Al Davis

Only 12 Raiders remain on the roster from Al Davis era

The Oakland Raiders have almost completely overhauled their roster twice in the past two years. The team saw a much-changed roster in 2012, an almost completely different roster in 2013 and will once again be looking at a slew of new faces once the 2014 campaign kicks off. This is no surprise since general manager Reggie McKenzie’s game plan has been to clean house since the very beginning. But even with that intent declared from the get go, the attrition rate in Oakland has been rather shocking to see.

Darren McFaddenSince taking over in 2012, McKenzie has literally disbanded the majority of the team. Only 12 players are currently on the roster who were also on the roster in 2011.

  • Darren McFadden
  • Taiwan Jones
  • Marcel Reece
  • Terrelle Pryor
  • Stefen Wisniewski
  • Khalif Barnes
  • Tyvon Branch
  • Chimdi Chekwa
  • Sebastian Janikowski
  • Jon Condo
  • Denarius Moore
  • David Ausberry

But with all signs pointing towards Pryor being on his way out of Oakland, that number should drop to 11, and could drop even lower if Chekwa cannot make the team (which is a distinct possibility).

In 2012, the Raiders brought in 10 new starters on defense. When Tyvon Branch got injured, it resulted in a defense with only one guy who was a starter the previous year. This year, the Raiders will be returning more starters on defense but will still have completely overhauled cornerback and defensive line units. And while the Raiders added a ton of new faces this offseason, they are mostly on the older side and signed short contracts. That means the team will continue seeing a significant number of new faces joining the team for at least another year or two.

On the one hand, this is a good thing. The Raiders have been a very bad franchise for a very long time. An overhaul of the roster was necessary and no matter how it was done, it was going to be painful. The problem is, the Raiders have changed so much over the past few years, there is no foundation to the team. There is very little continuity and the roster will once again be comprised of teammates who have never played with each other before. Not only will guys need to learn a new scheme, they will need to build chemistry.

Even though the Raiders’ roster is certainly upgraded over what took the field in Oakland last season, it will be difficult if not impossible for this team to get back onto the winning track until they’ve put together a core of players who are committed to being in Oakland for years to come. Veterans like Tuck, Woodley and Smith are great additions to a team, but they are not guys to build around. Unfortunately for the Raiders, they simply do not have many of those kinds of guys on the roster. Until they do, fans can expect to see more turnover to the Raiders roster in years to come.

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