Raiders snap count: Latham sees lion's share vs Packers


GREEN BAY, Wis. – Raiders defensive lineman Darius Latham has slowly risen through the ranks, as undrafted rookies are required to do. They start from nothing and must maximize each opportunity earned.

The Indiana product has certainly done that, dating back to the offseason program. He has excelled in practice and was an effective power rusher and run defender in the exhibition opener at Arizona.

That got him 37 defensive snaps in Thursday’s 20-12 loss to the Green Bay Packers, including a rotation with the starting unit. He had a pair of tackles and frequently pushed his way into the backfield and, if he keeps it up, he might force his way onto the 53-man roster.

“That’s the ultimate goal, but it’s not something I spend time thinking about,” Latham said. “I only care about performance. If I play well, everything else will take care of itself.”

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The Raiders need quality at the closed end/defensive tackle spot, especially while Mario Edwards Jr. recovers from a hip strain. It’s also a spot that rotates frequently and requires gap control versus the run and interior pass rushing in sub packages.

“I’m comfortable with what they’re asking me to do,” Latham said. “I have experience playing in most formations. I’m trying to make a good impression, and will do anything to help the team win.”

Snap counts from the second (and third) exhibition can be solid indicators of positional hierarchy among young players. Starters play more in those games so, if a snap count plummets, that’s a bad sign. It’s good news for Latham, receiver Johnny Holton and offensive linemen Vadal Alexander and Denver Kirkland that they’re receiving frequent chances to be evaluated.

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The complete snap count is listed below.

34 – WR Seth Roberts
26 – OL Gabe Jackson, OL Kelechi Osemele, OL Rodney Hudson, OL Donald Penn
25 – WR Amari Cooper
23 – OL Matt McCants
22 – OL Austin Howard
21 – WR Andre Holmes, TE Mychal Rivera
20 – OL Vadal Alexander, OL Menelik Watson
19 – OL Denver Kirkland
18 – OL Jon Feliciano
17 – RB DeAndre Washington, QB Connor Cook
15 – TE Clive Walford, WR Michael Crabtree, RB Latavius Murray
13 – WR Johnny Holton, TE Lee Smith
10 – TE Ryan O’Malley
8 – FB Jamize Olawale
7 – OL Terran Vaughn, OL Mitch Bell
6 – George Atkinson III, QB Matt McGloin
5 – FB Marcel Reece
4 – RB Taiwan Jones, WR Marvin Hall, WR K.J. Brent
3 – OL Oni Omoile, WR Jaydon Mickens, WR Nate Palmer, WR Max McCaffrey
2 -- TE Colton Underwood, WR Joe Hansley, TE Justin McGee, OL Ross Burbank

37 – DL Darius Latham
33 – DE Khalil Mack, CB David Amerson, LB Ben Heeney, S Reggie Nelson, LB Malcolm Smith, CB Sean Smith
32 – CB DJ Hayden, LB Bruce Irvin
29 – S Nate Allen
27 – DL Jihad Ward
26 – Denico Autry
23 – LB Shilique Calhoun, LB Cory James, CB TJ Carrie
22 – DL Dan Williams
21 – DL Stacy McGee, S Karl Joseph
18 – CB Dexter McDonald
17 – Keith McGill, Justin Ellis
16 – James Cowser, Neiko Thorpe
15 – DL Derrick Lott
14 – LB Korey Toomer, DL Drew Iddings
13 – DL Branden Jackson
12 – S Brynden Trawick, S Dewey McDonald, LB Daren Bates, DL Greg Townsend Jr., LB John Lotulelei, CB Kenneth Durden
9 – LB Neiron Ball
7 – LB Lenny Jones
6 – DL Leon Orr

16 – James Cowser, Shilique Calhoun
14 – Brynden Trawick
13 – Dewey McDonald
11—Korey Toomer, George Atkinson III
10 – Jimmy Hall, Neiko Thorpe, Nate Allen
9 – Marquette King, Daren Bates, Keith McGill
8 – Antonio Hamilton, Dexter McDonald, Jamize Olawale
7 – Greg Townsend Jr., Taiwan Jones, Marcel Reece
6 – Neiron Ball, Cory James, Johnny Holton, Mychal Rivera, Andre Holmes
5 – Andrew East, Kyrie Wilson, John Lotulelei, Drew Iddings, TJ Carrie, Jihad Ward, DJ Hayden, DeAndre Washington
4 –Giorgio Tavecchio, Jon Condo
3 – Sebastian Janikowski, Darius Latham, Jon Feliciano
2 – Chris Hackett, Leon Orr, Dan Williams, Oni Omoile, Terran Vaughn, Ryan O’Malley, Lee Smith, Clive Walford, Denver Kirkland, Vadal Alexander, Matt McCants
1 – Branden Jackson, Derrick Lott, Justin Ellis, Stacy McGee, Denico Autry, Bruce Irvin, Khalil Mack, Colton Underwood, Maxx McCaffrey, Marvin Hall, Jaydon Mickens, Mitch Bell, Menelik Watson, Austin Howard, Gabe Jackson, Kelechi Osemele

NOTE: Snap counts taken from official game book

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