By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Saturday, September 4th, 2010 at 1:15 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Some first impressions from the Raiders final round of cuts (with one to go):
– Center Jared Veldheer has gone from Division II left tackle at Hillsdale College to an NFL starter, replacing Samson Satele. And he apparently did well enough that Cable didn’t even feel the need to give him some more playing time in the preseason finale against Seattle.
– Not sure what Trevor Scott’s future is as a weakside linebacker, but when he played on both sides at defensive end against Seattle, that apparently wasn’t good news for Jay Richardson, who was one of the cut victims.
– The Raiders have no brutish blocking fullback to lead the way for their running game. Marcel Reece has gotten better as a blocker but is primarly a receiver.
– No surprise that the entire draft class made the roster. Questions remain about the severity of Travis Goethel’s injury. Cable said that would be addressed at a later time.
– Those thought to be on the bubble who survived included linebacker Thomas Howard, wide receiver Johnnie Lee Higgins and linebacker Sam Williams. Cornerback Chris Johnson survived his Seattle torching with a roster spot.
We all know how the Raiders feel about ESPN’s Adam Schefter, but his Twitter report that the Raiders were considering offers for Howard and Johnson make sense.
– Daniel Loper . . . who knew?
– Looks like return specialists will be either Nick Miller or Rock Cartwright on kickoffs or Yamon Figurs or Johnnie Lee Higgins on punts.
Still one move to make and players won’t be secure until Raiders sift through options for players cut by other teams _ including Seattle wide receiver T.J. Houshmanzadeh. Curious whether Raiders will seriously look into Houshmanzadeh or stick with the commitment to their young wide receivers.