The Raiders have officially unveiled the unofficial depth chart ahead of the preseason opener against Arizona in just two days. You can see the entire chart on Raiders.com here.
While this initial chart is sure to change in the coming weeks here are a few of my thoughts.
The scholarship program is still alive and well in Oakland. Just see Darrius Heyward-Bey being listed as a 1st teamer.
Bruce Campbell is buried on the third team as a right guard. So much for all that praise Al lumped onto Campbell. You can chalk Campbell’s move back to tackle up to another lockout casualty if it was ever to be in the first place.
Samson Satele gets the nod over Stefen Wisniewski at center. Wouldn’t be surprised to see both of these guys starting side by side at some point at guard and center respectively.
Bruce Davis III is second string for weak side LB with Jerome Boyd listed behind him and for good measure Boyd is third team at strong safety. The Raiders are bent on getting something out of Boyd. He can’t possibly be practice squad material again…right?
Travis Goethel is backing up Rolando McClain in the middle. Chances are Goethel will be playing all linebacker positions at some point this season.
Hiram Eugene and his 4-year contract are currently third at free safety. Somehow you get the feeling that was money that could have been spent elsewhere like…I don’t know…on free agents or even lumped into the Zach Miller fund.
The cornerback battle is just getting started. Currently DeMarcus Van Dyke and Walter McFadden are pulling second team duties behind Stanford Routt and Chris Johnson. Somehow Jeremy Ware has got to get into the mix as he’s currently third on the depth chart.
Denarius Moore might be listed as a third team receiver but you just know he’s going to see plenty of action if he can carry his camp performance to the field.
Nick Miller has his shot to be a regular contributor as he’s pulled first team duties on both kick and punt returns. Jacoby Ford is first team for kick returns, second for punt. Denarius Moore is third team for both.
For the time Darren McFadden tops the charts at running back with Michael Bush second and Taiwan Jones third. McFadden won’t play on Thursday, Jones looks unlikely too.
Trevor Scott is currently second team behind Lamarr Houston at defensive end. Scott is still working his way back from the knee injury that ended his season in 2010.
No Bruce Gradkowski peering over his shoulder means Jason Campbell has the starting job on lock. Kyle Boller is currently the backup but you’d expect Trent Edwards to make a push.
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