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Snap count: Trawick gets interception in rare Raiders defensive stretch

Snap count: Trawick gets interception in rare Raiders defensive stretch

Rookie Karl Joseph has been out a while with a toe injury, but the Raiders fared well at strong safety thanks to quality play from Nate Allen. The veteran reserve has extended experience as a starter, and worked well with Reggie Nelson in the defensive backfield.

A stable position got shaky early in Sunday’s 24-6 loss at Denver, when Allen suffered a concussion and did not return. Keith McGill was the next man up, but he was terrible. He struggled to make tackles, and got a quick hook.

Coaches turned to special teams ace Brynden Trawick, a safety by trade who doesn’t play much defense. Before Sunday, he played two defensive snaps.

Trawick played 50 against the Broncos. He performed well despite a lack of practice reps, recording nine tackles, a pass defensed and his first career interception.

If Allen or Joseph can’t play Saturday’s playoff opener at Houston – Joseph is getting closer to a return -- Trawick could be the primary backup. If neither guy can go, Trawick could start an important game.

Mario Edwards Jr.’s snap count was low in his second game back from a hip injury, though he is likely only in certain packages. He played 17 defensive snaps and had two tackles. He’s been a reserve to this point, but could play a starter’s snaps in the postseason. The Raiders need his interior pass rush and run defense against the Texans.

Quarterback Matt McGloin played 22 snaps before leaving with an injured neck/shoulder. Connor Cook took over late in the second quarter and played 32 snaps in nine series.

Left tackle Donald Penn missed some snaps with a bum knee, but was able to return and finish the game.

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

OFFENSE
54 – OL Rodney Hudson, OL Menelik Watson, OL Gabe Jackson
53 – OL Kelechi Osemele
48 – OL Donald Penn
42 – WR Amari Cooper
41 – TE Clive Walford
35 – WR Michael Crabtree
32 – WR Seth Roberts, Connor Cook
27 – TE Mychal Rivera
22 – QB Matt McGloin
21 – RB DeAndre Washington
20 – OL Vadal Alexander
16 – RB Latavius Murray
14 – WR Andre Holmes
11 – RB Jalen Richard
10 – FB Jamize Olawale
5 – WR Johnny Holton

DEFENSE
73 – LB Perry Riley, LB Malcolm Smith, S Reggie Nelson
71 – CB Sean Smith, CB David Amerson
66 – DE Khalil Mack
65 – LB Crue Irvin
61 – DL Denico Autry
50 – S Brynden Trawick
39 – CB TJ Carrie, DL Darius Latham
28 – DL Dan Williams
26 – DL Justin Ellis
17 – Mario Edwards Jr.
16 – DL Jihad Ward
14 – S Nate Allen
12 – DE James Cowser
7 – Keith McGill
2 – LB Daren Bates

SPECIAL TEAMS
26 – Daren Bates
25 – Brynden Trawick
21 – Andre Holmes, Jamize Olawale, Cory James
19 – James Cowser
18 – Taiwan Jones
13 – Tyrell Adams
12 – Keith McGill , Dexter McDonald
11 –Jalen Richard, TJ Carrie
10 – Darius Latham
8 –Marquette King, Jon Condo
6 – DeAndre Washington
5 – Johnny Holton, Khalil Mack, Bruce Irvin, Denico Autry, Dan Williams
4 – Mario Edwards Jr.
3 – Mychal Rivera, Nate Allen


NOTE: Snap counts taken from official NFL game book

Raiders' slow-playing decision on Marshawn Lynch, likely after NFL draft

Raiders' slow-playing decision on Marshawn Lynch, likely after NFL draft

PHOENIX -- Marshawn Lynch isn’t a mortal lock to return to the Raiders next season. There’s certainly interest from both sides in playing another year together, but no reunion has been set.

That isn’t expected until after the NFL draft, as the Raiders continue to weigh options to fill their big void on the roster.

“We have a need at halfback, at feature back,” Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said Tuesday morning at the NFL owners meeting. “We’re going to keep the door open for Marshawn, certainly. We’re going to keep researching his situation and we’ll see what happens.”

There’s some clarity on Lynch’s situation. He is healthy and cleared to play again, after suffering a groin injury in last season’s Week 6 loss to Seattle.

Lynch was his elusive, violent self before the injury, arguably the best Raiders skill player all season. He’ll be 33 next month but has shown an ability to run well at an age where most runners fall off. He could be an asset to the Raiders even if he isn’t getting 20 touches a game. He could be an asset to the Raiders even if they draft a running back of the future relatively high in the NFL draft.

“We’re looking for a three-down back, a guy who can play in any situation,” Gruden said. “That’s a guy who can catch it, pick up blitzes and a guy who can run in the first and the fourth quarter. We’re looking for guys with some durability and versatility. That’s a big thing. They’re hard to find. You have to have a certain size about you. You have to take punishment and deliver punishment. Those are the big things we look for.”

Lynch can do all of those things, and ease the transition to a younger runner. The Raiders expect Jalen Richard back on a second-round restricted free agent contract tender. He’ll have a role. Chris Warren’s an intriguing prospect who shined in the summer before missing the season with a knee issue.

The Raiders sent running backs coach Kirby Wilson to Alabama’s pro day to scout top prospects Josh Jacobs and Damien Harris. The Raiders are turning over every rock looking for stability at the running back spot.

Lynch is a player who can produce and put butts in the seats during a farewell season in Oakland hometown. Lynch is immensely popular in the East Bay for his charitable work, especially with children, and champions Oakland at every turn.

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Owner Mark Davis is a big fan. Jon Gruden always has been. So are many owners of the No. 24 jersey. Bringing Lynch back for one more season in Oakland – I can’t imagine a scenario where he’d be a Las Vegas Raiders – remains an option as the offseason progresses. It just hasn’t been exercised yet.

“The door’s always going to be open for Marshawn Lynch,” Gruden said. “All the doors are always going to be open for him.”

NFL free agency: Raiders sign ex-Steelers backup QB Landry Jones

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NFL free agency: Raiders sign ex-Steelers backup QB Landry Jones

A familiar face will join Antonio Brown in the Raiders' locker room, as their quarterback room just got more crowded. 

The Raiders signed former Pittsburgh Steelers QB Landry Jones on Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

Jones played with Brown in Pittsburgh from 2013 to 2017. On Nov. 8, 2015, Jones and Brown even connected on a game-winning drive against the Raiders.  

Jones, who turns 30 on April 4, is one of four QBs on the Raiders roster. Last week, the Silver and Black signed Mike Glennon just over a week after cutting 2018 backup AJ McCarron. The Raiders say they're all-in on starter Derek Carr, but have meetings scheduled with some of the NFL draft's top quarterback prospects. 

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Still, it's worth noting that the Raiders only kept two QBs on the active roster last season. Nathan Peterman spent time on the practice squad down the stretch, and he signed a reserve-futures contract with the team in January. 

In other words, Carr figures to be the only lock to make the roster in 2019. If the Raiders draft another quarterback, it's possible the Jones/Glennon/Peterman era ends rather quickly.