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Silver Minings: Nicholas Morrow leads defense in snaps at Atlanta

Linebacker has become full-time player

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Las Vegas Raiders v Atlanta Falcons
Nicholas Morrow
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We got our answer Sunday in the Las Vegas Raiders’ loss at the Atlanta Falcons: Yes, Nicholas Morrow is remaining a key part of the defense even with Cory Littleton back.

Morrow played a Las Vegas-team high 77 snaps in the 43-6 loss. Littleton played 45 snaps in his first game back after missing two games while on the NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 list.

Morrow played well in Littleton’s absence and had another strong game Sunday. He had 10 tackles and he has 23 tackles in the past three games.

Morrow may be an undrafted free agent and Littleton may be a high-priced free agent addition, but it is clear the Raiders are rewarding Morrow for his recent play.

In other Raiders’ links:

  • Gruden, Carr need to respond: The Athletic looks at a bad day for Raiders coach Jon Gruden and quarterback Derek Carr in Atlanta.
  • Five things: The Athletic has five thoughts on the game.
  • Bad company: Carr did some things Sunday no quarterback has done in a long time.
  • Grades are in: The San Jose Mercury News has the ugly grades from Sunday,
  • Lesson learned: Gruden said the Raiders learned from the mess with the Broncos’ quarterbacks in Week 12.