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Rookie cornerback Sam Webb finding his groove, making plays when counted on

Undrafted rookie Sam Webb made a big-time play Sunday that almost swung the momentum to the Silver and Black's favor.

With the Raiders holding on to a 20-19 lead late in the fourth quarter, the cornerback forced a fumble on Colts receiver Michael Pittman Jr., who leads his team in receiving yards and catches on the season. Unfortunately, Pittman Jr. was able to recover the fumble and the Colts scored a touchdown on the next play.

Even in defeat, Webb has no reason to hang his head down from his performance. The former Division II star played 97 percent of defensive snaps and along with his forced fumble on Pittman, he led the team in solo tackles (six) and passes defended (two).

"I'm on the 53-man roster so at any point in time, anybody's name can get called," said Sam Webb. "That's just the game, you got to be able to [get] ready to play at this level."

Head Coach Josh McDaniels stated he's been pleased with Webb's progression this season, along with UDFA rookie linebacker Luke Masterson, who recorded six total tackles.

"I think both really are two quality young players that we were fortunate to get them when we did after the draft," McDaniels said Monday. "I think just two good examples of guys that have really been out there every day and they've really progressed throughout the course of the year. ... Unselfish, durable, out there every day improving, work very hard. Study the game plan, whether they're going to play 65 snaps or 10.

"They're both into it, they both are going through their process as rookies of how do they take care of their bodies, they're doing a good job of maintaining their health," continued McDaniels. "All good examples of what we're looking for from the young guys on our team that ultimately earn opportunities to play in games like yesterday."

While still early in his NFL career, Webb said he relies heavily on his week-to-week preparation and his life-long training to keep him ready when he's called upon.

"Honestly, I've been [getting] used to that," Webb said when asked about his adjustment to NFL game speed. "I feel like I have the most confidence in myself, it's just a matter of going [out] and executing now."

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