By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Saturday, September 4th, 2010 at 10:12 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Here’s how I fared in assessing the Raiders roster before the Seahawks game:
All 38 players I proclaimed as “locked in” made the roster.
Quarterbacks (3) _ Jason Campbell, Bruce Gradkowski, Kyle Boller.
Running backs (3)_Michael Bush, Darren McFadden, Marcel Reece.
Wide receivers (4)_Darrius Heyward-Bey, Louis Murphy, Chaz Schilens, Jacoby Ford.
Tight ends (2)_Zach Miller, Brandon Myers.
Offensive line (7)_Mario Henderson, Robert Gallery, Samson Satele, Cooper Carlisle, Langston Walker, Jared Veldheer, Bruce Campbell.
Defensive line (5)_Matt Shaughnessy, Tommy Kelly, Richard Seymour, Lamarr Houston, Desmond Bryant.
Linebackers (4)_Kamerion Wimbley, Rolando McClain, Trevor Scott, Travis Goethel.
Defensive backs (7)_Nnamdi Asomugha, Chris Johnson, Stanford Routt, Tyvon Branch, Michael Huff, Mike Mitchell, Walter McFadden.
Specialists (3)_Shane Lechler, Sebastian Janikowski, Jon Condo.
Seven players of the nine players I said had a “good chance to make it” were on the roster:
RB Rock Cartwright
RB Michael Bennett
OT Erik Pears
G-T Khalif Barnes
DT John Henderson
LB Ricky Brown
CB Jeremy Ware
The two in this category I missed on were defensive end Jay Richardson and safety Stevie Brown.
Seven of the 14 players I assessed as “on the bubble” are on the roster:
WR Johnnie Lee Higgins
WR Nick Miller
WR Yamon Figurs
LB Thomas Howard
LB Quentin Groves
LB Sam Williams
S Hiram Eugene
The seven “bubble” players who did not make it were C-G Chris Morris, FB Manase Tonga, WR Todd Watkins, TE John Owens, DT William Joseph, DE Chris Cooper and S Jerome Boyd.
Twelve of the 13 players I identified as “waiting for release” were cut. The lone survivor was guard/tackle Daniel Loper, who I vow to find out more about in the near future.
Here’s what coach Tom Cable said Saturday regarding Loper when asked if Morris’ release was hastened by Jared Veldheer’s promotion to starting center:
“I think a little bit, but more importantly, both of the young guys being able to contribute, and Dan Loper I think has just steadily improved and certainly showed well the other night.”
The dozen who indeed were let go were PK Swayze Waters, QB Colt Brennan. WR Shaun Bodiford, OL Alex Parsons, OL Brandon Rodd, DL Greyson Gunheim, DL Kellen Heard, DL Alex Daniels, LB David Nixon, LB Slade Norris, CB Joe Porter and CB Joey Thomas