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Raiders rookie report: First outing with rookie tackles didn’t go so well

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It’s becoming more and more apparent the Raiders are leaning heavily on their rookies this season. An overall lack of talent forces them into this position. That’s a lot to ask of them. Inconsistency is often the most you can hope for from a rookie class. And that’s what the Raiders are getting.


  • Kolton Miller
  • PJ Hall
  • Brandon Parker
  • Arden Key
  • Maurice Hurst
  • Johnny Townsend
  • Trent Sieg
  • Matt McCrane


  • Nick Nelson

Kolton Miller

In this game, Miller went from being not great to downright awful. He gave up three sacks, seven pressures, four hits, a run stuff, and had a false start on third and two.

PJ Hall

In his second game back, Hall saw just 47% of the defensive snaps. He finished with one tackle, though it was a tackle for loss.

Brandon Parker

He wasn’t great, but he was fairly good, especially for his first start. He gave up one hit, two pressures, and a false start. He also had a couple good run blocks.

Arden Key

He still leads the team with 5 QB hits, but that’s more a product of how bad the team is overall in pass rush, because that’s not a lot. Last week seemed like his best chance to finally notch his first sack, being that the Chargers were fielding backup tackles on both sides. But not only did Key not get that first sack, he didn’t have a single hit on Philip Rivers. He too had just one tackle in the game.

Maurice Hurst

Another fairly good outing for Hurst. He had a couple tackles and batted a pass down at the line. He was tied for the team lead with 2.0 sacks, but Bruce Irvin got his third Sunday, so Hurst is now second on the team in sacks.

Johnny Townsend

A decent game brought his season punt average up a full yard (44.9) and up four spots to 20th in the league. His net punting remained at 40.2 which is 14th in the league. He didn’t have any punts inside the 20 this week, so his 4 such punts drops him to 28th in the league.

Trent Sieg

All conditions normal for Sieg. No news is good news for the long snapper.

Matt McCrane

After going 3 for 5 in his first game, McCrane went 1 for 2 against the Chargers, making from 24 yards out and missing a 57-yard attempt short. He is now 4 for 7 with misses from 47, 50, and 57. His longest made field goal is 44 yards.

There wasn’t a lot of positives that came out of that game for anyone, let alone the rookies. They’ll have better days.