There’s turnover and then there’s what has happened to the Raiders this offseason. They went 6-10 last season, but with as many new players as Jon Gruden has brought in, you’d have a hard time believing they’re just a season removed from being a 12-4 playoff team.
As we approach the start of the 2018 season, here is how the Raiders squad was built:
Count ‘em up. That’s 29 of the Raiders current 53-man roster who weren’t here before this year. Well over half the team.
That leaves 24 holdovers. There were 27 former Raiders draft picks alone on this team when Jon Gruden was hired. Now there are just ten, and only two from the 2017 draft — Gareon Conley and Marquel Lee.
Of those 29 newbies, 14 are either starters on offense or defense or the primary position holder on special teams. That’s nearly half the starters and every single special teams position holder (kicker, punter, long snapper, kick/punt returner).
There are only 9 positions which will have the same starter as last year according to the first depth chart — QB Derek Carr, RB Marshawn Lynch, WR Amari Cooper, TE Jared Cook, LG Kelechi Osemele, C Rodney Hudson, RG Gabe Jackson, DT Justin Ellis, and S Karl Joseph.