This weeks injury report offered great news for the Raiders. They got a clean bill of health, basically, without a single player inactive due to injury. The two key names who would be taking the field this week were Sean Smith and Jamize Olawale. Both starters who figured to be able to help the Raiders on both sides of the ball. They weren’t given much of a chance to.
Olawale was given just 7 snaps (14%) while Smith had 3 (4%).
Olawale’s absence is a bit more understandable. He is the fullback, so he won’t see a lot of snaps even on a normal day. Add that the offense saw a season low 51 snaps and it makes a bit more sense. Even still, the Raiders were floundering and could use all the weapons at their disposal. Olawale is a blocker who can be used in short yardage as well as in the short passing game. He didn’t touch the ball once.
At the cornerback position, TJ Carrie and David Amerson were the mainstays with Gareon Conley getting the bulk of the nickel work. This could just be the team going with the hot hand or easing Smith back into things. Or it could be the touchdown he gave up to Vernon Davis. Who knows.
Seeing increased playing time again was rookie linebacker Nicholas Morrow (62%). Once again it was fifth round rookie Marquel Lee (34%) who got the start, but in the end the undrafted Morrow would have nearly twice as many snaps.
Here are this week’s snap counts.