The Raiders signed wide receiver James Jones away from the Packers as a free agent this offseason to improve a lackluster receiving corps, but a holdover from last year is ahead of Jones on the team’s first depth chart.
Andre Holmes is listed as a starter at wide receiver along with last year’s leading receiver Rod Streater, relegating Jones to the second team ahead of the team’s first preseason game this week. Holmes had a strong close to last year, catching 22 passes for 366 yards and a touchdown, and it would seem the Raiders want to see if he can keep it up this year.
However things shake out on the depth chart, all three receivers will likely be in for significant amounts of playing time come the regular season. The same is true of running backs Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden, but, for now, the Raiders are opting for new over old.
Jones-Drew is in the top spot at tailback with McFadden behind him, perhaps because the Raiders think his mix of inside running and help in all phases of the passing game makes him a better fit for the first team. This could also change or the Raiders could just keep things as they are with McFadden entering the fray when the Raiders want to change things up.