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Raiders first 2014 depth chart: Rookie TJ Carrie is nickel corner, primary punt returner

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Ezra Shaw

With the team now pared down to the regular season 53-man roster and preparations for the 2014 season opener against the Jets underway, the Raiders released their first depth chart of the season.

Here is how it looks:


WR 89 James Jones 17 Denarius Moore

LT           72          Donald Penn      73          Matt McCants

LG          69           Khalif Barnes 66           Gabe Jackson

C             61          Stefen Wisniewski           67          Kevin Boothe

RG          77          Austin Howard 70           Tony Bergstrom

RT          71          Menelik Watson              73          Matt McCants

TE           86          David Ausberry 81          Mychal Rivera   87          Brian Leonhardt

WR         80          Rod Streater      18          Andre Holmes 12          Brice Butler

QB          4             Derek Carr 8            Matt Schaub      14          Matt McGloin

RB          21          Maurice Jones-Drew 20           Darren McFadden            28          Latavius Murray

FB           45          Marcel Reece 49          Jamize Olawale


RE          58          LaMarr Woodley             75          Shelby Harris 95          Benson Mayowa

DT          94          Antonio Smith 92          Stacy McGee

NT          90          Pat Sims              78          Justin Ellis

LE           91          Justin Tuck         98          C.J. Wilson

WLB       55           Sio Moore           56           Miles Burris

MLB       53          Nick Roach         50          Kaluka Maiava

SLB         52           Khalil Mack

RCB        23          Tarell Brown 35          Chimdi Chekwa 31          Neiko Thorpe

LCB        27          Carlos Rogers    38           TJ Carrie             39           Keith McGill       22          Taiwan Jones

FS           24          Charles Woodson            41          Jonathan Dowling

SS           33          Tyvon Branch 26          Usama Young


P             7            Marquette King

K             11          Sebastian Janikowski

H            7            Marquette King

LS           59          Jon Condo 61          Stefen Wisniewski           87          Brian Leonhardt

KR          28          Latavius Murray                22          Taiwan Jones     20          Darren McFadden

PR          38           TJ Carrie             17 Denarius Moore


This depth chart still has Menelik Watson starting at right tackle with Khalif Barnes at left guard. As we know the depth chart heading into the Jets game will have Barnes starting at right tackle with Gabe Jackson at left guard.

Matt McCants is listed as the swing tackle. With Watson as the backup, he is expected to be the swing tackle.

David Ausberry remains listed as the starter and Dennis Allen said Tuesday that all signs point to him being ready for the opener.

Newly signed Benson Mayowa is listed as the third string left defensive end behind Lamarr Woodley and rookie Shelby Harris while Khalil Mack has no backup at strong side linebacker. I wouldn't be at all surprised if Mayowa were to eventually step into that backup SLB spot. For the time being Sio Moore would back up that position with Miles Burris stepping up to start on the weak side in that instance.

Chimdi Chekwa has not practiced and his status for Sunday's game is in doubt. Next up on the depth chart is seventh round rookie cornerback, T.J. Carrie. He has jumped ahead of fellow rookie fourth round pick, Keith McGill. Dennis Allen confirmed today that Carrie will be the team's third corner. Carrie would come into the game in the nickel defense and take over on the boundary with Carlos Rogers moving inside to the slot.

Jonathan Dowling, who was listed as a strong safety by the Raiders when they drafted him, is now the backup free safety. It was previously Usama Young, who is now the backup strong safety. Last year's starter, Brandian Ross, was released with the final cutdowns.

While TJ Carrie will be the nickel corner, he is also the team's primary punt returner. He earned it with two big punt returns this preseason of 50 and 45 yards.