Let’s look how it may break down:
The 2019 second-round pick will continue to start. He has had his ups and downs in his short career, but he has also played well, including Sunday in a loss at New England. Pro Football Focus had Mullen rated very highly. So, the Raiders should be OK with Mullen.
Trayvon Mullen showed OUT on Sunday— PFF Las Vegas Raiders (@PFF_Raiders) September 28, 2020
- 92.7 coverage grade (2nd among CBs in W3)
- allowed 1 catch for 8 yards on 4 targets
- added 4 PBUs
- 39.6 passer rating when targeted#RaiderNation pic.twitter.com/0v7FGrBZzI
He will likely get the first crack to play for Arnette if need be. Lawson is a borderline starter, but he is a rare veteran presence on this team. While, he isn’t a great player ... he is a pro and that’s important.
Another vet, Joyner is the starting slot cornerback. He is versatile, so maybe they can move him around a little. But his importance to this defense has gotten greater.
The Raiders really like Johnson, but he hasn’t played a lot. The 2019 fourth-round pick was injured much of last season. But the coaches have praised him. It might be time to give Johnson a look.
The former undrafted rookie is feisty, but may be more of a special-teams type, although he has played some defense this season.
The fourth-round pick has been a surprise inactive choice the past two games. If he remains inactive with Arnette out, that’s not a good sign for Robertson, a slot corner, helping this team any time soon.
Everyone needs to step up on this unit with Arnette possibly out. There were question marks, anyway, so it is going to be a challenge. The Raiders could always bring in a veteran cornerback such Prince Amukamara, who they cut just before the season.