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Predicting Raiders 53-man roster

By Steve Corkran
Wednesday, August 29th, 2012 at 3:44 pm in Oakland Raiders.

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:

LOCKS
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.

ON THE BUBBLE
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

LONG-SHOTS
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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  • Intrepid

    Raider O Says: Long Bong Silver!///////////////My bad O! misremembered bong/dong(embarrassing). Not hating on Klas at all. Should of copied and pasted.

  • Thec

    with the interweb, you will also be able to get a look at the disc starting oline featuring super mario henderson… that’s if they haven’t demoted him for the rookie RG convert who looks equally out manned.

  • realtruraider

    Thers alot I want to see tonight, but one thing Im going to look for is if Ihenacho lines up at LB, the last game he played DE the whole time he was in, I don’t think he lined up at LB one time.

  • mcfadden20.

    Good stuff

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    It’s all good Intrepid.
    The Swede is the funny.

  • realtruraider

    Im thinkin they wanted to see what he could do as and all around DE, I thought he played decent at LB the first couple games, they probably wanted to see him do more of what he does best, rush the passer

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    you will also be able to get a look at the disc starting oline featuring super mario henderson… that’s if they haven’t demoted him for the rookie RG convert who looks equally out manned
    $$$$$$$$$$$

    I will be surprised if:
    -we didn’t dominate that OL
    -The mouth from the south aka rivers lasts 16 games behind that OL and he is a tough bastard.
    -Norv stays as HC

    I can’t wait. I hate the discharges

  • realtruraider

    Alright ya’ll stay positive, PMA

  • Thec

    $$$$$$$$$$$

    I will be surprised if:
    -we didn’t dominate that OL
    -The mouth from the south aka rivers lasts 16 games behind that OL and he is a tough bastard.
    -Norv stays as HC

    I can’t wait. I hate the discharges

    ++++++

    I will be suprised if he makes it past week 1.

  • Dakota

    If Pryor looks decent against the scrubs again tonight, look for 75% of the Nation to be calling for him to replace Palmer by week 5.

  • Thec

    Over under rivers sacks game 1

    3

  • Thec

    I will be suprised if he makes it past week 1.

    1110.Dakota Says:
    August 30th, 2012 at 2:10 pm
    If Pryor looks decent against the scrubs again tonight, look for 75% of the Nation to be calling for him to replace Palmer by week 5.

    ++++++++++

    No however, I will rub ya face in it.

  • Raidernationdave

    TP’s is as shaky at QB as I am walking on stilts….CP3 has no worries.

    +++++++++++++++

    Dakota Says:
    August 30th, 2012 at 2:10 pm
    If Pryor looks decent against the scrubs again tonight, look for 75% of the Nation to be calling for him to replace Palmer by week 5.

  • Thec

    The 3 wise men…

    Flores, Papa, and Plunk…

    More like the 3 High men.

  • Intrepid

    Raider O Says: You admit to being a cross poster/////////Admit implies wrongdoing, which I think cross posting is, i.e. talking to yourself,drumming up pseudo support for your argument or double attacking someone else’s, jumping from one alias to another by the minute. I don’t do that. Intrepid for weeks or months, Purvisman for weeks or months, He11, my name is Purvis-how deceptive is that?

  • Raidernationdave

    Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeyotches!!

  • Thec

    Dakota Says:
    August 30th, 2012 at 2:10 pm
    If Pryor looks decent against the scrubs again tonight, look for 75% of the Nation to be calling for him to replace Palmer by week 5.

    ++++++++++

    Actually, It will be a lot like last week.

    I wont have anything to say.

  • Intrepid

    O, not bagging on you. Just explaining myself and yes, Klas is the funny.

  • Raidernationdave

    If ever there was a year for “bounties” this would be it…..how much for a custom fitted “snapped neck” for Horse-faced Junior?

  • mcfadden20.

    Raiders the best teamed created

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Dakota Says:
    August 30th, 2012 at 2:10 pm
    If Pryor looks decent against the scrubs again tonight, look for 75% of the Nation to be calling for him to replace Palmer by week 5.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Another TP hater.
    He was our backup QB last game, 2nd string QB, so he played against backups and not scrubs.
    Don’t let the facts ruin your argument White Devil.

  • mcfadden20.

    Less than 5 hours to go …

  • Twinkle

    Dakota Says:
    August 30th, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    If Pryor looks decent against the scrubs again tonight, look for 75% of the Nation to be calling for him to replace Palmer by week 5.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    and in here by week 1.LOL

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Thec Says:
    August 30th, 2012 at 2:14 pm
    The 3 wise men…

    Flores, Papa, and Plunk…

    More like the 3 High men.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    LOL
    I love it.

  • Dakota

    RaiderO, at least when you were smoking you had an excuse for your crazy Pryor talk!

  • http://www.raiders.com Seymour Bush

    mcfadden20. Says:
    August 30th, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Raiders the best teamed created
    ===================================================
    Best teamed?
    Should have stayed in skool.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Admit implies wrongdoing, which I think cross posting is, i.e. talking to yourself,drumming up pseudo support for your argument or double attacking someone else’s, jumping from one alias to another by the minute. I don’t do that. Intrepid for weeks or months, Purvisman for weeks or months, He11, my name is Purvis-how deceptive is that?
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Cross posting is having more than one username. The other crap is called trolling IMO. That’s why I said cross poster and not cross posting troll.
    I don’t understand the logic for having 2 usernames.

  • http://www.raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Thec Says:
    August 30th, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Dakota Says:
    August 30th, 2012 at 2:10 pm
    If Pryor looks decent against the scrubs again tonight, look for 75% of the Nation to be calling for him to replace Palmer by week 5.

    ++++++++++

    Actually, It will be a lot like last week.

    I wont have anything to say.
    =====================================================How will this be different from the other times you post?

  • Twinkle

    TP’s progressions at OSU were 1.Is the A or B gap available? and 2.Can I still pitch? and 3.Where the fk are the receivers? all whilst on the move.
    Doubt that Carson has the same priorities.

  • Twinkle

    “Best teamed?
    Should have stayed in skool.”

    Dry sense of humor have we?Hella funny though Seymour.

  • http://www.raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Raider O Says:
    August 30th, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Admit implies wrongdoing, which I think cross posting is, i.e. talking to yourself,drumming up pseudo support for your argument or double attacking someone else’s, jumping from one alias to another by the minute. I don’t do that. Intrepid for weeks or months, Purvisman for weeks or months, He11, my name is Purvis-how deceptive is that?
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Cross posting is having more than one username. The other crap is called trolling IMO. That’s why I said cross poster and not cross posting troll.
    I don’t understand the logic for having 2 usernames.
    ==================================================
    It’s simple.
    When MR gets flustered or overwhelmed, he creates a different name to counter his attack. Kind of a buddy system.
    Sometimes he actually argues with himself. Then makes up with himself. Then praises himself.
    All along thinking no one can see through the charade.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Dakota Says:
    August 30th, 2012 at 2:23 pm
    RaiderO, at least when you were smoking you had an excuse for your crazy Pryor talk!
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Crazy talk?! lol
    Those are the facts! Did you visit Mich recently?

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    Kickoff – 4 1/2 hours.

    I plan on charting the game tonight Pat Kirwan-style, both the Raiders’ plays and the Seahawks personnel groups, just to see if I like doing it or not.

  • http://www.raiders.com Seymour Bush

    lefty12 Says:
    August 30th, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    NFLN isn’t showing our game until SUNDAY night.In the meantime they are showing other games up to 3 times.I call BS.
    ======================================================
    I think they show the games over and over that NFLN originally broadcast.
    Games from other networks don’t get as much play.

  • Dakota

    RaiderO,

    My Dad’s side of the family is from Michigan.

  • Twinkle

    mcfadden20. Says:
    August 30th, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Less than 5 hours to go …
    ****************************
    Speaking of funny…LOL at your nickname for DMac last year.Lets hope we don’t have to resort to it again.

  • Dakota

    So I finally gave Game of Thrones a shot….I am through the first 6 episodes of season 1…..I am hooked.

  • http://www.raiders.com Seymour Bush

    http://www.nf l.com/news/story/0ap1000000056626/article/doug-williams-on-rg3-climate-has-changed-for-black-qbs?module=HP11_content_stream
    ====================================================
    Our resident racist POS Kell and Mistic should enjoy that.

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    Dakota Says:
    August 30th, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    So I finally gave Game of Thrones a shot….I am through the first 6 episodes of season 1…..I am hooked.

    ——
    Game of Thrones is Klas favorite. It is awesome. Started reading the books too. Third season is going to be shocking. Even more so than the first, but I won’t spoil anything for you.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Dakota Says:
    August 30th, 2012 at 2:36 pm
    RaiderO,

    My Dad’s side of the family is from Michigan.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    That explains it.
    LOL

  • http://www.raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Why is everyone surprised that Gannon has an axe to grind with us?
    Al crapped all over him. Banned him from the clubhouse.
    That’s about as bush league as you can get.
    Gannon was responsible for the last time we stood proud, and for Al to ban him, which was against league rules anyway, insured Gannon would crap on the team the same way we crapped on him.

    Besides, Gannon spoke the truth, like it or not.

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    Al is dead. Gannon should get over it.

  • http://www.raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Raider O Says:
    August 30th, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Respect is earned. I remember a decade ago when we owned the highlights on ESPN. Everyone thought we were an elite team because we won games.
    You want respect, EARN IT!
    =======================================================
    Decade ago?
    Don’t you mean 3 decades ago?

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Dakota Says:
    August 30th, 2012 at 2:39 pm
    So I finally gave Game of Thrones a shot….I am through the first 6 episodes of season 1…..I am hooked.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    What about True Blood & Spartacus?

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    Game of Thrones is such the good you don’t even need all the titties. Those are just icing on the cake.

  • http://www.raiders.com Seymour Bush

    aideraholic (AKAHairyBush) Says:
    August 30th, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Gotta admit, I like the thought of facing R.Brown instead of Matthews for openeer.
    =====================================================
    You aren’t facing anything except a huge bowl of potato chips.

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    Raider O, is Spartacus good? I like True Blood.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    I like Game of Thrones and True Blood. Spartacus was good, but season 2 was a joke IMO.

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    Raider O Says:
    August 30th, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    I like Game of Thrones and True Blood. Spartacus was good, but season 2 was a joke IMO.

    ——–
    Just finished season 5 of True Blood. Show is starting to go off deep end. Hoping next season will be last.

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    Raider O and Dakota, did you watch Deadwood? That show was the best.