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Silver Minings: Clelin Ferrell’s snaps decrease

Top 2019 draft pick’s play time lessens in Week 4

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Las Vegas Raiders v New England Patriots
Clelin Ferrell
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One of the biggest mismatches during the Raiders’ 30-23 defeat at home to the undefeated Buffalo Bills occurred when the visitors had the ball.

The Bills’ offensive line mauled Las Vegas’ defensive line all game. It had no chance. The snap count of the Raiders’ defensive line in the game had some interesting nuggets.

Starting defensive end Clelin Ferrell was only on the field for 35 plays. He didn’t have a reported injury, so it was likely a coaching decision when he was on the sideline. Ferrell had played the vast majority of the snaps in the Raiders’ first three games in 2020. He was a starter last year after being the No. 4 overall draft pick in 2019 but didn’t make a lot of plays as a rookie and that frustrating trend has continued this year. Ferrell is just not making an impact.

The Raiders don’t have a lot of options, so expect Ferrell to keep playing, but he does need to start picking up his production or we may see more games when he doesn’t play as often.

Also, it was interesting that Arden Key played more than free-agent pickup Carl Nassib. After getting a nice contract this offseason, Nassib hasn’t produced much either.

In other Raiders’ links:

  • Doss, Riddick back to practice squad: As expected, receiver Keelan Doss and running back Theo Riddick reverted back to the practice squad for the week.
  • Tough sledding; Josh Jacobs is getting tackled for loss at a high rate.
  • Got to keep up: The Raiders are scoring below the NFL average in the past two games.
  • Grades time: The San Jose Mercury News has Raiders’ Week 4 grades.
  • Pressure, please: The Raiders had just one pressure against Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen.