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Raiders snap count: How Vikings minimized Lamarcus Joyner's impact

Raiders snap count: How Vikings minimized Lamarcus Joyner's impact

The Minnesota Vikings jumped out to an early, three-score lead Sunday against the Raiders, and were content to sit on it until time ran out.

The Vikings were running right through the Raiders, and saw no reason to change strategy just to balance the attack. They were so effective running with Dalvin Cook and other backs you’ve never heard of that they didn’t pass in the fourth quarter. Not even once.

They stayed in two-receiver sets most of the game to help block for their backs, keeping the Raiders in a base defense.

That also kept Lamarcus Joyner off the field. The high-priced slot cornerback is subject to offensive personnel, and therefore only played 23 of 63 defensive snaps. He had just one tackle and never was targeted in the passing game, making him a non-factor in an important showdown.

Joyner is one of the team’s better defensive players, and essentially was taken out of this one. That also meant an ailing linebacker corps had to man an extra spot, leaving Nicholas Morrow (32 snaps) and Kyle Wilber (19 snaps) out there more than normal.

The Raiders could keep him playing every snap by using him at two positions. He’s undoubtedly the team’s best free safety, and he could play there in the base defense and move into the slot in sub packages. That would help relieve some issues created with Curtis Riley at safety. The veteran has struggled mightily since taking over for Johnathan Abram.

Joyner prefers the slot, but he was solid playing safety with the Rams and has said he’s comfortable rotating between the positions. The Raiders have focused him on the slot, but he could switch back if required.

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The Raiders also didn’t use their situational pass rushers much, given the Vikings penchant for working in the base package. That meant sack leader Benson Mayowa played just 16 snaps. Arden Key only saw 11 as he continues to struggle finishing plays.

J.J. Nelson also played a ton, with 46 snaps off work with Ryan Grant a healthy scratch. Keelan Doss was active but barely used, sitting way down on the depth chart despite the team’s struggles creating separation.

Offense

Total offensive snaps: 59

Quarterback – Derek Carr 59

Running back – Jalen Richard 29, Josh Jacobs 25, DeAndre Washington 9, Alec Ingold 7

Wide receiver – Tyrell Williams 57, J.J. Nelson 46, Hunter Renfrow 33, Keelan Doss 2

Tight end – Darren Waller 53, Foster Moreau 23, Derek Carrier 10

Offensive line – Richie Incognito 59, Kolton Miller 59, Jordan Devey 59, Rodney Hudson 59, Trent Brown 50, Brandon Parker 10

Defense

Total defensive snaps: 63

Defensive line – Clelin Ferrell 52, Johnathan Hankins 47, Josh Mauro 40, P.J. Hall 38, Maurice Hurst 33, Maxx Crosby 16, Benson Mayowa 16, Arden Key 11

Linebacker – Tahir Whitehead 59, Vontaze Burfict 51, Nicholas Morrow 32, Kyle Wilber 19, Marquel Lee 5

Defensive back – Karl Joseph 61, Daryl Worley 55, Gareon Conley 52, Curtis Riley 45, Lamarcus Joyner 23, Erik Harris 19, Trayvon Mullen 18

Special teams

Harris 22, Wilber 22, Nixon 22, Carrier 19, Dallin Leavitt 16, Moreau 16, Ingold 15, Riley 11, Morrow 11,  Joseph 10, Richard 9, Washington 8, Trent Sieg 7, Mulen 7, Worley 7, AJ Cole 7, Whitehead 6, Ferrell 6, Hankins 6, Hurst 6, Burfict 5, Daniel Carlson 6, Denzelle Good 3, Incognito 3, Parker 3, Miller 3, Devey 3, Brown 2, Waller 2 Andre James 1, Lee 1

Raiders inform NFL draft prospect of parking-ticket history at combine

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Raiders inform NFL draft prospect of parking-ticket history at combine

NFL Scouting Combine interviews can be harsh, inappropriate and even downright weird. Ross Blacklock's interview with the Las Vegas Raiders this week in Indianapolis was revelatory. 

The TCU defensive tackle told reporters Thursday that the Raiders informed him he had 37 parking tickets he didn't know about during his time in Fort Worth. 

Blacklock offered a compelling reason for his lack of knowledge on the subject: He claimed the TCU athletic department handled each ticket on his behalf.

"I don't know how they get that," Blacklock shrugged. 

Thirty-seven of anything is a stunning number, let alone when you're counting parking citations. It clearly took the Mike Mayock-led Raiders brain trust aback enough to prompt them to bring it up in an interview, one of 45 they're allowed to conduct during the week in Indianapolis. Those interviews are limited to 18 minutes, so you wonder what question(s) didn't make the cut if Blacklock's ticket history did.

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Those citations made the Raiders scratch their heads, as you might find yourself doing, too. Alas, it's difficult to envision Blacklock's previous fines dampening teams' enthusiasm for the 6-foot-3, 290-pound defensive lineman. NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah ranked Blacklock No. 19 in his Top 50 and The Ringer's Danny Kelly slotted Blacklock at No. 38. The prospect didn't crack the first round of NBC Sports Bay Area's latest mock draft, but Blacklock likely won't have to wait longer than a day to hear his name called at the NFL draft in Vegas this April. 

Blacklock has talent, but the Raiders simply have bigger needs than along the interior of their defensive line to draft the former Horned Frog with one of two first-round picks. If the Silver and Black passes on the D-lineman, it won't be because of the parking tickets. 

NFL Draft 2020: Raiders should target these six players on Day 2

NFL Draft 2020: Raiders should target these six players on Day 2

All the talk surrounding the Raiders' 2020 NFL Draft plan revolves around their two first-round picks.

With picks No. 12 and No. 19, how will the Raiders build on the success of last year's draft class? Will they trade up for a quarterback? Take the best receiver available and whatever linebacker is left? Do what is necessary to put Isaiah Simmons in silver and black?

The questions are endless. But the Raiders' draft class truly will come together on Day 2 of the draft, when they have three third-round picks. That's enough ammo to move up into Round 2 or select three players who can contribute immediately to the up-and-coming Raiders. Yes, they could take a flier on Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm or try and develop the enticing talent that is Jalen Hurts, but they have many needs outside of quarterback. 

With the Raiders getting a good look at the best the draft has to offer this week at the NFL Scouting Combine, let's look at six Day 2 prospects for the Raiders to target.

Marlon Davidson, DE, Auburn

Davidson is fast rising so he likely will be gone by the time the Raiders go on the clock in Round 3.

The 6-foot-3, 303-pound defensive end has an impressive array of skills that most NFL teams would love to have on their roster. He has heavy hands and a quick first step. He played outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme on The Plains but might be better suited for an interior role at the next level.

He's a high upside guy who has the ability to help the Raiders in one of their biggest areas of need.


K.J. Hill, WR, Ohio State

The Raiders need more than one wide receiver. While they likely will land one of CeeDee Lamb, Jerry Jeudy or Henry Ruggs, the Silver and Black need more weapons for whoever the quarterback is.

This is a deep and talented wide receiver class, so the Raiders could go a number of ways.

I'll highlight Hill because he's a great route-runner with solid hands. He had a down senior season but was an explosive weapon for Dwayne Haskins two years ago.

He'd be a great addition as Gruden looks to build a more dynamic offense.


Troy Dye, LB. Oregon

We all know the Raiders need linebacker help. Whether they trade up to draft Simmons, take Patrick Queen or Kenneth Murray or avoid going linebacker in Round 1, they need to build depth at the position. 

Dye was a four-year starter at Oregon, whose leadership helped keep the program from nosediving. 

He's an athletic, rangy linebacker with the explosiveness to be an impact NFL starter. He needs to work on his play processing and taking better angles in space.

Kenny Willekes, EDGE, Michigan State

The Spartan defensive end has an extremely high floor. He's a very competitive guy with a high motor who would thrive under Gruden.

Willekes has a variety of pass-rush moves and is a stout run defender. 

He racked up 47.5 tackles for loss and 22 sacks during his career at Michigan State and would be a solid addition to the Raiders' defensive end rotation. 


James Proche, WR, SMU

Proche is a name that you don't hear a lot in this loaded class, but he could be the steal of the draft.

At 5-foot-10, the SMU slot receiver has big hands for his size (9 5/8). Those hands were golden during his time at SMU as Proche basically caught anything thrown in his zip code. He has no problem snagging balls at high velocity with one a hand or in the air or off balance.

He's not the fastest or strongest receiver, but he's a guy who could be a valuable weapon in a four-wide set.

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Davon Hamilton, DT, Ohio State

Hamilton is 6-foot-4 and 310 pounds. The Raiders are in need of a big body who can disrupt offenses up the middle.

He's an outstanding run defender and found success against constant double teams while at Ohio State.

His pass-rush skill needs some polishing, but you can't teach size or power. Hamilton has both and the quickness to boot.