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Raiders 53-man roster breakdown

By Steve Corkran
Saturday, September 3rd, 2011 at 7:45 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Now that the Raiders are down to 53 players, it’s time to sift through the carnage, see what remains and try to make sense of what transpired today.

*All eight players selected by the Raiders in this year’s NFL draft made the team

*The Raiders kept only two quarterbacks, meaning coach Hue Jackson is confident he can keep Jason Campbell and Kyle Boller healthy all season, or he feels as if he can sign a replacement for Trent Edwards if the need arises.
He also has the fall-back measure of turning to rookie Terrelle Pryor once his five-game suspension ends.

*The Raiders kept seven wide receivers. Does Jackson feel as if the Raiders are so deep at this position that he couldn’t let go any of them, or is he just worried about the long-term outlook of currently injured receivers Louis Murphy and Chaz Schilens?
Regardless, this is as talented a receiving corps as the Raiders have had in many years.

*Four tight ends are on the roster, including draftees David Ausberry and Richard Gordon. This will help whenever the Raiders need some extra blocking and lone fullback Marcel Reece needs a break.

*Daniel Loper started four games at left guard last season in place of injured regular Robert Gallery. The Raiders were impressed enough to lock up Loper soon after the season ended/
Eight months later, the Raiders feel as if they are in fine shape without Loper on the roster in any capacity. It also came down to the Raiders feeling better about veterans Seth Wand and Stephon Heyer and not wanting to lose recent draftees Bruce Campbell and Joseph Barksdale.

*It was assumed that Michael Bennett or Rock Cartwright would make the roster, but not both. In the end, Jackson liked their veteran leadership, versatility and ability to fill many roles.
Throw in rookie Taiwan Jones, and the Raiders have five running backs on their roster.

*Defensive backs Stevie Brown, Walter McFadden and Jeremy Ware were trumpeted as being indicative of a deep draft class last year.
Well, either the Raiders found better players in Joe Porter, Chimdi Chekwa and DeMarcus Van Dyke or the aforementioned trio wasn’t as talented as made out to be.

*Veterans Sam Williams and Lito Sheppard were part of six vested veterans who had their contracts terminated. Some or all of those moves could be calculated ones.
By this, we mean the Raiders might want some or all of those players back but only as long as they aren’t on the hook for a sizable chunk of money.
A vested veteran is guaranteed his salary if he is on the roster at the start of the season. The Raiders can work around this loophole by signing them after the season starts.

Here is a breakdown of the 2011 Raiders by position:

Quarterbacks: Jason Campbell, Kyle Boller and Terrelle Pryor (suspended for first five games and doesn’t count toward 53-man roster)

Running backs: Darren McFadden, Michael Bush, Taiwan Jones, Michael Bennett and Rock Cartwright.

Fullback: Marcel Reece

Wide receivers: Chaz Schilens, Louis Murphy, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Denarius Moore, Derek Hagan, Jacoby Ford and Nick Miller

Tight ends: Kevin Boss, Brandon Myers, David Ausberry and Richard Gordon

Offensive linemen: Jared Veldheer, Stefen Wisniewski, Samson Satele, Cooper Carlisle, Khalif Barnes, Bruce Campbell, Stephon Heyer, Joseph Barksdale and Seth Wand.

Defensive linemen: Matt Shaughnessy, Lamaar Houston, Trevor Scott, Tommy Kelly, Richard Seymour, Desmond Bryant, John Henderson and Jarvis Moss

Linebackers: Kamerion Wimbley, Rolando McClain, Quentin Groves, Darryl Blackstock and Bruce Davis II

Safeties: Tyvon Branch, Michael Huff, Mike Mitchell, Jerome Boyd and Chimdi Chekwa

Cornerbacks: Stanford Routt, Chris Johnson, DeMarcus Van Dyke and Joe Porter

Kicker: Sebastian Janikowski

Punter: Shane Lechler

Long-snapper: Jon Condo

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  • TerrapinRaider

    Not his agent, you all are just being unbelievably short-sighted. You are short-sighted with MM34, DVD, DHB, BCamp, et al. If a player is injured you want to cut him. RIDICULOUS! Its crazy in here. Some of you ppl are only recent posters and asinine posters at that. You really bring down the quality. I’m betting a number of you are only early teenagers having yet fully developed the capacity of thinking before acting.

  • 2romes

    I feel pretty good about all the positions with the exception to the cornerback spot,Nnamdi.Although C.J. and Van Dyke are not Nnamdi I fell thay can do a adequate job.The major concern I have is the linebacker core. It is not the athleticism I concerned with. I am concerned about the mental intuitiveness.Being about to diagnosis plays that flows one way without commiting all three linebackers to the flow zone. The back side support is just as important as the front side.That is how all the Elite defensive teams play. They must grow to learn to trust each other.not recognizing that a standing running back is ALWAYS a threat.The Raiders line must also keep this in mind.If the linemen or linebacker feel they are out of a play if they keep this ideal in mind they will be in more play than they think.crowding each othe out, all taking the same angle.These are some of the problems that hamper progess of defensive advancements.
    The players on the Raider Roster are there to make them one of the better teams in the NFL.
    Raiders Be With You

  • Just Fire Baby

    I hate the chest-thumping, I’m a bigger fan than you nonsense that some in here feel the need to do.

    It really brings down the IQ level of the debate.

  • Just Fire Baby

    New post

  • TerrapinRaider

    MM34s biggest knock that I have heard is that he looks for the big hit instead of just doing what the situation calls for.

  • ohioraider

    I don’t know where Mitchell will be in two years, likely not our starting safety, though. And like DVD and DHB he was drafted too high given his college production. Everybody said it, knew it at the time. And, so far not one of these players have lived down the reputation of being a typical Davis reach. In any case, Mitchell’s development this year is not a key factor in the team’s success one way or the other.

  • http://Www.bullycains.com r8dercain

    Orthodoxdj Says:
    September 4th, 2011 at 9:57 am
    Still no proof that DHB is a good WR. Improved? Sure. Good? Nope. Am I rooting for a Raider to fail? No, I’m being realistic. Other people on here should try it.
    ____________________________
    been sayin this all along. Reality is DHB is prolly at best a decoy or will give u one or two catches a game. IMO

  • http://www.aldavisshouldbeonmountrushmore.com Whats a Drexl?

    DHB = breakout season. Book it!

  • http://Www.bullycains.com r8dercain

    R8dercain Says:
    September 4th, 2011 at 7:35 am
    .So where are those 7 wins going to come from…
    —————
    5-1 in the division
    Miami w
    cleveland w
    buffalo w
    minn w
    jets w

    that 89025 is 10 wins.
    10-6
    ______________________________
    I stand by this. Iron clad baby!!!

  • ohioraider

    Wouldn’t take Cleveland for granted if I were you. Colt McCoy gonna rock the west coast offense this year. I said before that this game will tell a lot about these two recently struggling franchises. Which one is on the path back to respectability? One stuck in the past; the other implementing a GM organizational model with both a personnel director and head coach underneath. So I say: watch this game and decide for yourself.

  • raiderinparadise

    Are all you Al Davis fans happy? Once again dumping better talent for his picks to work out: Sterling Moore, Stevie Brown and keeping Michael Bennet, Rock Cartright, taiwan Jones, McFadden and Bush. guess we needed 5 rbs… righttttt? Stevie Brown signed with panthers happily. Brandon Merriweather was dropped by new england and we didnt budge. im so sick of the product on our field. I still think we could win big this year but michael bennett is useless. our LB depth is awful and we kept a bunch of hurt players that al davis wont let go of. i guess joe porter is a stud right? ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  • rudyl

    What does Nick Miller have on Hugh? He’s complete garbage on returns, runs 3 yard routes when it’s 3rd and 4, gets tackled if you breathe on him, and is clumsy and short. He’s kind of fast I guess. How does he keep making the team? Complete garbage.

  • DKnight007

    Only way Miller was kept is because Murph and Chaz are not going to be able to play opening day and maybe longer. Only way I see it.

    If CJ and Routt get hurt, the CB positions are in trouble. BIG trouble!

    S Brown should have been kept ahead of M Bennett, because Brown plays special teams as well as a backup safety.

    Chuck B will be lucky if he makes it through this season as the DC.

    We will know within the first 3 games of the season if Chuck B and his defense will cost the Raiders wins!

  • DKnight007

    Cutting Moore and Brown ahead of Miller and Bennett is utter stupidity!

    Old man Al at it again with his lame azz roster moves!

  • GARaider

    They better give Hagan plenty of game time. He earned it this preseason. I would start him and Moore. DHB is a joke and Schilens is the NFL version of Rich Harden.

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