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Raiders week 8 snap counts vs Colts: Brandon LaFell goes from inactive to Amari Cooper replacement

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Jon Gruden seems to be setting goals of unpredictability. At least with regards to his lineups. How they perform has been somewhat more predictable.

There were a couple of unexpected lineup changes for the Raiders this week. The secondary has been a game of ‘who’s one first’ all season. That continued this week with Rashaan Melvin and Reggie Nelson unexpectedly inactive and Gareon Conley, Daryl Worley, and Erik Harris getting the start.

But this week the biggest surprise was Brandon LaFell, who went from inactive without a catch this season to starting at receiver and leading the receiving corps in snaps as the team’s replacement for Amari Cooper.

In his 46 snaps (92%) LaFell had three catches, including a touchdown. Martavis Bryant seemed like the logical next man up to replace Cooper who was traded to the Cowboys last week, but Bryant saw just just 7 snaps (14%) which is pretty much on par with what he has had each game this season.

LaFell’s touchdown in his first start matches Amari Cooper’s touchdown total in six starts this season.

Week 8 snap counts

. . Offense . Defense . Spec Tms .
. . Offense . Defense . Spec Tms .
Player Pos Num Pct Num Pct Num Pct
Kolton Miller T 50 100% 0 0% 4 15%
Gabe Jackson G 50 100% 0 0% 4 15%
Brandon Parker T 50 100% 0 0% 4 15%
Jon Feliciano G 50 100% 0 0% 4 15%
Derek Carr QB 50 100% 0 0% 0 0%
Rodney Hudson C 50 100% 0 0% 0 0%
Brandon LaFell WR 46 92% 0 0% 0 0%
Jordy Nelson WR 45 90% 0 0% 0 0%
Jared Cook TE 31 62% 0 0% 0 0%
Seth Roberts WR 30 60% 0 0% 0 0%
Doug Martin RB 28 56% 0 0% 0 0%
Jalen Richard RB 22 44% 0 0% 0 0%
Lee Smith TE 15 30% 0 0% 14 54%
Derek Carrier TE 12 24% 0 0% 20 77%
Keith Smith FB 11 22% 0 0% 16 62%
Martavis Bryant WR 7 14% 0 0% 0 0%
DeAndre Washington RB 2 4% 0 0% 8 31%
Dwayne Harris WR 1 2% 0 0% 16 62%
Daryl Worley CB 0 0% 78 100% 7 27%
Tahir Whitehead LB 0 0% 78 100% 6 23%
Gareon Conley CB 0 0% 76 97% 0 0%
Marcus Gilchrist FS 0 0% 70 90% 11 42%
Johnathan Hankins DT 0 0% 57 73% 6 23%
Frostee Rucker DE 0 0% 52 67% 0 0%
Erik Harris SS 0 0% 51 65% 22 85%
Maurice Hurst DT 0 0% 46 59% 0 0%
P.J. Hall DT 0 0% 45 58% 0 0%
Marquel Lee LB 0 0% 43 55% 22 85%
Arden Key DE 0 0% 37 47% 6 23%
Leon Hall CB 0 0% 37 47% 0 0%
Clinton McDonald DT 0 0% 32 41% 6 23%
Karl Joseph SS 0 0% 31 40% 9 35%
Bruce Irvin DE 0 0% 24 31% 6 23%
Fadol Brown DE 0 0% 23 29% 0 0%
Nick Nelson CB 0 0% 21 27% 6 23%
Kyle Wilber LB 0 0% 20 26% 22 85%
Nicholas Morrow LB 0 0% 20 26% 16 62%
Jason Cabinda LB 0 0% 17 22% 0 0%
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie CB 0 0% 0 0% 22 85%
Daniel Carlson K 0 0% 0 0% 9 35%
Johnny Townsend P 0 0% 0 0% 6 23%
Trent Sieg LS 0 0% 0 0% 6 23%
Denver Kirkland G 0 0% 0 0% 4 15%
T.J. Clemmings T 0 0% 0 0% 3 12%
Ian Silberman G 0 0% 0 0% 1 4%