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Raiders snap count: Carrie, Allen help ailing secondary perform well

Raiders snap count: Carrie, Allen help ailing secondary perform well

OAKLAND – The Raiders weren't at full strength heading into Sunday’s home game against Buffalo, and lost a key member during that contest.

Backups filled in well for missing pieces, and were key in the Raiders’ 38-24 victory at Oakland Coliseum.

TJ Carrie took over as slot corner after DJ Hayden was placed on injured reserve last week, and was a steady presence on the interior in 40 defensive snaps. He allowed just two receptions for 28 yards on seven targets, with just six total yards coming after the catch. The Raiders needed sure tackling in that spot and got it from Carrie, who hasn’t played much this year despite significant experience in the slot.

The Raiders also got a key sack from James Cowser, playing defense only with Shilique Calhoun out with a knee injury.

Nate Allen had to step in for strong safety Karl Joseph 20 snaps into Sunday’s game, when the first-round rookie was lost with a foot/toe injury. The veteran Allen played 40 snaps, and finishing with three tackles, a pass defensed and an interception made easy on a ball tipped skyward by Khalil Mack. Allen’s veteran presence allow the Raiders to keep charging and flashed the depth required to survive injuries to key starters.

Dan Williams, Denico Autry played significant snaps at defensive tackle, a position group weakened by ankle injuries to Darius Latham and Stacy McGee.

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

OFFENSE
71 – OL Donald Penn, OL Austin Howard, OL Donald Penn, OL Gabe Jackson, QB Derek Carr, OL Rodney Hudson
63 – WR Amari Cooper
57 – WR Michael Crabtree
55 – WR Seth Roberts
50 – RB Latavius Murray
45 – TE Clive Walford
21 – OL Vadal Alexander
20 – TE Mychal Rivera
17 – RB Jalen Richard
12 – WR Andre Holmes
10 – FB Jamize Olawale
2 – RB Taiwan Jones, OL Menelik Watson
1 – WR Johnny Holton

DEFENSE
72 – LB Malcolm Smith, S Reggie Nelson
70 – CB Sean Smith, CB David Amerson
69 – LB Perry Riley
68 – LB Bruce Irvin, DE Khalil Mack
63 – DT Denico Autry
62 – DE Jihad Ward
41 – CB TJ Carrie
40 – S Nate Allen
33 – DT Dan Williams
20 – S Karl Joseph, NT Justin Ellis
11 – DE Brenden Jackson
8 – DE James Cowser
5 – LB Cory James

SPECIAL TEAMS
27 – Daren Bates
25 – TJ Carrie, Nate Allen
23 – Taiwan Jones, Andre Holmes, Brynden Trawick
22 – Keith McGill
21 – Jamize Olawale
19 – James Cowser
17 -- Tyrell Adams
13 – Sebatisan Janikowski
12 – Jon Condo, Marquette King
11 – Cory James, Jon Feliciano
10 – Jalen Richard, Branden Jackson
9 – Johnny Holton , Dexter McDonald
6 – Kelechi Osemele, Austin Howard, Donald Penn, Gabe Jackson, Clive Walford, Menelik Watson
4 – Bruce Irvin, Khalil Mack, Denico Autry, TJ Carrie, Dan Williams, Justin Ellis
 

NOTE: Snap counts taken from official NFL game book

NFL free agency: Raiders sign QB Mike Glennon to back up Derek Carr

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NFL free agency: Raiders sign QB Mike Glennon to back up Derek Carr

The Raiders wanted an experienced backup quarterback behind Derek Carr, and got one Friday by signing Mike Glennon.

Now they hope he never plays. It’s still a vital role in meeting rooms and on-the-field, should an emergency arise on game day. Young bucks can get caught in the headlights. Veterans won’t be as good as the starter, but can generally function better being inserted into a game without many practice reps.

He has hopped into action during five seasons and has 22 starts, meaning he can handle short-relief or a stretch as the starter.

That calms some fan's nerves after the Raiders released AJ McCarron, who has already signed with the Houston Texans, leaving Nathan Peterman as the only non-Carr quarterback on the roster.

Glennon steps into the No. 2 slot having completed 60.9 percent of his passes for 5,107 yards and 35 touchdowns with 20 interceptions over five seasons.

Peterman is still with the Raiders on a futures contract, and is the No. 3 guy at the moment.

Many will look at the signing and wonder if it impacts the possibility of drafting a quarterback next month. It’s hard to rule anything out, but the disciplined choice would be to address the pass rush early and often in the 2019 NFL Draft, though a quarterback could get taken later in the selection process.

But…having Glennon on the roster won’t prohibit the Raiders from taking Kyler Murray or Dwayne Haskins. Would the Raiders eliminate the prospect of taking Quinnen Williams because interior pass rushers P.J. Hall and Maurice Hurst were drafted last year? Absolutely not.

A edge rusher is the team’s most pressing need and must be addressed with quality and quantity before the season starts.

The Raiders don’t have to take a quarterback now in the draft, and adding Glennon takes the pressure off the demand to get another one down the line. Glennon should be viewed as a reliable backup who can step into service if Carr isn’t available.

Curtis Riley signs with Raiders to boost short-handed secondary

Curtis Riley signs with Raiders to boost short-handed secondary

The Raiders continued fleshing out their secondary on Friday agreeing on terms of a contract with safety Curtis Riley, the team announced Friday. The former New York Giant visited the team’s Alameda facility on Thursday and left without a deal, but he ended up taking the Raiders offer despite interest from other teams.

Riley hinted at a pact on Twitter on Friday, saying he was coming to the Bay Area. He’ll exchange coasts after starting all 16 games at free safety with last year’s Giants. He had 75 tackles, four interceptions and five pass breakups for that squad.

He’ll have an opportunity to play significant snaps in the Raiders secondary. High-priced free-agent signing Lamarcus Joyner is also a free safety, but is expected to play slot cornerback regularly in 2019, likely shuttling back and forth between positions.

Riley could step in as the free safety in sub packages that defenses spend significant time in nowadays. Erik Harris will compete for that role opposite strong safety Karl Joseph.

The Raiders have options in the secondary now, with the aforementioned safeties and depth at cornerback. Gareon Conley’s a virtual lock to start at one outside cornerback spot. Daryl Worley’s expected to return on a second-round free-agent tender, through Thursday’s signing Nevin Lawson will compete for time there as well. Last year’s fourth-round pick Nick Nelson will have to fight for time with this new defensive back depth chart.

The Raiders could well draft another defensive back as well, especially if a good one slips and becomes a great value pick.

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News of Riley’s agreement should excite quarterback Derek Carr. Riley’s a fellow Fresno State alum. and was teammates with Carr in 2013.

The Raiders also had interest in George Iloka, who played with defensive coordinator Paul Guenther in Cincinnati. Iloka visited the Raiders complex Thursday, but left without a deal and scheduled other visits.