8/31: Second update after the fourth preseason game: Changes – Mastrud to active roster, cutting Gordon at TE. Everything else the same.
8/27: Updated with the roster moves from 8/27/13. Not much change to my roster as I already had Miles Burris going on the PUP list and didn't have Joselio Hanson making the team anyway. The big difference is RB Latavius Murray going on IR as I had him projected for the final squad. I've moved Jeremy Stewart into the final 53 with Murray going on IR:
The Raiders, like all NFL teams, are in their final-cut mode this week. The Raiders must get to 75 players by 1 pm Pacific Time today and then must make final their final cuts down to their roster of 53 players by Saturday, August 31st at 3 pm.
Here is my best guess at the final roster as of the end of the day on Saturday. It may not be the roster that the Raiders take into week 1 because there are always a few additions and subtractions as GMs work through other teams' cuts to get their roster in the right place.
Note: These are not always the players I think are the best but my best guess as to the Raiders thinking:
Cut: Matt McGloin
P/S: Matt McGloin, if not claimed by another team.
Cut: Deonte Williams
P/S: none. I do not see Williams as likely P/S candidate
IR: Latavius Murray
Cut: Greg Jenkins, Conner Vernon
P/S: Greg Jenkins
Suspended list: Andre Holmes (4 games)
Cut: Richard Gordon, Brian Leonhardt
Cut: Willie Smith, Tony Hills, Lamar Mady, Jason Foster
IR: Jared Veldheer (designated to return)
Cut: Ryan Baker, Kurt Taufa’asau, Ryan Robinson
P/S: Kurt Taufa’asau, Ryan Robinson
Cut: Billy Boyko
PUP: Miles Burris
P/S: Chase Thomas
Cut: Reggie Smith, Chance Casey, Shelton Johnson
P/S: Chance Casey
IR: Joselio Hanson
Cut: Chris Kluwe, Justin Medlock
If correct, this will make the Practice Squad:
QB Matt McGloin
WR Greg Jenkins
DT Kurt Taufa’asau
DE Ryan Robinson
LB Chase Thomas
CB: Chance Casey
The practice squad will have two remaining spots to be filled with cuts from other teams, one of which I would guess would be an OT.
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