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