NAPA, CA. — With Charles Woodson recently retiring, it’s going to be up in there as to who will take over the clear cut leadership role for the Raiders. They brought on free agent, Reggie Nelson from the Cincinnati Bengals and drafted selected Karl Joseph in this years draft with their first round pick. Either of those two guys could step up; though it may be a bit before the rookie could conceivably take it over. Then there was also the addition of Sean Smith coming over to play corner from the division rival Chiefs via free agency.
It still seems like at least one corner position and the nickel corner positions will be up for grabs. Currently the Raiders have 11 corners listed on their 90-man roster. Realistically 5 or 6 of them will make the 53-man roster.
As things stand, Ourlads Scouting Services has the Raiders depth chart as following; Sean Smith (CB1), David Amerson (CB2), Travis Carrie (N-B), Reggie Nelson (S), Karl Joseph (S). Players such as Keith McGill and DJ Hayden could be locks as primary back ups. The rest will be up for grabs.
It should be a heated battle this summer in Napa at this position for the remaining spots but on the surface, Oakland seems like they have a very serviceable secondary. With some of the depth in question, Raiders fans will hope that the team can stay healthy through the course of the season.
If we know anything about this squad, it’s that they have one of the best to ever play at nearly every defensive back positions in Rod Woodson (assistant defensive backs coach). If anyone can get the most out of this bunch (including the reserves), it will be the one-two punch of head coach Jack Del Rio and defensive backs coach, Rod Woodson.