DeAndre Washington

Raiders snap count: Three running backs split duties vs. Cardinals

Raiders snap count: Three running backs split duties vs. Cardinals

ALAMEDA – The Raiders were committed to running the ball well Sunday against Arizona. Doug Martin carried the load early, but was sidelined by an ankle injury in the second half. 

The Raiders looked to Jalen Richard and little-used DeAndre Washington to keep the run game rolling, and those two accomplished the mission well

The rushing trio churned out 152 yards on 33 carries in a 23-21 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. The last time this franchise gave three different rushers 10 carries in a game: Nov. 9, 2003. 

The Raiders lost that game but won this one thanks to offensive balance that is rare. 

Richard had 32 total snaps, Washington had 23 and Martin had 14 in the first half before succumbing to injury. Martin’s bum ankle is not expected to be a long-term issue. 

The Raiders seem to have found their starting safeties over the season’s second half, with Marcus Gilchrist and Karl Joseph seeing most all of the work. Gareon Conley had an interception in the first half, but gave way to Rashaan Melvin the majority of the time. 

Here’s the complete snap count from the Raiders victory in Arizona. 

Offense

Total offensive snaps: 68
Quarterback – Derek Carr 68
Running back – Jalen Richard 32, DeAndre Washington 23, Doug Martin 14
Wide receiver – Marcell Ateman 65, Seth Roberts 47, Brandon LaFell 37, Saeed Blacknall 16
Tight end – Jared Cook 39, Lee Smith 29, Derek Carrier 11
Offensive line – Gabe Jackson 68, Rodney Hudson 68, Brandon Parker 68, Kelechi Osemele 68, Kolton Miller 66, David Sharpe 10, Clinton McDonald 2, Jon Feliciano 2

Defense

Total defensive snaps: 54
Defensive line – Arden Key 48, Maurice Hurst 33, Johnathan Hankins 32, PJ Hall 31, Frostee Rucker 28, Jacquies Smith, Shilique Calhoun 12
Linebacker – Tahir Whitehead 54, Nick Morrow 34, Marquel Lee 20, Jason Cabinda 20
Defensive back – Marcus Gilchrist 54, Daryl Worley 47, Karl Joseph 35, Rashaan Melvin 31, Nick Nelson 30, Gareon Conley 30, Reggie Nelson 19Erik Harris 7, Leon Hall 4

Special teams

Derek Carrier 30, E. Harris 28, Kyle Wilber 28, Lee 28, K. Smith 25, N. Nelson 24, Morrow 24, Calhoun 23, Dwanye Harris 17, 
Trent Sieg 13, Johnny Townsend 13, Daniel Carlson 10
Worley 10, L. Smith 9, Washington 8, Gilchrist 6, Joseph 6, Melvin 6
Parker 5, Jackson 5, Osemele 5, Miller 5, Sharpe 5, Feliciano 5, Richard 4, Cabinda 4, McDonald 3, Whitehead 3, Key 3, Hankins 3, Conley 3, R. Nelson 2

Raiders injury report: Marshawn Lynch will play Monday night vs. Rams

Raiders injury report: Marshawn Lynch will play Monday night vs. Rams

ALAMEDA – The Raiders are bringing a healthy squad into Monday night’s season opener against the Rams.

DeAndre Washington is the only Raider formally ruled out of the regular-season opener, and it was expected with the reserve running back recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery.

Running back Marshawn Lynch and left tackle Kelechi Osemele were limited all week but are going to be fine. They were pulled off the injury report on Saturday and will play against the Rams. So was weakside linebacker Tahir Whitehead, who was limited Thursday but full-go ever since.

Defensive tackle Brian Price is considered questionable with a hamstring strain.

The Rams injury report is not yet known. They practice later Saturday afternoon and will release their injury designations after that session.

Friday’s Injury Report

RAIDERS
Out

RB DeAndre Washington (knee)

Questionable
DT Brian Price (hamstring)

RAMS
NOTE:
Rams injury report unavailable at this time. 

Raiders notes: DeAndre Washington nearing return from arthroscopic knee surgery

Raiders notes: DeAndre Washington nearing return from arthroscopic knee surgery

ALAMEDA – DeAndre Washington was the only Raider not practicing on Wednesday. It came as zero surprise.

The third-year running back is recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery to repair an ailment suffered near training camp’s end.

The timing couldn’t have been worse. Washington’s roster spot wasn’t secure despite two solid seasons of work, not with a hard-charging rookie Chris Warren and free-agent signing Doug Martin in the mix.

He missed the rest of the preseason, but Jon Gruden had seen enough both in camp and on previous game tape. Washington survived final cut. Warren was placed on season-ending injured reserve, and Washington’s around for another campaign.

“It’s unfortunate the injury happened when it did, but I’m definitely glad to still be here,” Washington said.

The Texas Tech product must get healthy and work on establishing a role in a deep running back room. When it comes to recovery, Washington is progressing well.

“I should be back out there pretty soon,” he said. “I’ve already started running and things like that. I feel pretty good right now.”

Confidence in new kicker

Undrafted rookie Eddy Piñeiro was supposed to be the Raiders kicker this season. That won’t happen. The Florida suffered a groin injury in training camp and was eventually put on IR with no ability to return.

That left veteran Mike Nugent to take the reins. He could have them all season. He has inspired confidence in the coaching staff with his calm under pressure playing an important position.

“He has kicked the ball well since he has been here,” Gruden said. “He has experience kicking off our dirt, but all kinds of surfaces in this league. I don’t think he’s going to be nervous or rattled. He gives us some mental stability and mental toughness at a position that is critical.”

Gruden stays away from stadium issue

The Oakland city council reportedly approved an antitrust lawsuit against the Raiders that could prompt the Silver and Black to leave Oakland a year earlier than expected. That’s far from happening at this stage, but it didn’t prevent Gruden from being asked about the prospect of playing elsewhere in 2019, a year earlier than the team planned to move to Las Vegas.

“I don’t know,” Gruden said. “I hear a lot of rumors, but I try not to listen too much. I don’t know what’s true and what’s not. We’re playing here Monday night. That’s all I know.”