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State of the Raiders … for now

Raiders coach Dennis Allen and general manager Reggie McKenzie are of the belief that they have enough talent on their roster as it stands to compete for a Super Bowl title this season.

Naturally, that remains to be seen. Also, what else are they going to say? Time will tell. What’s certain is that the Raiders roster for the 2012 season will be comprised mostly of players currently under contract.
The Raiders have five selections in the upcoming NFL draft, and they still figure to add a handful more players through veteran free agency, as well as undrafted free agents.
So, things can change in a hurry. In the interim, let’s take a look at where the Raiders stand after more the first two weeks of free agency and a slew of offseason moves that included the purging of 2011 opening-game starters Stanford Routt, Chris Johnson, Samson Satele, Kamerion Wimbley, Jason Campbell, Chaz Schilens and Quentin Groves through outright release or free agency.
This is what awaits Allen next week, when he and his coaching staff are permitted to work with their players for the first time this season.

Quarterback
Who’s here: Carson Palmer, Terrelle Pryor, Rhett Bomar
Who’s gone: Jason Campbell, Kyle Boller
What’s needed: Pryor hasn’t taken a snap in an NFL regular-season game and spent most of his rookie season adjusting to the NFL. Romar has yet to play in a real game, either. Therefore, it’s likely that the Raiders will address the need for a backup to Palmer by signing a veteran free agent before training camp.

Running back
Who’s here: Darren McFadden, Taiwan Jones, Lonyae Miller, Rashawn Jackson
Who’s gone: Michael Bush, Rock Cartwright
What’s needed: The Raiders are set at running back if Allen and McKenzie feel as if Jones is ready for a heightened role. McFadden is expected to be the workhorse once again after missing most of the final 10 games with a sprained foot. Jones played only sparingly as a rookie, yet he showed during training camp and exhibition games that he can be effective as a complementary back.

Fullback
Who’s here: Marcel Reece, Manase Tonga
Who’s gone: No one
What’s needed: Nothing

Tight end
Who’s here: Brandon Myers, David Ausberry, Richard Gordon
Who’s gone: Kevin Boss
What’s needed: McKenzie jettisoned Boss one season into a four-year contract. That leaves him without a proven player as his starter. It’s conceivable that Myers or Ausberry can blossom into the role this season. Still, it says here that McKenzie will keep searching for a veteran to hold down the spot filled by Boss last season until he is comfortable with one of his younger players.

Wide receiver
Who’s here: Darrius Heyward-Bey, Denarius Moore, Jacoby Ford, Louis Murphy, Eddie McGee
Who’s gone: Chaz Schilens, T.J. Houshmandzadeh
What’s needed: Heyward-Bey, Moore and Ford played well, at times, last season, especially when they weren’t hurt. However, none has emerged as a No. 1-type receiver yet. The hope is, that one or more of them will do this season. That leaves the Raiders in the market for depth in light of the departure of Schilens to the Jets and Houshmandzadeh not being re-signed.

Offensive line
Who’s here: Jared Veldheer, Stefen Wisniewski, Cooper Carlisle, Mike Brisiel, Khalif Barnes, Joseph Barksdale, Bruce Campbell, Zach Hurd, Alex Parsons
Who’s gone: Samson Satele, Stephon Heyer
What’s needed: Losing Satele to the Colts via free agency became a non-issue once the Raiders signed Brisiel to a multi-year contract. Brisiel’s arrival frees up Wisniewski to slide from left guard to center. The Raiders also re-signed Barnes and Carlisle in moves that ensured the Raiders offensive line would return intact, with the exception of Satele. Barksdale and Campbell are expected to compete for starting jobs in training camp. Hurd and Parsons provide added depth and options. This isn’t a unit that needs much help, if any, moving forward.

Defensive line
Who’s here: Matt Shaughnessy, Richard Seymour, Tommy Kelly, Lamarr Houston, Desmond Bryant, Jamie Cumbie, Mason Brodine, Travis Ivey, Hall Davis
Who’s gone: Jarvis Moss, John Henderson, Trevor Scott
What’s needed: The Raiders let walk Scott, and they haven’t made any move to bring back Moss. They tendered a one-year contract to Bryant, who is expected to play an even bigger role than he did last season, when he filled in for the injured Shaughnessy for most of the season. All four starters are back. However, the Raiders are without a proven nose tackle, which they will need if they intend to play a 3-4 scheme. Ivey and Bryant are prime candidates if the Raiders can’t find, or afford, a veteran free agent.

Linebackers
Who’s here: Aaron Curry, Rolando McClain, Travis Goethel, Carl Ihenacho,
Who’s gone: Kamerion Wimbley, Darryl Blackstock, Quentin Groves
What’s needed: McKenzie said he still wants to add an outside linebacker. That makes perfect sense, given the departure of Wimbley to the Tennessee Titans via free agency. Curry and McClain finished the season as starters last year. Even so, this is the unit that poses the biggest question mark heading into training camp. Look for one or more linebacker to be added, be it in free agency of the NFL draft.

Defensive backs
Who’s here: Chimdi Chekwa, DeMarcus Van Dyke, Michael Huff, Tyvon Branch, Mike Mitchell, Bryan McCann, Ron Bartell, Shawntae Spencer, Brandon Underwood, Curtis Taylor, Pat Lee, Terrail Lambert
Who’s gone: Stanford Routt, Chris Johnson, Lito Sheppard, Matt Giordano, Jerome Boyd
What’s needed: The Raiders canned Routt and Johnson. In response, they signed veterans Bartell, Spencer, Underwood and Lee. Before you feel comfortable with any two of the candidates as starters, consider the Raiders finished the 2010 season with Nnamdi Asomugha and Routt as the starters. It’s time for someone to emerge as a front-line player from this group.

Specialists
Who’s here: Sebastian Janikowski, Shane Lechler, Jon Condo
Who’s gone: Rock Cartwright
What’s needed: Perhaps another core special-teamer who can replace Cartwright. Kassim Osgood would be a great fit here. Beyond that, the Raiders still boast one of the best specialists trio in the league.

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  • mcfadden20.

    DKnight007 Says:
    March 30th, 2012 at 11:10 am

    383.8RaiderReign8 Says:
    March 30th, 2012 at 11:05 am
    JUST VOTE DAMNIT!!!!!!

    http://www.nfl.com/features/bracketology/alltimeteams?round=6

    ^^^^^^^^^
    We have all been voting big time since last night and why hasn’t that thing moved from 51%??


    it went 52% Bmore earlier than came back to 51% Raiders :)

  • DutchRaider77

    Speaking of the Raiders and Super Bowls, anyone remember the rumored trade Al had on the table for Steve Young when Montana was still a capable starter? I believe it was Marcus for Young straight up but the Niners wanted additional draft pics? Man, just think with our Defense and Bo and then add a QB like Young…at least 2 more Lombardi’s for the Raiders. I still have nightmares about Schroeder!!!

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    Wow, also the Randy Moss+Draft Pick for Aaron Rogers…

  • DutchRaider77

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    March 30th, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Mike Shanahan hasn’t done squat since 2005.

    McNabb was a Pro Bowler in ‘09

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    So do you wish we followed Mike Lombardi’s advise last year when JC went down and traded a late draft pick for McNabb?

  • http://InsidetheOaklandRaiders Goldie7

    I’m good JLofty. I hope you’re doing well. Blessings

  • http://InsidetheOaklandRaiders Goldie7

    I voted for the ’76 Raiders. I hope it did it right. lol

  • mcfadden20.

    Goldie7 Says:
    March 30th, 2012 at 11:39 am

    I voted for the ‘76 Raiders. I hope it did it right. lol

    ONCE the circle pops up it counts as a vote, n refresh page n do it again

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Go Buckeyes!!!!

  • DutchRaider77

    R8rinOK I don’t recall anything of that nature. Young was pretty dominant, that is just sad to think I had to endure, Jay Shroeder and Marajuanavich instead of #8.
    But I don’t remember any such trade rumor…

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    1992 seasonBy the start of the 1992 season, it appeared that Young’s starting job was in serious peril. In addition to having to compete with Bono, Montana appeared to be close to recovering from his elbow tendon surgery. San Francisco came close to trading Young to the Los Angeles Raiders, but no deal was finalized and it turned out that Montana would not recover in time to start in the opening game. Montana would not return until the final game of the 1992 season, a Monday Night home game against the Detroit Lions. Montana played the entire second half and guided the 49ers to victory.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Young

  • jesusraiderjim

    DKnight007 Says:
    March 30th, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Word bro. Got an old friend whose wifey works there. Already had the hook up. My folks have kept in touch and go there often. I live in southern Utah now. I miss the diversity and variety and even the traffic. lol. I am proud to say I am Bay Area born and breed. The rest of the country has no clue what a diverse place this is. I am so pumped about the Raiders coming season and am gonna come back for a game. Code Black!!!

  • jesusraiderjim

    One Nation. RAIDER NATION!!!

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    The J Biden highlight reel is a thing of beauty!
    ________

    It was a week full of verbal bump and runs for Vice President Joe Biden. First, on a visit to Scott Community College in Davenport, Iowa, Mr. VP had bubbles in the brain (carbonated bubbles, that is) when he announced the chancellor. “Thank you Dr. Pepper…ah, Dr. Paper”

  • R8drinOK

    JLofty Says:
    March 30th, 2012 at 11:30 am
    R8rinOK I don’t recall anything of that nature. Young was pretty dominant, that is just sad to think I had to endure, Jay Shroeder and Marajuanavich instead of #8.
    But I don’t remember any such trade rumor…

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    Jlofty, it was before Young got to play much..around 89-91. I swore I read this in USA today or something…for all the great things Al did, he never could get us a great QB in the mid 80′s to early nineties. We had a great Defense most of that time

  • Nnamdi21

    377. Amen.

  • Nnamdi21

    F!@# “bracketology” to deff and beyond.

  • raymo2424

    MIKE GOODSON!!!

  • R8drinOK

    DutchRaider77 Says:
    March 30th, 2012 at 11:43 am
    R8rinOK I don’t recall anything of that nature. Young was pretty dominant, that is just sad to think I had to endure, Jay Shroeder and Marajuanavich instead of #8.
    But I don’t remember any such trade rumor…

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    1992 seasonBy the start of the 1992 season, it appeared that Young’s starting job was in serious peril. In addition to having to compete with Bono, Montana appeared to be close to recovering from his elbow tendon surgery. San Francisco came close to trading Young to the Los Angeles Raiders, but no deal was finalized and it turned out that Montana would not recover in time to start in the opening game. Montana would not return until the final game of the 1992 season, a Monday Night home game against the Detroit Lions. Montana played the entire second half and guided the 49ers to victory.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Young

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    YES, thanks DutchRaider- if only Al had pulled that trigger!!!

  • mcfadden20.
  • R8drinOK

    mcfadden20. Says:
    March 30th, 2012 at 12:05 pm
    http://www.nfl.com/features/bracketology/alltimeteams?module=HP11_hot_topics


    ONly 2 more hours left , lets vote

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    Burning the votes, my browser isn’t loading the page correctly. Are we still winning?

  • raiderguy10

    What did we give up to get Goodson? We only have 2 picks we can trade.

  • hwnrdr

    Did we trade for Goodson? I don’t see anything about it…

  • bcz24

    Did we get Goodson? I cant find anything on it anywhere.

  • Plunder

    Sammy Brown ILB for the University of Houston to visit Raiders in April.

    Brown led the nation in tackles for loss with 28 last season.

    The All-Conference USA first-team selection also had 12 1/2 sacks last season.

    The 6-foot-2, 243-pounder has 4.63 speed in the 40-yard dash and has a 37-inch vertical leap and bench pressed 225 pounds 20 times and also registered a 10-3 broad jump.

    Brown has drawn middle-round grades.

    http://profootball.scout.com/a.z?s=127&p=9&c=2&cid=1172876&nid=6046611&fhn=1

  • hwnrdr

    422.Plunder Says:
    March 30th, 2012 at 12:15 pm
    Sammy Brown ILB for the University of Houston to visit Raiders in April.

    Brown led the nation in tackles for loss with 28 last season.

    The All-Conference USA first-team selection also had 12 1/2 sacks last season.

    The 6-foot-2, 243-pounder has 4.63 speed in the 40-yard dash and has a 37-inch vertical leap and bench pressed 225 pounds 20 times and also registered a 10-3 broad jump.

    Brown has drawn middle-round grades.

    http://profootball.scout.com/a.z?s=127&p=9&c=2&cid=1172876&nid=6046611&fhn=1

    That would be an intereesting prospect

  • raiderguy10

    It’s on his twitter page.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Raider Weapon X http://Www.Raidernationstation.Com/Raider_nation_station Says:
    March 29th, 2012 at 7:46 pm
    Man, we lost ALOT of starters as Reggie guts all the Davis men.

    How can anyone realistically expect this team, even with late round picks and UDFAs added later to be a better team?…………..
    ***********************************

    Let us look at what we really have lost:

    1. QB Lost JC but gained CP with a full offseason. I think we have greatly improved there. TP with an offseason and pickup better than KB.

    2. TE Lost – Boss: The reality is Boss was not a big part of this offense last year. CP thinks Ausberry is going to break out and Meyers played as much as Boss – I think we are about even here (I know many thought we lost a lot)

    3. C Loss – Satelle: I think this hurts most think the line will be improved with Brissel at RG and Carlise at LG but Wiz was good at LG. Wiz is probably a better center than Sattelle but worried with left guard – We take a step back here along with the new scheme.

    4. RB – Bush: Big loss if McFad gets hurt otherwise not a big deal – it is all about McFad’s health. Jones and others will get a chance to step up.

    After this all other losses on offense are fringe players,

    Defense

    Loss of Starting Corners: Routt and Johnson: Johnson was not really healthy all year and LS played more than CJ. Routt was the most penalized defensive player but was good at staying near receivers. Bartell if healthy is similar to Routt be it older and less penalized. Shantee is better than LS or an injured CJ so this side is actually an upgrade. The two depth picks are better than what we had off the street last year. Overall I think this position is an upgrade but most are “deeply worried” Note most of these deeply worried people are not even Raider fans.

    2. Loss of Wimbley: Big loss not doubt but truth be told he was not that effective last year. Having MS back and keeping Bryant and Houston is very helpful here. If we can get a LB that can cover and stop run we might even be better off. Hopefully the guy from Indy will sign and we can offer him something a little over the vet minimum.

    3. Loss of Matt Gio: I think this is a dumb loss, I don’t understand why we do not resign him. He was not only helpful when he came in but also good in ST. He is a great backup but he might think he is a starter?

    3a. Other defenses depth: Most were fringe players – Jarvis Moss or players at end of Carreer Henderson.

    4. Loss of RC. I think this may hurt if we do not refill in with new players interested in excelling on ST.

    Overall we have added depth to the secondary, kept the OL ok, and have not lost much with shedding a lot of big salaries. Compared to last year opening day we have a better QB and WR situation, good OL situation, DL about the same. The one glaring area still is LB both OLB and depth and this still can be addresssed. Also RB is a little more precarious than last year.

    The sky is not falling here compared to what it could have been…

  • YoungAmerican

    Rotoworld confirms that the Raiders got Goodson. Apparently he’s already in Oakland.

    Makes sense. Raiders struggled down the stretch without an RB who could run off-tackle or hit the perimeter. Insurance in case DMac and Jones go down. Goodson is a proven commodity.

    Here’s hoping the deal was for a 2013 6th or 7th rounder, though. I’d rather the Raiders hang onto their few draft picks this year.

  • raiderguy10

    Mike Goodson ‏ @GoodNplenty33 Newest Oakland Raider !!!!! Headin to Cali!

    36m Mike Goodson ‏ @GoodNplenty33 Reply Lol just got a trade call #crayzzzyyyyyyy

  • YoungAmerican

    Per National Football Post:

    OLB Sammy Brown: Houston (6-3, 240)
    A highly productive pass rusher who has come a long way since being a JUCO transfer. Has a feel for getting after the passer, exhibits a good burst and closing speed around the edge and is an intriguing 34-type prospect.

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    So our backup RB situation is now taken care of.

    Next up is backup QB, backup C, starting NT and another LB or three. Some of this will be taken care of in the draft.

  • RaiderRetribution

    Re: going back to school; you said Reggie only cut two, I listed four that I knew of that were actual cuts.

    Iothers were UFAs. I think he should’ve cut a couple more. Luke Herrera, oh wait he was relieved of his duties.

  • mcfadden20.

    http://www.nfl.com/features/bracketology/alltimeteams?module=HP11_hot_topics

    this ish is going to the wire , only leading by 1% with 1.5 hour to go lets go n increase our lead nation , we need votes at the most critical time , we have to get this

  • freezetag168

    DKnight007 Says:
    March 30th, 2012 at 11:12 am

    382.jesusraiderjim Says:
    March 30th, 2012 at 11:05 am
    Flew in to Oakland 2 days ago. It feels so good to be home even if it’s just for a couple weeks. Stayin at the San Leandro marina inn. Great place great view. I miss the bay area. Go raiders Go A’s!!!!!

    ^^^^^^^^
    Horatios next door has fantastic food!

    If you want to save money, go during happy hour early or late at 9pm.

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    WB 2 da 510 JRJ!
    Horatios is still there after all these years? I just ranted on Yelp about how all my growing up in da East Bay restaurants are mostly gone. Good to hear.

  • hwnrdr

    “Lol, just got a trade call #crayzzzyyyyyy.” Newest Oakland Raider!!!! Heading to Cali!…Big S/O to all my Panther Fans Thanks for all the love and support!!!

  • Just Fire Baby

    Told you backup RB was a MAJOR NEED!!!

  • Tjbwall

    Mike Goodson for either our 5th or 5th rd draft pick

    24 y/o put up 452 yds @ 4.4 ypc last year, but found little playing time while coming in for Jonathon Stewart & DeAngelo Williams

  • Tjbwall

    5th or 6th*

  • hwnrdr

    Now what about Wheeler?

  • RaiderRockstar

    So do you wish we followed Mike Lombardi’s advise last year when JC went down and traded a late draft pick for McNabb?

    ***

    @Dutch

    No – I liked Campbell more than McNabb and I like Palmer better than both of those guys combined.

  • Tjbwall

    According to Aaron Wilson of Fox Sports, the Raiders have scheduled a private workout with University of Houston linebacker Sammy Brown on April 12.

    Brown played 2 years at Houston after attending junior college, and had been considered a fit as a 3-4 linebacker. One of the reasons teams are bringing in Brown is because he was not invited to the combine. Brown is 6’3, 240 pounds, and has been clocked in the 40-yard dash as high as 4.63. He’s considered a late round prospect at the moment, but could change things with a few good individual workouts.

  • bcz24

    Mike Goodson is a decent backup, although not so much the ‘power back’ to compliment DMac. This guy plays Special teams too, and will probably be our 2nd best return guy next to Ford. I think he has a bit of fumblitis though

  • BewareofRaiders

    Maybe cork is still sleeping but who did we trade for him

  • Tjbwall

    Adam Caplan‏@caplannflReply

    ECU OT Stephen Baker is scheduled to visit the Raiders next month.

  • R8drinOK

    per Rotoworld:

    Goodson is a decent a third-down back that can be effective in the passing the game but blocking is obviously not his strong suit. He’ll join Darren McFadden and Taiwan Jones in the Raiders backfield next season.

    http://nfltraderumors.co/panthers-trade-rb-mike-goodson-to-the-raiders/

  • Tjbwall

    BewareofRaiders Says:
    March 30th, 2012 at 12:29 pm
    Maybe cork is still sleeping but who did we trade for him
    ==============================
    late rd draft pick. my guess is the 5th or 6th rounder we have this year

  • YoungAmerican

    Goodson is insurance for DMac and Jones. Raiders clearly didn’t want a situation where both of those guys got hurt again, and all of a sudden they don’t have a player with some explosiveness on those outside runs. That situation really limited the offense last season.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    RaiderRetribution Says:
    March 30th, 2012 at 12:20 pm
    Re: going back to school; you said Reggie only cut two, I listed four that I knew of that were actual cuts.

    Iothers were UFAs. I think he should’ve cut a couple more. Luke Herrera, oh wait he was relieved of his duties.

    *************
    Cuts:
    1. Routt
    2. CJ
    3. Wimbley
    4. Henderson
    5. Boss
    6. H. Eugene

    All had cap figures of 2 million or more.

  • mcfadden20.
  • mcfadden20.

    tell everyone about this … just an hour n half to go

    http://www.nfl.com/features/bracketology/alltimeteams?module=HP11_hot_topics

  • RaiderRockstar

    Sammy Brown ILB for the University of Houston to visit Raiders in April.

    Brown led the nation in tackles for loss with 28 last season.

    The All-Conference USA first-team selection also had 12 1/2 sacks last season.

    The 6-foot-2, 243-pounder has 4.63 speed in the 40-yard dash and has a 37-inch vertical leap and bench pressed 225 pounds 20 times and also registered a 10-3 broad jump.

    Brown has drawn middle-round grades.

    ***

    replace #55 !!

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Goodson?
    Now we have 3 fast RBs , but we don’t have a big back for short yardage situations.