Takeaways From Raiders Depth Chart Reveal: Arden Key Wins Starting Gig Back

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The Oakland Raiders are less than a week away from the start of the regular season against the Denver Broncos. Oakland had a strong training camp and preseason, so the team had to make some really tough cuts ahead of the deadline. Since the Raiders have finally trimmed their roster down, they’ve released their first official depth chart of the season. This lineup shouldn’t change much before the Monday night’s game. Below we’re going to go through the most notable things that we learned from this new depth chart.


Offensive Depth Chart

*denotes starter

QB: Derek Carr*, Mike Glennon, Deshone Kizer

RB: Josh Jacobs*, Jalen Richard, DeAndré Washington

WR1: Antonio Brown*, J.J. Nelson, Dwayne Harris

WR2: Tyrell Williams*, Hunter Renfrow, Ryan Grant

LT: Kolton Miller*, Brandon Parker

LG: Jordan Devey*, Jonathan Cooper

C: Rodney Hudson*, Andre James

RG: Gabe Jackson*, Denzelle Good

RT: Trent Brown*, David Sharpe

TE: Darren Waller*, Foster Moreau, Derek Carrier

FB: Alec Ingold*

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Looks Like Gabe Jackson Will Be Back Soon


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Not much has changed since the Raiders released their first unofficial depth chart during training camp. The only starter that changed is that Jordan Davey will be starting over Richie Incognito, who will be serving a two-game suspension to start the season. What’s interesting is that Gabe Jackson is still listed as the starter even though he’s out with an MCL injury. The Raiders made the decision not to put him on injured reserved and saved a roster spot for him. His return could come sooner than originally expected.

No big surprises from the skill positions. Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams were the obvious starters heading into training camp and didn’t give the Raiders any reason to doubt them. Josh Jacobs obviously did enough in practice to win the starting running back job. He only played one drive during the preseason, but that was enough for Jon Gruden and company to know that he was ready.


Defensive Depth Chart

DE1: Clelin Ferrell*, Josh Mauro

DT1: Maurice Hurst*, Corey Liuget

DT2: Johnathan Hankins*, P.J. Hall

DE2: Arden Key*, Benson Mayowa, Maxx Crosby

SLB: Tahir Whitehead*, Marquel Lee

MLB: Vontaze Burfict*

WLB: Nicholas Morrow*, Kyle Wilber

LCB: Daryl Worley*, Trayvon Mullen

CB2: Gareon Conley*, Keisean Nixon

FS: Lamarcus Joyner*, Johnathan Abram*, Curtis Riley

SS: Karl Joseph*, Erik Harris, Dallin Leavitt


Raiders Go Young on the Defensive Line


Arden Key mic'd up in win over Arizona: "Time to go hunt now" | Mic'd Up | RaidersGet an inside look at the win over Arizona through the perspective of defensive end Arden Key on the field at State Farm Stadium. Visit Raiders.com for more. Keep up-to-date on all things Raiders: Stay informed: rdrs.co/83Edui Subscribe: rdrs.co/youtube Download our app: rdrs.co/2ZqD6b Follow: Twitter.com/Raiders Like: Facebook.com/Raiders Shop at Raider Image: rdrs.co/shop Start your free…2019-08-17T01:12:30.000Z

On the team’s first depth chart, Josh Mauro was the starter at one the defensive end spots and Arden Key was a backup. Well, looks like the second-year player proved himself enough this offseason and preseason to win back his starting spot. Key had a disappointing rookie year in 2018, but he gained muscle in the offseason and will have more talent around him. He should get more chances to get after the quarterback in 2019.

Clelin Ferrell and Maurice Hurst have another two spots on the defensive line. Ferrell, a rookie, is looking to fill the void at pass rush for the Raiders. Hurst, entering his second year, was one of the team’s most impressive defenders in 2018 and had an excellent preseason. He should only get better and prove to be a really strong player for Oakland going forward. Also, it’ll be interesting to see if Nicholas Morrow will be able to hold onto that starting weakside linebacker spot. Brandon Marshall, the expected starter, was cut, so time will tell if Morrow is up to the task.


Special Teams Depth Chart

P: A.J. Cole

K: Daniel Carlson

H: A.J. Cole

LS: Trent Sieg

KR: Dwayne Harris, Jalen Richard

PR: Dwayne Harris, Jalen Richard

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