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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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Posted on Wednesday, August 29th, 2012
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Live chat during Raiders game Thursday night

Join Bay Area News Group reporter Steve Corkran for a live chat during the Oakland Raiders’ final exhibition game, Thursday at 7 p.m.

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Posted on Wednesday, August 29th, 2012
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Report: Raiders sign young cornerback

The Raiders claimed cornerback Coye Francies off waivers, less than a day after he was waived by the Seattle Seahawks. Francies is listed as being a member of the Raiders on NFL.com, though the Raiders have yet to announce the transaction. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on Wednesday, August 29th, 2012
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Moore, Knapp also concerned about timing

Raiders quartertback Carson Palmer first sounded the alarm when he said he is concerned about the inability to work much with injured wide receivers Jacoby Ford and Denarius Moore. Well, as it turns out, he isn’t the only one worried about the effect it’s going to have once they return. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on Tuesday, August 28th, 2012
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Parrish practicing with Raiders

Wide receiver/returner Roscoe Parrish is at practice, wearing No. 18, and taking part in all the drills, only hours after he signed with the Raiders. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on Tuesday, August 28th, 2012
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Raiders sign WR/PR Parrish

The Raiders just confirmed the signing of veteran wide receiver/kick returner Roscoe Parrish. Practice begins in about 15 minutes, so we shall see if Parrish also has arrived, passed his physical and is ready to join his new teammates. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on Tuesday, August 28th, 2012
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Report: Raiders agree to deal with veteran returner

Raiders coach Dennis Allen apparently wasn’t kidding when he said Monday that, yes, it’s possible that his kick returner wasn’t yet on the roster. A few hours later, ProFootballTalk.com reported that the Raiders agreed to terms with return specialist Roscoe Parrish. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on Monday, August 27th, 2012
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Sense of urgency falls upon Raiders

Raiders coach Dennis Allen had a little extra bounce in his step, seemed a bit more energized and ready for the long grind that is the regular season. It’s amazing what three nights sleeping in your own bed can do for a person, eh, coach? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on Monday, August 27th, 2012
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Six key players missing practice

The new-look Raiders practiced in Alameda on Monday for the first time since breaking camp in Napa. They did so without the 12 players released earlier this morning, as well as the six key players that are injured. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on Monday, August 27th, 2012
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Raiders make first roster cuts

In reaching the league-mandated limit of 75 players, the Raiders waived linebacker Korey Bosworth, defensive ends Mason Brodine and Wayne Dorsey, safeties Aaron Henry and Chaz Powell, cornerback Terrail Lambert, wide receivers Thomas Mayo and DeAundre Muhammad, quarterback Kyle Newhall-Caballero and fullback Manase Tonga. Fullback Rashawn Jackson and offensive lineman Ed Wang were waived-injured.

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Posted on Monday, August 27th, 2012
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