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2020 NFL Roster Breakdown: Las Vegas Raiders


Roster Changes

 

Key additions

QB Marcus Mariota, RB Devontae Booker, WR Nelson Agholor, TE Jason Witten, G Eric Kush, DE Carl Nassib, DT Maliek Collins, LB Cory Littleton, LB Nick Kwiatkoski, CB Prince Amukamara, S Jeff Heath, S Damarious Randall

 

Key losses

QB Mike Glennon, RB DeAndre Washington, WR Dwayne Harris, TE Eric Tomlinson, DE Benson Mayowa, DE Dion Jordan, LB Tahir Whitehead, LB Vontaze Burfict, LB Will Compton, CB Daryl Worley, CB Nick Nelson, S Karl Joseph

 

2020 draft class

WR Henry Ruggs III (1.12), CB Damon Arnette (1.19), RB Lynn Bowden Jr. (3.80), WR Bryan Edwards (3.81), S Tanner Muse (3.100), G John Simpson (4.109), CB Amik Robertson (4.139)

 

Projected Starters

 

Offense

QB: Derek Carr
RB: Josh Jacobs
WR: Henry Ruggs III
WR: Tyrell Williams
WR: Hunter Renfrow
TE: Darren Waller
LT: Kolton Miller
LG: Richie Incognito
C: Rodney Hudson
RG: Gabe Jackson
RT: Trent Brown

 

Defense

DE: Maxx Crosby
DT: Maliek Collins
DE: Clelin Ferrell
LB: Cory Littleton
LB: Nick Kwiatkoski
CB: Trayvon Mullen
CB: Prince Amukamara
CB: Damon Arnette
DB: Lamarcus Joyner
S: Erik Harris
S: Johnathan Abram

 

Team Outlook

 

Biggest strength: Offensive line

Las Vegas is built around a great offensive line, and with Kolton Miller potentially taking a step up in 2020, he and Trent Brown could have a case as the NFL’s best bookend duo. On the interior, Rodney Hudson is a very strong anchor, and the Raiders have a couple of maulers at guard with Richie Incognito and Gabe Jackson. Even the depth was bolstered this offseason with veteran Eric Kush and rookie John Simpson—the latter of whom should be the long-term successor at one of the guard spots.

 

Biggest weakness: Star power

General manager Mike Mayock did an excellent job adding depth/competition all over the roster, so a potential weakness is difficult to pinpoint. However, you could say the team lacks a true superstar on either side of the ball, and it will probably take a young player like Henry Ruggs III becoming an instant gamebreaker or Maxx Crosby building on his rookie campaign to give Las Vegas a player that would be unanimously considered a top-50 talent to build around if there was a full-league redraft. As things currently stand, Trent Brown, Josh Jacobs, and Darren Waller are the headliners, but you’d like to see them all have more than one standout season for the Silver and Black.

 

Position battle to watch: Wide receiver

The aforementioned Ruggs III will be locked in at one receiver spot and Hunter Renfrow should man the slot again, but there are several options for the Raiders to complete their starting trio. While Tyrell Williams appears to have the inside track after he got off to a very good start last year before playing through a foot injury, both Nelson Agholor and rookie Bryan Edwards have plenty of talent to force their way on the field. It’ll be interesting to see how the coaching staff gets everyone on the field at three deep skill-position groups.

 

One more thought

Las Vegas signed Marcus Mariota to a potentially lucrative contract in free agency, and whether his presence pushes Derek Carr to play better or he eventually takes over as the starter himself, the former No. 2 overall pick should help Jon Gruden feel more confident than ever at the quarterback position. The Raiders could be forced into plenty of shootouts over the first two months (@ CAR, v NO, @ NE, v BUF, @ KC, v TB), and I don’t see Gruden waiting around for Carr to turn it on if they don’t get early results in the win column.

 

Early over/under: 7.5 wins (via FOX Bet)

Over. Gruden’s squad looks to have quality options at every position, and there is no reason they can’t make a move in the open AFC playoff race with improved quarterback play. It is still a young roster, though, so a lot will depend on continued development from first- and second-year players.

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Ron
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Good point about star power.

GMFB Fan
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This NFL season is going to be so exciting. There are many good teams so it’ll be unpredictable.

Pete
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The best will rise to the top

Tim Apple
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That new stadium is fancy.

RAAAAAIDERS
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RAAAAAIDERS

PUMPED!

WWprime
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Vegas has several primetime games too. League is high on them…

June S
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I like em

herd13
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On the rise for sure

wcer
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wcer

Probably the worst team in the division now

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