – Keith McGill

23 – Brynden Trawick, Darren Bates
17 – Keith McGill, Jamize Olawale, Andre Holmes, Shilique Calhoun
16 – Johnny Holton
14 – Sebastian Janikowski, Mychal Rivera
13 – TJ Carrie, Jon Feliciano, Ryan O’Malley
10 – Jon Condo, Marquette King
9 – DeAndre Washington
8 – Antonio Hamilton
7 – DJ Hayden, Karl Joseph, Jihard Ward, Jalen Richard, Gabe Jackson, Kelechi Osemele, Donald Penn
6 – Darius Latham, Stacy McGee, Denico Autry, Dan Williams, Khalil Mack, Bruce Irvin
5 – Vadal Alexander
3 – Cory James
2 – Denver Kirkland
1 – Perry Riley
NOTE: Snap counts taken from official NFL game book

Report: Raiders trade FB Jamize Olawale to Cowboys


Report: Raiders trade FB Jamize Olawale to Cowboys

The Raiders lured fullback Keith Smith away from Dallas in free agency. The Cowboys suddenly had a need at the position, and called a Raiders team with a surplus.

They wanted Jamize Olawale, a tough, faster-than-you-think blocking back with receiving skill.

A draft pick swap got it done.

The Raiders traded Olawale and the No. 192 overall pick to Dallas for the No. 173 overall selection. NFL Network first reported the news. The Dallas Morning News revealed trade details.

The Raiders didn’t have a fifth-round pick this year, but now have two after trading Olawale and WR Cordarrelle Patterson in combination with a glut of sixth-round selections. They still have four remaining.

Smith is more of a true blocking fullback Gruden sought. Olawale doesn’t fit that old school mold, but is a versatile player who can produce if used correctly. He has dealt with injuries in the recent past, which also may have been a knock against him.

This thins the running back room a bit, but more ball carriers will be jettisoned before the season starts.

The trade also saved $1.6 million in salary cap space, important for a team where every little bit counts this offseason.

Olawale returns to the team that originally signed him as an 2012 undrafted free agent. He was cut at preseason’s end, and picked up by Oakland. He enjoyed a productive tenure in silver and black, though he wasn’t used much by 2016 offensive coordinator Todd Downing.

The Raiders aren’t necessarily done in free agency. They have a little cap space left, and could look for another receiver or defensive lineman. Middle linebacker NaVorro Bowman remains on the open market, and the Raiders hope to have him back.

Quarterback drafted by Jon Gruden in 2008 signs with Raiders


Quarterback drafted by Jon Gruden in 2008 signs with Raiders

Raiders head coach Jon Gruden had a hand in drafting Josh Johnson a decade ago. The agile quarterback and Oakland native was a Tampa Bay’s fifth-round pick in 2008, Gruden’s last year as Buccaneers coach.

The pair will reunite in Johnson’s hometown. The well-traveled quarterback signed with the Raiders on Monday, the team announced.

Johnson will compete with Connor Cook to backup starter Derek Carr, and brings a veteran’s influence to the position group. It likely spells the end of EJ Manuel’s short tenure in silver and black. The strong-armed former first-round pick, who started one game last season, remains a free agent after a year with the Raiders.

This move should make Marshawn Lynch happy. He and Johnson are extremely close and together run the Family First Foundation, a charitable organization that does significant work for East Bay kids. Johnson and Lynch also played football together at Oakland Tech High.

Johnson has played 10 NFL teams prior to this Raiders stop, but hasn’t played in a regular-season game for some time.