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Snap Counts Week 17: Curtis Riley steps up in starting safety role

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NFL: Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Raiders utilized many different starting safeties across the 2019 season, but on Sunday they turned to Curtis Riley, who played in all but two of the 61 defensive snaps.

Riley responded with his best game of the season, leading the team with 7 solo tackles, including one that went for a loss. In a contract year, the Raiders basically gave Riley an extended tryout against the Broncos, and he showed them and other teams that he’s worthy of a roster spot next season.

Tyrell Williams played in only 29 percent of snaps, as his plantar fasciitis seemed to get worse and worse as the season wore on. Williams was a disappointment for the Raiders this year, but I expect the team to bring him back next year to see what he can do when healthy and in a lesser role.

In Williams stead, Marcell Ateman played 71 percent of snaps, providing mixed results on the field. The diving catch that Ateman made on 4th and 2 during the final drive was clutch, something Williams hasn’t been this season.

Lamarcus Joyner played just 59 percent of snaps and was bullied quite often by Courtland Sutton. The Broncos appeared to be seeking out Joyner, trying to put Sutton in the slot whenever he was in to capitalize and a major size mismatch.

Joyner will be an interesting case this season. He’s been great during his career as a free safety, but was subpar in the nickel corner role the Raiders pigeonholed him in this season.

Snap Counts Week 17

. . Offense . Defense . Special Tms .
. . Offense . Defense . Special Tms .
Player Pos Num Pct Num Pct Num Pct
D Sharpe T 73 100% 0 0% 4 15%
K Miller T 73 100% 0 0% 4 15%
D Good G 73 100% 0 0% 4 15%
G Jackson G 73 100% 0 0% 4 15%
D Carr QB 73 100% 0 0% 0 0%
R Hudson C 73 100% 0 0% 0 0%
D Waller TE 69 95% 0 0% 0 0%
Z Jones WR 60 82% 0 0% 0 0%
H Renfrow WR 56 77% 0 0% 5 19%
D Washington RB 54 74% 0 0% 0 0%
M Ateman WR 52 71% 0 0% 5 19%
T Williams WR 21 29% 0 0% 0 0%
J Richard RB 18 25% 0 0% 0 0%
D Carrier TE 14 19% 0 0% 22 81%
A Ingolg FB 7 10% 0 0% 13 48%
R Gafford WR 7 10% 0 0% 1 4%
E Tomlinson TE 6 8% 0 0% 9 33%
R Smith RB 1 1% 0 0% 13 48%
E Harris SS 0 0% 61 100% 14 52%
W Compton LB 0 0% 60 98% 4 15%
C Riley FS 0 0% 59 97% 21 78%
D Worley CB 0 0% 57 93% 0 0%
T Mullen CB 0 0% 54 89% 0 0%
T Whitehead LB 0 0% 49 80% 0 0%
M Crosby DE 0 0% 46 75% 10 37%
J Hankins DT 0 0% 41 67% 5 19%
M Hurst DT 0 0% 40 66% 5 19%
L Joyner FS 0 0% 36 59% 0 0%
C Ferrell DE 0 0% 34 56% 5 19%
P Hall DT 0 0% 28 46% 0 0%
D Jordan DE 0 0% 26 43% 10 37%
K Wilber LB 0 0% 18 30% 21 78%
N Morrow LB 0 0% 18 30% 18 67%
J Mauro DE 0 0% 15 25% 5 19%
B Mayowa DE 0 0% 14 23% 0 0%
N Lawson CB 0 0% 13 21% 17 63%
D Leavitt SS 0 0% 2 3% 18 67%
K Nixon CB 0 0% 0 0% 18 67%
I Johnson CB 0 0% 0 0% 11 41%
D Carlson K 0 0% 0 0% 9 33%
T Sieg LS 0 0% 0 0% 7 26%
A Cole P 0 0% 0 0% 7 26%
A James T 0 0% 0 0% 4 15%
B Parker T 0 0% 0 0% 4 15%