Raiders snap count: RBs 'gave us what we needed' with Murray out

Raiders snap count: RBs 'gave us what we needed' with Murray out

OAKLAND – Latavius Murray missed his first game since 2014 on Sunday against the San Diego Chargers, leaving the Raiders to look elsewhere for rushing production.

Rookies DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard were ready for a slightly increased workload after taking significant carries during the first four games. At times those two operated a by-committee rushing approach with Murray.

Take one runner out and there’s more for the rest. That included fullback Jamize Olawale, who was active in short yardage situations.

Washington and Richard’s touch totals were equal. Olawale got involved. Here’s how totals broke down:

Washington: 9 carries, 31 rushing yards (2.6 ypc); 5 receptions, 29 receiving yards
Richard: 8 carries, 31 rushing yards (3.9 ypc); 6 receptions, 66 receiving yards
Olawale: 6 carries, 22 rushing yards (3.7 ypc), 1 TD; 1 reception, 2 receiving yards

The snap counts were also close. Washington played 37 snaps, Richard played 23 and Olawale played 22.

“I thought they were solid,” Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said. “I thought the rotation of those guys, all three of the guys that dressed today and played today, that they shared the work and did a nice job. Gave us what we needed.”

The running backs weren’t the only Raiders with increased snap counts in a 34-31 victory over San Diego.

Denver Kirkland saw significant action as an extra lineman in rushing situations, and played 27 snaps. He checked in as an eligible receiver and played a blocking tight end spot normally reserved for Lee Smith, on injured reserve with an ankle injury.

Newcomer Perry Riley played 51 defensive snaps just days after signing with the Raiders. He started for the injured Malcolm Smith, and lead the team with seven tackles and had a forced fumble.

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

72 – OL Donald Penn, OL Kelechi Osemele, OL Gabe Jackson, QB Derek Carr, OL Rodney Hudson
65 – WR Amari Cooper
61 – OL Vadal Alexander
53 – WR Michael Crabtree
51 – WR Seth Roberts
47 – TE Mychal Rivera
37 – RB DeAndre Washington
27 – OL Denver Kirkland
23 – RB Jalen Richard
22 – WR Andre Holmes, Jamize Olawale
11 – OL Austin Howard
7 – TE Ryan O’Malley
5 – WR Johnny Holton
1 – OL Jon Feliciano

51 – LB Cory James, LB Perry Riley, S Reggie Nelson
50 – S Karl Joseph, CB Sean Smith, CB David Amerson
47 – LB Bruce Irvin
46 – Khalil Mack
31 – CB DJ Hayden
28 – DL Dan Williams
24 – DL Denico Autry
23 – DL Stacy McGee
21 – DL Jihad Ward
19 – DL Justin Ellis
9 – LB Shilique Calhoun
8 – DL Darius Latham
1 – LB Daren Bates
1 – Keith McGill

23 – Brynden Trawick, Darren Bates
17 – Keith McGill, Jamize Olawale, Andre Holmes, Shilique Calhoun
16 – Johnny Holton
14 – Sebastian Janikowski, Mychal Rivera
13 – TJ Carrie, Jon Feliciano, Ryan O’Malley
10 – Jon Condo, Marquette King
9 – DeAndre Washington
8 – Antonio Hamilton
7 – DJ Hayden, Karl Joseph, Jihard Ward, Jalen Richard, Gabe Jackson, Kelechi Osemele, Donald Penn
6 – Darius Latham, Stacy McGee, Denico Autry, Dan Williams, Khalil Mack, Bruce Irvin
5 – Vadal Alexander
3 – Cory James
2 – Denver Kirkland
1 – Perry Riley
NOTE: Snap counts taken from official NFL game book

Raiders-Cardinals injury report: Jordy Nelson still shelved as game nears


Raiders-Cardinals injury report: Jordy Nelson still shelved as game nears

ALAMEDA – The Raiders receiver issues didn’t get any easier on Thursday. Martavis Bryant and Jordy Nelson remained out of action, though that’s considered an estimation because the Silver and Black didn’t conduct a full practice.

They trimmed on-field prep due to air quality issues in the East Bay, which hovered in an unhealthy range that would impact even healthy adults.

Practice became a walk-through session at an off-site location in Alameda. The team did not conduct any activities outdoors on Thursday.

While Bryant has already been ruled out of Sunday’s game against Arizona, the Raiders are holding out hope Nelson can recover in time to play the Cardinals. Fingers, however, could be crossed in vain. It seems unlikely Nelson will play, even though head coach Jon Gruden believes he’ll be designated questionable Friday on the team’s official injury report.

The players considered limited this week were all pulled off the injury report before last week’s loss to the L.A. Chargers. All save cornerback Gareon Conley, who was new to the injury list this week.

Raiders practice report

Did not practice

WR Martavis Bryant (knee)
WR Jordy Nelson (knee)

Limited practice
CB Gareon Conley (groin)
LB Kyle Wilber (knee)
C Rodney Hudson (ankle)
LG Kelechi Osemele (knee)
CB Daryl Worley (shoulder)

Full practice
RG Gabe Jackson (pectoral)
OL Jon Feliciano (ribs)
LT Kolton Miller (knee/elbow)
WR Dwayne Harris (shoulder)
RB Doug Martin (hip)

Cardinals practice report

Did not practice
S Budda Baker (knee)
S Rudy Ford (heel)
DT Rodney Gunter (not injury related)
OL DJ Humphries (knee)
WR Chad Williams (ankle)

Limited practice
K Phil Dawson (hip)
OL Mike Iupati (back)
DT Robert Nkemdiche (calf)
LB Josh Bynes (wrist)

Full practice
DT Corey Peters (heel)
OL Jeremy Vujnovich (hamstring)
WR Larry Fitzgerald (not injury related)

Raiders rookie spotlight: CB Nick Nelson could be long-term answer in slot


Raiders rookie spotlight: CB Nick Nelson could be long-term answer in slot

ALAMEDA – There isn’t much to play for in a Raiders season that has started 1-8 with no guarantee that future wins will come.

Significant roster turnover is expected this offseason, with most veterans playing now not expected back.

The Raiders are keeping a close eye on their rookie class, and we’ll do the same. We’ll put the spotlight on one rookie each week as the season carries on and evaluate what they’ve progressed to this point and what strides must be made down the stretch.

This week we’re looking at ...

Nick Nelson

Position: Cornerback
Draft slot: No. 110 overall (Fourth round)
School: Wisconsin
Stats: 3 tackles, 4 receptions allowed for 28 yards on 7 targets over three games (61 defensive snaps)

Raw tools: Nelson is stronger than you might expect at his listed 5-foot-10, 200 pounds, with an ability to play receivers physically at the line of scrimmage. He can be a tight cover man and a solid tackler, and could be considered a fourth-round steal if he becomes the Raiders’ regular slot cornerback as expected.

Early returns: Nelson was inactive most of the season’s first half. The Raiders slow-played his recovery from surgery to repair a torn meniscus, an injury suffered during a pre-draft workout with the Detroit Lions. His draft stock took a hit, and sent him sliding down draft boards with teams uncertain about how he would rebound to knee surgery. He didn’t do anything this spring, but worked his way back to practice and earned increased snaps over the past three weeks.

Where Nelson has improved: Well, his health is the biggest area of improvement. He’s finally 100-percent healthy, in football shape and well versed in coordinator Paul Guenther’s system, and can play free on Sundays. That’s a good sign for the Raiders, who hope he can develop into a defensive staple.

Nelson got a real chance to showcase his skills in last week’s loss to the L.A. Chargers, and played well in coverage and against the run.

“He has some quickness and size and strength to play the nickel position. I think he played 25, close to 30 snaps, something like that. Leon Hall’s snaps were down at the nickel position, but for his debut I thought he played pretty good. I was excited about it.”

What’s next: Nelson should continue taking snaps away from Hall in the slot, as the Raiders figure out what they have in the Wisconsin alum. This is a great opportunity for Nelson to play to his confidence level, which is always high.

The Raiders like tough, physical corners and Nelson must prove he falls in that category to give coaches confidence to make his 2019’s presumptive starter at slot corner.

Quotable: “He probably played the most snaps of the season last week. I thought he did a good job in there. We’ll continue to get him snaps and get him some experience in the slot.” – Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther