Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
QB: Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart, Terrelle Pryor
Sorry, Kyle Newhall-Caballero, but it would seem the Raiders have made their bed and now must sleep in it. Despite shaky starts from Palmer and Pryor in the preseason, including multiple interceptions and trips to sack town, Palmer will start, Leinart will quietly play backup and Pryor will pretend to be busy somewhere.
RB/FB: Darren McFadden, Taiwan Jones, Mike Goodson, Marcel Reece, Owen Schmitt
This is one of the trickier positions to project. It's hard to gauge just how reliable new addition Mike Goodson is going to be when every other day, he's getting injured or fumbling. This may open a spot up for outside shot Lonyae Miller, who has not played well enough yet to guarantee himself a spot.
WR: Darrius Heyward-Bey, Denarius Moore, Jacoby Ford, Rod Streater, Juron Criner, Eddie McGee
Jacoby Ford's sprained left foot should not hurt the receiver's status on the depth chart, although it will be interesting to see if the Raiders go with six wideouts to pad the inevitable damage, which is where late-round draft picks like Criner may prove valuable in time.
Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp must be happy with Rod Streater pulling in 13 catches in two games. He's got to be a lock at this point.
TE: Brandon Myers, Richard Gordon, David Ausberry
It would not be a big surprise if former Saints tight end Tory Humphrey ends up on the roster, but for now, it seems Myers and Gordon are the two leading candidates for the job. Myers impressed during training camp, but suffered a shoulder injury in practice, so this position battle is by no means over.
Ausberry has the receiving skills to put up a fight for the starting spot as well.
OL: Jared Veldheer, Cooper Carlisle, Stefen Wisniewski, Mike Brisiel, Khalif Barnes, Alex Parsons, Joe Barksdale, Tony Bergstrom
The starting line seems well in place as it adjusts to a new zone-blocking scheme. What is harder to project is whether injuries will open up some playing time for third-round draft pick Bergstrom or second-year tackle Barksdale. Practice squad member Zach Hurd may have a shot at the final roster if someone gets hurt in the next few weeks. Not so sure about players like Lucas Nix or Kevin Haslam.