Raiders first depth chart of 2016 released…sort of…ok not really.

Today Raiders.com released the teams first depth chart of 2016, except a depth chart is done by coaches not the team PR department like this was.

Here’s what they came up with.

Offense
WR 15 Michael Crabtree 10 Seth Roberts 80 K.J. Brent 9 Joe Hansley 13  Nathan Palmer 83 Max McCaffrey
LT 72 Donald Penn 73 Matt McCants 64 Torian White
LG 70 Kelechi Osemele 76 Jon Feliciano 68 Terran Vaughn
C 61 Rodney Hudson 62 Ross Burbank 67 Oni Omoile
RG 66 Gabe Jackson 74 Vadal Alexander 65 Mitch Bell
RT 71 Menelik Watson 77 Austin Howard 79 Denver Kirkland
TE 86 Lee Smith 88 Clive Walford 81 Mychal Rivera 82 Gabe Holmes 85 Ryan O’Malley 87 Colton Underwood
WR 89 Amari Cooper 18 Andre Holmes 16 Johnny Holton 19 Jaydon Mickens 17 Marvin Hall
QB 4 Derek Carr 14 Matt McGloin 8 Connor Cook
RB 28 Latavius Murray 22 Taiwan Jones 33 DeAndré Washington 46 Jalen Richard 34 George Atkinson III
FB 49 Jamize Olawale 45 Marcel Reece
Defenese
DE 97 Mario Edwards Jr. 96 Denico Autry
DT 95 Jihad Ward 92 Stacy McGee 93 Leon Orr 69 Drew Iddings
NT 78 Justin Ellis 90 Dan Williams 75 Darius Latham 60 Derrick Lott
DE 52 Khalil Mack 47 James Cowser 63 Branden Jackson 94 Greg Townsend 98 Lenny Jones
SLB 51 Bruce Irvin 91 Shilique Calhoun 54 Korey Toomer
MLB 50 Ben Heeney 57 Cory James 55 John Lotulelei 44 Kyrie Wilson
WILL 53 Malcolm Smith 58 Neiron Ball 56 Daren Bates
LCB 29 David Amerson 25 DJ Hayden 31 Neiko Thorpe 32 Antonio Hamilton
RCB 21 Sean Smith 38 TJ Carrie 23 Dexter McDonald 40 Kenneth Durden 26 Tramain Jacobs
FS 27 Reggie Nelson 20 Nate Allen 41 Brynden Trawick 36 Chris Hackett
SS 42 Karl Joseph 35 Dewey McDonald 39 Keith McGill 43 Jimmy Hall 37 Chris Edwards
Specialists
P 7 Marquette King
K 11 Sebastian Janikowski 3 Giorgio Tavecchio
H 7 Marquette King
LS 59 Jon Condo 48 Andrew East
KR 22 Taiwan Jones 33 DeAndré Washington 46 Jalen Richard 34 George Atkinson III
PR 38 TJ Carrie 33 DeAndré Washington 9 Joe Hansley 19 Jaydon Mickens

 

I’m not one to get worked up over a fictitious list that places Lee Smith over Clive Walford, but for the most part, it’s what you would expect.

A few notes:

Menelik Watson over Austin Howard shouldn’t be a huge surprise.  Watson was on track to win the job last year before injury took his season.  If both men can remain healthy, the competition could bring out the best in both of them and provide some nice depth in case that aforementioned injury bug bites again.

Can Taiwan Jones provide enough special teams value to offset his zero value as running back?  From all accounts, Washington and Richard have been getting the majority of backup reps in camp, if Del Rio sees enough in Richard to keep him on the 53, then Jones could be in a tight spot to make it.

Jihad Ward proving he may not have been a 2nd round project after all?  So far Ward has consistently been in on first team reps, and hasn’t been shy about getting after the vets.  You’ve gotta think that Del Rio thinks Ward can play a Malik Jackson type role in Oakland, and if he develops into anything close to Jackson, this Defense is going to be scary.

It’s been no secret that the staff has been upset with the conditioning of Dan Williams.  Williams was a huge contributor in the middle in 2015, but he’s going to have to really step it up if he plans to beat out Ellis because beyond short yardage downs, I don’t see us using two 330 pound tackles in the middle (especially considering that Mack and Edwards already provide elite ability against the run).

Beyond that, we’ve got an interesting competition brewing for the #5 (and possibly 6th if we carry that many) WR spot.  I’d be lying if I said I knew much about Hansley, Brent, Holton, Mickens and McCaffrey.  One grew up with Amari Cooper, one of them comes from a family that was genetically engineered to play football, all of them are UDFA’s and at least one of them is a shoo-in to be the latest undrafted WR to make the squad.  My bet is that whoever proves they can return punts (with any semblance of ball security), will be the one with the best chance of making it.

What I’m most excited about is this offseason of eternity finally coming to an end.  For the first time in over a decade, I finally have a belief that this team can beat anyone on it’s schedule.  What a great feeling this is.  This is what Raiders football is supposed to feel like.


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