Outsiders face long odds of making Raiders 53-man roster


If you weren’t with the Raiders last season, be it on the 53-man roster or practice squad, or aren’t a member of their 2011 draft class, your chances of making this year’s team are rather slim.

That’s the early take on the projection for the opening-day roster when the Raiders play the Denver Broncos on Sept. 12.

Starting jobs are going to be even more difficult for players to earn if they weren’t on the team last season.

As of now, the only change for certain on the starting defensive unit is going to be with who replaces the departed Nnamdi Asomugha at cornerback, opposite Stanford Routt. Chris Johnson is the leading candiate.

Otherwise, Matt Shaughnessy and Lamarr Houston are the defensive ends, Richard Seymour and Tommy Kelly the defensive tackles. Michael Huff and Tyvon Branch appear set at free and strong safety, respectively. Rolando McClain, Kamerion Wimbley and Travis Goethel are the linebackers until further notice.

On offense, Jason Campbell is back as the starting quarterback. Darren McFadden is the running back, Marcel Reece the fullback, Kevin Boss the tight end, Chaz Schilens and Louis Murphy the leading candidates at the wide receiver spots. The offensive line is wide open, with the exception of Jared Veldheer at left offensive tackle. Cooper Carlisle, Samson Satele, Daniel Loper and Khalif Barnes very well could make up the rest of the line, with Loper taking over for Robert Gallery from last year’s starting five, and Barnes replacing Langston Walker.

Boss is the only one of the 22 aforementioned players who wasn’t with the Raiders last season. He was signed as a free agent as a replacement for Zach Miller, who left for the Seattle Seahawks.

Even if the starting lineups don’t shake out as listed above, the changes would come from players who were with the Raiders last season in some capacity.

For instance, if Johnson doesn’t pan out at cornerback, the next option likely would be one of the four players at that position selected in the past two drafts — Jeremy Ware, Walter McFadden, DeMarcus Van Dyke and Chimdi Chekwa. Quentin Groves or Trevor Scott would be the likely replacement for Goethel if he doesn’t hold up.

On the offensive line, any other player who has a chance of cracking the starting lineup came via the draft — Joseph Barksdale, Stefen Wisniewski and Bruce Campbell — or has spent time with the Raiders in the past — Roy Schuening was on the practice squad last season.

That leaves the 25 players without Raiders ties before now competing for only a handful of roster spots. The odds-on favorites to break through are: Trent Edwards for one of two backup spots at quarterback, offensive lineman Stephon Heyer, cornerback Sterling Moore and linebacker Chris Francis and safety Zac Etheridge.

In other words, people aren’t going to have to spend much time learning new faces and matching players with new positions. The Raiders entered this season believing that they weren’t far off from making the playoffs last season. Their roster moves and actions during the first 11 practices in training camp serve only to validate that belief.


Steve Corkran

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    The I told ya so stuff needs to wait when its official we hosting a playoff game

  • J Hill

    Betting 100 on a parlay of Raiders winning the AFC West, AFC, and the SB pays 1.4 million.

    Is that right?

    Where’s my mayne JFB?

  • Ryan

    Supplemental Draft on Aug. 17th. Pryor anyone?

  • Thankx Ray .sorry….

    anyway we beat patzys,imo

  • Right on J-Hill
    I hope you cash in!

    I’ll put money on the over, But I don’t know about the SB (yet!)

  • Ryan Says:
    August 8th, 2011 at 2:44 pm
    Supplemental Draft on Aug. 17th. Pryor anyone?
    He’s not eligible.

  • Strictly for entertainment purposes – of course! 😉

  • Tebow is #2 on Broncos depth chart. Quinn is getting screwed for political reasons. I’d rather see the Raiders trade for Quinn than pick up Pryor.

  • Ryan

    “Former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor thinks it will be him. “Supplemental Draft August 17th!!” Pryor tweeted, breaking out not one but two exclamation points.”

    I think he’s eligible.

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    904.J Hill Says:
    August 8th, 2011 at 2:43 pm
    Betting 100 on a parlay of Raiders winning the AFC West, AFC, and the SB pays 1.4 million.

    Is that right?

    Where’s my mayne JFB?


    Man bruh….man 1.4 sounds nice….I’d dress like al Davis everyday!

  • DonManoukiansNeighbor

    Including the bandaid?

  • Raider Ray Says:
    August 8th, 2011 at 2:45 pm
    Ryan Says:
    August 8th, 2011 at 2:44 pm
    Supplemental Draft on Aug. 17th. Pryor anyone?
    He’s not eligible.


    Actually, it looks like he is.


  • J Hill

    Strictly for entertainment purposes



    I’m trying to get paid, mayne!

  • and “THATS” exactly whats wrong 2day.There is no way in hell Pryor should get in…He promised 2go back and be suspended the 1st 5 games,I think.Just for having the adaucity of not giving a sh!t about keeping your word tells me alot.Got Jamarcus written all over his “ME” self.PLEASE keep away from this stench

  • J Hill

    I mean, WTF

    a hundred to win 1.4 million?

    With the Raiders being the reason?

    That would be some shhh, eh?

  • HueKnows

    Right on BigTed..just been scouring the internet starving for some news..With the day off you would think Jerry or Steve had some time to right some kind of update.

  • Carl Weathers

    Dvrick –

    Your rooting for SEA, MIA, SD, AND ARI?

    I liked you better last season when you were Malecheerleader and rooting for SF WHUP WHUP!

    dprick orders a CODE PINK because of he looks like a pair of meat flaps

    He’s cuddling up in his moms moose knuckle. Nite nite!




    Thinking back to the day TC was hired as interim HC.

    The old man clearly stated that one of the primary reasons Cable was being promoted (instead of being dismissed with Lame) was to ‘take control of the locker room’.

    Apparently, he did a good enough job for Davis to give Cable a chance in 2009.

    During the 2009 season it became clear that it would be impossible for ANY coach to win with JaMoron at QB. The Raids showed glimpses of life once JaMoron was benched. I think Davis was reluctant to can Cable at this point mainly for the sake of continuity, but also bcz he knew the deck had been stacked against TC.

    So Davis allowed TC to return again in 2010. However, Davis surely had reservations about Cable, and brought in HJAX to help right the ship on offense. Insurance if Cable didn’t work out and Hue would be given a chance to prove his worth.

    HJAX, indeed proved his worth. From the beginning of training camp, it was HJAX’s voice that dominated.
    When the season commenced the Raider offense was still extremely lethargic. Tenn and and the first half of St Lou were atrocious efforts.

    But the worm started to turn with the demotion of JaJason and the emergence of DMAC.

    Suddenly, there was a breath of life. The wins weren’t piling up, but there was a spark.

    HJAX, despite being handicapped by Gradkowski flaming out due to injury and overall lackluster play from the all important QB position was able to fan that spark into a flame. By years end the Raids would be the 6th highest scoring team in the NFL.

    Smoke and mirrors ? Perhaps. A function of a weak schedule and poor opposing defenses ? Perhaps.

    But facts are facts. And the fact is the Raids went from one of the lowest scoring teams in the NFL to one of the higher.

    Once Cable’s relationship with Davis irreparably soured, HJAX became the obvious choice to be handed the reins.

    Will Hue prove to be an outstanding HC ?

    Only time will tell.

    But this long time Raider fan couldn’t be more enthusiastic.

    How can you not love HJAX’s energy ? The man is dynamic.

    Most importantly, he appears to get along and works well with AD.

    Hue is in charge. He’s got a support staff in Saunders that frees him up to put his hands on all aspects of this team.

    Doesn’t mean the Raids are winning the SB or even winning 8 games. There are still personnel issues (especially at the QB position) that need resolution.

    But make no mistake, this is a team that is headed in the right direction and with a few breaks could surprise all the naysayers.

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