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Raiders snap count: Foster Moreau shines in statement win vs. Bears

Raiders snap count: Foster Moreau shines in statement win vs. Bears

Early on this season, Raiders coach Jon Gruden continually has praised his tight ends group, and for good reason. They've had to play more than was expected with the offense being reshaped on the fly and have performed admirably both in the run and pass game.

With Antonio Brown's unexpected departure before the season began, Gruden has changed the Raiders' plan of attack to feature a heavy run game out of two and three-tight end sets to make up for Oakland's lack of talent on the outside. Darren Waller has been the breakout star of the season for the Silver and Black, but rookie tight end Foster Moreau has starred in the last two weeks. 

The fourth-round draft pick caught a massive touchdown in the Raiders' Week 4 win over the Colts, and he was quarterback Derek Carr's favored weapon in Week 5, catching four passes for 46 yards on five targets, including two catches for 39 yards on the Raiders' 97-yard game-winning drive to beat the Bears 24-21.

With 2:09 remaining and the Raiders trailing 21-17, Carr hit Moreau for 16 yards down to the Bears' 2-yard line, and fellow rookie Josh Jacobs did the rest, capping the drive with a touchdown leap to give the Oakland a win in London.

Moreau, Jacobs and wide receiver Hunter Renfrow each made huge plays on the Raiders' statement drive to beat the Bears, showing all the preseason talk about the rookie class' talent and maturity wasn't unsubstantiated smoke. 

"I think we've been talking about our young players since they've been here," Gruden said after the win. "The kind of effort that they provide and the smartness that they play with  -- these are smart guys that are doing a lot of different things, playing tough positions. You know, Foster Moreau at the point of attack, pass protecting, catching balls down the field. I can't say enough about the rookies."

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On the other side of the ball, linebacker Nicholas Morrow filled in for the suspended Vontaze Burfict and performed well. Rookie edge rusher Maxx Crosby saw his playing time increase due to Clelin Ferrell's concussion, and he notched his first career sack in the win over the Bears.

Offense

Total offensive snaps: 73

Quarterback – Derek Carr 73

Running back – Josh Jacobs 50, Alec Ingold 16, DeAndre Washington 13, Jalen Richard 11

Wide receiver – Trevor Davis 55, Hunter Renfrow 42, Keelan Doss 40, Marcell Ateman 28

Tight end – Darren Waller 57, Foster Moreau 45, Derek Carrier 5

Offensive line – Richie Incognito 73, Kolton Miller 73, Rodney Hudson 73, Trent Brown 73, Denzelle Good 73, David Sharpe 3

Defense

Total defensive snaps: 58

Defensive line – Maxx Crosby 57, Benson Mayowa 32, Johnathan Hankins 30, Maurice Hurst 29, Josh Mauro 26, P.J. Hall 25, Arden Key 22, Corey Liuget 8

Linebacker – Tahir Whitehead 58, Nicholas Morrow 56

Defensive back – Erik Harris 58, Karl Joseph 58, Gareon Conley 88, Lamarcus Joyner 58, Daryl Worley 56, Trayvon Mullen 7

Special teams

Kyle Wilber 24, Derek Carrier 22, Keisean Nixon 21, Harris 19, Moreau 17, Curtis Riley 17, Crosby 15, Dallin Leavitt 14, Morrow 13, Ingold 13, Trent Sieg 10, A.J. Cole 10, Daniel Carlson 9, Jason Phillips 9, Dakota Allen 8, Joseph 8, Worley 8, Davis 7, Whitehead 6, Hurst 6, Key 6, Mullen 6, Andre James 4, Sharpe 4, Washington 4, Brown 4, Miller 4, Good 4, Incognito 4, Renfrow 3, Conley 3, Mayowa 3, Hankins 3

Raiders' Keelan Doss enjoying 'unorthodox' NFL journey amid inactive streak

Raiders' Keelan Doss enjoying 'unorthodox' NFL journey amid inactive streak

ALAMEDA -- The start to Keelan Doss' NFL career has been unique, to say the least. 

After going undrafted out of the University of California-Davis, Doss was signed by the Raiders and impressed early on in OTAs and training camp. The Alameda native became a fan favorite during the Raiders' run on HBO's "Hard Knocks," but eventually he was cut and signed on the Jaguars' practice squad. 

Doss' time away from the Raiders didn't last long, as he was given a $300K signing bonus along with the $495K salary to take Antonio Brown's spot on the roster after the star receiver demanded his release before Week 1. 

The rookie wideout was active from Weeks 2-7, totaling six catches for 79 yards as the receiver-starved Raiders tried to reshape their offense on the fly. Doss showed some promise in games against the Indianapolis Colts, Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers, but he has been inactive for the past four games, with newcomer Zay Jones and Marcell Ateman getting the nod to suit up. 

No player likes to sit on the sideline as his team battles for a playoff spot, but the rookie is taking everything in stride, focusing on getting better to earn his way onto the field. 

"I've just been in practice really just focusing on my game," Doss told NBC Sports Bay Area."The tools I know I can use when I do get in a position to play. Obviously it's tough just watching the team and everything, but at the end of the day I have to get better every day and that's what I continue to try to do."

"Just consistency, just every day," Doss continued. "I know my ability and what I can do. When I get an opportunity to go in I just have to continue to make plays like I have been and was when I was in the game."

[RELATED: Gruden enjoying Jacobs' success after Mack trade criticism

Not being able to contribute on Sundays has been tough, and his NFL journey has had more early twists and turns than most undrafted rookies. 

Still, Doss is happy to be a Raider and is taking each new curve with a positive attitude. 

"I couldn't make it up, you know what I mean?" Doss said about his first NFL season. "It's obviously unorthodox, but at the same time, I feel like God puts me in a position and I can handle it. I've enjoyed it. You've got to live in the moment, so that's what I try to do."

After three straight wins, the 6-4 Raiders will travel to New York on Sunday to face the Jets as they look to cement their foothold in the AFC playoff race. 

Doss will continue to hone his craft and be ready to make plays for the Silver and Black should they need him down the stretch. 

Raiders injury report: Lamarcus Joyner's status vs. Jets uncertain

Raiders injury report: Lamarcus Joyner's status vs. Jets uncertain

ALAMEDA – Raiders slot cornerback Lamarcus Joyner stretched with his team to start Wednesday’s practice, a light session conducted without helmets.

The veteran cover man did some work during the portion open to the press, but he apparently didn’t do much after that.

He was formally considered a non-participant on the team’s practice report, which is an estimation considering the workout was only a walk-through.

The Raiders have moved lighter sessions to Wednesday, with intensity ratcheting up on Thursday and then down a bit Friday.

Coach Jon Gruden didn’t say much about Joyner’s health status after he missed a Week 11 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals due to a hamstring injury from the previous game.

“He got in some work,” Gruden said. “… We weren’t doing much today, as you could see, in terms of full-speed work. We got a lot of reps today. I’m hopeful that he’ll be ready to play, but we’ll see how it goes when we lather them up [Thursday].”

Nevin Lawson assumed Joyner’s role against Cincinnati and was solid in the high-priced veteran’s place.

The Raiders obviously need one of their defensive captains healthy as soon as possible, as they push to make a playoff run. It’s uncertain, though unlikely, that Joyner can come back to play the Jets.

Oakland would like him back the following week against the Kansas City Chiefs, which could be a showdown for AFC West supremacy.

David Sharpe wasn’t available with a calf strain, though starting right tackle Trent Brown continues to play through knee issues.

The Raiders conducted a walk-through practice Wednesday. Therefore, the following participation report is an estimation.

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Raiders practice report

WEDNESDAY
Did not practice
CB Lamarcus Joyner (hamstring)
OT David Sharpe (calf)

Limited practice
RB Josh Jacobs (shoulder)
C Rodney Hudson (ankle)
OT Trent Brown (knee)