We’re nearing the light at the end of the tunnel, as we’re just six days away from the start of regular season action. Thursday night, the Oakland Raiders concluded their preseason slate with a road game against the Seattle Seahawks. Unfortunately the team was unable to close out the preseason undefeated, falling to Pete Carroll’s squad 17-15 at CenturyLink Field.
It was the last opportunity for several players to fight for remaining roster spots, and over the next two days the coaching staff and front office will be tasked with making some difficult decisions. It’s a production-based business and as someone once told me, you can’t make the club if you’re in the tub.
Let’s check out the playtime percentages from last night’s game.
|L Cotton||G||85 - 100%||4 - 14%|
|Keelan Doss||WR||85 - 100%|
|D Sharpe||T||62 - 73%||4 - 14%|
|B Parker||T||62 - 73%|
|P Butler||TE||61 - 72%||6 - 21%|
|A James||T||61 - 72%||1 - 3%|
|N Peterman||QB||61 - 72%|
|M Ateman||WR||55 - 65%||4 - 14%|
|J Cooper||G||48 - 56%||3 - 10%|
|K Hatcher||WR||45 - 53%||13 - 45%|
|J Butler||RB||45 - 53%|
|M Brown||RB||40 - 47%|
|D Kirkland||G||37 - 44%||4 - 14%|
|R Gafford||WR||25 - 29%||4 - 14%|
|L Willson||TE||24 - 28%||7 - 24%|
|M Glennon||QB||24 - 28%|
|C Hunt||G||24 - 28%||4 - 14%|
|T Roemer||T||23 - 27%||4 - 14%|
|J Murray||T||23 - 27%||4 - 14%|
|B Barnes||TE||16 - 19%|
|D Pierson-El||WR||15 - 18%||12 - 41%|
|K Smith||FB||14 - 16%||17 - 59%|
|D Leavitt||FS||46 - 100%||25 - 86%|
|J Richards||SS||46 - 100%||22 - 76%|
|N Nelson||CB||46 - 100%||18 - 62%|
|G Wright||DT||44 - 96%||3 - 10%|
|J Mauro||DE||41 - 89%||3 - 10%|
|E Westbrooks||DT||38 - 83%||3 - 10%|
|K Farmer||LB||36 - 78%||24 - 83%|
|K Wilber||LB||32 - 70%||17 - 59%|
|N Lawson||CB||28 - 61%||13 - 45%|
|A Rush||DT||26 - 57%||1 - 3%|
|T Coney||LB||23 - 50%||18 - 62%|
|J Cabinda||LB||23 - 50%||4 - 14%|
|M Dorleant||CB||22 - 48%||6 - 21%|
|J Holsey||CB||22 - 48%||5 - 17%|
|Q Bell||DE||11 - 24%||13 - 45%|
|B Allen-Williams||LB||9 - 20%||2 - 7%|
|J Cowser||LB||6 - 13%||22 - 76%|
|P Hall||DT||6 - 13%|
|A Cole||P||14 - 48%|
|T Sieg||LS||10 - 34%|
|D Carlson||K||4 - 14%|
|A Ingold||FB||1 - 3%|
Keelan Doss doesn’t need a breather — Keeping Doss a secret from the rest of the league hasn’t been easy, considering he’s been one of the biggest stars of HBO’s “Hard Knocks.” His play on the field is well documented and he’s made a quality bid for a spot on the 53-man roster. Coming off three strong performances in the preseason, Doss struggled against the Seahawks, dropping back-to-back passes; however, he did haul in six passes on 12 targets for a game-high 63 yards. He played every snap on offense (85) and made the most of his time on the field, we’ll see if the coaching staff keeps the Alameda kid in Silver and Black.
Keith Smith out-snaps Ingold — For the entirety of training camp and the first half of the preseason, fullback Keith Smith was dealing with an injury, so Coach Gruden and co., didn’t get to see a lot from the six-year veteran. Thursday night, Smith had plenty of opportunities to see the field, playing 14 snaps — Alec Ingold didn’t receive any offensive snaps. The two have been locked into a position battle and at this juncture I genuinely don’t know who has the edge. Smith finishes the preseason with five receptions for 16 yards and one touchdown.
Peterman finishes strong — Once again, we saw Mike Glennon start the game under center for a brief amount of time, and then Coach Gruden gave Nathan Peterman the reins to play three quarters of football. Peterman played 61 snaps (72 percent) and took care of the ball, making decisive throws in the pocket. The Raiders might end up keeping three quarterbacks on the roster, because neither Peterman nor Glennon has done anything to prevent them from getting the backup job.
Trio of guys play 100 percent — Cornerback Nick Nelson and safeties Jordan Richards, and Dallin Leavitt didn’t come off the field Thursday night. The trio played every defensive snap (46), combining for 10 tackles and one pass defensed — Nelson failed to register a single tackle. Finding a spot in the secondary to get a foot in the door hasn’t been easy, with Johnathan Abram, Karl Joseph, Lamarcus Joyner, Daryl Worley, and Gareon Conley all presumably locking up the starting jobs. Even with some stiff competition at the backup roles, it’ll be tough for Nelson, Richards, and Leavitt to all make the 53.
Josh Mauro gets some extended PT — The Raiders signed defensive end Josh Mauro with hopes of him being a featured pass rusher in Paul Guenther’s system, but it’s been hard for him to stay on the field due to nagging injuries. Thursday night against the Seahawks, he played well into the fourth quarter, totaling 41 snaps by the end of regulation. It’s clear the coaching staff wanted to see more from Mauro because the team needs as many pass rushers as it can get after finishing last in sacks a season ago.
Jason Cabinda’s final push — In 2018, Cabinda was a key contributor for the Raiders, starting the season on the practice squad and slowly working his way up the depth chart. He’s fought all training camp to remain a fixture in Paul Guenther’s defense, but the competition is fierce. He played 23 snaps in the team’s preseason finale and after registering three tackles, all he can do now is wait.
The Raiders will need to submit their roster cuts by 1:00 p.m. tomorrow, and Coach Gruden and General Manager Mike Mayock have their work cut out for them.
Head out to CenturyLink Field and take a look at photos from the Raiders' last preseason matchup with the Seattle Seahawks.