Predicting the Oakland Raiders final 53

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:

QB: 3
Terrelle Pryor
Matt Flynn
Tyler Wilson

Cut: Matt McGloin
P/S: Matt McGloin, if not claimed by another team.

RB/FB: 5
Darren McFadden
Rashad Jennings
Jeremy Stewart
Marcel Reece
Jamize Olawale

Cut: Deonte Williams
P/S: none. I do not see Williams as likely P/S candidate
IR: Latavius Murray

WR: 5
Rod Streater
Denarius Moore
Jacoby Ford
Brice Butler
Juron Criner

Cut: Greg Jenkins, Conner Vernon
P/S: Greg Jenkins
Suspended list: Andre Holmes (4 games)

TE: 4
David Ausberry
Jeron Mastrud
Mychal Rivera
Nick Kasa

Cut: Richard Gordon, Brian Leonhardt
P/S: none

OL: 8
Alex Barron
Tony Bergstrom
Stefen Wizniewski
Lucas Nix
Khalif Barnes
Menelik Watson
Andre Gurode
Mike Brisiel

Cut: Willie Smith, Tony Hills, Lamar Mady, Jason Foster
P/S: none
IR: Jared Veldheer (designated to return)

DL: 9
Lamarr Houston
Pat Sims
Vance Walker
Jason Hunter
Andre Carter
Christo Bilukidi
Jack Crawford
Stacy McGee
David Bass

Cut: Ryan Baker, Kurt Taufa’asau, Ryan Robinson
P/S: Kurt Taufa’asau, Ryan Robinson

LB: 6
Nick Roach
Sio Moore
Kevin Burnett
Kaelin Burnett
Omar Gaither
Kaluka Maiava

Cut: Billy Boyko
PUP: Miles Burris
P/S: Chase Thomas

DB: 10
Mike Jenkins
DJ Hayden
Tracy Porter
Phillip Adams
Chimdi Chekwa
Taiwan Jones
Tyvon Branch
Charles Woodson
Usama Young
Brandian Ross

Cut: Reggie Smith, Chance Casey, Shelton Johnson
P/S: Chance Casey
IR: Joselio Hanson

ST: 3
Sebastian Janikowski
Marquette King
Jon Condo

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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Predicting the Oakland Raiders final 53

Every year I attempt to tell you who will be on the final 53-man roster, and this year is no exception. In spite of the Raiders playing in the final preseason game of the year, I’ll still be able to squeeze this out before those cuts are made. This year it is harder than previous years because there are so many young players on this team, so the team’s instinct would be to keep them and try to develop them even if there is a decent veteran playing behind them. The last thing you want is for another team to swoop in and sign somebody from your practice squad after you worked to progress them all through training camp. Without further ado, here we go.

Quarterbacks (3)

Jason Campbell

Kyle Boller

Trent Edwards

The Raiders were smart not to play Terrelle Pryor in this game. When week six rolls around, he could be pushing Edwards out of town, but without teams having any tape to evaluate there is more of a chance that nobody will sign him if he is delegated to the practice squad this year. To be honest, Hue Jackson seems more annoyed than happy about the situation.

Running Backs (4)

Darren McFadden

Michael Bush

Taiwan Jones

Rock Cartwright

No surprises here, but Michael Bennett and Louis Rankin will be on speed dial if there is an injury. Cartwright is a special teams ace and is not going anywhere.

Fullback (1)

Marcel Reece

Manase Tonga will be on the practice squad for another year, but will be ready to be called up if needed.

Wide Receivers (6)

Darrius Heyward-Bey

Jacoby Ford

Louis Murphy

Derek Hagan

Chaz Schilens

Denarius Moore

This is without a doubt one of the hardest cuts to make this year because guys like Nick Miller and Shaun Bodiford actually showed up to play this year in the preseason. Ideally you would like to keep only five guys at this position, but that injury to Louis Murphy in addition to keeping the oft-injured but effective Schilens makes that more difficult.

Tight Ends (3)

Kevin Boss

Brandon Myers

David Ausberry

Richard Gordon proved he is worthy of a spot on this roster in the preseason, so I would not be surprised at all if the Raiders dropped Brandon Myers and went with two rookies here. But for now, I’m putting Myers in there based on the fact that he is going into his third season and Gordon is practice squad eligible.

Offensive Line (9)

Jared Veldheer

Daniel Loper

Samson Satele

Cooper Carlisle

Khalif Barnes

Stephon Heyer

Stefen Wisniewski

Bruce Campbell

Joseph Barksdale

Here is a spot where I almost like the depth more than the starters. But to a man, Carlisle and Satele both proved they are the Raiders’ best offensive lineman this preseason, and the starters kept Jason Campbell clean and upright for most of the preseason. Don’t be surprised if Wisniewski takes over for Loper and Barnes is replaced by Heyer at some point this year.

Offensive Unit: 26 players

Defensive Line (8)

Richard Seymour

Tommy Kelly

Lamarr Houston

Matt Shaughnessy

Desmond Bryant

John Henderson

Jarvis Moss

Trevor Scott

Basically the same unit as 2010 but with one more back-up defensive end who earned his keep in the absence of Scott. No shockers here.

Linebackers (6)

Rolando McClain

Kamerion Wimbley

Quentin Groves

Darryl Blackstock

Sam Williams

Bruce Davis II

It’s pretty clear cut who the defensive front seven consists of even if there is injury. Sam Williams is another special teams ace who is not going to be parted with yet. Blackstock is a developmental player who has shown potential in preseason. Davis is probably the most well rounded back-up in this unit.

Safety (5)

Michael Huff

Tyvon Branch

Stevie Brown

Jerome Boyd

Mike Mitchell

With the loss of Hiram Eugene earlier this preseason, Boyd and Brown are almost shoe-ins to make this team in 2011. Boyd has been playing that rover position that was occupied by the injured Mike Mitchell.

Cornerbacks (5)

Stanford Routt

Chris Johnson

Demarcus Van Dyke

Sterling Moore

Walter McFadden

If Jeremy Ware makes the roster over Sterling Moore, it is tragic. Moore may actually be better than Van Dyke, but he won’t get that nickel cornerback position over the guy Al Davis drafted. The coaching staff has already invested a lot of time into making the DVD experiment work out this preseason. The poor guy has been made to look bad though, against some really talented receivers. Also keep in mind that Huff and Branch will move to cornerback if they are needed there.

Defensive Unit: 24 players

Special Teams (3)

Punter – Shane Lechler

Kicker – Sebastian Janikowski

Long Snapper -Jon Condo

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