Special Teams are usually the difference in early preseason games, as these players are usually playing for their livelihoods. Rather it is a big return or fumble recovery, special teams can always swing a game especially in preseason.
Added, these scenarios offer little room for error. Oakland always has a good special teams effort, so that standard should be upheld even in the preseason. Ultimately, the Raiders need to not make a special teams mistake that will cost them the game.
Further, most of the players playing kickoff or kick return late will not make the roster. Unless, they can force that one play that gets them noticed or swings the game’s momentum.
Hence, a deep Oakland Roster should give someone an opportunity to make a play that secures the game and a roster spot.