Posted by NFL Editor and ANG football writer Jerry McDonald
After admittedly giving it a lot less thought than the men who actually make the decisions, here is one mans final 53-man roster:
WRRandy Moss, Jerry Porter, Ronald Curry, Doug Gabriel, Johnnie Morant, Alvis Whitted, Randal Williams (7)
Comment: Now try and figure who is inactive on game day.
TECourtney Anderson, Zeron Flemister, Rickey Dudley (3)
Comment: Get a decent draft pick for Teyo Johnson. Hes potential playmaker, but thats not whats needed here.
OLBarry Sims, Langston Walker, Jake Grove, Ron Stone, Robert Gallery, Brad Badger, Corey Hulsey, Chad Slaughter, Adam Treu. (9)
Comment: Walker, Grove and Badger can all play another position.
QBKerry Collins, Marques Tuiasosopo, Andrew Walter (3)
Comment: No debate necessary.
RBLaMont Jordan, Zack Crockett, Chris Hetherington, TBA (from waiver wire) (4)
Comment: Some team has to be as deep at running back as the Raiders are at receiver.
DLBobby Hamilton, Warren Sapp, Ted Washington, Tommy Kelly, Derrick Burgess, Terdell Sands, Ed Jasper, Antaj Hawthorne, Kenny Smith (9)
Comment: Heavy in terms of tackles, but there are some hybrids at LB.
LBDanny Clark, Tyler Brayton, Grant Irons, Kirk Morrison, DeLawrence Grant, Tim Johnson, Jay Foreman, Ryan Riddle (8).
Comment: Theyll probably go five or six deep here and keep more running backs.
DBCharles Woodson, Nnamdi Asomugha, Stuart Schweigert, Derrick Gibson, Renaldo Hill, Fabian Washington, Stanford Routt, Chris Carr, Jarrod Cooper (9)
Comment: If Gibson falters, not a true strong safety in the bunch.
KSebastian Janikowski, Shane Lechler (2)
Andrew Walter is the new fan favorite because he can throw it deep, and one of his biggest fans is Norv Turner.
But lets not get carried away. Marques Tuiasosopo should remain the backup quarterback, and likely will for the 2005 season.
While Tuiasosopo has shown some bad judgement on a throw or two, two things to keep in mind: 1) Hes playing with a fractured right index finger on his passing hand. 2) Hes not getting much help in terms of play calling.
Turner made a big point last season of saying the offense was no different for Rich Gannon than it was for Kerry Collins. Problem is, it should be, just as it should be for Tuiasosopo.
Tuiasosopos 34-yard strike to Johnnie Morant on a reverse roll to his left was one of Thursday nights best plays. It says here part of Tuiasosopos struggles are because hes concentrating too hard on being the drop-back, throw-on-time quarterback he was never cut out to be.
If Collins goes down, it would behoove the Raiders to get him on the perimeter and utlize his strengths before Tuiasosopo finds an offense in either 2006 or 2007 which has a better understanding of his skills.