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Raiders preseason week four snap counts vs Seahawks: Mario Edwards Jr plays deep into 4th quarter, looking at possible trade or cut

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Oakland Raiders v Seattle Seahawks Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

If you sat through the Raiders entire final preseason game, you may have noticed something. Mario Edwards Jr was still on the field. The fourth year defensive lineman started 14 games last season and had run with the first team all through the offseason and training camp. But while most other starters on the team were not even dressed for, there he was, still in the game in its waning minutes.

Typically the players on the field at the end of the final preseason game are those who will not be on the roster the following day. Leading to the inevitable question of whether that could very well be Edwards’s fate as well. Gruden didn’t exactly offer a ringing endorsement of Edwards after the game.

“He had a number of great looks tonight. They were throwing the ball in obvious passing situations with a backup offensive line, we’ll take a look at what he got done in the 1-on-1 situations. I can’t really comment any further than that.”

Despite the good looks Gruden said Edwards got versus backups throughout the game, he had just 2 assists with no QB hits.

There’s a lot of competitors for along the Raiders defensive line this year, making for some tough calls for Gruden today and tomorrow as the cut down deadline is Saturday.

“He’s in a competitive situation and we’ll have to let you know in the next day or so what we’re gonna do,” Gruden said of Edwards.

We should soon know whether Edwards’s time in Oakland is up or not.

Update: As expected, the Raiders are shopping Mario Edwards Jr in the hopes they can get something back instead of just cutting him.

Snap counts vs Seahawks

Offense Defense Special tms (select)
Offense Defense Special tms (select)
B Parker T 59 100% J Cabinda LB 80 100% S Luani S 25 81%
K Hatcher WR 48 81% D Leavitt DB 72 90% J Cabinda LB 23 74%
J Simmons G 48 81% S Calhoun LB 68 85% J Cowser LB 23 74%
C Warren RB 46 78% S Luani FS 66 82% D Leavitt S 22 71%
E Manuel QB 40 68% K Wilber LB 58 72% J Holton WR 18 58%
O Aboushi G 37 63% J Carter CB 52 65% A Victor LB 15 48%
M Ateman WR 35 59% A Hamilton CB 47 59% K Hatcher 14 45%
D Kirkland G 33 56% F Brown DE 42 52% A DePaola LS 12 39%
I Silberman G 33 56% G Wright DT 41 51% J Townsend P 12 39%
J Stone C 32 54% S Wright CB 39 49% M Nugent K 11 35%
P Brown TE 30 51% M Edwards DE 37 46%
M Baugh TE 29 49% T Hester DT 35 44%
P Butler TE 28 47% Q Mauger S 34 42%
C Hunt G 27 46% J Cowser LB 33 41%
D Sharpe T 26 44% C Carradine DE 32 40%
J Holton WR 23 39% A Davis CB 31 39%
C Cook QB 19 32% S Soto DT 31 39%
S Blacknall WR 17 29% A Victor LB 24 30%
I Whitney WR 15 25% N Morrow LB 24 30%
J Butler RB 13 22% R Melvin CB 14 18%
R Yurachek FB 11 19% R Pringle CB 10 12%
C Flagel DE 10 12%

Notes:

  • Rookie third round pick Brandon Parker started and played every snap at left tackle with top pick Kolton Miller not dressing for the game.
  • Ian Silberman started at right tackle with Donald Penn not playing. He was later replaced by David Sharpe as they continue to battle for the primary backup spot behind Penn.
  • Keon Hatcher started at wide receiver across from rookie Marcell Atemen. Hatcher played 48 snaps (81%), catching 8 passes for 128 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also played 14 special teams snaps (45%).
  • Jason Cabinda led the entire team in total snaps. He played every snap on defense and 23 snaps on special teams (74%). He’s still behind Derrick Johnson and Marquel Lee at the middle linebacker spot so it’s hard to see how he fits on the team. He’s a strong candidate for the practice squad at very least.
  • Rashaan Melvin started the game as the only player fully expected to start come the regular season. He played just 14 snaps before exiting.