Quick thoughts on Raiders unofficial 53-man roster


Seven of the nine players selected by the Raiders in the 2010 NFL draft appear to have made the roster — linebacker Rolando McClain, defensive end Lamarr Houston, offensive linemen Jared Veldheer and Bruce Campbell, safety Stevie Brown, cornerback Jeremy Ware and wide receiver Jacoby Ford. Linebacker Travis Goethel and cornerback Walter McFadden were not spotted at practice. Both are injured and might be placed on the injured-reserve list.

Center Chris Morris, wide receiver Todd Watkins, defensive end Greyson Gunheim, defensive tackle William Joseph, linebackers Slade Norris and David Nixon and safety Jerome Boyd all saw time with the Raiders within the past two seasons but weren’t at practice.

Quarterback Kyle Boller overcame long odds to make the roster. Of course, it helped that Charlie Frye suffered a season-ending wrist injury. Still, Boller earned a spot as the No. 3 based on his strong play throughout training camp and in Oakland’s four exhibition games.

Wide receiver Nick Miller is back for a second season. He spent all of last season on the active roster, much of which was used to get him back from a broken shin. He caught two touchdowns in the exhibition games. It remains to be seen whether he is here just as an extra receiver or if he is in the mix on kick/punt returns.

The Raiders are carrying only two tight ends — Zach Miller and Brandon Myers — and one fullback — Marcel Reece. Offensive tackle Erik Pears will be used as an extra blocker in short-yardage and goal-line situations.

The Raiders have seven receivers once again — Chaz Schilens, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Louis Murphy, Miller, Ford, Yamon Figurs and Johnnie Lee Higgins.

The injury to running back Michael Bush made it difficult for the Raiders to cut either Rock Cartwright or Michael Bennett. It’s conceivable that Cable would have kept both even if Bush were healthy based on their solid showing the past six weeks or so.

The surprise player has to be offensive lineman Daniel Loper. He didn’t do much to stand out during camp or the games. However, he has experience and is versatile enough to play guard and offensive tackle. Cable loves that kind of versatility.

Veterans thought to be in jeopardy of being cut or traded who made the team include: Higgins, linebackers Thomas Howard and Sam Williams, cornerback Chris Johnson — he allowed four receptions for 120 yards against the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night — offensive tackle Khalif Barnes and safety Hiram Eugene.


Steve Corkran

  • Brown Stain yapping away, nobody listening.
    Just DIAF already.

  • PurpleDrank81


  • MistaBrown

    I agree too. tj should be required to post 25 times a day. Theres no better comedy for free on this earth.

    Make it happen Jerry!

  • MistaBrown

    Drex hows it goin buddy! Still having a miserable life? Good!

  • Rellik30

    Move over Jarmacus cause Leinart had more hype…thus is the greater bust.

  • PurpleDrank81

    DHB for 5 catches 98 yards 1td

  • SnakeStabler

    I’m amazed you guys are able to sneak in
    your purple drinks. I’ve never been
    arrested before, but the patdown I
    received from the security guard was
    almost like foreplay.

  • Rellik30

    T.J. Houshmandzadeh is free!

  • MistaBrown

    Well lets see…
    -you are wrong ALOT
    -you talk down to people that dont agree with you
    -you throw out the race card (alot)
    -you’re a prick
    -you’re an a$$hole
    -you contradict yourself daily
    -you mumble
    -you call the radio (alot)

    Those are some reasons Im sure I forgot some.

    Priesttj Says:
    September 4th, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Why do you guy’ constantly ride me about every freakin’ opinion I have that wrong as if every opinion you have is right?!

  • Bauce 4 Real

    Mista yes…..BHP is awesome! BHPisms taking over the world!

  • Bauce 4 Real

    I bet Bo just squirted cuz wolverines marched down field for TD but uconn driving

  • Good to see we’re still a big ole Happy Family here! Bring on the Season!!!!


  • PurpleDrank81

    If ne1 is watching the cal game can I get an update im stuck at work until 7

  • No misery here Stain.
    I see you are still unhappy, and crying about mope and change, good.

  • priesttj

    Brien yu guy’s are from a diffeeent era than I am things have changed a lot in terms of terminology. There is no true NT in a 4/3 n more than there is a MLB in a 3/4. We have two DT’s anf they’re interchangeable if you watch the games. Whe you see a 3/4 NT you’ll see real zero technigue. In a 4/3 they do not play the zero technigue at all they play a 1tech and a 3tech they CALL the 1tech a NT but it’s a different technigue completely. The zero is directly over the C he doean’t lineup between C OG that is a 1gap respnsibility. It isn’t a 2gap responsibility………..period

  • Bauce 4 Real

    BhP that is only two posts…..we need more from ya……now BHP about this tennessee game……what advantages and disadvantages do you see for us……being serious

  • Purp, UCLA?


    Not convinced the Raids are gonna beat the Tits week 1.

    We’re all stoked about stopping Chris Johnson and that’s a tall order, but from the few plays I’ve seen this pre-season it seems like Vince Young has really stepped up his passing ability. Saw him complete a 20 yard laser that hit a rcvr over the middle right in stride. Just one play but it impressed the hell out of me. If Young can do that consistently in combo with his scrambling ability the Tits are going to be hard to lick, no pun intended.

    I also don’t think a loss in Tenn dooms the 2010 Raids. I expect that they’ll rebound nicely and get better as the season progresses.

    Especially once Gradkowski takes the reigns from Campbell.

    I might be drinking the koolaid, but I honestly think something has clicked for Gradkowski. I think he’s come into his own. Like his leadership, toughness, command, accuracy, ability to see the field, improvise, make things happen. Plus he throws a very catchable ball which is gonna help DHB.

    Yup, I know there’s a lot of doubters. I mean, here’s a guy that’s been let go by TB. I can understand the reluctance to believe we might actually have an upper tier QB that was dismissed as a scrub.

    But I really do believe Grdkowski is a very good QB that can take the Raids to the playoffs if given a chance, and if the Raid offensive line doesn’t get him killed.

  • Bauce 4 Real

    Pd81 i got ya

  • DirtyRaccoon

    Jay Richardson, Luke Lawton cut . . . Veldheer to start at center, Raiders coach Tom Cable says
    2 minutes ago via web

  • LTR

    I’m hoping we pick Rankin back up. Let him return kicks and pound the rock.

  • RaiderSam

    How did Hiram Eugene make it over Boyd?