Final tally on roster forecast


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


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Nnamdi21

    347. Some FB depth would be nice…

  • Bauce 4 Real

    Al Davis rules….remember that tv show I want to Work for DIDDY? they need one for Al Davis…..i’ll win

  • # RaiderLen Says:
    September 5th, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Kellen Heard, Shaun Bodiford, Alex Parsons (No. 65, anyway), Manase Tonga are back. Practice squad, I presume.
    2 minutes ago via web
    Some of the youngins are back
    We gotta get Stevie B and Alex daniels!
    No Knuckleheads!

  • Bauce 4 Real

    Len good to see ya…..you there sept 19th?

  • RaiderLen

    336. I like Kellen Heard. Funny kid who’ll rip your head off on the field but lacks technique.

    Could be a project. I hope the Raiders keep him around…

    I watched him abuse the Seattle scrub guard.

    Real athletic and explosive for a big guy.

  • Hobs Gnarly

    brian you have put nothing to rest, you do this all the time and people get tired of you so they ignore you. not me. what have you proved? why do you defend al so much, what has he given you besides the worst record since our last superbowl

  • raideredoutL.A.

    mornin’ yall, damn crazy to know this time next week we’re watching the game.

  • MistaBrown

    Fat Lump said Carroll would pickup Leinart within minutes of being released. Even his copy & paste material is retarded.

  • dirtyhoesdraws

    the whole NFL knows AL likes long ball thats the problem and if you cant run up the gut with bush out then you better throw the screen pass time to time.

  • RaiderLen

    Bauce 4 Real Says:
    September 5th, 2010 at 11:04 am
    Len good to see ya…..you there sept 19th?
    Brien, what up!?

    The 19th is TBD. 80% yes.

  • Hobs Gnarly

    how is this any different then the last seven years. al wants to win now because his earthly presence is fading fast. your telling me he’s going to let his coaches coach and get all his glory?

  • RaiderLen

    new post

  • MistaBrown

    Cable said Bush wouldn’t need a cast when he first got injured. So what do I see….Bush in a cast. Even the team Doctors give Cable the business.

  • dirtyhoesdraws

    Can someone that knows the titens yes TiTens break down there strengths on the D

  • PurpleDrank81

    I didnt know they had Strengths at defense

  • # BigTed707 Says:
    June 21st, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Daniel Loper
    Age: 28
    Height: 6-6 Weight: 320

    Assets: A good pass protector with a massive physique. Uses his long arms to keep defenders at bay. Is quick and agile with good footwork, sliding and mirroring well. Reads blitzes and makes good decisions.

    Flaws: A finesse blocker who doesn’t exploit his size and leverage like he could. Gets driven backward in the running game and can be bull-rushed.


    Fix this guy Coach!
    Sign Mawae Too!
    I called it in June…