Oakland Raiders’ Projected Final 53-Man Roster, Pre-Training-Camp Edition

It’s about that time to start speculation on who makes the final 53-man roster for the Oakland Raiders.

Which players sit atop the depth chart? Which players are barely clinging to roster spots? And which players have taken a tumble off the depth chart into obscurity?

Before delving into the depth chart, there are a few curveballs to address. According to ESPN’s Adam Caplan (h/t ESPN’s Bill Williamson) offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave won’t utilize the fullback position. As a result, Marcel Reece is designated as an H-back.

Also keep in mind, NFL teams usually have at least two kick and punt returners on the active roster; at times these players are specialist even though they’re listed under their natural position. 

Finally, long snappers are often neglected, but they’re crucial aspects to the special teams unit.

These small aspects are all in play when putting together a solid 53-man roster. When assessing a depth chart, it’s more important to add depth to thinner positions than activate players based on potential.

Teams can sign players off another team’s practice squad for more lucrative deals, so it’s important to keep undeveloped players with high potential active if possible.

After much consideration, here’s how the current roster shakes out for the Raiders.

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