Las Vegas Raiders' 53-man roster projection sees a re-imagined offensive line and defense

The Raiders raised eyebrows when they picked Alabama tackle Alex Leatherwood in the first round after trading away three of their starting OL from last season. John Locher/AP

The Las Vegas Raiders open training camp on July 28 at the Intermountain Healthcare Performance Center in Henderson, Nevada. The Raiders finished the 2020 season 8-8, good for second place in the AFC West. They have reached the playoffs once since the 2002 season, in 2016, and return 18 starters from last season's team as well as fourth-year head coach Jon Gruden and coordinators Greg Olson (offense) and Rich Bisaccia (special teams).

Here's a 53-man roster projection:

QUARTERBACK (3): Derek Carr, Marcus Mariota, Nathan Peterman

The more things change, the more they stay the same, right? Carr returns for his eighth season despite being rumored as trade bait for the likes of Deshaun Watson, Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers this offseason. Mariota did flash in his lone appearance last season in relief of an injured Carr, and the Raiders could find another roster spot here by parting ways with Peterman.