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Raiders rookie watch: Tough overall day at Miami

Like the rest of the team, rookies had some rough moments in loss

NFL: Las Vegas Raiders at Miami Dolphins
Aidan O’Connell
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Let’s look at how the Las Vegas Raiders’ rookie class performed in a 20-13 Week 11 road loss at the Miami Dolphins on Sunday as they prepare for a home game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

Three of the team’s nine draft picks were inactive for the game. They were defensive tackles, third-round pick Byron Young and seventh-round pick, Nesta Jade Silvera and sixth-round pick, linebacker Amari Burney, He had been playing, but the linebacker group got healthy and he was back to being inactive.

Tyree Wilson:

Wilson’s play time continues to decrease. A week after he played 33 percent of the snaps, he was on the field for just 19 plays (27 percent) of the snaps at Miami. It was his fewest snaps and percentage since Week 3 when he was dealing with an injury. It’s not great that the No. 7 overall pick is losing playing time as the season goes on. He had two tackles at Miami.

NFL: Las Vegas Raiders at Miami Dolphins
Michael Mayer
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Michael Mayer:

The second-round pick from Notre Dame played 80 percent of the snaps at Miami after playing, at least, 88 percent the past three games. Mayer was involved in the offense early Sunday and had four catches for 46 yards, his second most productive game of the season. He almost had a disaster on the first drive of the game when Miami scored on a scoop and score on a Mayer fumble. But the play was overturned on review.

Tre Tucker:

Tucker played 24 snaps the third most of the season. He was targeted a season-high seven times after being targeted 10 times in the first seven games. He was targeted on the final play of the game, a desperation bomb that was intercepted. The speedster from Cincinnati had two catches for 36 yards and one run that lost six yards. it will be interesting to see if his target rate remains relatively high against the Chiefs.

Jakorian Bennett:

The early-season starter played just five plays Sunday. It was his fewest of the season when fully healthy. He is losing playing time and with Jack Jones now on the roster, that may continue. Jones played 12 snaps five days after being claimed off waivers from New England.

Aidan O’Connell:

It was a tough day for the fourth-round pick from Purdue. He threw three interceptions and has six in just over four games of play. The Raiders were unable to get much going and scored just one touchdown for the second game in a row. As interim head coach Antonio Pierce said Monday, the Raiders didn’t lose all because of O’Connell. Yet, let’s face it; he needs to bounce back against a tough Kansas City defense.

Chris Smith:

The fifth-round pick was active for the fifth game in a row and for the sixth time this season. He played 17 plays on special teams and none on defense. He hasn’t played on defense yet this season.


The rookies weren’t the only Las Vegas players who took their lumps Sunday. Let’s see what happens against the Chiefs.