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Oakland Raiders: 8 Players Who Could Drop Down Depth Chart in 2012

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Oakland Raiders: 8 Players Who Could Drop Down Depth Chart in 2012
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During the offseason, the focus is often on the players likely to make an impact, but their success often come at the expense of others at their position.

In order to make room for additions, developmental youth and schematic fits, there will be players that slide down, or off, the depth chart.

With the new regime in Oakland, more changes than normal are expected. General manager Reggie McKenzie has already made major changes, but head coach Dennis Allen has yet to put his stamp on the new-look roster.

Allen is a defensive-minded coach that takes over a defense largely constructed by the defensive-minded Al Davis. Allen and Davis are very ideologically different when it comes to defense and different attributes, such as the ability to blitz, will be favored more by Allen than they were by Davis.

The Raiders also shifting from a Don Coryell-influenced offense to one more influenced by Bill Walsh's west coast offense. Different attributes will be valued at key positions like wide receiver and running back.

Based on the scheme changes, it's safe to assume the roster tinkering is not yet complete.

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