A week after Sean Smith gave up two huge catches to the Ravens, both leading to scores, the Raiders decided they’d seen enough. They benched their $10 million cornerback against the Chargers on Sunday. He was active for the game, but clearly on on an emergency basis as he didn’t see a single snap.
Starting at the cornerback spots were David Amerson, TJ Carrie, and Dexter McDonald. No other cornerback took the field on defense for the Raiders. The team had signed Demetrius McCray this week, but he only took the field on special teams.
Carrie had an especially productive game. He led the team with 8 combined tackles (7 solo), 2 passes defended, and a QB hit.
This isn’t the first time this season Smith has bee buried on the depth chart. In week three in Washington he didn’t get the start and was relegated to 3 defensive snaps. He was injured in week 2, has appeared in 4 games this season, starting two.
Not really what you expect or hope for from the man who was supposed to be one of your top free agent additions of 2016, signing a 4-year, $40 million contract.