Snap count: Edwards Jr. rotates in during season debut

Snap count: Edwards Jr. rotates in during season debut

OAKLAND – Mario Edwards Jr.’s season debut got overshadowed on Saturday afternoon. Everything, it seems, even a 33-25 victory over the Indianapolis Colts, pales in comparison to Derek Carr’s plight.

The Raiders quarterback broke his right fibula and is out indefinitely, putting the team's Super Bowl dreams in serious doubt. The Raiders must now rely on defense more than ever, meaning Edwards Jr. must become an impact player along the defensive front.

Saturday’s effort was the first step in becoming one. Edwards Jr. was activated off injured reserve on Friday and was a rotational player, primarily as an interior rusher on passing downs. He didn’t fit in the box score, but got good push nonetheless.

The Raiders will increase his snap count next week at Denver, in hopes he’ll be a feature player during their first playoff game.

Edwards Jr. primarily took rookie Jihad Ward’s snaps. He was an every down player, who has seen his activity drop in recent weeks.

Carr played 63 snaps before getting hurt on a sack, and backup Matt McGloin took the final 13 snaps.

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

76 – OL Donald Penn, OL Kelechi Osemele, OL Menelik Watson, OL Gabe Jackson, OL Rodney Hudson
64 – TE Clive Walford
63 – QB Derek Carr
61 – WR Amari Cooper
51 – WR Seth Roberts
42 – WR Andre Holmes
39 – WR Michael Crabtree
31 – RB Latavius Murray
25 – RB DeAndre Washington
20 – OL Vadal Alexander
15 – TE Mychal Rivera, RB Jalen Richard
14 – FB Jamize Olawale
13 – QB Matt McGloin
3 – WR Johnny Holton

55 – S Nate Allen, LB Malcolm Smith, CB David Amerson, LB Perry Riley, CB Sean Smith, S Reggie Nelson
53 – LB Bruce Irvin
48 – DE Khalil Mack
38 – DE Denico Autry
35 – CB TJ Carrie
20 – DT Justin Ellis
18 – DT Dan Williams, DL Mario Edwards Jr.
17 – DL Darius Latham, DL Jihad Ward
9 – DE James Cowser
2 – CB Dexter McDonald

22 – Daren Bates
18 – Jamize Olawale, Brynden Trawick, Cory James
17 – Andre Holmes
16 – Keith McGill
14 – Taiwan Jones
11 –Nate Allen, TJ Carrie, Tyrell Adams, Sebastian Janikowski
10 – James Cowser , Jon Condo, Marquette King
8 –Johnny Holton, Jon Feliciano
7 – Darius Latham
6 – Dexter McDonald
5 – Donald Penn, Kelechi Osemele, Menelik Watson, Gabe Jackson, Clive Walford, Vadal Alexander
4 – Jalen Richard, Bruce Irvin, Khalil Mack, Denico Autry, Dan Williams, Mario Edwards
2 – Amari Cooper, DeAndre Washington, Malcolm SMith
NOTE: Snap counts taken from official NFL game book

Raiders sign linebacker with Paul Guenther connection


Raiders sign linebacker with Paul Guenther connection

The Raiders entered this free agency period needing defensive help throughout the depth chart. They signed presumptive starters earlier in this veteran acquisition process, but didn’t stop there.

The Silver and Black have added depth this week especially, signing a key cog in linebacker Emmanuel Lamur on Wednesday afternoon.

Lamur spent the last two years in Minnesota and the previous four in Cincinnati with new Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther. Guenther was his position coach from 2012-13 and his DC from 2014-15. He also knows Raiders linebackers coach David Lippincott from the Bengals days

Lamur has primarily been a reserve, but Guenther gave him an opportunity to start in 2014. He had 59 tackles and two interceptions in 13 starts that year as a strongside linebacker.

The Raiders have options at that spot, but no firm starter at this stage if Bruce Irvin plays defensive end full time.

Lamur hasn’t played much defense the last two years, but is known as a quality special teams contributor. The Raiders have signed several of those players in an attempt to improve coverage and returns.

All told, the Raiders have signed 14 unrestricted free agents with a shot to make the 53-man roster since last week began. The roster will turnover significantly in Jon Gruden’s return to the Raiders, and it’s possible he signs more players in coming days.

The Raiders are still looking for upgrades at receiver, and might add another bargain defensive lineman.

Report: Ndamukong Suh calls off meeting with Raiders


Report: Ndamukong Suh calls off meeting with Raiders

Ndamukong Suh won’t meet with the Raiders, after all. The star defensive tackle cut Alameda out of his free-agent tour, according to NFL Network, choosing instead to head home after stops in New Orleans, Tennessee and the L.A. Rams.

NFLN reports that Suh had dinner with Rams coach Sean McVay on Tuesday night, and was due in Oakland the following day. The Rams made a solid impression

Suh is reportedly mulling options from all three aforementioned playoff teams, all of which have more working salary-cap space and other stalwarts along the defensive line.

That’s surely a disappointment for the Raiders, who have had interest in Suh dating back to his last free-agent experience in 2015. The Silver and Black couldn’t afford him then. It seems unlikely they can afford him now, with precious little salary-cap space remaining after being active in free agency’s second wave.

The Raiders also hope to lock Khalil Mack up long-term with a massive extension this offseason.

It’s uncertain at this stage whether player or team cancelled the meeting, or exactly why it was called off. The Raiders could still sign a veteran defensive tackle, and/or acquire one early in the NFL Draft.