Coach Jon Gruden hinted that Joyner may play slot cornerback rather than safety, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.
The Raiders don't have a great alternative to start alongside Karl Joseph at safety, so they may use Joyner at different spots in the base defense and nickel/dime packages. The 2014 second-round pick is joining Oakland on a four-year, $42 million contract after starting 27 games at free safety for the Rams the past two seasons. Given his reliable work in coverage, Joyner should be an asset to the defense wherever he lines up, though Joseph is the better bet for high-end IDP production.
The Raiders are drawing close to agreement on a contract with Joyner, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The Rams, Joyner's previous employer, opted not to place the franchise tag on him for a second straight year, ensuring he would hit the open market for the first time in his career. In five seasons to date, he's averaged 4.6 tackles per game while contributing five sacks, four interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 67 outings. Upon joining the Raiders, Joyner should take over at free safety with Marcus Gilchrist and Reggie Nelson hitting unrestricted free agency.