Snap count: Trawick gets interception in rare Raiders defensive stretch

Snap count: Trawick gets interception in rare Raiders defensive stretch

Rookie Karl Joseph has been out a while with a toe injury, but the Raiders fared well at strong safety thanks to quality play from Nate Allen. The veteran reserve has extended experience as a starter, and worked well with Reggie Nelson in the defensive backfield.

A stable position got shaky early in Sunday’s 24-6 loss at Denver, when Allen suffered a concussion and did not return. Keith McGill was the next man up, but he was terrible. He struggled to make tackles, and got a quick hook.

Coaches turned to special teams ace Brynden Trawick, a safety by trade who doesn’t play much defense. Before Sunday, he played two defensive snaps.

Trawick played 50 against the Broncos. He performed well despite a lack of practice reps, recording nine tackles, a pass defensed and his first career interception.

If Allen or Joseph can’t play Saturday’s playoff opener at Houston – Joseph is getting closer to a return -- Trawick could be the primary backup. If neither guy can go, Trawick could start an important game.

Mario Edwards Jr.’s snap count was low in his second game back from a hip injury, though he is likely only in certain packages. He played 17 defensive snaps and had two tackles. He’s been a reserve to this point, but could play a starter’s snaps in the postseason. The Raiders need his interior pass rush and run defense against the Texans.

Quarterback Matt McGloin played 22 snaps before leaving with an injured neck/shoulder. Connor Cook took over late in the second quarter and played 32 snaps in nine series.

Left tackle Donald Penn missed some snaps with a bum knee, but was able to return and finish the game.

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

54 – OL Rodney Hudson, OL Menelik Watson, OL Gabe Jackson
53 – OL Kelechi Osemele
48 – OL Donald Penn
42 – WR Amari Cooper
41 – TE Clive Walford
35 – WR Michael Crabtree
32 – WR Seth Roberts, Connor Cook
27 – TE Mychal Rivera
22 – QB Matt McGloin
21 – RB DeAndre Washington
20 – OL Vadal Alexander
16 – RB Latavius Murray
14 – WR Andre Holmes
11 – RB Jalen Richard
10 – FB Jamize Olawale
5 – WR Johnny Holton

73 – LB Perry Riley, LB Malcolm Smith, S Reggie Nelson
71 – CB Sean Smith, CB David Amerson
66 – DE Khalil Mack
65 – LB Crue Irvin
61 – DL Denico Autry
50 – S Brynden Trawick
39 – CB TJ Carrie, DL Darius Latham
28 – DL Dan Williams
26 – DL Justin Ellis
17 – Mario Edwards Jr.
16 – DL Jihad Ward
14 – S Nate Allen
12 – DE James Cowser
7 – Keith McGill
2 – LB Daren Bates

26 – Daren Bates
25 – Brynden Trawick
21 – Andre Holmes, Jamize Olawale, Cory James
19 – James Cowser
18 – Taiwan Jones
13 – Tyrell Adams
12 – Keith McGill , Dexter McDonald
11 –Jalen Richard, TJ Carrie
10 – Darius Latham
8 –Marquette King, Jon Condo
6 – DeAndre Washington
5 – Johnny Holton, Khalil Mack, Bruce Irvin, Denico Autry, Dan Williams
4 – Mario Edwards Jr.
3 – Mychal Rivera, Nate Allen

NOTE: Snap counts taken from official NFL game book

Source: Raiders trading veteran WR Patterson to Patriots


Source: Raiders trading veteran WR Patterson to Patriots

The Raiders are trading receiver/kickoff returner Cordarrelle Patterson to the New England Patriots, a league source told NBC Sports Bay Area on Sunday afternoon.

The Raiders will receive a fifth-round pick, while sending a sixth-round pick back to New England, according to the NFL Network. Patterson must pass a physical to complete the transaction, NFL Network is also reporting.

The moved frees $3.25 million in salary cap space for a Raiders team that was up against the NFL spending threshold. Former Washington receiver Ryan Grant is reportedly visiting the Raiders’ Alameda complex soon. Grant is available after a failed physical voided his free-agent deal with Baltimore. He passed a physical in Indianapolis, NFL Network reported, but left the Colts without a contract. Grant is a surehanded target who averaged 12.7 yards per receptions and had just three drops in 63 targets. 

The Raiders will likely add another receiver if Grant doesn't come aboard. One of head coach Jon Gruden's preference could be found in the NFL draft if Grant goes elsewhere.

The Raiders also added receiver Griff Whalen, a Stanford alum who has some returning experience, before free agency began. 

Patterson proved a productive, explosive member of last year’s offense, primarily as a gadget player. Patterson finished the season with 31 catches for 309 yards, and had 13 receptions for 121 yards and two touchdowns.

He never became a steady, standard receiving option, and wasn’t able to shed his reputation as a relatively poor route runner. That likely made him expendable in  Gruden’s eye. He needs quality routes and steady hands from his wideouts.

That outweighs Patterson’s prowess returning kickoffs. The two-time All-Pro averages 30.2 yards per kickoff return over five seasons, with five return touchdowns to his credit.

The Patriots are well known for excellent special teams play, and needed a returner with Dion Lewis leaving for Tennessee in free agent. The Super Bowl runners up now have a dynamic returner and gunner to pair with solid coverage and return units.

This is a developing story. Check back for further details.

Raiders 2018 offseason scorecard


Raiders 2018 offseason scorecard


Veteran additions
WR Jordy Nelson (cut by Green Bay): 2 years/$15 million, $13 million guaranteed
CB Rashaan Melvin (UFA; Indianapolis): 1 year/$6.5 million
LB Tahir Whitehead (UFA; Detroit): 3 years/$18 million, $9 million guaranteed)
S Marcus Gilchrist (UFA; Houston): 1 year
RB Doug Martin (cut by Tampa Bay): 1 year
FB Keith Smith (UFA; Dallas): 2 years/$4.2 million
TE Derek Carrier (UFA; L.A. Rams): 3 years/$7 million
DE Tank Carradine (UFA; San Francisco): 1 year
LB Kyle Wilbur (UFA; Dallas): 2 years/$3.25 million
LS Andrew DePaola (UFA; Chicago): 4 years/$4.27 million
WR Griff Whalen (but by Baltimore)

Re-signed/extensions/contract tenders offered
DT Justin Ellis (UFA): 3 years/$15 million; $6 million guaranteed)
TE Lee Smith (UFA): 3 years
K Giorgio Tavecchio (ERFA): 1 year/$555,000
DE/LB Shilique Calhoun (ERFA): 1 year/$630,000
S Erik Harris (ERFA)
DE James Cowser (ERFA)
OL Denver Krikland (ERFA)

CB Sean Smith (released)
CB David Amerson (released; Kansas City)
RT Marshall Newhouse (released)
LB Aldon Smith (released)
WR Michael Crabtree (released; Baltimore)
DL Denico Autry (UFA; Indianapolis)
CB TJ Carrie (UFA; Cleveland)
WR Cordarrelle Patterson (traded, along with a sixth-round pick, to New England for fifth-round pick)  

S Reggie Nelson (UFA)
K Sebastian Janikowski (UFA)
LB NaVorro Bowman (UFA)
LS Jon Condo (UFA)
QB EJ Manuel (UFA)
S Keith McGill (UFA)

UFA-Unrestricted free agent: Free to sign with any team
ERFA-Exclusive rights free agent: Player has no outside negotiating power

NOTE: Contract figures obtained by, league sources, NFLPA sources or

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1. First round:
No. 10 overall
2. Second round:No. 41 overall
3. Third round: No. 75 overall
4. Fourth round: No. 110 overall
5. Sixth round: No. 185 overall
6. Sixth round: No. 192 overall
7. Sixth round: No. 210 overall*
8. Sixth round: No. 212 overall*
9. Sixth round: No. 216 overall*
10. Sixth round: No. 217 overall*
11. Seventh round: No. 228 overall
* compensatory pick