Las Vegas Raiders 2020 post-draft depth chart: Running back
Post-Draft Depth Chart
There will not be much change here as Josh Jacobs comes in to the 2020 season as the unquestioned feature back for the Las Vegas Raiders. Jacobs had one of the best rookie campaigns for a back in Raiders history but they would do well to not lean on him quite as much in 2020 to keep him fresh for what they hope is a playoff push.
Jalen Richard remains firmly entrenched as the third down back due to his pass blocking and receiving ability so his role remains unchanged. Alec Ingold is included here though his designation as a fullback guarantees him a starting spot at one of Jon Gruden’s favorite positions.
The Raiders ended the 2019 season with 4 running backs and a fullback so if we assume the same for 2020, here is what the depth chart looks like after the 2020 NFL Draft.
- Josh Jacobs
- Lynn Bowden, Jr.
- Jalen Richard
- Lynn Bowden
- Rod Smith
- William Stanback
- Alec Ingold (FB)
Jacobs, Richard, and Bowden are all but guaranteed to make the roster so that leaves one spot for Smith, Booker, and Stanback to duke it out over. We can expect Stanback to be stashed on the practice squad unless he absolutely lights it up in preseason.
Both Smith and Booker have shown they can handle a starting role and contribute on special teams so it will just be a matter of what type of back Jon Gruden wants to complement Richard and Jacobs. The big bruising back in Smith or Booker who has a similar build to starter Josh Jacobs.
The Raiders focused on building up the weapons around Derek Carr and will go in to the 2020 season with a strong and versatile running back group no matter who ends up making the final roster.