While the Raiders don’t plan to give away any state secrets on Saturday against the Tennessee Titans, the starters will see a fair amount of work.
“We expect them to probably play a half, maybe a little more,” coach Jack Del Rio said Thursday. “We’ll see.”
The starters already played the whole first half in last week’s preseason loss to the Green Bay Packers and this is likely their final tuneup before the regular season opener Sept. 11. Very few, if any, starters should see action when the exhibition schedule concludes Sept. 1 against Seattle.
Del Rio is looking to give rookie running back DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard both work behind the first-team offensive line. The former is the team’s fifth-round pick and the latter signed as an undrafted free agent. Both are expected to make the team as backups to Latavius Murray.
“I would like to get a few looks at both of those guys with our first group,” Del Rio said. “We expect to get that done Saturday night.”
Free safety Reggie Nelson, however, isn’t expected to play after sitting out practices this week with an undisclosed injury.
“There’s a good chance we’ll end up holding him,” Del Rio said.
Nate Allen would likely start in Nelson’s place.