Each week it appears more and more clear that the Raiders stumbled upon a hidden gem in Nicholas Morrow. The undrafted linebacker has easily been the Raiders top rookie this season, outshining his fellow drafted rookies. Sunday, he stepped up again.
With Cory James inactive with a knee injury, Morrow got his third start of the season and put up his best numbers of his young career. The Raiders relied on him heavily in coverage on tight ends and running backs Sunday against the Giants.
In so doing, Morrow matched his season high, playing 95% of the team’s snaps (59) and in those snaps, he put up a season best 9 combined tackles (3 solo) tied with usual leading tackler, NaVorro Bowman who was the only Raiders’ defender to play every snap in the game.
The other most notable detail was Denico Autry (39) getting more snaps than Mario Edwards Jr (35). And when you see the number Autry has been putting up of late, you can see why.
#Raiders DI Denico Autry has surpassed MEJ in total pressures (22) and pass-rush productivity (6.9) to lead OAK's interior defensive line.— Austin Gayle (@AustinGayle_PFF) December 4, 2017
It was Edwards who got out to a great start to the season, but lately Autry has been a holy terror, including getting three sacks in the past two games.