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Raiders preseason week three snap counts vs Packers: Roster hopefuls get plenty of work as nearly half the team sits

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There were 49 players who took the field for the Raiders Thursday night in Green Bay. Which means the team sat 41 players. Many of those players didn’t even make the flight to Winnipeg for the game. Many others were just there for moral support.

That means a couple things. One, most of the players who played in the game won’t be on the roster in a couple weeks. And two, it gave those players a chance to prove they deserve to be inside that bubble when it bursts.

Leading the way for the offense was Denver Kirkland who played every single snap. And for the defense it was undrafted rookie Keisean Nixon.

Those two playing as many snaps as they did wasn’t about the team just wearing out the guys they don’t want. Both of them are in the thick of a battle at their positions.

With so many players sitting, the roster had about as many players as a regular season roster (45) which meant in most cases there was enough players for a starter and a backup. These were the numbers by position.

QB - 2

RB - 2

FB - 1

WR - 5

TE - 3

T - 4

G - 3

C - 2

DT - 5

ED - 2

LB - 6

CB - 4

S - 4

Just two edge rushers. That means Clelin Ferrell, Arden Key, Benson Mayowa, and Josh Mauro were all held out. Maxx Crosby didn’t play with his broken hand. Leaving just James Cowser and 7th round rookie Quinton Bell to play in the game.