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Raiders week 16 snap counts vs Colts: Menelik Watson "solid job" in first complete game in over two years

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It’s been a while since we saw Menelik Watson play an entire game in Silver & Black. Over two seasons, actually. The last time Menelik Watson started a game and played every snap was November 20th, 2014  in week 12 against the Chiefs. You might remember that game. It was the Raiders first win of that season after starting 0-10 and having lost their last 16 games dating back to the previous season. It was Derek Carr's first win as a pro and Latavius Murray's breakout game.

Since then, Watson has suffered injury after injury, including missing the entire 2015 season. This season, he started the season opener, after having won the starting job the for the second straight season ahead of Austin Howard, but once again he was lost to an injury. After missing much of this season to with a calf strain, he returned a few weeks ago and was used as he had been in 2014, mostly as a tackle eligible in jumbo packages.

Watson showed up well in the team's win in San Diego in week 15 along with showing well in practice and earned his starting job back.

"I trust [offensive line] coach [Mike] Tice on that," said Del Rio on giving Watson the start over Howard. "He's been grading out pretty well. He's been working very hard. We felt like it was justified for him that he had earned his way back into the starting lineup. We didn't give it to him. He came out of camp the starter and got injured and other people played and played well. It's kind of like the running backs. We just played the guy that was playing well and giving us a chance to win. We just felt like, at this point, he gives us the best chance to win, so we made that decision."

"He graded out well. I think we had a couple of penalties [Saturday], but it wasn't from a lack of effort. He is a powerful, athletic guy and did a pretty solid job."

Howard was inactive for the game due to the fact that Vadal Alexander had more experience this season as the swing tackle eligible.

Mario Edwards Jr also returned for the Raiders, though he was immediately given the start and Del Rio had him on a snap count, being that he hadn't played in a game this season; on IR with an injured hip.

Offense Defense Spec Tms
Player Pos Num Pct Num Pct Num Pct
Gabe Jackson G 76 100% 0 0% 5 19%
Donald Penn T 76 100% 0 0% 5 19%
Menelik Watson T 76 100% 0 0% 5 19%
Kelechi Osemele G 76 100% 0 0% 5 19%
Rodney Hudson C 76 100% 0 0% 0 0%
Clive Walford TE 64 84% 0 0% 5 19%
Derek Carr QB 63 83% 0 0% 0 0%
Amari Cooper WR 61 80% 0 0% 2 7%
Seth Roberts WR 51 67% 0 0% 0 0%
Andre Holmes WR 42 55% 0 0% 17 63%
Michael Crabtree WR 39 51% 0 0% 0 0%
Latavius Murray RB 31 41% 0 0% 0 0%
DeAndre Washington RB 25 33% 0 0% 2 7%
Vadal Alexander G 20 26% 0 0% 5 19%
Mychal Rivera TE 15 20% 0 0% 10 37%
Jalen Richard RB 15 20% 0 0% 4 15%
Jamize Olawale FB 14 18% 0 0% 18 67%
Matt McGloin QB 13 17% 0 0% 0 0%
Johnny Holton WR 3 4% 0 0% 8 30%
Nate Allen SS 0 0% 55 100% 11 41%
Malcolm Smith LB 0 0% 55 100% 2 7%
Reggie Nelson FS 0 0% 55 100% 0 0%
Perry Riley LB 0 0% 55 100% 0 0%
David Amerson CB 0 0% 55 100% 0 0%
Sean Smith CB 0 0% 55 100% 0 0%
Bruce Irvin LB 0 0% 53 96% 4 15%
Khalil Mack DE 0 0% 48 87% 4 15%
Denico Autry DE 0 0% 38 69% 4 15%
TJ Carrie CB 0 0% 35 64% 11 41%
Justin Ellis NT 0 0% 20 36% 0 0%
Mario Edwards DE 0 0% 18 33% 4 15%
Dan Williams DT 0 0% 18 33% 4 15%
Darius Latham NT 0 0% 17 31% 7 26%
Jihad Ward DE 0 0% 17 31% 0 0%
James Cowser DE 0 0% 9 16% 10 37%
Dexter McDonald CB 0 0% 2 4% 6 22%
Daren Bates LB 0 0% 0 0% 22 81%
Brynden Trawick FS 0 0% 0 0% 18 67%
Cory James LB 0 0% 0 0% 18 67%
Keith McGill FS 0 0% 0 0% 16 59%
Taiwan Jones RB 0 0% 0 0% 14 52%
Sebastian Janikowski K 0 0% 0 0% 11 41%
Tyrell Adams LB 0 0% 0 0% 11 41%
Jon Condo LS 0 0% 0 0% 10 37%
Marquette King P 0 0% 0 0% 10 37%
Jon Feliciano G 0 0% 0 0% 8 30%