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The Raiders’ CB depth will be something to watch

The Raiders’ CB depth will be something to watch

The Las Vegas Raiders had some good play from their cornerbacks last season.

However, despite some impressive performances, the venue was in need of an upgrade this offseason.

Jack Jones and Nate Hobbs were the only guaranteed starters at the end of the year, and there was little depth behind them. At the start of the season, that’s probably still the case.

The Raiders still need to find a starter opposite Jones on the outside. Hobbs will be the starter in the slot, but the Raiders are still looking for someone to lock down the opposite boundary.

Could it be Brandon Facyson? Would it be one of the rookies, Decamerion Richardson or MJ Devonshire? Does Jakorian Bennett have a chance after a difficult start to the season which reduced his playing time?

There aren’t many guarantees in the Raiders’ cornerback room, which makes this unit a question mark. How will the Raiders answer some of these questions?

That’s up to coach Antonio Pierce and defensive coordinator Patrick Graham. Pierce and Jones are close, and he was one of the top contributors in the cornerback room last season, so he will likely be a leader in that room.

The Raiders have two rookies, Richardson and Devonshire, who they did not draft well. How much play time are they ready for? With the lack of depth or starters in the cornerback room, they could see the field much sooner than expected.

Richardson is long, physical and competitive, so he could be an intriguing candidate to start for Pierce. Devonshire also has some intriguing tools, but he was drafted much lower, so he could have an uphill battle to make the roster.

Is the Raiders’ lack of depth at cornerback alarming? Should they consider adding a free agent corner or two? Someone like Adoree’ Jackson or Stephon Gilmore? Or do they believe in the players they have and feel like the room doesn’t need any more additions?

These questions could become even more pressing as the offseason progresses. The Raiders will have to see how the room performs in OTAs and throughout training camp before answering these questions.

The Raiders may need to take a hard look at the cornerback room. Their depth – and their starters – are worth monitoring ahead of the season.

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CARTER LANDIS

Carter Landis studied journalism at Michigan State University, graduating in May 2022. He is currently a sports reporter for a local television station and a writer covering the Las Vegas Raiders.

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