Raiders snap count: Patterson, Walford produce with top WRs out


Raiders snap count: Patterson, Walford produce with top WRs out

OAKLAND – The Raiders ran screen passes a few times Sunday against the Giants, but offensive coordinator Todd Downing though a small tweak might produce a big play.

He discussed with Derek Carr and his offensive staff, and reworked the play there on the sideline. Downing called for it late in the fourth quarter, with Raiders clinging to a three-point lead.

The adjustment worked perfectly. Carr faked a handoff to Marshawn Lynch and threw Cordarelle Patterson a quick dart near the line of scrimmage. Johnny Holton and Seth Roberts created a pocket he burst through, only to find Donald Penn and Rodney Hudson blocking for him on the second level.

Patterson reached the edge and flipped the afterburners. Giants safety Landon Collins had an angle and caught him 59 yards downfield.

“It was just a screen route, we ran it all game but we just did it out of a different formation,” Patterson said. “He said, just get the ball and we are going to score a touchdown. Unfortunately, I got caught and I don’t like getting caught so I was mad after that but we got the win. At the end of the day that’s all that matters.”

The Raiders scored three plays later with Holton’s 9-yard touchdown catch that iced the game. Patterson played a huge role in that score and a few others.

He had four receptions for 97 yards on four targets, an essential performance with Amari Cooper hurt and Michael Crabtree suspended. The Raiders missed their top targets, but Patterson’s effort lessened the blow. Roberts and Holton also contributed to a 27-14 victory.

Patterson did all that on 34 offensive snaps. Holton led the receivers with 51, and Roberts had 46. Practice squad promotion Isaac Whitney had 15 snaps as well in his NFL debut.

Clive Walford also emerged from the shadows to have a big day. He played a season-high 25 offensive snaps, and had four catches for 57 yards on four targets primarily in a receiving role.

“He hasn’t had as many opportunities,” Carr said. “He knew – and I’ve seen it in practice, he was going to be able to win the 1-on-1’s today. He was explosive for us. … If we can have of our guys step up like they did, it’s going to be good for us.”

Quarterback –
Derek Carr 65
Running back – Marshawn Lynch 32, DeAndre Washington 14, Jamize Olawale 13, Jalen Richard 13
Wide receiver – Johnny Holton 51, Seth Roberts 46, Cordarelle Patterson 34, Isaac Whitney 15
Tight end – Jared Cook 50, Lee Smith 26, Clive Walford 25
Offensive line – Kelechi Osemele 65, Rodney Hudson 65, Gabe Jackson 65, Marshall Newhouse 65, Donald Penn 62, Vadal Alexander 6, David Sharpe 3

Defensive line –
Khalil Mack 51, Denico Autry 39, Mario Edwards 35, Eddie Vanderdoes 32, Treyvon Hester 22, Justin Ellis 17, James Cowser 10
Linebacker – NaVorro Bowman 62, Nicholas Morrow 59, Bruce Irvin 50, Shilique Calhoun 13, Marquel Lee 1, Xavier Woodson-Luster 1
Cornerback – TJ Carrie 61, Sean Smith 60, Dexter McDonald 43
Safety – Karl Joseph 61, Reggie Nelson 58, Shalom Luani 4, Keith McGill 3

Keith McGill 23, Marquel Lee 21, Jamize Olawale 21, Erik Harris 21, Xavier Woodson-Luster 20, Shalom Luani 16, Obi Melifonwu 13, Shilique Calhoun 12, James Cowser 10, Jalen Richard 10, Jon Condo 9, Isaac Whitney 9, DeAndre Washington 9, Marquette King 9, Giorgio Tavecchio 9, Cordarrelle Patterson 8, Lee Smith 8, Nicholas Morrow 8, Jon Feliciano 7, Johnny Holton 7, Karl Joseph 5, Marshall Newhouse 4, Kelechi Osemele 4, Gabe Jackson 4, Clive Walford 4, Vadal Alexander 4, TJ Carrie 4, Dexter McDonald 4, Justin Ellis 4, Khalil Mack 3, Denico Autry 3, Mario Edwards 3, Treyvon Hester 3, Jared Cook 1, NaVorro Bowman 1.

QB EJ Manuel

QB Connor Cook, LB Cory James, OT Jylan Ware, DL Jihad Ward, CB David Amerson, WR Amari Cooper, DT Darius Latham

Arden Key signs, entire Raiders 2018 draft class now under contract


Arden Key signs, entire Raiders 2018 draft class now under contract

The Raiders drafted nine players back in April. Now they’re all under contract.

Third-round edge rusher Arden Key was the last to ink his rookie deal, putting pen to paper on a four-year rookie deal Friday morning.

Key will make an estimated $3.57 million over the league of the deal with a $834k signing bonus, per athletic salary site

The current collective bargaining agreement and its rookie wage scale makes signing draft picks far easier, with little wiggle room to negotiate deals.

The Raiders locked up their last rookie the day after the offseason program’s conclusion. NFL teams largely go quiet during this time, until training camps begin in late July.

The Raiders are excited about Key’s potential. The LSU product believes he’s a first-round talent who dropped due to off-field concerns and a drop in his 2017 production over the previous year.

Key has flashed great athleticism, quickness and bend. He could make an immediate impact as a third edge rusher behind Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin.

“Arden Key,” Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said, “has got some special pass-rush ability.”

Reports: Raiders WR Martavis Bryant's standing with NFL in question

Reports: Raiders WR Martavis Bryant's standing with NFL in question

The Raiders gave up significant draft capital to acquire receiver Martavis Bryant. The trade cost a third-round pick, something the Silver and Black were willing to sacrifice for a game-breaking talent missing from their arsenal.

They might've traded for a player who will be unavailable. The Las Vegas Review Journal reported Thursday night that the Raiders are concerned the NFL will discipline Bryant. The report also states discipline is believed to stem from poor standing with the substance abuse policy.

That would be news to Bryant. As of late Friday morning, a source told NBC Sports Bay Area, the NFL had not notified Bryant about issues with his standing with the league.

An NFL spokesman declined comment when asked if the league was considering discipline for Bryant.

Bryant violated the NFL substance abuse policy multiple times while playing in Pittsburgh. The Clemson product has been suspended twice over failed drug tests, and missed the entire 2016 season as a repeat offender of the substance abuse policy.

He was conditionally reinstated prior to the 2017 campaign. The receiver must now follow stringent guidelines, including tests and meetings, to remain compliant with the substance abuse policy. In short, more than a failed drug test can get a player in some trouble.

The NFL Network reports the league has identified an issue with Bryant, but that it is not clear if it will result in a delay in his availability – he was held out for the start of training camp last year with Pittsburgh – if the issue can be simply remedied clerically or if it will result in a suspension. NFL Network also reports Bryant met with the league at its New York office in late April, and was in good standing at that time.

Bryant did not participate in Thursday’s Raiders minicamp practice, the last session of their offseason program.

Bryant has not spoken to the press since April 27, when he said the Raiders trade offered a “clean slate” he planned to maximize.

“I’ve had my difficulties in my past, but I’ve come a long way from that,” Bryant said. “It’s all about keeping the right resources around me and continuing to stay on the right path. I’m going to make sure I get that done.”

Bryant has one season left on his contract, originally signed with Pittsburgh. He has looked good in practices open to the press, flashing great speed and an ability to use his 6-foot, 5-inch frame well.