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Silver Minings: Clelin Ferrell had best game of his career in win over Chiefs

“I thought he had 13 or 14 factor plays that really helped win this game,” Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said

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NFL: Las Vegas Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs
Clelin Ferrell is up in Patrick Mahomes’ face
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In Week 4, Clelin Ferrell’s role with the Raiders was reduced. A week later, the second-year defensive end responded in what Raiders’ coach Jon Gruden said was likely Ferrell’s best game of his short career.

Gruden said Ferrell — the No. 4 overall draft pick in the 2019 draft — had 13 or 14 high impact plays as the Raiders’ defense helped beat the Kansas City Chiefs 40-32.

“The statistics don’t always show what a player does,” Gruden said Monday. “Our factor grade, I thought he had 13 or 14 factor plays that really helped win this game. He played inside, he played outside, he showed the ability to convert his speed rush to power. He showed good chase and pursuit, great energy and effort.”

Ferrell hasn’t had a lot of good games in his NFL career and he played just 35 snaps in a Week 4 loss to Buffalo. But perhaps his performance at Kansas City will prompt a nice run by the Clemson product.

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  • Fun review: The Athletic reviews the win at Arrowhead Stadium.
  • Grades are in: The San Jose Mercury News grades the win and yes, the grades are good.
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