The Raiders released their “unofficial” depth chart Monday as part of their weekly press release previewing their exhibition opener next Monday night at home against Dallas.
There are few if any true surprises, but this is a fluid chart that will undoubtedly change based on performance and injuries throughout the preseason.
The fact that Jacoby Ford is listed first string at both kick and punt returner stands out. During his first two seasons, he returned kicks but not punts. But with wide receivers Denarius Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey slated to start ahead of Ford, it makes sense for him to add to his special teams workload.
It’s also interesting that the Raiders list a defensive tackle and a nose tackle in their four-man line instead of two defensive tackles. Tommy Kelly is the starting nose, which means he’ll likely be spending plenty of time over center, alongside Richard Seymour.
DeMarcus Van Dyke is listed as the second-string right corner, behind Shawtae Spencer. Van Dyke, a second-year pro who’s having a good camp, could put some pressure on the veteran.
Running back Taiwan Jones is listed second on the depth chart, ahead of Mike Goodson. But Jones is battling a sore hamstring, and Goodson has looked impressive. Jones and Goodson are battling to become Darren McFadden’s primary backup.
Here’s the depth chart:
RB: Darren McFadden, Taiwan Jones, Mike Goodson, Lonyae Miller
WLB: Miles Burris, Chad Kilgore, Mario Kurn
RCB: Shawntae Spencer, DeMarcus Van Dyke, Bryan McCann, Terrail Lambert
H: Marquette King, Matt Leinart
LS: Jon Condo
KR: Jacoby Ford, Taiwan Jones, Bryan McCann, DeAundre Muhammad, Derek Carrier
PR: Jacoby Ford, Denarius Moore, Bryan McCann, Juron Criner, DeAundre Muhammad
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