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Raiders week two snap counts vs Broncos: Lack of depth on newly rebuilt defensive line proves costly

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NFL: Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Jon Gruden 2.0 era is not off to an ideal start in 2018. This is the first time a Raiders team led by Jon Gruden started the season 0-2. The Raiders have been competitive at times but have dug themselves into a hole that they must now get out off.

With the injuries to Justin Ellis and PJ Hall, the Raiders bolstered the defensive line with the additions of free agents Johnathan Hankins and Clinton McDonald. Both were forced into action after spending less than a week with the team along with last week’s waiver wire pickup, Brian Price.

Clinton McDonald led all defensive tackles in snaps played with 52 (79%). Hankins and Price also saw their share of the action with 18 and 17 snaps.

The lack of depth along the defensive line was no more apparent than in the Broncos game winning drive in the fourth quarter. Leading 19-17, with 1:52 left in the game the Raiders defense allowed the Broncos to move the ball 62 yards on 10 plays, setting up the go-ahead 36-yard field goal.

The high altitude of mile high took a toll on the Raiders pass rushers. Case Keenum had all kinds of time to find open receivers on their final drive.

The biggest change we saw on the offensive side of the ball was the addition of Martavis Bryant who played in 38% of offensive snaps, catching all four of his targets for 30 yards.

One other change that stood out on offense was the increased role for Doug Martin and the lack of for Jalen Richard. Last week, Richard was a very big part of the game plan getting a healthy 53% of the snaps. Game flow obviously had something to do with that but this week, Richard only saw eight snaps.

Doug Martin saw his snaps increase from nine to 17 in week two. Neither Richard nor Martin were a factor in the game.

Let’s take a detailed look at the week two snap counts.

Offense

Player Position Offensive Snaps % of Snaps ST snaps
Player Position Offensive Snaps % of Snaps ST snaps
Kelechi Osemele G 65 100% 4
Kolton Miller T 65 100% 4
Donald Penn T 65 100% 4
Rodney Hudson C 65 100% 0
Gabe Jackson G 65 100% 0
Derek Carr QB 65 100% 0
Jordy Nelson WR 55 85% 4
Amari Cooper WR 54 83% 0
Jared Cook TE 51 78% 0
Marshawn Lynch RB 41 63% 0
Martavis Bryant WR 25 38% 0
Lee Smith TE 22 34% 10
Seth Roberts WR 22 34% 0
Doug Martin RB 17 26% 5
Derek Carrier TE 11 17% 22
Keith Smith FB 9 14% 18
Jalen Richard RB 8 12% 10
Brandon LaFell WR 7 11% 0
Jon Feliciano G 3 5% 4
Mike Nugent K 0 35% 9
Johnny Townsend P 0 31% 8
Trent Sieg LS 0 31% 8
Brandon Parker T 0 15% 4

Defense

Player Position Defensive Snaps % of snaps ST snaps
Player Position Defensive Snaps % of snaps ST snaps
Rashaan Melvin CB 64 97% 7
Gareon Conley CB 64 97% 0
Tahir Whitehead LB 63 95% 4
Leon Hall CB 55 83% 3
Marcus Gilchrist FS 53 80% 9
Clinton McDonald DT 52 79% 4
Bruce Irvin DE 49 74% 4
Reggie Nelson FS 48 73% 4
Derrick Johnson LB 43 65% 0
Arden Key DE 42 64% 1
Maurice Hurst DT 38 58% 3
Frostee Rucker DE 28 42% 5
Erik Harris SS 26 39% 22
Marquel Lee LB 25 38% 22
Tank Carradine DE 24 36% 3
Johnathan Hankins DT 18 27% 0
Brian Price DT 17 26% 0
Emmanuel Lamur LB 14 21% 8
Karl Joseph SS 3 5% 18
Kyle Wilber LB 0 0 22
Nicholas Morrow LB 0 0 18
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie CB 0 0 15