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Karl Joseph replaced in starting lineup by Nate Allen

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Karl Joseph is now listed as the backup at strong safety for Week 1. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

Karl Joseph is now listed as the backup at strong safety for Week 1. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

The Karl Joseph era apparently won’t begin with him in the starting lineup.

The Raiders released their updated depth chart Tuesday and have Nate Allen listed as the starter at strong safety. Joseph, the team’s first-round pick, had held that spot since the team’s initial depth chart of the exhibition season.

It’s not a huge surprise if you consider how Joseph has been used in recent weeks. In the third exhibition game against Tennessee in which the starters played into the third quarter, he played only 22 defensive snaps. That was the fewest among projected starters.

“He’s still growing,” coach Jack Del Rio said of Joseph after the Tennessee game. “He’s still competing for time, still developing. Remember, he missed the whole offseason. For a young guy, as far as getting reps, he was there mentally doing the best he could but it takes time. It takes reps and experience. He’s getting it on the run right now. He’ll continue to work on it.”

Joseph and second-round pick Jihad Ward were also the only two projected starters (at the time) who played in the exhibition finale against Seattle, logging 31 snaps on defense and eight more on special teams.

Joseph said after that game that he was continuing to work on his “eyes” and where he needs to be on any given play. He had eight tackles in the four exhibition games.

The rookie from West Virginia and No. 14 overall selection was behind the eight ball when he joined the Raiders still rehabilitating from a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered his senior season. He missed the whole offseason program, but sat out only one training camp practice.

“I think the coaches have done a good job of watching my reps and how I practiced,” Joseph said after the Seattle game. “I love the grind. I understand it’s a process, just got to trust the process.”

The other major depth chart change was Dan Williams returning to the starting defense. With Mario Edwards Jr. now on injured reserve, he comes off the depth chart and is replaced by Jihad Ward at that defensive end spot. Williams takes over Ward’s defensive tackle spot.

Here’s the entire depth chart for Week 1 vs. the Saints.

OFFENSE

Position First team Second team Third team Fourth team
WR Michael Crabtree Seth Roberts
LT Donald Penn Matt McCants
LG Kelechi Osemele Jon Feliciano
C Rodney Hudson Jon Feliciano
RG Gabe Jackson Vadal Alexander
RT Menelik Watson Austin Howard
TE Lee Smith Clive Walford Mychal Rivera
WR Amari Cooper Andre Holmes Johnny Holton
QB Derek Carr Matt McGloin Connor Cook
RB Latavius Murray Taiwan Jones DeAndre Washington Jalen Richard
FB Jamize Olawale

DEFENSE

Position First team Second team Third team Fourth team
DE Jihad Ward Denico Autry
DT Dan Williams Stacy McGee
NT Justin Ellis Darius Latham
DE Khalil Mack Jihad Ward
SLB Bruce Irvin Shilique Calhoun
MLB Ben Heeney Cory James
WLB Malcolm Smith Daren Bates
LCB David Amerson DJ Hayden Antonio Hamilton 
RCB Sean Smith TJ Carrie Dexter McDonald
FS Reggie Nelson Keith McGill Bryden Trawick
SS Nate Allen Karl Joseph

SPECIAL TEAMS

Position First team Second team Third team Fourth team
P Marquette King
K Sebastian Janikowski
H Marquette King
LS Jon Condo
KR Taiwan Jones DeAndre Washington Johnny Holton
PR TJ Carrie DeAndre Washington Jalen Richard

Rookies are underlined.

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Jimmy Durkin

Sports writer for the Bay Area News Group, covering the Raiders.

  • Heck Legler
  • Steveopa

    I still love the pick he is still nursing the knee injury by week 5 or 6 he should be back to full strength.

  • He has potential. Wasn’t my favorite pick at that spot, but I did like the player and think he can be good. I just question his ability in coverage.

  • rifflicks

    JUST “PROVE IT” BABY
    8-8 – 9-7

  • Just stagnant

  • RaidingTexas

    Some bloggers you just can’t reach. So, you get what we had here last hour.

  • Goff is inactive for the first game
    hahaha

  • Steveopa

    Time will tell. Let’s see how his rookie season goes.

  • LondonAl

    Hehe.

  • DutchRaid

    Cool hand Luke?

  • Gdog

    I am guessing this thing would just laugh at wasp spray?

  • SB3

    A lot depends on the D you are facing and game planning. I think the O will progress this year, 2nd yr in.

  • Gdog

    Maybe he suddenly got good?

  • Dakota

    Rams are going to crash and burn in LA before they even get into their new stadium.

  • rifflicks

    tell that to Earl Campbell ….who Tatum knocked off of his feet head on

  • Yeah those things are freaky

  • Indeed

  • RaidingTexas

    And getting paid over $300K to be inactive for that game. Life is still good for him.

  • BABY AL

    We have no other choice. Joseph not ready…

  • RaiderCODE

    training wheels off – time to get aggressive .. attack the defense

  • DutchRaid

    Huge?

  • jesusraiderjim

    “What we have here is a failure to communicate”

  • RaidingTexas

    Those lines are etched into my permanent memory thanks to a G’n’R song Civil War. Didn’t see the movie until after that song came out.

  • Mostly due to one fluke game against a terrible low division team

  • Gdog

    I don’t think of aggressive and Musgrave in the same sentence. He was hired BECAUSE he is so conservative. Just like Weggie and JDR like! Ball control and let the defense hold on!

    Its a neat wish though!

  • People begging for the Raiders in LA in a couple months

  • 2romes

    I’m certainly not rooting against that pick but I don’t think an injured player should have gone that high unless you know for sure he would be ready. They kept saying he would be ready and we need him now.

  • RaiderCODE

    arghh hope not…

  • BABY AL

    They already are

  • En masse

  • Gdog

    Weggie hired Knapp. And then Knapp2. And now Knapp3.

    What are you really expecting? Cmon man… this is it.

  • Dan78

    We have been for years..

  • DutchRaid

    Googled it, one showed the size as a person’s hand and another the size of a grape…wiki said 5 cm (2.0 in) long

  • SB3

    I think he would, probably just think I am giving him a bath.

  • 2romes

    Good! maybe they will be so bad they won’t get the air time. I”m not worried now anyway because I got the Ticket, but still.

  • SB3

    For a wasp, hell yeah. A good 3 inches give or take.

  • rifflicks

    Tatum destroys Earl Campbell at 1:00 mark
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QED1UrfW5Y

  • Steveopa

    Allen looks good so why not ease Joseph into action.

  • The state insect of New Mexico. WHY?!

  • RaidingTexas

    The point is that players are bigger at every position on average. KJ may still become a big-time safety if he can ever trust his knee. The injury is more worrisome than his size IMO.

  • Steveopa

    He looked good in the preseason

  • 2romes

    I guess we have to now.

  • Gdog

    And it prolly goes higher than that. Tommy Boy hired Weggie with specific instructions to hire OC’s and HC’s that are exactly opposite of Al.

    Its becoming pretty obvious by now… right?

  • SB3

    2002, my pinnacle as a Raider fan, I loved being up on teams by a considerable amount and us continuing to pass their azz to death.

  • Dan78

    Raiders vs Saints on Ch. 11 on Sunday…

  • MEX_GHOST

    New post Semis!!!

  • r8dercain

    Yes sir

  • jesusraiderjim

    Alle n will be fine, he was playing well last season. Guys whiff once in awhile, its the Big show

  • Gdog

    One apple two apple PASS.

    One apple two apple PASS.

    Blitzing didn’t matter… nothing mattered.

    A thing of beauty.

    Carr isn’t the dart thrower as Gannon though. He would struggle with that offense, IMO.

  • Dakota

    …..But EC scored….