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Silver Minings: Carl Nassib was a healthy scratch in Week 13

Free agent addition hasn’t given Las Vegas much

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On Sunday, Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib was a surprise on the inactive list. The 2020 free agent addition practiced fully all last week, so it was intriguing.

Then on Monday, Raiders coach Jon Gruden ended the mystery by acknowledging that Nassib was a healthy scratch for the team’s 31-28 win at the New York Jets. The Raiders signed Nassib to be a rotational pass rusher and paid him nicely. He signed a three-year, $25.2 million deal with the Raiders. He is getting more than $16 million in guaranteed money — but Nassib only has 1.5 sacks this season.

Gruden said Nassib didn’t have a great week of practice and the coaching staff wanted to see Vic Beasley, who played eight snaps in his Raiders’ debut.

In other Raiders’ links:

  • Morrow plays more than Littleton again: For the second straight week, Nicholas Morrow played at linebacker much more than free agent pickup Cory Littleton. Morrow played 60 snaps and Littleton played 34 snaps against the Jets,
  • Great company: Darren Waller was in Tim Brown territory Sunday.
  • Inside final drive: The Athletic takes you inside the game-winning drive Sunday.
  • Grades are in: The San Jose Mercury News breaks down this crazy game.
  • National love: Sports Illustrated goes inside the big win in New York.