Snap counts for the Oakland Raiders in their Week 1 victory over the Tennessee Titans.
The Oakland Raiders were able to get off to a good start in the 2017 season with a 26-16 victory over the Tennessee Titans. Let’s take a look at the snap counts on Sunday, see who played how much, and what we can learn from that information.
We’ll start with the offense.
|Player||Position||Offensive Snaps||% of Snaps||ST snaps|
What we learned
Nothing too shocking here. Donald Penn, Kelechi Osemele, Rodney Hudson and Gabe Jackson played all 66 of the offensive snaps. Starting right tackle Marshall Newhouse lost nine snaps to Vadal Alexander, who didn’t do anything of note with his opportunity that would prompt Mike Tice to advocate him getting more playing time.
Amari Cooper led all wide receivers getting 61 snaps, followed by Seth Roberts at 55 and Michael Crabtree with 48. It comes as a bit of a surprise that Roberts out-snapped Crabtree. Cooper was targeted 13 times in his 61 offensive plays. Seth Roberts kept his streak alive by catching another touchdown against the Titans, as the Raiders are now 10-0 when he finds the end zone. Crabtree led the Raiders pass catchers with 6 receptions for 83 yards.
It appears Clive Walford will have a tough time getting on the field this year. Walford only played in 8% of the offensive snaps. Jared Cook had an impressive debut for the Raiders and was heavily involved in the offense early in the game. He received the lions share of the snaps with 47, and blocking tight end Lee Smith had 29.
DeAndre Washington was the first running back off the bench to give Marshawn a breather. Washington was not effective in the run game but did catch 2 passes for 18 yards. Jalen Richard was much more efficient with his opportunities. He carried the ball 5 times for 22 yards and caught 1 pass for 8 yards in only 14 offensive snaps.
What was also very telling was that late in the game it was Richard who was closing it out with Lynch. In fact, it was Richard who carried the ball on a crucial 3rd and 3 from the OAK 48, with 3:55 left to play. The “Pocket Rocket” took the ball around the right side for a 7-yard gain, and more importantly, stayed in bounds forcing the Titans to use their first time out.
And now the defense:
|Player||Position||Defensive Snaps||% of Snaps||ST snaps|
|Mario Edwards Jr.||DE||32||50%||9|
What We Learned
The biggest takeaway from the Week 1 data is with the usage of the linebackers. Marquel Lee got the start as expected but it was Tyrell Adams who played in 41 of the 64 defensive plays. With NFL defenses spending less and less time in base defense, Adams will find himself getting plenty of work as the teams nickel linebacker. Adams finished the game with 7 tackles, 4 solo. According to PFF, Adams allowed 8 receptions on 9 targets for 110 yards in 33 coverage snaps — not exactly stellar.
It is that clear Jack Del Rio and co. are going to ease rookie Marquel Lee into his role as starting Mike linebacker. They will limit his exposure on passing downs, while keeping him involved in the base package.
The defensive line rotation went as expected with Justin Ellis and Eddie Vanderdoes starting at the tackle positions, with Treyvon Hester, Denico Autry and Mario Edwards Jr. spelling them as situational pass rushers. Vanderdoes, who was very disruptive in his debut, and Edwards Jr., were the only two defensive linemen who saw 50% or more of the snaps.
One player of note who did not see any time along the d-line was Jihad Ward. The former second-round pick was full go in the Week 4 preseason game against the Cowboys, so it did come as a bit of a surprise that he was a non-participant Sunday. Ward was not listed on the injury report throughout the week, so either he has falling down the depth chart or the coaching staff believed he needs more time to prepare after his injury.
Karl Joseph and Reggie Nelson were staples in the secondary on Sunday, both played the entire game. Raider Nation was hoping Shalom Lunai would make an appearance, but that was not to be this week. He will have to earn his way through special teams play, and the onside kick recovery to start the game was one way to do it.
David Amerson was also very busy, playing in 100% of the snaps. Amerson made what was possibly the play of the day. The Titans were down 16-10 and driving with 42 seconds left in the 3rd quarter. On 3rd and 2, from the OAK 7-yard line, DeMarco Murray took a pitch to the right side. While being blocked to the ground, Amerson managed to get his arm out enough to force Murray to leave his feet, and Nick Morrow came out of nowhere to finish Murray off for a one yard loss. The Titans would settle for a field goal rather than a possible touchdown, which could have shifted the momentum of the game.