The big news this week for the Raiders was the debut of rookie safety, Obi Melifonwu. The second round pick was making his NFL debut after spending the first 8 games on injured reserve.
Obviously there was a lot of buzz, especially considering how depleted the Raiders secondary was. Saturday, the team activated him officially and it was in lieu of calling up a cornerback from the practice squad despite just three cornerbacks on the roster.
That decision suggested Melifonwu was to play the dime back position, primarily covering tight ends.
No injuries occurred among the three cornerbacks in the game, so Melifonwu saw just 7 snaps (10%). In those 7 snaps, he registered 3 combined tackles (2 solo). That means he made a play on nearly half of his snaps on the field. The first tackle, he started at the line and chased down the receiver 19 yards down the field. The second was a 12-yard catch he gave up to Julius Thomas, and the third was a run stop for four yards.
Other notable snap counts include Gabe Jackson and Karl Joseph both playing every snap despite being questionable with injuries coming in.
Cordarrelle Patterson saw just 6 offensive snaps, his fewest of the season and saw no targets in the game. Patterson had fewer snaps than Johnny Holton (7) who caught a 44-yard touchdown.