Las Vegas Raiders: Rumble into the Black Hole in Training Camp 2020

The Las Vegas Raiders will be in Las Vegas, Nevada, for the first time in franchise history. They have spent the past 25 years in Oakland, but it now time to call Allegiant Stadium home instead of playing at the Oakland Coliseum.

There may be little to no fans at the stadiums this season. Owner Marc Davis wouldn’t be too thrilled about not having fans in the stadium. Mike Mayock is entering his second season as the team’s general manager.

Jon Gruden is going to be entering his third season as the head coach and he will have seven more seasons left. It will be tough for the Raiders to compete in the AFC West this season though because the Kansas City Chiefs, the Denver Broncos, and the Los Angeles Chargers are all better than them this season it appears though.

The Raiders were 7-9 last season. They finished tied for second with the Denver Broncos (7-9) in the division. The Los Angeles Chargers (5-11) finished in last in the AFC West last season as well though. The Kansas City Chiefs (12-4) won the AFC West last season though. What will the roster look like for the Las Vegas Raiders roster look like though?

Quarterbacks

Derek Carr will be the starting quarterback for the Raiders. Marcus Mariota will be the backup. Nathan Peterman will be the third quarterback.

This could be Carr’s last season with the team. We will see if management likes him moving forward. Mariota was with the Tennessee Titans last season. He was replaced by Ryan Tannehill in Week 6 on the road against the Denver Broncos though.

Running Backs

Josh Jacobs will be the starting running back. Jacobs should have won the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award last season over Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray.

Jacobs is the heartbeat of this Raiders club and will pound the rock again this coming season.

Devontae Booker, rookie Lynn Bowden Jr., and Jalen Richard will be the other running backs on the roster.

Rod Smith and William Stanback will look to snag a roster spot or two on the roster though.

Full Back

Alec Ingold will be the starting full back.

Wide Receivers

Rookie Henry Ruggs III, Tyrell Williams, and Hunter Renfrow will be the starting wide receivers. Ruggs III was the 12th overall pick out of The University of Alabama. He was the first wide receiver off the board. The Raiders took him because they fell in love with his speed though.

Zay Jones, rookie Bryan Edwards, and Nelson Agholor will be the other wide receivers on the roster. Agholor came over from the Philadelphia Eagles. Edwards was a third-round pick (81st overall selection) from the 2020 NFL Draft out of The University of South Carolina.

Rico Gafford, Marcell Ateman, De’Mornay Pierson-El, Anthony Ratliff-Williams, Keelan Doss, and rookie Siaosi Mariner will compete for other spots at the wide receiver position on the roster though.

Tight Ends

Darren Waller will be the starting tight end for the Raiders. Waller had a solid season last year though. Jason Witten will be the second tight end after coming from the Dallas Cowboys in the offseason after he came out of retirement. Foster Moreau is expected to be the third tight end on the roster.

Derek Carrier, Paul Butler, and rookie Nick Bowers will compete for a roster spot or two though.

Offensive Line

Kolton Miller will be the starting left tackle, Richie Incognito will be the starting left guard, Rodney Hudson will be the starting center, Gabe Jackson will be the starting right guard, and Trent Brown will be the starting right tackle.

Brandon Parker, Erik Magnuson, Andre James, rookie John Simpson, David Sharpe, Sam Young, Lester Cotton, Jordan Devey, Eric Kush, and Denzelle Good will compete for some backup spots on the offensive line on this Raiders roster though.

Defense

Clelin Ferrell, Maurice Hurst, Maliek Collins, and Maxx Crosby will be the starters on the defensive line. Ferrell and Crosby could pop into a solid defensive end duo in their second season.

Carl Nassib, Jonathan Hankins, P.J. Hall, and Arden Key will be the backups on the defensive line though. Jeremiah Valoaga, Kendal Vickers, Daniel Ross, and rookie Mike Panasiuk will look to snag a roster spot or two.

Nick Kwiatkoski, Cory Littleton, and Nicholas Morrow will be the starting linebackers. Littleton signed a three-year deal worth $35.250 million in the offseason with the Las Vegas Raiders. He will be missed big time on the Los Angeles Rams though.

Ukeme Eligwe, Marquel Lee, and Kyle Wilber will be the backups for the Las Vegas Raiders. Justin Phillips, Nick Usher, and rookie Tanner Muse will look to make a name for themselves at the linebacker position though.

Trayvon Mullen, Prince Amukamara, and Lamarcus Joyner will be the starting cornerbacks. Rookie Damon Arnette and Amik Robertson could very well make the roster though. Isaiah Johnson, Nevin Lawson, D.J. Killings, Kelsean Nixon, and Jordan Brown will compete for the other spots at cornerback on the roster though.

Arnette was the 19th overall pick (first-round selection) in the 2020 NFL Draft. He was a massive reach out of thee Ohio State University.

His college teammate, Jeffrey Okudah (CB) cornerback, was selected third-overall (first-round selection) by the Detroit Lions in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Jonathan Abram and Damarious Randall will be the starting safeties. Jeff Heath, Erik Harris, Dallin Leavitt, and rookie Javin White will compete for the backup safety spots on this roster though.

Special Teams

Daniel Carlson will be the kicker. Rookie Dominik Eberle will get a look in training camp though at the kicker position.

A.J. Cole III will be the punter.

Trent Sieg and rookie Liam McCullough will compete for the long snapper position.

Jalen Richard will be the kickoff returner and the punt returner though.

This team could very well take a step back this season though. They will begin the season on Sunday, September 13 on the road against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Their home opener at the new Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada, will be on Monday, September 21 against the New Orleans Saints.

What do you think of the Las Vegas Raiders’ potential this season? Leave a comment below.

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