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Las Vegas Raiders Roster Breakdown in 2020

| September 1, 2020 2:27 am PDT
Las Vegas Raiders Roster Breakdown 2020

For the second straight offseason, the Raiders have completely overhauled their roster. Mike Mayock isn’t one to stand pat when things aren’t going his way, so this organization was always going to do a bit of “housecleaning” during free agency and through the draft.

A bevy of transactions later, along with a move to Las Vegas, and suddenly, there’s a ton of excitement surrounding the Silver and Black.

To find out just how competitive this squad will be during their first season in Sin City, let’s take a deep dive and assess the Last Vegas Raiders’ depth charts. 

*Names in bold denotes player is a starter

Raiders Quarterback Depth Chart

Derek Carr
Marcus Mariota
Nathan Peterman

For now, Derek Carr remains Jon Gruden’s starter. However, Derek shouldn’t act too nonchalant about the situation now that Marcus Mariota has arrived on a two-year deal worth $17.6 million.

Nathan Peterman is the “last resort” option if things get really ugly in Vegas, but I don’t suspect Carr’s leash will be very long in Allegiant Stadium. To remind you how infatuated Gruden was with Mariota when he entered the league back in 2015, Jon stated that Marcus “is like Russell Wilson, only he is 6’4”.”

That’s some pretty high praise.

Raiders Running Back Depth Chart

Josh Jacobs
Devontae Booker
Lynn Bowden Jr.
Jalen Richard
Rod Smith
William Stanback
Alec Ingold (FB)

Kyler Murray won the 2019 OROY award, but you can argue that no offensive rookie was more efficient than Raiders RB Josh Jacobs. The University of Alabama product piled up 1,150 rushing yards in just 13 games and only fumbled once.

As far as the backup running back duties go, a bit of musical chairs has been played in the AFC West. DeAndre Washington lands with the Chiefs, paving the way for former Broncos RB Devontae Booker to carve out a role with the Raiders.

Rookie Lynn Bowden Jr. played WR and QB at Kentucky and could very well be utilized in a Taysom Hill-ish type of role. Jalen Richard will receive a chunk of the work on third down.

Raiders Wide Receiver Depth Chart

Henry Ruggs III
Tyrell Williams
Hunter Renfrow
Nelson Agholor
Zay Jones
Bryan Edwards
Rico Gafford
Marcell Ateman
De’Mournay Pierson-El
Keelan Doss
Anthony Ratliff-Williams
Siaosi Mariner

Hunter Renfrow and Tyrell Williams were doing all of the heavy lifting in 2019. To combat this problem, the team first signed Nelson Agholor. Then they drafted Henry Ruggs III 12th overall.

If the speedster from Tuscaloosa turns out to be a baller, the passing attack in Vegas should take off. If Henry Ruggs III is a bust, well, then it’s time for Mark Davis to take a hard look at his general manager. 

Raiders Tight End Depth Chart

Darren Waller
Jason Witten
Foster Moreau
Derek Carrier
Paul Butler
Nick Bowers

You don’t have to scroll too far down the list of 2020 fantasy football tight end rankings to find Darren Waller. In fact, a more defined role in the red zone is the only thing holding him back from passing up George Kittle and joining the rarefied air breathed by Travis Kelce.

Inking Jason Witten not only gives Las Vegas a secondary tight end with a trusty pair of hands, but it also gives them a vocal leader who displays admirable work ethic. 

Raiders Offensive Line Depth Chart

Position Starter Backup Third String
Left Tackle Kolton Miller Brandon Parker Sam Young
Left Guard Richie Incognito Erik Magnuson Lester Cotton
Center Rodney Hudson Andre James Jordan Devey
Right Guard Gabe Jackson John Simpson Eric Kush
Right Tackle Trent Brown David Sharpe Denzelle Good

All five starters return, including a couple of dandies. Trent Brown was a Pro Bowler in 2019 despite missing five games. He’s unquestionably one of the top right tackles in all of football.

Rodney Hudson, perhaps the most dependable player on the entire Las Vegas Raiders roster, made his third Pro Bowl in 2019, garnering Second-Team All-Pro honors. Continued progression from 2018 first-round pick Kolton Miller has this O-line on the verge of becoming one of the best in the NFL. 

Raiders Defensive Line Depth Chart

Defensive End Defensive Tackle
Clelin Ferrell Maurice Hurst
Maxx Crosby Maliek Collins
Carl Nassib Jonathan Hankins
Arden Key P.J. Hall
Jeremiah Valoaga Kendal Vickers
Ade Aruna Daniel Ross
Mike Panasiuk

Everything suggests the defensive front in Vegas is going to be much improved from the one we last law in Oakland. Maxx Crosby turned out to be the real deal, Clelin Ferrell showed a lot of promise, and both guys should be even better now entering their second season as a pro.

Carl Nassib comes over from Tampa Bay for much-needed depth, and the Maliek Collins signing should provide a big boost in the interior. 

Raiders Linebacker Depth Chart

Nick Kwiatkoski Cory Littleton Nicholas Morrow
Ukeme Eligwe Marquel Lee Kyle Wilber
Justin Phillips Nick Usher Tanner Muse

Speaking of newcomers in Vegas who are going to bolster the defense, the front seven welcomes a pair of attacking linebackers who will immediately make their presence felt.

Cory Littleton replaces Tahir Whitehead, representing a significant upgrade at the middle linebacker position. Nick Kwiatkoski will start at the strongside backer but will be counted on to do a bit of everything. Whether that’s stuffing the run or guarding gifted tight ends in coverage, his departure from Chicago is a major gain for Paul Guenther’s defense. 

Raiders Cornerback Depth Chart

Trayvon Mullen
Prince Amukamara
Lamarcus Joyner
Damon Arnette
Isaiah Johnson
Amik Robertson
Nevin Lawson
D.J. Killings
Keisean Nixon
Jordan Brown
Ken Crawley
Madre Harper
Dylan Mabin

Trayvon Mullen was adequate, but the collection of cornerbacks as a unit wasn’t good at all. It was apparent that the CB position on the Las Vegas Raiders’ depth chart needed a serious makeover.

Daryl Worley and Gareon Conley are both out. Prince Amukamara and Damon Arnette are in, while Lamarcus Joyner moves from free safety to corner. Amik Robertson will get a crack at contributing in nickel packages. 

Raiders Safety Depth Chart

Damarious Randall
Jonathan Abram
Jeff Heath 
Erik Harris
Dallin Leavitt
Javin White

Here’s another portion of the Raiders’ roster that is barely recognizable from 2019. Taking into account that Jonathan Abram missed the final 15 games of the year, the top three safeties on the Raiders’ depth chart in 2020 are all “new guys.”

Damarious Randall was in need of a fresh start after an up-and-down year in Cleveland. Jeff Heath made a lot of plays for the Cowboys defense and will be rotated in the defensive backfield. Fortunately, all three safeties are extremely versatile and can slot in at “free” or “strong.”

Raiders Special Teams Depth Chart

Kicker: Punter: Long Snapper: Holder: Punt Returner: Kick Returner:
Daniel Carlson, Dominik Eberle A.J. Cole III Trent Sieg A.J. Cole III Jalen Richard Jalen Richard

Vegas signed Dominik Eberle as an undrafted free agent to compete for the starting kicker job. Given Daniel Carlson’s unappetizing 73.1% conversion rate in 2019 (19/26), it’s safe to say that the German rookie has a legitimate shot at passing Carlson on the Raiders’ depth chart.

A.J. Cole III does a nice job pinning opponents inside their 20 and returns for a second go-around with special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia.

Raiders Roster Analysis

  • Grade: B-

Building a championship-caliber roster starts with laying the foundation in the trenches. Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden have done that, as both the offensive and defensive lines are in good hands.

The question becomes whether Derek Carr is capable of leading this team to The Promised Land.

There are enough playmakers in place for Vegas to make a run at the postseason, but let’s not get overly excited about this roster only to be disappointed in December.

Jon Gruden and his crew still have the Chiefs standing in their way. The Broncos could be a playoff team, and the Chargers’ roster is pretty loaded.

As improved as the Raiders’ depth charts (by position) are, they’re still probably the least inspiring in all of the AFC West.

Betting on the Las Vegas Raiders in 2020

Here’s a team that is featured in four primetime slots, including in one of the best Monday Night Football games on the 2020 schedule against the Saints in Week 2.

The first NFL game in Las Vegas is one way to bet on the Raiders this season, but you don’t have to wait until the games get underway in September.

Lock in a few Raiders futures bets now.

Michael Wynn
Michael Wynn

As a former Division I collegiate golfer, Michael Wynn loves writing about golf. He's also an expert in most of America's most popular sports, writing extensively for GamblingSites.com on football, basketball, and baseball.

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