Your 53-man roster

NFL writer Jerry McDonald

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 man’s final 53-man roster:

WR—Randy 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.

TE—Courtney Anderson, Zeron Flemister, Rickey Dudley (3)
Comment: Get a decent draft pick for Teyo Johnson. He’s potential playmaker, but that’s not what’s needed here.

OL—Barry 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.

QB—Kerry Collins, Marques Tuiasosopo, Andrew Walter (3)
Comment: No debate necessary.

RB—LaMont 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.

DL—Bobby 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.

LB—Danny Clark, Tyler Brayton, Grant Irons, Kirk Morrison, DeLawrence Grant, Tim Johnson, Jay Foreman, Ryan Riddle (8).
Comment: They’ll probably go five or six deep here and keep more running backs.

DB—Charles 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.

K—Sebastian Janikowski, Shane Lechler (2)
Comment: Yawn.

Tui Talk
Andrew Walter is the new fan favorite because he can throw it deep, and one of his biggest fans is Norv Turner.

But let’s 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) He’s playing with a fractured right index finger on his passing hand. 2) He’s 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.

Tuiasosopo’s 34-yard strike to Johnnie Morant on a reverse roll to his left was one of Thursday night’s best plays. It says here part of Tuiasosopo’s struggles are because he’s 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.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer