GREEN BAY, Wis. – Maxx Crosby earned his first start during a Week 5 victory over Chicago in London. The fourth-round draft pick was the next man up with Clelin Ferrell in the concussion protocol and turned in an impactful performance against the run and pass.
Ferrell was cleared to play Sunday in Green Bay and reclaimed his starting spot but lost some of his snaps. Ferrell, the No. 4 overall draft pick, selected 102 places above Crosby, saw some of his workload given to Crosby.
The Eastern Michigan product has earned it, getting his second NFL sack on a key early third down. He played more against the run than any other game save the Bears win, and took more snaps against the Packers than any other defensive lineman.
He played 42. Ferrell, who essentially was a three-down player, had 37. He did not show up on the stat sheet against Green Bay and was credited with just one quarterback hurry.
Ferrell certainly needs to make a greater impact up front, even if rookies generally struggle some to start their NFL careers.
They don't have the luxury of developing away from the spotlight. Not in a position group being slowly built through the NFL draft.
The Raiders still asked Tahir Whitehead and Nicholas Morrow to play every defensive snap, which should be a regular occurrence if both guys stay healthy, but they weren't the only linebackers to play defense. Justin Phillips played 14 snaps after exclusively working on special teams.
The Raiders stuck with their starting secondary and never moved Daryl Worley around the formation as coaches discussed last week. He was locked at outside cornerback opposite Gareon Conley. Neither player fared well against Rodgers and a fast Packers receiver corps working without Davante Adams.
Nevin Lawson only played special teams in his return to action.
Total offensive snaps: 66
Total defensive snaps:
Linebacker – Tahir Whitehead 60, Nicholas Morrow 60, Justin Phillips 14, Kyle Wilber 2
Wilber 23, Nevin Lawson 23, Curtis Riley 17, Moreau 16, Dallin Leavitt 16, Phillips 14, Harris 14, Dakota Allen 12, Ingold 12, Joseph 11, Joyner 10, Davis 10, Daniel Carlson 9, Mullen 8, Morrow 8, Washington 7, Hurst 6, Hankins 6, Trent Sieg 6, Worley 6, Crosby 6, Whitehead 6, A.J. Cole 6, Ferrell 5, Andre James 4, Denzelle Good 4, Parker 4, Incognito 4, Sharpe 4, Miller 4.
Raiders snap count: Maxx Crosby retains workload in loss vs. Packers originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area