We are less than a week away from the Raider first game of the 2018 season and the team has released their first depth chart. Here’s what it looks like followed by my observations.
- Starting at left tackle is rookie Kolton Miller as has been the case throughout the offseason.
- Starting at right tackle is Donald Penn, moving over from left tackle. He switched sides upon his return from foot surgery during training camp. This will be his first start at right tackle in his 12-year career.
- Jon Feliciano is the primary backup for all three interior line spots.
- Newly acquired tackle TJ Clemmings will back up Kolton Miller at the left tackle spot.
- Raiders still four deep at the running back spot, starting with Marshawn Lynch who will share some carries with Doug Martin.
- Tank Carradine takes over the starting defensive end spot with Khalil Mack traded to the Bears.
- Fadol Brown backs up Carradine, likely to come in on obvious passing downs so the every-down duties of Mack will be split between them with veteran Frostee Rucker also working in.
- PJ Hall is listed as the starter ahead of fellow rookie Maurice Hurst at the defensive tackle spot.
- Arden Key backs up Bruce Irvin at the other DE spot as a third down rusher.
- Daryl Worley is not on the depth chart as he will start the season suspended for four games. He would normally be the third corner with potential to start.
- Marcus Gilchrist is listed as the starter along with Karl Joseph. They are backed up by 2017 starter Reggie Nelson and surprise Erik Harris.
- Dwayne Harris is the primary kick and punt returner.