NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Raiders fans and fantasy football owners alike were dying to know how many touches Marshawn Lynch would get.
“Maybe about 18,” head coach Jack Del Rio said. “He had a good performance.”
Lynch turned 18 carries into 76 yards, with a catch for 16 more. He was, in essence, signature Beast Mode.
He was tough and physical. He was aggressive near the line. He brought new life to the Raiders running game in 32 offensive snaps. He was a blocker three times and in the pattern 10 more.
He helped close a 26-16 victory over the Tennessee Titans.
“We’re 1-0 in that effort,” head coach Jack Del Rio said. “He certainly helped us close today. That’s the idea, to be able to close these things out with long drives. He was impactful there.”
Fifth-round rookie Marquel Lee started at middle linebacker and fared well in 21 snaps. He proved a sure tackler and a solid run defender. Tyrell Adams spelled Lee in sub packages and played 41 snaps but was a liability in coverage. According to analytics site Pro Football Focus, he allowed eight receptions for 110 yards on nine targets.
Cornerback TJ Carrie started Sunday’s game, but may have lost that job to Sean Smith. Smith held it last year and lost it in training camp, but Carrie gave it back. He was picked on early, until the Raiders made an adjustment. Smith and cornerback David Amerson were quality on the outside, staving criticism the Raiders secondary rightfully earned this summer.
Quarterback – Derek Carr 66
Running back – Marshawn Lynch 32, DeAndre Washington 16, Jalen Richard 14
Wide receiver – Amari Cooper 61, Seth Roberts 55, Michael Crabtree 48, Cordarelle Patterson 22, Johnny Holton 1
Tight end – Jared Cook 47, Lee Smith 29, Clive Walford 5
Offensive line – Gabe Jackson 66, Kelechi Osemele 66, Rodney Hudson 66, Donald Penn 66, Marshall Newhouse 57, Vadal Alexander 9
Defensive line – Khalil Mack 64, Eddie Vanderdoes 37, Mario Edwards 32, Treyvon Hester, Denico Autry 28, Justin Ellie 21, James Cowser 1
Linebacker – Bruce Irvin 63, Cory James 60, Tyrell Adams 41, Marquel Lee 21, Nicholas Morrow 4
Cornerback –David Amerson 64, TJ Carrie 59, Sean Smith 48, Dexter McDonald 2
Safety – Karl Jospeh 64, Reggie Nelson 64
Shalom Luani 24, Eli Harris 24, Nicholas Morrow 19, James Cowser 19, Johnny Holton 14, Xavier Woodson-Luster 15, Antonio Hamilton 15, Giorgio Tavecchio 12, Tyrell Adams 10, Clive Walford 11, Lee Smith 11, Jon Feliciano 11, Marquette King 10, Jon Condo 10, DeAndre Washington 10, Dexter McDonald 10, Jalen Richard 9, Mario Edwards 9, Denico Autry 9, Marquel Lee 9, Cordarrelle Patterson 9, Gabe Jackson 6, Justin Ellis 6, Kelechi Osemele 6, Marshall Newhouse 6, Vadal Alexander 6, Karl Joseph 6, Justin Ellis 6, Khalil Mack 5, Bruce Irvin 5, TJ Carrie 5, Treyvon Hester 5, Eddie Vanderdoes 4,
DID NOT PLAY
QB EJ Manuel
Connor Cook, Gareon Conley, Keith McGill, Jamize Olawale, Jylan Ware, David Sharpe, Darius Latham