NFL teams have to release a depth chart prior to the first preseason game, and Raiders Jack Del Rio made a point to express that it’s truly “unofficial.”
He doesn’t even fill it out.
“I think with that game approaching, I think the depth chart will come out soon,” Del Rio said after Sunday’s practice. "(Media Relations director) Will (Kiss) does the best he can, I don’t really worry about it this time of year, but we’ll have something out there for you.”
We get it. The depth chart below doesn’t hold weight.
Generally speaking, though, the document is isn't off base. It generally depicts the hierarchy visible over two weeks of training camp practices at the Napa Valley Marriott.
It also offers an opportunity to discuss the roster heading toward next week’s exhibition opener at the Arizona Cardinals.
Let’s take advantage of that.
The unofficial depth chart is listed below, with comments on each spot.
WR: Michael Crabtree, Seth Roberts, K.J. Brent, Joe Hansley, Nathan Palmer, Max McCaffrey
Comment: No shockers here. Roberts will be the slot receiver, and has worked on the outside with the second unit. Brent has flashed some among a large group of generally non-descript undrafted receivers.
LT: Donald Penn, Matt McCants, Torian White
Comment: McCants has been the first guy off the bench.
LG: Kelechi Osemele, Jon Feliciano, Terran Vaughn
Comment: Feliciano will be the Raiders interior swing man.
C: Rodney Hudson, Ross Burbank, Oni Omoile
Comment: Feliciano will be the backup center as well. Has taken second-unit snaps here.
RG: Gabe Jackson, Vadal Alexander, Mitch Bell
Comment: Alexander has taken most snaps at tackle. Again, Felicano’s the first guy off the bench.
RT: Menelik Watson, Austin Howard, Denver Krikland
Comment: Best position battle of camp will, as OL coach Mike Tice says, go down to the wire. Watson has received most first-team work.
TE: Lee Smith, Clive Walford, Mychal Rivera, Gabe Holmes, Ryan O’Malley, Colton Underwood
Comment: Smith is the lead dog in blocking situations. Walford can be used anywhere, and will see significant snaps. Holmes and Rivera have flashed this camp.
WR: Amari Cooper, Andre Holmes, Johnny Holton, Jaydon Mickens, Marvin Hall
Comment: Holton has been the best undrafted receiver thus far. Seems to have the early lead on the No. 5 receiver spot.
QB: Derek Carr, Matt McGloin, Connor Cook
Comment: McGloin is the clear No. 2.
RB: Latavius Murray, Taiwan Jones, DeAndre Washington, Jalen Richard, George Atkinson III
Comment: Washington has been the primary backup, and has seen lots of first-team action. Richard has flashed as well.
FB: Jamize Olawale, Marcel Reece
Comment: Reece is suspended the first three games.
DE: Mario Edwards Jr., Denico Autry
Comment: Stacy McGee has filled in here, though Autry hasn’t gotten into the flow due to a wrist injury.
DT: Jihad Ward, Stacy McGee, Leon Orr, Drew Iddings
Comment: Ward has taken most first-team reps and looked good doing it. Autry could be a factor here when healthy.
NT: Justin Ellis, Dan Williams, Darius Latham, Derrick Lott
Comment: Ellis was ahead of Williams at this point last year, too. Both guys will make an impact, and Williams could take his starting spot before long.
DE: Khalil Mack, James Cowser, Branden Jackson, Greg Townsend, Lenny Jones
Comment: Cowser has a real shot to make this roster.
SAM: Bruce Irvin, Shilique Calhoun, Korey Toomer
Comment: Calhoun fits in well here.
MIKE: Ben Heeney, Cory James, John Lotulelei, Kyrie Wilson
Comment: Heeney has the green dot, and will keep it.
WILL: Malcolm Smith, Neiron Ball, Daren Bates
Comment: Lotulelei has worked here as well. Ball working his way back after long layoff.
LCB: David Amerson, DJ Hayden, Neiko Thorpe, Antonio Hamilton
Comment: Hayden is the primary slot corner.
RCB: Sean Smith, TJ Carrie, Dexter McDonald, Jenneth Durden, Tramain Jacobs
Comment: Carrie has been a second-unit player thus far.
FS: Reggie Nelson, Nate Allen, Brynden Trawick, Chris Hackett
Comment: Allen hasn’t looked great. Nelson fits in well.
SS: Karl Joseph, Dewey McDonald, Keith McGill, Jimmy Hall, Chris Edwards
Comment: Joseph was thrown right in with the starting unit. McDonald seeing lots of work here.
P: Marquette King
K: Sebastian Janikowski, Giorgio Tavecchio
H: Marquette King
LS: Jon Condo, Andrew East
KR: Taiwan Jones, DeAndre Washington, Jalen Richard, George Atkinson III
Comment: Gonna be tough to unseat Jones, though the veteran has to stay healthy.
PR: TJ Carrie, DeAndre Washington, Joe Hansley, Jaydon Mickens
Comment:Carrie’s the leader, though game reps really matter here.