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Who PFF thinks has the best chance to start for the Raiders on each side of the ball

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ProFootballFocus posted their projected starting offense and defense for all 32 teams this week. The Las Vegas Raiders seem close to set on the offensive side of the ball mostly thanks to having arguably the best offensive line in the NFL, left to right. There appear to be no holes in that unit as of May and they didn’t bring in much in the way of competition for quarterback Derek Carr.

Defensively, that’s another story and the debate as to who will start in the secondary and who will get the most snaps upfront is one that requires plenty of input from various sources. Including you. What would you think of these starting lineups:

Offense

QB: Derek Carr

RB: Josh Jacobs

WR: Henry Ruggs III

WR: Tyrell Williams

Slot: Hunter Renfrow

TE: Darren Waller

LT: Kolton Miller

LG: Richie Incognito

C: Rodney Hudson

RG: Gabe Jackson

RT: Trent Brown

Notes:

It is a pretty straightforward offense and there’s little room for debate at this point. Could Marcus Mariota beat out Carr? I doubt that. Could Bryan Edwards get an edge early over Henry Ruggs or could Tyrell Williams be replaced? Maybe. Barring injury, this would be a reasonable top-11 to expect to start on offense.

Defense

DI: Maliek Collins

DI: Maurice Hurst

EDGE: Maxx Crosby

EDGE: Clelin Ferrell

LB: Cory Littleton

LB: Nick Kwiatkoski

CB: Trayvon Mullen

CB: Prince Amukamara

CB: Lamarcus Joyner

S: Johnathan Abram

S: Damarious Randall

Notes:

There are five players here who were not on the Raiders last season, so clearly Mike Mayock’s still building his vision on that side of the ball. Here’s what PFF had to say about their choices in the secondary:

The Raiders have quite a few highly drafted players in their secondary heading into the 2020 season, but there are still some questions. Will the recently signed Prince Amukamara beat out Damon Arnette for a starting spot out of the gates? Will Lamarcus Joyner stay in the slot in Las Vegas (where he struggled in 2019 with a 42.8 coverage grade) or will he return to free safety where he saw some success with the Rams? Can Amik Robertson crack the starting lineup in the slot? These are all questions that need to be answered in 2020 and could go either way.

How would you feel about the Raiders chances next season based on these lineups? Which matchups do you see resulting in a different starter?

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