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Raiders preseason week one snap counts vs Lions: Nick Nelson leads all defenders

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When you have close to 90 players to cycle into a game, you have to divvy the snaps up in order to get a good look at as many as possible. Here’s how Jon Gruden doled out the snaps in the preseason opener:

Preseason week one snap counts

Offense Defense Special teams
Offense Defense Special teams
D Kirkland G 58 91% N Nelson DB 59 83% J Townsend 10 40%
J Ware T 52 81% T Hester DT 43 61% A DePaola LS 9 36%
D Sharpe T 45 70% S Calhoun LB 42 59% E Pineiro K 7 28%
J Feliciano G 42 66% S Wright CB 40 56% N Morrow LB 3 12%
O Aboushi G 41 64% J Cabinda LB 39 55% Q Mauger S 3 12%
C Cook QB 34 53% D Leavitt DB 39 55%
P Brown TE 33 52% S Luani FS 39 55%
M Baugh TE 30 47% K Wilber LB 36 51%
J Holton WR 30 47% F Brown DE 36 51%
M Ateman WR 29 45% S Soto DT 35 49%
P Butler TE 28 44% E Harris SS 29 41%
C Warren RB 24 38% F Rucker DT 29 41%
E Manuel QB 24 38% D McDonald CB 25 35%
J Richard RB 19 30% A Victor LB 23 32%
I Silberman G 19 30% E Lamur LB 23 32%
J Stone C 17 27% K Joseph SS 23 32%
C Hunt G 16 25% M Hurst DT 21 30%
R Yurachek FB 15 23% P Hall DT 20 28%
K Hatcher WR 14 22% A Hamilton CB 18 25%
G Whalen WR 14 22% T Mitchel CB 18 25%
M Bryant WR 13 20% C Carradine DE 16 23%
K Miller T 12 19% M Lee LB 15 21%
S Blacknall WR 11 17% M Edwards DE 15 21%
D Washington RB 9 14% J Cowser LB 13 18%
I Whitney WR 8 12% R Nelson FS 12 17%
R Switzer WR 8 12% T Whitehead LB 12 17%
R Hudson C 6 9% D Worley CB 12 17%
K Osemele G 6 9% R Melvin CB 12 17%
D Carr QB 6 9% B Irvin LB 9 13%
G Jackson G 6 9% L Hall CB 9 13%
A Cooper WR 6 9% D Johnson LB 9 13%
J Butler RB 6 9% J Ellis NT 6 8%
J Nelson WR 5 8% R Pringle CB 4 6%
J Cook TE 5 8%
D Martin RB 4 6%
L Smith TE 3 5%
K Smith FB 3 5%
M Lynch RB 2 3%
D Carrier TE 1 2%

Notes:

  • Offensive starters were in the game for 6 snaps, which was the first series before giving way to the second teamers.
  • Most Defensive starters were in the game from 9-12 snaps which was the first two series.
  • Connor Cook saw more than half the offensive snaps. He figured to get a long look and he played well, completing 11 of 19 passes for 141 yards and a TD with no interceptions. I asked Gruden is Cook had earned second team reps moving forward, but he said they aren’t there yet. Sounds like EJ Manuel may get a long look next week vs the Rams, but we’ll see.
  • Leading the way with the top five most snaps on offense were linemen. The team knows what they have in their starters. What they want to see is who will grab ahold of one of the backup spots. Of the top five linemen in snaps in this game, only Jon Feliciano looks to be a lock to make the team.
  • Rookie Nick Nelson led the defense in snaps with 59 (83%). After missing the offseason program with a torn meniscus, the Raider would like to get a good long look at him. Not to for a roster spot — he’s assured himself of that — but to see where he will land on the depth chart. He earned himself some depth chart climbing in this one, finishing with the team lead in solo tackles (5) and adding a tackle for loss and a pass defended.
  • Treyvon Hester and Shilique Calhoun also earned themselves long looks. Both held up well and have put themselves in the mix at their positions.
  • Nicholas Morrow — who started five games last season at linebacker — saw no snaps on defense in the game. He saw just three special teams tackles. It’s hard to tell what that means in preseason. It could be as simple as getting banged up on this third special teams snap and never getting into the game on defense because of it. We just don’t know.
  • Jason Cabinda and James Cowser tied for the team lead with 15 special teams snaps (60%). After that it was Pharaoh Brown and Dallin Leavitt with 13 snaps (52%).