Predicting Raiders 53-man roster


The Raiders are on their way to Seattle for their exhibition finale against the Seahawks.
While they’re relaxing, we’re crunching the numbers, breaking down the tape and making sense of everything we’ve seen during offseason workouts, training camp and the first three exhibition games.
So, what better time to take a sneak peek at how the Raiders 53-man roster shapes up for the 2012 season?
We will break down the roster into three categories: locks, on the bubble and long-shots.
Locks are players who are certain to make the roster as of now, barring injury, trade or an abysmal performance Thursday night.
On the bubble players have a decent shot of making the team but shouldn’t be tattooing the Raiders shield anywhere on their bodies just yet.
Long-shots is a sizable group of players unlikely to make the team as of now. For some of these players, their best shot of sticking around is in case of injury or by virtue of the practice squad.
Final roster cuts are Friday. Here’s our best educated guess:

QB — Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart and Terrelle Pryor
RB — Darren McFadden and Taiwan Jones
FB — Marcel Reece and Owen Schmitt
WR — Jacoby Ford, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Denarius Moore, Juron Criner, Rod Streater and Roscoe Parrish
TE — Brandon Myers, David Ausberry and Richard Gordon
OL — Jared Veldheer, Cooper Carlisle, Stefen Wisniewski, Mike Brisiel, Khalif Barnes, Joseph Barksdale, Alex Parsons and Tony Bergstrom
DL — Matt Shaughnessy, Lamarr Houston, Richard Seymour, Tommy Kelly, Desmond Bryant, Dave Tollefson and Christo Bilukidi
LB — Rolando McClain, Philip Wheeler and Miles Burris
CB — Ron Bartell and Shawntae Spencer
S — Michael Huff, Tyvon Branch, Mike Mitchell and Matt Giordano
K — Sebastian Janikowski
P — Shane Lechler
LS — Jon Condo

43 players are locks. That leaves 10 spots from the following players.

QB — None
RB — Mike Goodson and Lonyae Miller
FB — None
WR — Travionte Session
TE — None
OL — None
DL — Jamie Cumbie, Jack Crawford and Dominique Hamilton
LB — Aaron Curry (likely to remain on the physically-unable-to-perform list because of sore knees), Travis Goethel and Carl Ihenacho
CB — DeMarcus Van Dyke, Chimdi Chekwa, Pat Lee and Bryan McCann
S — Brandon Underwood
K — None
P — None

QB — None
RB — None
FB — None
WR — Eddie McGee, Derek Carrier and Brandon Carswell
TE — Tory Humphrey and Kyle Efaw
OL — Dan Knapp, Kevin Haslam, Lucas Nix, Nick Howell and Colin Miller
DL — Hall Davis
LB — Kaelin Burnett, Chad Kilgore and Nathan Stupar
CB — Coye Francies
S — Curtis Taylor
K — Eddy Carmona
P — Marquette King

With that said, the odds-on candidates to capture the final 10 spots are: RB Mike Goodson, DLs Jamie Cumbie and Jack Crawford, LBs Travis Goethel and Carl Ihenacho, CBs DeMarcus Van Dyke, Chimdi Chekwa, Pat Lee and Bryan McCann and S Brandon Underwood

This leaves the Raiders thin at linebacker, assuming Curry winds up on the PUP list. However, Tollefson is versatile enough to help out in a pinch, as he did with the New York Giants. Carrying six cornerbacks gives the Raiders better odds of finding one or two long-term keepers.
Also, carrying only eight offensive linemen isn’t exactly ideal. Yet, Bergstrom and Barksdale are versatile enough to play multiple positions, as well on both sides of the line. And, the Raiders won’t have any difficulty adding a player if the need arises.
It’s also important to remember that the Raiders cut Giordano last season in reaching 53 players, only to re-sign him a few days later. This is just the next phase of the building process.

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Steve Corkran

  • Leave now, or I shall be forced to thrash you.

    That is certainly not Seymour Bush.

  • Where’s the live chat?

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Palmer must play well in this game. Unlike other qbs around the league Palmer is suddenly under the most pressure. Due to his huge contract & what we gave up for him he must give some indication that he can avoid turn overs & lead wins. Palmer uike other qbs has not found the endzone & thrown 4 picks in just over 4 quarters. If Palmer does not play Well & his back ups out perform him again it will only hasten the looking qb contraversy.

    Palmer is in a similar bind as Sanchez or like Flynn was in. People want to see thier back up becuase they have not inspired confidence through thier play

  • What’s more important is that you still live with Mom, by your own admission.
    You fail miserably, by your own admission.
    And you are a cross posting troll, by your own admission.
    I’m embarrassed for you, MR.
    I am not MR, and you are not the Seymour Bush. Seymour would never defend the Mista Brown.

    Why do you think I am MR. People call me MR, they call me Beeecham, they call me Albert Pigelow Baine, they call me Tupac. Usually peoples just call me sexy. I’m just Klas being Klas.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    August 30th, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Palmer must play well in this game.

    I think you mean Palmer must not play at all in this meaningless game.

  • alex7

    San Diego will be throwing the ball 40 times on us, so I want to see a little pass-rush from the guys who will be playing and rotating week 1.

    LB, nickel, and safety pass coverage will also be looked at in 3 hours.

    Barksdale needs to keep stepping up and give us a 2013 starter.

  • Twinkle

    Raider O Says:
    August 30th, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    LOL Dave.
    Don’t get me started.

    Cap hits:
    $4+ million for an alcoholic Kicker who is out of shape.
    $5.65 million for a punter who doesn’t practice/ punts in the offseason.
    $1.5 million for a LS.

    Around $11.5 million for 3 players on STs?!?!
    I don’t like it.
    You would like it a lot less if you would care to remember what the kicking game was like before these
    guys got here.If I can punt a football 80 yards with zero return (he’s done it once) then why in hell would I practice punting in the off season?I can figure I’ve got a handle on the mechanics.Lechler was
    a prime reason why Gannon wasn’t riding the pines here like he did everywhere else.Gannon did not speak ‘vertical game’.And as far as casting aspersions on maybe the best kicker to play the game…….two of the rarest commodities….A Scot or a Polack who doesn’t drink.These guy’s are Pro Bowl man…if the
    rest of the damn roster could play to their level
    then you and I wouldn’t have this difference of opinion.

  • Breaking_Black

    Cedric Benson FUMBLLLEEEE!!

  • Twinkle

    Seymour and MR will you please stop arguing amongst
    yourself?Mistic just arrived and you are all going to get confused over whom said what.

  • RaidO

    If Palmer comes out looking like crap as usual and TP plays well again= definite QB controversy.

    CP does not get a FREE pass to suck.

  • Twinkle

    Mr. Heisman Lombardi Says:
    August 30th, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Where’s the live chat?
    The sock puppet live chat is in full regalia……oh I’m sorry you meant the game live chat.

  • Twinkle

    Two and half minutes and counting.

  • Twinkle

    Remind me again after Week two there RaidO.

  • thought you meant for Seattle covering Carswell