Monday, August 04, 2014

"Depth" Chart

So, the Raiders released their depth chart today, and here's how we look on offense: 

WR: Andre Holmes, James Jones, Denarius Moore, Brice Butler, Mike Davis, Rashaan Vaughn

LT: Donald Penn, Jack Cornell, Erle Ladson

LG: Khalif Barnes, Gabe Jackson, Lamar Mady

C: Stefen Wisniewski, Kevin Boothe, Jarrod Shaw

RG: Austin Howard, Tony Bergstrom, Emmitt Cleary, (Lucas Nix)

RT: Menelik Watson, Matt McCants, Dan Kistler

TE: David Ausberry, Mychal Rivera, Brian Leonhardt, Nick Kasa, Jake Murphy, Scott Simonson

WR: Rod Streater, Greg Little, Juron Criner, Greg Jenkins, Seth Roberts

QB: Matt Schaub, Derek Carr, Matt McGloin, Trent Edwards

RB: Maurice Jones-Drew, Darren McFadden, Latavius Murray, Jeremy Stewart, Kory Sheets, George Atkinson III

FB: Marcel Reece, Jamize Olawale, Karl Williams

My take? On paper, this doesn't look so hot. Schaub had better be damned sharp this season, otherwise it will be a long one. What's your take?


Blogger nyraider said...

Not quite the position depth that's been created on D (at least on paper).

My first concern is; can the line gel and play at a high level?

IMO, for the O-line to be better, guys like Gabe Jackson and Menelik Watson have to step up... and Donald Penn has to find a second wind in his career... and Austin Howard has to learn a new position... ugh!

I look for MJD to have a big year, assuming the line blocks for him. Also, Raiders have lots of receiver options out of the backfield. Reece has been under utilized for years and now there are more options than before (coaches have to figure this out!).

AT WR, I think this group will surprise us. We have some good receiving TEs; but is there a blocker in the bunch?

The QB situation speaks for itself. It's pretty much Schaub or bust in 2014.

Otherwise, the depth chart means very little right now. Ultimately, it will depend on who steps up and deserves reps.

It will be fun watching this shake out. Let's hope it's still fun by Oct-Dec.

6:19 AM  
Blogger Storminator said...

I'm not seeing much we didn't anticipate. I'm a little surprised to see Holmes at the top of the chart. I hope that's because he's been exceeding expectation.

WR, TE, and RB could still mix up a little, and realistically only Gabe Jackson has a chance to change the OL positions.


9:03 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

No mention of Tawain Jones doing Kick Returns or TJ Carrie doing Punt Returns. This should be an exciting change, as both are pretty explosive.
To say Donald Penn needs a second wind in his career is misinformed. He's been stellar his whole career, and consistent.
The problem was Tampa's offense, he was never in a position to improve under Schiano's regime. Now with Sporano, he will improve. From what I'm reading and hearing, there is a vast improvement on the line.
We will see Friday. JUST PROVE IT, BABY!

10:15 AM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Nate - Nothing misinformed about my suggestion Penn needs a second wind. He gave up 13 sacks in 2013. That's not insignificant. IMO, blaming someone else for that seems misinformed.

LT is the anchor of your offensive line, protecting your QBs blind side. Unfortunately, for whatever the reason, we downgraded at the position.

It's entirely possible that Barnes, who played LT (his natural position) much of last year will be a better option than Penn at LT this year.

Don't bet the farm....

12:24 PM  
Anonymous Raider00 said...

It is amazing how many of the "Skill" position players are still around from the Hue Jackson regime.

Moore, Mcfadden, Reece, Ausbery.

And, my God, Khalif Barnes is stll on roster. That guy is like Freddie Kruger, or something.

But the 0-line has been retooled. They will need to give pocket passer, Schaub some time.

It looks like Schaub will be playing the role of Carson Palmer this year.

Schaub has a lot of the same old "weapons" that Palmer had.

And that aint sayin much.

10:40 PM  

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