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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:

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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  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    Also, Boardwalk Empire is the awesome!

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    It is Klas. Next season is the last one.

  • Dakota

    1140.Raider O Says:
    August 30th, 2012 at 2:43 pm
    Dakota Says:
    August 30th, 2012 at 2:36 pm
    RaiderO,

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

    That explains it.
    LOL
    +++++++
    shhhhh, don’t tell Bo.

  • Thec

    Seymour Bush Says:
    August 30th, 2012 at 2:27 pm
    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?

    ++++++++

    hahahah…Depends on ones point of view…

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    I never watched Deadwood. I tried watching BE but I never got hooked.

  • Carl Weathers

    Gay

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    Raider O Says:
    August 30th, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    I never watched Deadwood. I tried watching BE but I never got hooked.
    ——
    Deadwood is like Shakespeare in the Old West.

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    Raider O, you watch Breaking Bad? It may be best TV show ever.

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    No surprise, but Klas also loves Walking Dead!

  • Dakota

    True Blood was much better this season than last….but it is time to wrap it up.

    Breaking Bad….I will miss that show.

    Can’t wait for The Walking Dead to return.

    And I just purchased season 6 of Dexter…..and look forward to watching Weeds and Californication when they come out on Netflix (Showtime has some good ones).

    I think there are only two season left of Mad Men….I love that show.

    Boardwalk Empire is the bomb….

    I am running out of room on my DVR.

  • Dakota

    I did watch some Deadwood. (whitecoksuckers!)

  • Dakota

    I have the first few seasons of Justified on DVD….have not watched them yet…..is that show worth it?

    anyone?
    anyone?
    MaddenRaider?

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    Is Dexter really good?

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    Dakota Says:
    August 30th, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    I have the first few seasons of Justified on DVD….have not watched them yet…..is that show worth it?

    anyone?
    anyone?
    MaddenRaider?

    ——–
    I just watched Justified season one. It is good, but it is kind of a letdown after watching Breaking Bad and HBO shows. It is kind of liking Raiders going to Super Bowl but not winning.

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    San Francisco cock suckers!

  • Plunketthead

    1141.Seymour Bush Says:
    August 30th, 2012 at 2:46 pm
    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
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&.

    Your BFF Gannon is a ignorant vengeful, spiteful immature, small human being to go around for ten years carrying a grudge for the way a 80 year old man treated him.

    Poor little Rich all upset that Mister Davis got him to a SB where he pulled off the biggest chokejob in history.

    PS

    Oakglen,,, err seymour is the biggest bush leaguer in this chatroom

  • Dakota

    Dexter is very good, especially the first three seasons.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    No Klas. I watch True Blood because my wife likes it. Spartacus is one my favorite stories, the 1st season was good, but it good bad after that. Too much sex without a good story.
    Game of Thrones is great.

  • Raidernationdave

    The only crazy talk I’ve ever heard from O is the time he wanted Lechler to start moonlighting at Chippendale’s because he wanted to cut is contract back to $1 a year!!!

    Luv ya O!

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

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

  • Dakota

    I watched the first half of the first episode of Spartacus and it looked like a low budget show with bad acting…..I guess I was a little spoiled with HBO’s Rome….they never should have cancelled that show.

    I read that they cancelled it right before season II took off and became popular, but by the time they realized their mistake, many of the actors had already moved on to other shows. SMH tragic.

    Didn’t the actor who played the main character in Spartacus die of cancer?

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    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.

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    Dakota, actor who played Caesar is going to be in Game of Thrones this upcoming season. He will be King Beyond the Wall.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    As Grufen said, our FGs are the most expensive FGs in the league.
    K: Jano + Holder: Lechler + LS: Condo = $11.5 million FG.

  • Dakota

    One show that I looked into just because I liked the original when I was a kid was Battlestar Galactica….I watched it instantly on Netflix…..it hooked me and I watched the entire series over the course of a summer….good stuff.

    But hey, I like Falling Skies too lol.

  • Plunketthead

    I appreciate Rich for the job he did in Oakland as the starting QB but Mister Davis’s BP went up 20 points everytime he saw mister chokejob.

    The sight of Rich probaly made Mister Davis sick to his stomach. Would let the bum hang around your team if you were Al?

    I think not. Al did not abide losers or cheats and its obvious Al did not care much for chokers either

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    The sight of Rich probaly made Mister Davis sick to his stomach. Would let the bum hang around your team if you were Al?

    I think not. Al did not abide losers or cheats and its obvious Al did not care much for chokers either
    ——
    Al’s fault they lost.

  • Raidernationdave

    O it doesn’t take much!!!!! Mention Lechler and you see red awful quick!!!!!

    BTW what the hell have you got against “alcoholic placekickers”? They are people too!!!

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

    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.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Didn’t the actor who played the main character in Spartacus die of cancer?
    $$$$$$$$$$$

    I don’t know, but that is sad. They have a new actor and he is not as good.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Dave,

    LOL
    Nothing as long as they make their kicks and stay in shape.

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    Mmmmmy Carmona!

  • Dakota

    1172.Klas Tjorborn Says:
    August 30th, 2012 at 3:16 pm
    Dakota, actor who played Caesar is going to be in Game of Thrones this upcoming season. He will be King Beyond the Wall.

    +++++++++
    Cool. I’ve seen him in quite a few movies over the past few years. He will always be Caesar to me lol.

    Lucius is on Grey Anatomy lol….I keep expecting him to enter the ER in armor.

    The guy who played Titus was in the Book of Eli….zzzzzzzz

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    Caesar and Mark Antony were in John Carter.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Plunketthead Says:
    August 30th, 2012 at 3:19 pm
    I appreciate Rich for the job he did in Oakland as the starting QB but Mister Davis’s BP went up 20 points everytime he saw mister chokejob.

    The sight of Rich probaly made Mister Davis sick to his stomach. Would let the bum hang around your team if you were Al?

    I think not. Al did not abide losers or cheats and its obvious Al did not care much for chokers either
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    He threw 5 INTs. 5!!
    The football gods didn’t want us to win our 4th SB.
    We played our ex HC while still using his offense. Our C decided to go get drunk in Mexico and was MIA in the biggest game of his career. Our QB who played at an elite level all season decided to throw 5 INTs!!
    5!!
    My BP just went up 20 points.

  • Dakota

    I, along with 99.9999999998% of the US population, missed out on John Carter.

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    Dakota Says:
    August 30th, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    I, along with 99.9999999998% of the US population, missed out on John Carter.

    —–
    John Carter was not as bad as advertised. Decent sci-fi. Much better than Transformers or Ghost Rider.

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    Super Bowl vs Tampa was Al’s punishment for all his sins.

  • Plunketthead

    I reread all the john Carter books online for free last year. Cheap entertainment, good stuff too. I love science fiction

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    John Carter was like Star Wars prequels but competently done.

  • DutchRaider77

    DVD is returning Kicks tonight?

    http://raidernationtimes.com/article.php?id=9183

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    Klas/MR, why are all tr0lls like you KK & Seymour all libtards? Just a coincidence huh?

  • PlunkforHOF

    What up Raider fans! Last preseason game.. WOOT!. No feed here in Reno again, so I will probably go with vipbox.

    Hope to see:

    very little DMAC or CP3

    Leinhart/Pryor steelcage death match

    young ballers Cumbie and Ihenacho get quality time and seal roster slots

    continued dominance by Wheeler and LB’s

    My boy Degnarlious suits up and is in for 2-3 plays as a precursor to returning for Mon.

    CODE BLACK

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    MistaBrown Says:
    August 30th, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Klas/MR, why are all tr0lls like you KK & Seymour all libtards? Just a coincidence huh?

    —-
    You are a troll and you not liberal.

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    I never logged in on a different name nor have I talked to myself from different alias’s therefore Im not a tr0ll and cannot even come close to being one.

    Eat sh!t MR
    _____

    Klas Tjorborn Says:
    August 30th, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    MistaBrown Says:
    August 30th, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Klas/MR, why are all tr0lls like you KK & Seymour all libtards? Just a coincidence huh?

    —-
    You are a troll and you not liberal.

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    MistaBrown Says:
    August 30th, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    I never logged in on a different name nor have I talked to myself from different alias’s therefore Im not a tr0ll and cannot even come close to being one.

    Eat sh!t MR
    ——
    Anyone who is so conservative and anti 0bama has to be troll. No one is that stupid, no?

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

    Plunketthead Says:
    August 30th, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    1141.Seymour Bush Says:
    August 30th, 2012 at 2:46 pm
    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
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&.

    Your BFF Gannon is a ignorant vengeful, spiteful immature, small human being to go around for ten years carrying a grudge for the way a 80 year old man treated him.

    Poor little Rich all upset that Mister Davis got him to a SB where he pulled off the biggest chokejob in history.

    PS

    Oakglen,,, err seymour is the biggest bush leaguer in this chatroom
    =====================================================
    Shows your ignorance. You just stated an owner got a player to the SB. You don’t realize how sorry that comment is?
    Gannon provided a service. Al paid for the service. Gannon got the team to the SB, not Al, you moron.

    I’ll say it again. Gannon told the truth. What part wasn’t the truth?

    And for that, Al shows the world he’s as they thought. A bitter little man who was never about the team, but was always about Al.
    Get your facts straight, boy.

  • http://Heismantrophy.com Mr. Heisman Lombardi

    Last preseason game of the year and you want guys want to talk about deadwood? amazing.

  • http://Heismantrophy.com Mr. Heisman Lombardi

    I don’t think that is Seymour Bush.

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

    Klas Tjorborn Says:
    August 30th, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    MistaBrown Says:
    August 30th, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    I never logged in on a different name nor have I talked to myself from different alias’s therefore Im not a tr0ll and cannot even come close to being one.

    Eat sh!t MR
    ——
    Anyone who is so conservative and anti 0bama has to be troll. No one is that stupid, no?
    =====================================================
    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.

  • rediaR

    Did you honestly feel comfortable anytime Palmer through the ball last year? My butthole tightened up every time he dropped back. When he was on, he was on, but when he was off, he was really off. And really off Carson showed up at an alarming rate.

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

    Mr. Heisman Lombardi Says:
    August 30th, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    I don’t think that is Seymour Bush.
    ======================================================
    You’re a cross posting POS.
    Your comments don’t count.
    Leave now, or I shall be forced to thrash you.