CAMP ROSTER

Here is a look at the Raiders' roster, position by position heading into training camp, with players set to report Wednesday with the first full practice scheduled for Friday (Projected starters indicated with an asterisk):

Quarterbacks (4): *Matt Schaub, Derek Carr, Matt McGloin, Trent Edwards

The Raiders are counting on Schaub giving the kind of reliable veteran leadership and decision-making skills lacking at the position since Rich Gannon retired following the 2004 season. Carr has already passed McGloin to become the backup.

Running backs (9): *Darren McFadden, *Marcel Reece (FB), Maurice Jones-Drew, Latavius Murray, Kory Sheets, James Stewart, George Atkinson III, Jamize Olawale (FB), Karl Williams (FB).

Believe it or not, McFadden is only 26 years old. He's determined to team with Jones-Drew and give the Raiders a 1-2 punch of rejuvenated runners. Reece remains perhaps the NFL's top runner/receiver at his position.

Wide receivers (11): *James Jones, *Rod Streater, Andre Holmes, Denarius Moore, Juron Criner, Brice Butler, Mike Davis, Greg Little, Greg Jenkins, Seth Roberts, Rashaan Vaughn.

Jones adds a desperately needed veteran presence to an inexperienced group. Streater's improvement over first two seasons has been dramatic. Holmes showed skills as a jump-and-catch receiver, while Moore is gifted but inconsistent.

Tight ends (6): *Mychal Rivera, David Ausberry, Nick Kasa, Brian Leonhardt, Jake Murphy, Scott Simonson.


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Rivera is a top receiving threat but the Raiders will be looking for a stout in-line tight end to emerge. Kasa's progress will be watched closely in that regard, as will the waiver wire at cutdown time.

Centers (2): *Stefen Wisniewski, Kevin Boothe.

Wisniewski is the focal point of everything the Raiders do up front, and keeping him healthy through camp will be a priority. Boothe will spell Wisniewski as well as be a viable backup at both guard spots.

Guards (7): *Khalif Barnes, *Austin Howard, Gabe Jackson, Tony Bergstrom, Jarrod Shaw, Lamar Mady, Lucas Nix.

Barnes goes into camp as the incumbent left guard but will be pushed by Jackson. Howard, a tackle with the Jets, could emerge at right tackle if necessary.

Tackles: (6): *Donald Penn, *Menelik Watson, Matt McCants, Dan Kistler, Erle Ladson, Jack Cornell.

Penn promises to be a punishing run blocker and return to form as a pass blocker. Watson is being given every opportunity to win the job on the right side. McCants got valuable experience last season as an undrafted free agent.

Defensive ends (6): *Justin Tuck, *Lamarr Woodley, Jack Crawford, Shelby Harris, Ryan Robinson, Denico Autry.

Tuck and Woodley are the new additions, and both have versatility: Tuck can move inside and Woodley can play as a 3-4 linebacker when Jason Tarver changes up. Harris, a rookie end who didn't play as a senior in college, bears watching.

Defensive tackles (7): *Pat Sims, *Antonio Smith, Justin Ellis, Stacy McGee, Ricky Lumpkin, Torell Troup, C.J. Wilson.

One of the deepest position groups on the roster with the potential of a four-man rotation. Sims and Smith can give way to Ellis, a rookie with nose tackle size, and McGee, impressive as a rookie sixth-round pick last year.

Linebackers (11): *Khalil Mack, *Nick Roach, *Sio Moore, Miles Burris, Kaluka Maiava, Kevin Burnett, Kaelin Burnett, Justin Cole, Carlos Fields, Bojay Filimoeatu, Marshall McFadden.

Mack will lean heavily on Roach to be in proper position for the myriad ways the Raiders plan to use him and camp will be a learning process in that regard. Moore was being pushed by Burris late in the offseason.

Cornerbacks (9): *Tarell Brown, *Carlos Rogers, DJ Hayden, Chimdi Chekwa, Keith McGill, TJ Carrie, Taiwan Jones, Chance Casey, Neiko Thorpe,

Brown and Rogers bring their act from Santa Clara to Napa as probable starters. The Raiders would love to see Hayden force his way into the mix alongside Brown. McGill and Carrie are interesting rookies who could figure in some packages.

Safeties (6): *Charles Woodson, *Tyvon Branch, Jonathan Dowling, Brandian Ross, Shelton Johnson, Usama Young.

As the theory goes, Woodson will be more free to do some of the things he did with the Packers with Branch healthy and ready to play. Dowling, a rookie seventh-round pick, showed good ball skills in the offseason as a single deep safety.

Long-snappers (1): *Jon Condo

The Raiders will find a backup somewhere during camp and then hope they never have to use him.

Punters (2): *Marquette King, Michael Palardy.

No one works harder than King, who can hammer it high and deep but has to learn touch and finesse.

Kickers (2): *Sebastian Janikowski,

After missing 10 field goal attempts, many from distances that were unthinkable the previous two years, Janikowski returns with something to prove.

-- JERRY McDONALD