The Las Vegas Raiders have recently unveiled their first unofficial depth chart for the year 2023, building anticipation for their opening preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers. Scheduled to commence this Sunday at 1 p.m. PT, the highly-awaited matchup will be televised on the NFL Network, FOX-5 locally, as well as streamed on Raiders.com and the Raiders app.
As per league rules, teams are obligated to publish their depth charts ahead of preseason games, although it is worth noting that these charts are subject to change and ultimately depend on the coaches’ discretion the purpose of preseaon is to establish a roster going forward. With that in mind, let’s dive into the depth chart provided below.
Backing up Jimmy Garoppolo, the experienced backup Brian Hoyer is the primary backup as of right now.With rookie Aidan O’Connell next in line.
While Josh Jacobs remains unsigned and absent from camp, the leading force among the running backs is Zamir White. Behind White currently on the depth charts are Ameer Abdullah and Brandon Bolden, although Bolden is primarily a special teams ace. I’m looking for Sincere McCormick to play his way into the picture for reps in the coming weeks.
Engaged in a fierce competition, Alex Bars strives to maintain his position as the starting right guard. Standing directly behind him is Greg Van Roten, with undrafted rookie McClendon Curtis trailing closely behind. Netane Muti, listed as the backup for the other guard spot, is likely vying for the right guard position as well.
Although Thayer Munford has recently been given some opportunities at right tackle, Jermaine Eluemunor is still designated as the starting player in that position with Munford on his heels this is a preseason battle to pay close attention to.
Jerry Tillery has been placed as part of the first team alongside Bilal Nichols. This particular position remains somewhat undecided, making it intriguing to witness Tillery leading the way. It remains to be seen if he can maintain his position, as a bunch of younger players will be vying to earn a spot in the rotation.
Nate Hobbs is listed as a starter, but he is primarily expected to play in the slot position. This implies that there will be another starter on the outside, playing opposite Marcus Peters. Following Hobbs on the depth chart are Brandon Facyson and rookie Jakorian Bennett who hopefully will fulfill the role of outside corner when Hobbs is utilized in the slot.
DeAndre Carter is listed as the primary kick returner and punt returner for the team. In the event that Carter is unable to fulfill those duties, Ameer Abdullah is the next player on the depth chart as a kick returner, while Hunter Renfrow is listed as the backup punt returner lets all hope he never returns another punt, Hunter Renfrow is way too valuable of a player to be used as a punt returner!
A Glimpse Into The Future?
Yes, you’re absolutely right. While the unofficial depth chart may not carry the same weight as an official depth chart released by the coaching staff, it still provides valuable insights into how the Raiders are organizing their players during training camp. The Media Relations staff responsible for creating the depth chart has direct access to the team’s practices and scrimmages, allowing them to observe how players are being utilized and which players are standing out. Therefore, even though it may not be an official document, it can still offer meaningful information about the team’s player hierarchy and potential lineup decisions.