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  1. OTA's

    Carradine isn't a better player than Irvin but for the role of strongside DE, he's a better option. I don't know where MEJ is playing right now but i'd guess the strongside DE spot in base is a TC battle between MEJ and Carradine. Irvin will still play more snaps at DE than whoever wins that spot since nickel is the most used formation. It's exactly like our 5th DB who will play more than our 3rd LB, even if he's not officially listed as a starter.
  2. 2018 Depth Chart...How do you see it?

    So (per Tafur) Nelson was also in the mix with Joseph and Gilchrist at S. And they're all playing both S spots. Gilchrist is also playing nickel.
  3. Jets trade Christian Hackenberg to the Raiders

    If he's on the roster for an undisclosed number of regular season games, yes.
  4. 2018 Depth Chart...How do you see it?

    Penn is working with the 1st team at LT in OTAs. I guess he's fully healed. Joseph and Gilchrist are the 1st team S.
  5. Your Team: What are you most looking forward to?

    Carr working with Gruden.
  6. If the real Derek Carr is the one we saw last year, he's not a 10 year starter in the league.
  7. Carr is the key. I still don't know what kind of player he is. It's going to be the most important season in his career. He goes back to looking like one of the best young QBs in the league or his career takes a nosedive.
  8. Raiders Defense

    Mack is an elite player, the rare kind who can perform no matter the situation. I don't think anyone is implying Joseph is elite or has shown anything to suggest he could be elite. Coaching is about maximizing the players' abilities so if our coaching staff is better, some players will look better too. But, as fans, we're not in a position to tell who will and who won't.
  9. Raiders Defense

  10. Raiders Defense

    It is. He will never be able to shut down TEs. He's too small for that role. So we can keep asking him to do a job he's not built for or see if he can be better in a different role. He's a 1st round pick so i think the staff will give him that chance.
  11. Raiders Defense

    There isn't. I was just saying i think he fits better there than matched up on TEs.
  12. Raiders Defense

    "Coverage" is way too wide a term. Covering as a deep safety and covering a TE or WR one on one are very different things.
  13. Raiders Defense

    The fact they signed Gilchrist and re-signed Nelson means they're not overly confident in those 2. At least, they're not ready to just hand them a starting spot (and that's how it should be). Joseph's inability to cover TEs has been pretty obvious since his rookie year. I still hope he's moved to FS. The new scheme, with more 2 deep safeties, could benefit him.
  14. 2018 Depth Chart...How do you see it?

    OFFENSE (24) QB: Carr (Manuel) RB: Lynch (Richard/Martin) FB: K.Smith WR: Cooper (Bryant/Switzer) WR: J.Nelson (Roberts/Ateman) TE: Cook (L.Smith/Carrier) LT: Penn (Ware) LG: Osemele OC: Hudson (Feliciano) RG: Jackson (Sharpe) RT: Miller (Parker) DEFENSE (26) Strong End: Edwards Jr (Carradine) 3T: Hurst (Hall/Hester) 1T: Ellis Weak End: Mack (Irvin/Key) SAM: Whitehead (Lamur/Wilber) MIKE: Johnson (Lee) WILL: Morrow (Victor) CB: Conley (Worley/Wright) SS: Gilchrist (Melifonwu/Harris) FS: Joseph (Luani) CB: Melvin (N.Nelson) ST (3) K: Pineiro P: Townsend LS: DePaola PUP: Vanderdoes
  15. 2018 Depth Chart...How do you see it?

    https://www.raidersbeat.com/bruce-irvin-is-looking-forward-to-being-a-full-time-pass-rusher/ Irvin confirmed it recently.