Raiders snap count: Riley starts, Smith takes over in return

Raiders snap count: Riley starts, Smith takes over in return

Malcolm Smith was active during last week’s victory over San Diego and kept under glass broken in case of emergency only.

Newcomer Perry Riley filled in admirably then, allowing Smith’s ailing quadriceps more time to rest. Riley was called upon again Sunday against Kansas City for what seemed like a similar role.

Then, in the middle of a game going awry, Smith entered the fray. Riley sat for a spell, though he filled in briefly while Cory James dealt with an ailment.

Head coach Jack Del Rio was asked about the personnel switch after a 26-10 loss to Kansas City, and suggested the Raiders were hoping Smith could’ve given the interior defense a jolt.

“The design was to play good defense today and he’s a part of that,” Del Rio said. “We just didn’t get that done.”

Smith had four tackles, including one for a loss, in 39 defensive snaps. Riley had three tackles in 31 plays. James had seven tackles in 53 snaps.

Raiders tight end Clive Walford returned to action after a game missed and was active against Kansas City. He played 29 offensive snaps and had two receptions for 25 yards on as many targets.

The Raiders certainly miss Lee Smith’s blocking prowess and versatility in the run game. Offensive lineman Denver Kirkland has been used as an extra blocker – he played 16 snaps in Lee Smith’s spot versus Kansas City -- but he’s obviously no threat to catch a playaction pass.

DeAndre Washington saw the majority of snaps during Latavius Murray’s second game missed with a toe injury. He was in 32 snaps, Jalen Richard got 14 and Jamize Olawale had 11 despite never getting a carry.

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

55 – OL Gabe Jackson, OL Donald Penn, OL Kelechi Osemele, QB Derek Carr, WR Amari Cooper, OL Rodney Hudson, OL Austin Howard
48 – WR Seth Roberts
45 – WR Michael Crabtree
32 – RB DeAndre Washington
29 – TE Clive Walford
16 – OL Denver Kirkland
14 – RB Jalen Richard
12 – WR Andre Holmes
11 – FB Jamize Olawale, TE Mychal Rivera
1 – RB Taiwan Jones, WR Johnny Holton

64 – S Reggie Nelson
63 – CB Sean Smith, CB David Amerson
62 – S Karl Joseph
56 – DE Khalil Mack
54 – LB Bruce Irvin
53 – LB Cory James
39 – LB Malcolm Smith
38 – DL Jihad Ward
34 – DL Denico Autry
33 – DL Stacy McGee, DL Dan Williams
31 – LB Perry Riley
25 – DL Justin Ellis
21 – Darius Latham
17 – CB DJ Hayden
14 – LB Shilique Calhoun
2 – S Keith McGill
1 – LB Daren Bates

20 – Brynden Trawick, Daren Bates
14 – Nate Allen, amize Olawale, Andre Holmes
12 – Taiwan Jones
9 – Jon Feliciano, TJ Carrie, DJ Hayden, Clive Walford
6 – Marquette King, Jon Condo, Darius Latham, Dan Williams, Stacy McGee, Denico Autry, Bruce Irvin, Khalil Mack, Mychal Rivera, Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington
5 – Sebastian Janikowski
4 – Johnny Holton
3 – Jihad Ward, Cory James, Gabe Jackson, Donald Penn, Kelechi Osemele, Denver Kirkland
2 – Karl Joseph
NOTE: Snap counts taken from official NFL game book

Raiders remain on a receiver hunt as their top target signs elsewhere


Raiders remain on a receiver hunt as their top target signs elsewhere

The Raiders missed out on signing Ryan Grant. The former Washington receiver visited the team’s Alameda training complex, but left without a contract and ultimately chose to sign a one-year, $5 million deal with Indianapolis.

They lost that one, but are undeterred in their quest to upgrade the receiver corps.

They already signed Jordy Nelson and let Michael Crabtree walk, hoping for steady production and quality locker room leadership in the exchange.

Cordarrelle Patterson was traded to New England on Sunday, creating a spot in the position group.

The Raiders tried to fill it with Grant. No go, no matter.

They hosted veteran Eric Decker on Tuesday, according to multiple reports. They also declared interest in Allen Hurns, a player the Jaguars released Tuesday morning.

Hurns listed the Raiders among interested teams – he said there were 10 in total – in an interview with KFNZ radio in Charlotte, N.C.

Hurns has a 1,000-yard season to his credit – his biggest year came with now-Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson as Jacksonville's O.C. -- and two relative down years since. Injuries have also played a part in that.

Decker had a stellar four-year run with Denver and the New York Jets, but was less effective during two seasons in Tennessee. The 31-year old has experience in the slot, and could be a productive No. 3 option in Jon Gruden’s offense.

Gruden doesn't mind working with veteran receivers, something clear from his past and willingness to add Nelson as a major contributor. 

Even if the Raiders don't land a veteran receiver, they could also look for a receiver in the NFL draft.

Amari Cooper will remain the No. 1 option. Seth Roberts has $4.45 million guaranteed in 2018. Johnny Holton, Isaac Whitney and Keon Hatcher are also on the roster.

Report: Ndamukong Suh set to meet with Raiders


Report: Ndamukong Suh set to meet with Raiders

After visiting the Titans, Saints and Rams, free agent defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh will make a stop in the East Bay.

Recently released by the Dolphins, Suh will visit with the Raiders on Wednesday, according to ESPN.

The former No. 2 overall pick made it through just three seasons of a six-year, $114 million deal he signed with Miami prior to the 2015 season.

The 31-year-old Portland, Oregon native last made the Pro Bowl in 2016 and was last earned First-Team All Pro honors in 2014.

In 16 games with the Dolphins last season, Suh recorded 4.5 sacks and 48 combined tackles.