6 Raiders players who could lose snaps to rookies in 2024

Which veterans might have to be worried?
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Ameer Abdullah, RB

At this point, it wouldn't surprise anybody if Ameer Abdullah didn't make this football team. It feels like he's been around forever, and for a running back, he's darn near close. Abdullah is set to turn 31 years old in June, which is far too old for a running back to have much use in today's NFL.

Abdullah plays on special teams, too, but with the Raiders having drafted Dylan Laube in the sixth round, we could see a changing of the guard. Laube is a good pass catcher and runs excellent routes for a running back. He also comes in with a lot of experience playing on special teams, even as a return man.

Amari Burney, LB

Finally, we get to a guy who is mostly a backup linebacker and special teamer. Veteran linebacker Amari Burney played 39 percent of snaps on special teams in his appearances last year, but this year's fifth-round pick, Tommy Eichenberg, looks like he'll end up taking Burney's place.

Eichenberg will probably spell Divine Deablo as the backup inside backer, but will also contribute quite a bit on special teams. The Ohio State product feels like too much of a lock to be a special teams ace, and Burney will see a decline in that respect.