Top 5 takeaways from Raiders' 31-21 loss to Seahawks
5) Hayden only starter needing snaps
Del Rio sat 21 starters against Seattle. Cornerback DJ Hayden was the only starter to suit up, and he played a full half. Del Rio said Hayden needed the extra snaps. Hayden was only OK, and still struggles with ball skills. He’ll be counted on during the regular season, even if the Raiders add a veteran cornerback after roster cuts.
4) McGloin hard to ignore
Christian Ponder was signed this offseason to be quarterback Derek Carr’s primary backup. Matt McGloin’s play has challenged that assumption. The third-year pro has impressed yet again this preseason, and has made a solid push to be the team’s No. 2 quarterback. It’s uncertain whether he’ll earn that job, but he might deserve it after yet another strong performance Thursday and throughout this preseason.
3) Run blocking woes continue
The Raiders haven’t run well the past two games. It’s hard to blame Thursday’s rushing struggles on running backs, considering how bad the interior run blocking was behind Mitch Bell and Tony Bergstrom. Tackle Matt McCants had a rough day and the running game was swallowed whole for the second straight week. Michael Dyer was the best rusher on this night, and there’s no guarantee he makes the regular season squad.
2) Sio falling out of favor
Linebacker Sio Moore isn’t getting the defensive snaps you’d expect from a talented player with 22 starts in his first two NFL seasons. He can’t seem to enter head coach Jack Del Rio’s good graces, and has played just nine defensive snaps this preseason since recovering from hip ailments. Del Rio said Thursday night players “get what they earn,” and Sio didn’t get much. It now seems possible Moore could get cut or traded in the coming weeks.
1) Roster thin at some spots
The Raiders didn’t play starters on Thursday, which left many backups playing several snaps against the Seahawks. Many of those players didn’t fare well, showing holes on the roster’s back end. The Raiders were terrible along the offensive front. Cornerbacks struggled, including fourth-rounder Keith McGill. The linebacker corps could be thin if Sio Moore somehow gets canned. It’s hard to get excited about running backs outside Latavius Murray. On Thursday, a few depth deficiencies were exposed...