OAKLAND – Tight end Darren Waller was heavily involved in the Raiders offense, as expected for a player who does so much so well.
He was excellent as a receiving option, with seven catches for 70 yards on eight targets. Waller wasn't just around then.
He moved all over the place. Per analytics site Pro Football Focus, Waller played 33 snaps as an in-line tight end, 15 out wide and seven in the slot.
He's best known for his receiving, but graded out well in 28 run-blocking snaps as well. Three of Waller's receptions went for first downs, and a long shot down the left sideline set up the game's first touchdown.
Waller was always going to play a big role, but it has certainly increased in the passing game with Antonio Brown gone.
"It felt good to contribute," Waller said. "Once [Derek Carr] knows who he has on the field, he was like, ‘I'm coming to you, so win every route.' So I'm trying to win every route. I am expecting the ball to be there and if it is not there, that's fine and if it is there, I'm trying to make something happen."
Waller didn't let emotions get the best of him, despite this being a big moment in a career previously derailed by substance abuse issues.
"I felt a calm that I have really never had before in football," Waller said. "Usually there is anxiety, but today it was like OK, I know that I belong. I know that I could make something happen."
Waller wasn't the only young player to make something happen. No. 4 overall NFL draft pick Clelin Ferrell had three tackles, a sack, a quarterback hit and a pass batted at the line in his debut, playing 47 snaps.
Tahir Whitehead typically played every down last year, but was only in for 70 percent of the defensive snaps. That's a good thing, to maintain his stamina throughout games and the entire season.
Rotations will change from week to week, but the season opener provides some insight into how the Raiders will use personnel this year. Here's the entire Raiders snap count:
Total offensive snaps: 58
Quarterback – Derek Carr 58
Running back – Josh Jacobs 43, Alec Ingold 15, Jalen Richard 9, DeAndre Washington 5
Tight end – Darren Waller 58, Foster Moreau 32
Total defensive snaps: 64
Erik Harris 21, Derek Carrier 19, Kyle Wilber 19, Keisean Nixon 19, Dwayne Harris 17, Marquel Lee 16, Curtis Riley 12, Karl Joseph 12, Foster Moreau 12, Nicholas Morrow 10, Daniel Carlson 9, DeAndre Washington 8, Trent Sieg 7, A.J. Cole 7, Maxx Crosby 7, Daryl Worley 7, Tahir Whitehead 6, Clelin Ferrell 6, Vontaze Burfict 6, Maurice Hurst 5, Johnathan Hankins 5, Andre James 4, Johnathan Abram 4, Brandon Parker 4, Kolton Miller 4, Denzelle Good 4, Trent Brown 4, Jordan Devey 4, P.J. Hall 1, Arden Key 1, Benson Mayowa 1, Gareon Conley 1, Tyrell Williams 1, Hunter Renfrow 1, Darren Waller 1
Raiders snap count: Darren Waller moved all around, never left field originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area