And we thought Jon Gruden liked tight ends.
On the surface, the Raiders’ waiver claim of guard Jordan Roos on Monday is a minor transaction just before training camp. But in the big picture, it continues is a 2020 offseason trend — the Raiders found themselves another guard.
Roos, claimed Monday from Seattle, is the fourth guard the Raiders secured this offseason.
They added free agent Eric Kush in free agency, re-signed Denzelle Good (who can also play tackle) and Jordan Devey (who can also play center) in free agency and traded up to draft John Simpson in the fourth round. They also exercised the option for starter Gabe Jackson, who many thought would be released.
Like at tight end, where the Raiders have five players with a chance to make the roster, there will be big competition at guard.
Roos is probably a long shot to make the roster. But he played for Raiders offensive line coach Tom Cable in 2017, so clearly the Raiders like him. Despite the fact that there is a glut at the position, they felt the need to bring him in.
Roos will probably have beat out the veterans Kush and/or Devey, to make it at the Raiders’ crowded interior lineman position. Simpson is essentially a lock to make the team.