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Raiders rookie watch: Not a great Week 14

Rough outing for most Las Vegas rookies

Minnesota Vikings v Las Vegas Raiders
Aidan O’Connell
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Let’s look at how the Las Vegas Raiders’ rookie class performed in a 3-0 Week 14 home loss against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday and look ahead to a Week 15 home game against the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday night.

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,

Tyree Wilson:

Wilson actually looked like a player at times Sunday and he had a sack on a play he looked very good. The Raiders moved Wilson around some and he was even lining up against the center at times. It will be interesting to see if that continues down the stretch. He played 51 percent of the snaps against Minnesota, equaling his season high and he had a season-high four tackles. We’ll call it progress for the No. 7 overall pick who has had a forgettable rookie campaign thus far.

Michael Mayer:

The second-round pick from Notre Dame played a season-high 94 percent of the snaps against the Vikings. He had just one catch for 14 yards and had a key drop. It would be nice for Mayer to finish the strong because he seems a bit stalled at this point of the season,

New York Jets v Las Vegas Raiders
Tre Tucker
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Tre Tucker:

Tucker played a season-low three snaps Sunday. He couldn’t haul in a pass on the sideline that played a pivotal role in the Raider’s event loss. He’s just not a big part of the plan right now.

Jakorian Bennett:

The good news for the fourth-round pick from Maryland is he was active after being a healthy inactive in Week 12 against the Chiefs. Yet, he played only six defensive snaps and had played a total of 11 defensive snaps his past two games after being an early-season every-down player. Bennett did playa season-high eight snaps on special teams Sunday.

Aidan O’Connell:

He had a pretty miserable game against Minnesota. He was inaccurate and made some poor decisions. O’Connell very much looks like a mid-round pick who is playing too soon.

Chris Smith:

The fifth-round pick was active for the seventh game in a row and for the eighth time this season. He played 13 plays on special teams and none on defense. He hasn’t played on defense yet this season.


It was a dud game overall for the Raiders and the rookie class played its role in the misery. Let’s see if it can bounce back on a short week against the Chargers.