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How the 2019 Raiders roster was built: Ten observations

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It’s always interesting to see how a team comes across their players. Here’s how the Raiders were built.

Richie Incognito not on here because he is currently suspended. Not sure why Nevin Lawson is on here. He’s also suspended.

Yes, Antonio Brown’s name is spelled wrong, but don’t blame me, this is how the Raiders put it out.


1. Only 18 players on the team were drafted by them

2. There are 26 original Raiders with drafted and undrafted players.

3. Only 6 players originally drafted by the Raiders previous to the Jon Gruden era remain.

4. Only 10 players remain from prior to the Jon Gruden era regardless of how they were acquired.

5. 27 of the team’s 53 players were either signed as free agents or acquired in trade having played elsewhere in the NFL. That means the roster is split almost evenly between original and non-original Raiders.

6. More than half of the team’s 22 starters (12) are original Raiders. That’s five on offense — Carr, Jacobs, Ingold, Miller, Jackson — and seven on defense — Ferrell, Key, Hurst, Morrow, Conley, Joseph, Abram. And that’s considering special teams players are not technically considered starters.

7. Derek Carrier and David Sharpe originally came into the league with the Raiders, but played elsewhere and were brought back.

8. That 2015 draft didn’t stick around long. Amari Cooper was traded to Dallas midway through last season and the last of the players left on the team saw their rookie contacts end this offseason with none brought back.

9. After Derek Carr and Gabe Jackson in the 2014 draft, the Raiders don’t have a single projected starter they drafted in those two rounds.

10. The fifth round has been pretty good for the Raiders the past four seasons with DeAndre Washington, Marquel Lee, Maurice Hurst, and Hunter Renfrow all still with the team. Hurst is a starter and Renfrow could be the team’s slot receiver.