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Raiders-Bills snap counts: Nate Allen plays big role in place of injured Karl Joseph

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Nate Allen was signed as a starter prior to the 2015 season, but after being injured and placed on injured reserve twice last season, he saw his long term deal wiped out, re-signing to a one-year deal. In training camp and preseason, Allen looked quite good, showing why he was once worthy of a long term starting safety deal.

With Karl Joseph injured for the season opener, Allen topped the team's depth chart, but Keith McGill oddly was given the start instead.

Since then Allen has put his head down and been a good soldier, seeing time almost exclusively on special teams. Joseph left the game Sunday against the Bills with a foot injury and this time, Allen came in at safety in the third quarter and was part of the defense's turnaround to shut the Bills out for the final 24 minutes of the game.

Late in the fourth quarter, with the Raiders having come back to take the lead at 30-24, Khalil Mack got in the backfield to hit the ball as Tyrod Taylor released it. The ball fluttered and Allen picked it off to give the Raiders the ball at the 16-yard-line. They would score the final touchdown on the short field to take the game 38-24.

In total, Allen played 40 defensive snaps (56%) along with 25 special teams snaps (76%).

Offense Defense Spec Tms
Player Pos Num Pct Num Pct Num Pct
Donald Penn T 71 100% 0 0% 6 18%
Kelechi Osemele G 71 100% 0 0% 6 18%
Austin Howard T 71 100% 0 0% 6 18%
Gabe Jackson G 71 100% 0 0% 6 18%
Derek Carr QB 71 100% 0 0% 0 0%
Rodney Hudson C 71 100% 0 0% 0 0%
Amari Cooper WR 63 89% 0 0% 0 0%
Michael Crabtree WR 57 80% 0 0% 0 0%
Seth Roberts WR 55 77% 0 0% 0 0%
Latavius Murray RB 50 70% 0 0% 0 0%
Clive Walford TE 45 63% 0 0% 6 18%
Vadal Alexander G 21 30% 0 0% 0 0%
Mychal Rivera TE 20 28% 0 0% 6 18%
Jalen Richard RB 17 24% 0 0% 10 30%
Andre Holmes WR 12 17% 0 0% 23 70%
Jamize Olawale FB 10 14% 0 0% 21 64%
Taiwan Jones RB 2 3% 0 0% 23 70%
Menelik Watson T 2 3% 0 0% 6 18%
Johnny Holton WR 1 1% 0 0% 9 27%
Reggie Nelson FS 0 0% 72 100% 0 0%
Malcolm Smith LB 0 0% 72 100% 0 0%
David Amerson CB 0 0% 70 97% 0 0%
Sean Smith CB 0 0% 70 97% 0 0%
Perry Riley LB 0 0% 69 96% 0 0%
Khalil Mack DE 0 0% 68 94% 4 12%
Bruce Irvin LB 0 0% 68 94% 4 12%
Denico Autry DE 0 0% 63 88% 4 12%
Jihad Ward DE 0 0% 62 86% 0 0%
TJ Carrie CB 0 0% 41 57% 4 12%
Nate Allen SS 0 0% 40 56% 25 76%
Dan Williams DT 0 0% 33 46% 4 12%
Justin Ellis NT 0 0% 20 28% 4 12%
Karl Joseph SS 0 0% 20 28% 0 0%
Branden Jackson DE 0 0% 11 15% 10 30%
James Cowser DE 0 0% 8 11% 19 58%
Cory James LB 0 0% 5 7% 11 33%
Daren Bates LB 0 0% 0 0% 27 82%
Brynden Trawick FS 0 0% 0 0% 23 70%
Keith McGill FS 0 0% 0 0% 22 67%
Tyrell Adams LB 0 0% 0 0% 17 52%
Sebastian Janikowski K 0 0% 0 0% 13 39%
Marquette King P 0 0% 0 0% 12 36%
Jon Condo LS 0 0% 0 0% 12 36%
Jon Feliciano G 0 0% 0 0% 11 33%
Dexter McDonald CB 0 0% 0 0% 9 27%