5 observations from ESPN’s final 53-man Raiders roster projection
Lamarcus Joyner listed as a safety
It is no big shock that Lamarcus Joyner would make the Raiders 53-man roster out of camp, as he was one of the big free agent signings for the team last summer, and will be expected to play much better in 2020. He struggled as the nickel corner in 2019, and with the addition of Amik Robertson this offseason, his time at that position could be coming to an end.
In fact, Gutierrez has him listed as a safety in his final 53-man roster projection, something that I absolutely agree with. Joyner played his best football as a safety for the Los Angeles Rams before he was signed by the Raiders, and with the emergence of Robertson, the Raiders can afford to move him back there.
Overall, the team has a lot more depth in the secondary than they did a year ago, and moving Joyner to safety makes both the cornerback room, and safety group better.
Based on ESPN’s final 53-man roster, you can see how much more talented the team is going to be this year, as some guys who will latch on elsewhere will be cut this Saturday. Jon Gruden recently stated he did not draft these young guys to sit, and based on this 53-man roster projection, Gutierrez certainly agrees.