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Early starters prediction

We're in week 2 of training camp, 1 week from the first preseason game, and players are starting to emerge. There could be shuffling or injury as camp progresses but I'll take a shot at an early prediction on who the starters will be.

Offense

QB Derek Carr. Has a different demeanor this year. It's more business like. It should be, there are no more excuses. The time is now. He needs to have a big year, 30+ TD's and stop turning the damn ball over.

RB Josh Jacobs. Looks to be back 100% from the injury. Contract year for him. Has plenty of help behind him to take some of the load off.

WR1 Davante Adams. Best WR we've had since Tim Brown/Jerry Rice. *Huge* difference maker to this Offense. Just need to keep him healthy.

WR2 Mack Hollins. Keelan Cole might have something to say here when it's all said and done, but Mack is a poor-man's Tyrell Williams who provides 50/50 jump ball and back shoulder ability that Carr likes. And he looks very smooth running routes and catching with this hands. Could be a FA steal.

WR3 Hunter Renfrow. Got the big contract and well-deserved. Always finds a way to get open and exploit a Defense. Will be interesting to see what McD does with him as he could be a terror to deal with in this scheme.

TE Darren Waller. Truly an elite TE entering his prime. Funny to think he's only played the position for 3 seasons! Please give this man a new contract immediately.

LT Kolton Miller. As reliable as any player on the team. Pro-Bowl level player.

LG John Simpson. Strongest player on the team, needs to work on run blocking but his pass-pro is already pretty damn good.

C Andre James. Will only get better in year 2. More of a technician than power player, he was top 10 according to PFF in the 2nd half of last season.

RG Lester Cotton. Almost ate himself out the league but has changed his body and worked his ass off to get this opportunity. Big body with lots of power ala Gabe Jackson. Hope he takes advantage.

RT Alex Leatherwood. Had a great offseason changing his body and learning the position. Ready to be the dominant RT we drafted last year.

Defense

NT Vernon Butler. Bit of a guess here as Hankins and Nichols are both out and no one else has flashed. Big Vern has the size to hold the point and was a pass rush factor in Carolina. Hope he can get back to that.

DE Kendal Vickers. Hot take! Under the radar but Vickers has stuck around and always played well when given the opportunity. Perfect size for 3-4 DE this could be his year.

DE Mathew Butler. Hot take #2! The only rookie to start from this draft class. Was a monster vs top-end competition last year in the SEC. Kid's got the juice.

OLB Maxx Crosby. Will be interesting to see how he's used in this Defense and if there's any drop-off after he got the bag. If camp is any indication, the answer is no.

OLB Chandler Jones. Long in the tooth but if he's healthy, look out. One of the best in the game when he's 100%.

ILB Denzelle Perryman. Team captain and important cog, he just needs to stay healthy. That has been an issue in his career.

ILB Devine Deablo. One of the best draft picks from last year, could take the big leap this year and become a true playmaker on the 2nd level.

CB1 Rock Ya-Sin. *Now* we know why he's called 'Rock', dude is absolutely jacked. And having a great camp. He's ready to be a full time NFL starter.

CB2 Anthony Averett. They paid him starter money and now he's got to deliver. So far, so good.

CB3 Nate Hobbs. If he keeps on his current arc, he could be a Pro-Bowl player looking for a top-end contract as early as the end of next season. Note: He won't technically 'start' in 2-high but wanted to list him anyway.

SS Duron Harmon. True Pro that's seen it all and a leader of men. Very solid in coverage as well.

FS TreVon Moehrig. One of the best draft picks of recent years, the sky's the limit. That 'back issue' that was the reason he fell in the draft has been non-existent. He's going to be a top-10 NFL safety very soon.

ST Carlson, Cole, Sieg. As reliable as they come. Let's just hope they don't see the field nearly as much as they've had the last 2 seasons.

Summary

That's how I see it as of today. The only changes could be in the DL interior and maybe RG/RT. But other than that, we're pretty much set for 2022. Go Raiders.

Addendum

You might notice that 14 of the 22 the projected starters (64%) are homegrown (draft picks or rookie UDFA). *Much* more than have been in the past decades. This is a very good sign and a characteristic of consistently winning franchises.