The long part of the NFL offseason is here. That part between the team's mandatory minicamp and training camp. And based upon what I saw in that minicamp, here is how I expect the Raiders offense to line up come the start of training camp in August.
QB: Derek Carr, Christian Ponder, Matt McGloin, Cody Fajardo
Carr is the starter. That much is certain. Ponder moved firmly into the primary backup position this offseason with McGloin behind him. Fajardo is the ‘camp arm'.
RB: Latavius Murray, Roy Helu, Trent Richardson, Taiwan Jones, Michael Dyer, George Atkinson III
FB: Marcel Reece, Jamize Olawale
Murray has been the number one running back the entire offseason and the coaching staff have praised his study habits, suggesting that his position won't change any time soon. Helu is the change up back and receiver out of the backfield. Richardson will be trying to keep a grip on the backup running back job. Taiwan Jones has moved back to running back this year and will again be used mostly on special teams.
WR: Amari Cooper, Rod Streater, Brice Butler, Seth Roberts, Josh Harper, Milton Williams III
WR: Michael Crabtree, Andre Holmes, Kenbrell Thompkins, Kris Durham, Trindon Holliday, Austin Willis
Cooper and Crabtree have been the starters this offseason with Streater as the third receiver. Holmes and Butler will battle for playing time with Thompkins making a strong case for himself as well. After that, it's bubble watch. Trindon Holliday was brought in mainly for his return abilities.
TE: Clive Walford, Lee Smith, Mychal Rivera, Brian Leonhardt, Gabe Holmes
Walford has the top tight end job on lock. He has looked as dominant as the Raiders hoped he would. Smith will see the field a lot as a blocker. Rivera is an H-back in this offense, which, based on Musgrave's previous stops, should mean he also gets a fair share of passes. Leonhardt and Holmes will be hoping the team keeps four tight ends.
LT: Donald Penn, Khalif Barnes, Anthony Morris
LG: Gabe Jackson, Quinterrius Eatmon, Mitch Bell
C: Rodney Hudson, Lamar Mady, Tony Bergstrom
RG: J'Marcus Webb, Jon Feliciano, Matt McCants
RT: Menelik Watson, Austin Howard, Dan Kistler
Mapping out the offensive line depth chart isn't this easy. In truth, many of these players will be depth at multiple positions. Barnes, Webb, McCants, Mady, and Bergstrom have all been seen lining up in various positions along the line and Austin Howard was at one time running with the first team at right tackle. These are the spots where they lined up most recently.