OAKLAND – The Raiders are employing a heavy rotation along the defensive front, something they planned for all summer. Everyone contributes in some sense, with Clelin Ferrell and Johnathan Hankins as mainstays in most packages.
The Raiders still aren't getting enough quarterback pressure, even with three sacks in Sunday's 28-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. It's hard to say the Raiders impacted Patrick Mahomes comfort in the pocket, creating 11 total pressures on 46 total dropbacks.
Analytics site Pro Football Focus deemed Mahomes under pressure just eight times, and he was 4-for-6 for 33 yards in those instances. The reigning MVP had a 139.1 passer rating without facing pressure, expected sums from such an excellent signal caller.
While the defensive backs took heat after Sunday's game, it's appropriate, and noted by a few Raiders, that the pass rush shares some of the blame for a 28-point second-quarter explosion.
"We didn't get enough pressure," head coach Jon Gruden said. "We let Mahomes move around back there and cock his arm, and when he gets an opportunity to do that he can drop them in there no matter where they are. I tip my hat to them and we have to do a better job next time."
That includes the Raiders' rotational pass rushers. Arden Key's solid preseason hasn't translated to regular-season success, a point clear in Week 2. He had just one quarterback pressure in 24 snaps. Maxx Crosby had just one in 29 snaps, though he was also flagged for a controversial roughing-the-passer infraction that didn't seem appropriate.
Benson Mayowa has been the team's most productive edge rusher, and might see his playing time increase after tallying 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble on just 18 snaps.
The Raiders might have to adjust their rotations to create more opportunities for hot hands, though it will help not having to face Mahomes each week.
Total offensive snaps: 65
Quarterback – Derek Carr 65
Running back – Josh Jacobs 30, Jalen Richard 20, DeAndre Washington 15, Alec Ingold 5
Wide receiver – Tyrell Williams 61, Ryan Grant 49, Hunter Renfrow 49, Dwayne Harris 5, Keelan Doss 4
Tight end – Darren Waller 62, Foster Moreau 15, Derek Carrier 9
Offensive line – Jordan Devey 65, Denzelle Good 65, Kolton Miller 65, Rodney Hudson 65, Trent Brown 51, Brandon Parker 15
Total defensive snaps: 68
Defensive line – Clelin Ferrell 58, Johnathan Hankins 58, P.J. Hall 43, Josh Mauro 38, Maurice Hurst 36, Maxx Crosby 29, Arden Key 24, Benson Mayowa 18
Linebacker – Vontaze Burfict 72, Tahir Whitehead 63, Nicholas Morrow 17, Marquel Lee 6
Defensive back – Daryl Worley 74, Gareon Conley 74, Lamarcus Joyner 70, Karl Joseph 48, Erik Harris 42, Curtis Riley 31, Trayvon Mullen 28, Keisean Nixon 7
Harris 23, Kyle Wilber 22, Nixon 22, Carrier 20, Lee 19, Moreau 16, Morrow 12, Harris 12, Ingold 11, Joseph 10, Trent Sieg 8, AJ Cole 8, Crosby 8, Worley 8, Riley 5, Daniel Carlson 5, Whitehead 5, Ferrell 5, Washington 5, Burfict 5, Hurst 4, Richard 4, Hankins 4, Mullen 3, Andre James 2, Conley 2, Brown, Devey 2, Miller 2, Good 2, Parker 2, Key 1, Mayowa 1, Hall