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Depth Chart-5/12/14

The Depth Chart looks something like this:

Raiders Depth Chart - 2014

REGULAR OFFENSE

STARTER

2ND

3RD

4TH

WR

Rod Streeter

Andre Holmes

Brice Butler

TE

Mychal Rivera

David Ausberry

Nick Kasa

LT

Donald Penn

Khalif Barnes

LG

Gabe Jackson

Kevin Boothe

Tony Bergstrom

C

Stefen Wiesnewski

RG

Austin Howard

Lucas Nix

RT

Menelik Watson

Matt McCants

WR

James Jones

Denarius Moore

Greg Jenkins

QB

Matt Shaub

Matt McGloin

Derek Carr

FB

Marcel Reese

HB

Maurice Jones-Drew

Darren McFadden

Latavius Murray

Jeremy Stewart

BASE 4-3 DEFENSE

STARTER

2ND

3RD

4TH

LDE

Lamarr Woodley

CJ Wilson

Shelby Harris

LDT

Pat Sims

Justin Ellis

RDT

Antonio Smith

Stacy McGee

RDE

Justin Tuck

Jack Crawford

WLB

Sio Moore

Miles Burris

MLB

Nick Roach

Kaluka Maiava

SLB

Khalil Mack

Kevin Burnett

CB

DJ Haden

Carlos Rogers

TJ Carrie

SS

Tyvon Branch

Jonathan Dowling

FS

Charles Woodson

Usama Young

CB

Tarell Brown

Keith McGill

Taiwan Jones

SPECIAL TEAMS

STARTER

2ND

3RD

4TH

K

Sebastian Janikowski

P

Marquette King

H

Marquiette King

PR

Greg Jenkins

TJ Carrie

KR

Taiwan Jones

LS

Jon Condo

The offense looks much better than it did last year. Matt Shaub should be an upgrade over McGloin, and will be a good quarterback for Derek Carr to learn under. I also hope Carr does not play this year, because if he does, that will mean Shaub and McGloin are not playing well. The entire Raider Nation should be hoping Shaub comes in and just owns the starting QB job, because Carr is clearly not ready and could really benefit from sitting and learning forat least 1 year.

It will be interesting to see who is the "starting" running back. It could be MJD or Run DMC, which I think is a good problem to have, because these two guys are so talented. I think MJD will be the starter, but completely expect McFadden to get almost as many carries. The thing I like most about having these two, is that if one goes down, we have the other to step up and take all the snaps. We all know that MJD and McFadden have battled injuries, so maybe reducing the amount of carries per game will keep them healthy, and maximize their potential, well at least that is what we are hoping.

The defensive line is greatly improved over last year, with Woodley, Tuck and Smith, but we still are missing depth along this line, and it could be extremely bad if one of these players gets hurt. The strongest unit on defense is linebacker. Mack, Moore, and Roach, with Burnett as a backup on the outside should be solid. I can't wait to see how Dennis Allen and Jason Tarver use this group, especially Mack and Moore. The one thing that I'd say should be the most improved on the entire team is the pass rush. On passing downs I fully expect Mack, Woodley, Tuck, and Smith to be rushing the passer, with Roach and Moore blitzing.

We had a good draft and a decent Free Agency. Plain and simple this is the first step in the right direction. We finally have a good foundation. However a good foundation is not enough to make the playoffs. We are going in the right direction, but we still need to have another good offseason and draft, before we are really ready to make that leap into the playoffs.

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