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Five Players We Watched Thursday Night Against The Seahawks

Posted Sep 4, 2015

Heading into the Oakland Raiders preseason finale with the Seattle Seahawks we highlighted five players to keep an eye on. Let's see how they fared.

Leading up to the Oakland Raiders preseason finale against the Seattle Seahawks we highlighted five players to keep an eye on.

While Head Coach Jack Del Rio elected to sit a majority of his starters Thursday night, several of the players we highlighted did play, so let’s take a look at how they performed during the Silver and Black’s trip to the Pacific Northwest.

Defensive End Mario Edwards Jr.

After an impressive performance against the Arizona Cardinals last week, and with Khalil Mack several other defensive starters not playing, the rookie from Florida State earned the start in Seattle.

Edwards had a relatively quiet night on the stat sheet, playing just 24 defensive snaps in the team’s loss to the Seahawks.

Tackle Austin Howard

After Menelik Watson was lost for the season following the Silver and Black’s preseason matchup with the Arizona Cardinals, Howard is now the presumed starter at right tackle.

There was a school of thought that Howard would get some reps at right tackle during the preseason finale, but instead he was one of the nearly 30 Raiders who did not play Thursday night at CenturyLink Field.

Running Back Taiwan Jones

Jones was another player who didn’t suit for Thursday night in Seattle.

Instead, Roy Helu, Jr., and Michael Dyer handled the majority of the ground work for the evening, while Jones and starting running back Latavius Murray watched from the sideline.

Dyer finished the night as the team’s leading rusher with 17 yards on 12 attempts and 1 touchdown.

George Atkinson II also got in the mix late, adding 3 rushes for 2 yards.

Safety Taylor Mays

After playing sparingly during his debut in Silver and Black last week, Mays started the preseason finale in Seattle and played every defensive snap.

He also played 9 special teams snaps in addition to his 64 on the defensive side of the football.

Mays ended the night with 4 total tackles, including one near the goal line that prevented a touchdown.

If the Raiders coaching staff wanted to get an extended look at what the veteran safety brings to the table, they surely got one Thursday night.

The Quartet of Kick Returners

The quartet of kick returners turned into just a pair Thursday night as wide receiver Devon Wylie and running back George Atkinson III handled the return duties for the Silver and Black.

Wylie received first crack at returning kicks, fielding 3 kicks for 81 yards, with Atkinson III then coming in and returning 3 kicks for 70 yards.

In addition to his three kickoffs, Wylie also fielded both Seahawks punts, returning 1 for 6 yards.