You can’t read too much into the first depth chart of an NFL season. The Raiders have only been in camp for one week so as Dennis Allen says this depth chart is “an evolving concept”.
We do know that more than half of the names on the chart won’t be on the roster. It’s simple math when you start to crunch the numbers. We also know that some of those names will be headed to the practice squad for which there is no depth chart only the depth of the NFL ranks.
Without reading too much into the first pass at Coach Allen’s depth chart there are some things that give a strong indication which way the coaching staff is leaning.
As stated last week, the supposed battle between Matt Leinart and Terrelle Pryor is all but over already. No real surprise to see Leinart listed as Carson Palmer’s backup but it is very telling of how much further Pryor has to go.
Currently Rod Streater is listed higher on the chart than Juron Criner perhaps indicating which rookie receiver is coming along faster. Of course, Eddie McGee is currently backing up Darrius Heyward-Bey so as stated you can’t read too much into this first pass.
What is somewhat surprising is to see Miles Burris still holding onto the starting gig at the Will linebacker position. With Aaron Curry still out of action Burris has been running with the first team to mixed reviews. That will surely change once Curry is healthy but as of now Burris will be starting in his first preseason game as a pro.
Where things are really interesting are at cornerback. No real shock there given how wide open those position battles have been. Despite not practicing until today, Ron Bartell is already listed as the top corner. And despite DeMarcus Van Dyke’s improved play relative to Shawntae Spencer’s unimpressive performance thus far it is a little disconcerting to see DVD playing behind Spencer. But that has more to do with actual game experience at this point in time.
So feel free to spend a little time looking over the first depth chart of the Dennis Allen era. More than likely it won’t be the same a week from today. It certainly won’t look anything like this at all come the start of the regular season.