Five new Raiders starters to watch—and the players they replaced

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Jimmy Garoppolo replaces Derek Carr, who signed with the New Orleans Saints, at quarterback. Marcus Peters takes over as the top cornerback for Rock Ya-Sin, who’s off to the Baltimore Ravens.

Those might be the two most notable switches from last season to this season, but there are several other big shake-ups at the top of the Raiders’ depth chart. Here are the five biggest changes in the starting lineup.


1. Right guard, Greg Van Roten

The nine-year veteran who last played for the Buffalo Bills shined in training camp, coming relatively out of nowhere to earn a starting job.

2. Tight end, Austin Hooper

Rookie second-round pick Michael Mayer will probably end up with more snaps and catches, but Hooper, an eighth-year pro and former Titan, Brown and Falcon, is the more proven commodity coming into the season, and therefore listed as the top tight end.

3. Wide receiver, Jakobi Meyers

Not many expected the Raiders to target a receiver in the free-agency market, but they ended up signing arguably the most productive one available in this former Patriot with 235 career catches for 2,758 receiving yards.

4. Linebacker, Robert Spillane

The hard-hitting, textbook run-stuffing linebacker excelled in a limited role for the past four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and he’ll now be asked to step up and serve as a linchpin for the Raiders’ defense.

5. Safety, Marcus Epps

Fresh off recording six tackles in the Eagles’ Super Bowl loss to the Chiefs, Epps signed a deal to help hold up the back end of the Raiders’ defense.


1. Right guard, Alex Bars

The four-year veteran came into training camp looking to build on last year’s feel-good story when he climbed from the practice squad to the starting lineup, but he was outplayed by Van Roten and Jordan Meredith before being released.

2. Tight end, Darren Waller

Three years after setting a franchise record with 107 receptions, the star tight end was traded to the New York Giants in exchange for a third-round pick. Waller was the talk of training camp in New York and named a team captain.

3. Wide receiver, Mack Hollins

The Raiders’ locker room will be a little less lively without this boisterous leader, team captain, special teams maestro and No. 2 wide receiver a year ago. Hollins signed with the Atlanta Falcons in free agency.

4. Linebacker, Denzel Perryman

Perryman made the Pro Bowl in his first season with the Raiders two years ago and was named a team captain in 2022 before departing to the Houston Texans this offseason.

5. Safety, Duron Harmon

It appears the three-time Super Bowl champion with the Patriots won’t get a 10th NFL season; he remains unsigned despite being arguably the Raiders’ surest defensive back a year ago.

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