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How the 2020 Las Vegas Raiders Were Built

Wednesday, September 9, 2020   /   by Ken Couture

How the 2020 Las Vegas Raiders Were Built

The Las Vegas Raiders are one week away from taking the field for the first time, can you believe it?


This weekend, the Silver and Black finalized the 53-man roster, thus completing the dreadful roster-cut process. On paper, we now have a confirmed list of players General Manager Mike Mayock, Head Coach Jon Gruden and the rest of the coaching staff will be riding with for this season (of course, the roster is subject to change by the season's end).


The Raiders' roster is comprised of a handful of veterans, mixed with budding youth; let's take a look at how this team was assembled.


NFL Draft (20)


Player


Position


Year


Johnathan Abram


S


2019


Damon Arnette


CB


2020


Derek Carr


QB


2014


Maxx Crosby


DE


2019


Bryan Edwards


WR


2020


Clelin Ferrell


DE


2019


Maurice Hurst


DT


2018


Gabe Jackson


G


2014


Josh Jacobs


RB


2019


Isaiah Johnson


CB


2019


Arden Key


DE


2018


Kolton Miller


T


2018


Foster Moreau


TE


2019


Trayvon Mullen


CB


2019


Tanner Muse


LB


2020


Brandon Parker


T


2018


Hunter Renfrow


WR


2019


Amik Robertson


CB


2020


Henry Ruggs III


WR


2020


John Simpson


G


2020


Derek Carr and Gabe Jackson are the longest-tenured Raiders on the roster, serving as members of the Silver and Black since 2014. While the duo is an integral piece of the team, Mayock and Gruden have added more foundational pieces around them in the last two years, such as Josh Jacobs, Clelin Ferrell, Maxx Crosby, and more.


Free Agency (22)



Player


Position


Year


Nelson Agholor


WR


2020


Devontae Booker


RB


2020


Trent Brown


T


2019


Daniel Carlson


K


2018


Derek Carrier


TE


2018


Maliek Collins


DT


2020


Rico Gafford


WR


2018


Johnathan Hankins


DT


2018


Erik Harris


S


2017


Jeff Heath


S


2020


Rodney Hudson


C


2015


Richie Incognito


G


2019


Lamarcus Joyner


S


2019


Nick Kwiatkoski


LB


2020


Cory Littleton


LB


2020


Marcus Mariota


QB


2020


Carl Nassib


DE


2020


Nathan Peterman


QB


2018


Daniel Ross


DT


2020


Kendal Vickers


DE


2020


Darren Waller


TE


2018


Jason Witten


TE


2020


The big free agency signings this offseason was Nick Kwiatkoski and Cory Littleton, upgrading the Raiders linebacking corps, which needed a makeover. The duo is expected to become the identity of Paul Guenther's defense, but they aren't the only free agents who've established themselves as anchors of their unit, for example, Rodney Hudson. The Pro Bowl center joined the Raiders in 2015 and is the glue that holds the offense together. The Raiders have found ample talent in the draft, but they've been able to acquire premier free agents over the last few years.


Trade (3)



Player


Position


Year


Denzelle Good


G


2018


Zay Jones


WR


2019


Raekwon McMillan


LB


2020


Offensively, the Raiders needed help at wide receiver last year, which caused GM Mike Mayock to trade for Zay Jones, who Coach Gruden said was the most-improved offensive player in training camp. Jones looks to be a factor in Gruden's receiving corps and is still tapping into his potential at 25 years old.


Undrafted Free Agents (8)



Player


Position


Year


AJ Cole


P


2019


Alec Ingold


FB


2019


Andre James


T


2019


Dallin Leavitt


S


2018


Nicholas Morrow


LB


2017


Keisean Nixon


CB


2019


Jalen Richard


RB


2016


Trent Sieg


LS


2018


Alec Ingold, Jalen Richard, and AJ Cole are just a few of the handful of UDFAs who've carved out important roles on the Raiders. It's been difficult this offseason given the circumstances for UDFAs to make a strong impression, but the aforementioned players are an example of what can happen when given an opportunity.

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