By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Saturday, August 31st, 2013 at 6:30 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Keeping in mind the Raiders could still do a lot of tinkering with the roster once they sift through veteran players and the waiver process, here is the current makeup of the 53-man roster:
Quarterbacks (4): Terrelle Pryor, Matt Flynn, Matt McGloin, Tyler Wilson.
Comment: Many NFL teams are going with two quarterbacks and the Raiders have four. McGloin moved ahead of Wilson, and the Raiders were wary of cutting a fourth-round draft pick.
Running backs (5): Darren McFadden, Rashad Jennings, Jeremy Stewart, Marcel Reece, Jamize Olawale.
Comment: McFadden played sparingly in the preseason, and Jennings was far and away the most consistent runner. Stewart gets the nod with Latavius Murray on injured reserve. Reece is the Raiders most versatile back while Olawale has special teams value and is strong blocker.
Wide receivers (5): Jacoby Ford, Denarius Moore, Brice Butler, Rod Streater, Juron Criner.
Comment: No real surprises here.
Tight ends (4): Jeron Mastrud, Mychal Rivera, David Ausberry, Nick Kasa
Comment: Mastrud beats out Richard Gordon for the starting role unless Ausberry is healthy in time for the opener. Rookies Rivera and Kasa are the safest here because the Raiders will be looking hard at the waiver wire for a veteran or two.
Offensive linemen (8): Stefen Wisniewski, Andre Gurode, Mike Brisiel, Jared Veldheer, Khalif Barnes, Menelik Watson, Lucas Nix, Alex Barron.
Comment: The Raiders will be looking to add a lineman or two. Chances are Jared Veldheer goes on injured reserve/designated to return on Tuesday, meaning he misses seven weeks. That will open up a roster spot. Losing Tony Bergstrom to injured reserve has the Raiders looking hard at guards.
Defensive linemen (8): Ryan Robinson, Pat Sims, Jack Crawford, Stacy McGee, Jason Hunter, Christo Bilukidi, Vance Walker, Lamarr Houston.
Comment: The surprise was the rise of Ryan Robinson, who did some good things rushing the passer and makes the club for now as an undrafted free agent.
Linebackers (5): Kaluka Maiava, Nick Roach, Sio Moore, Kevin Burnett, Kaelin Burnett.
Comment: Oh, brothers. Kevin and Kaelin Burnett are both on the 53-man roster.
Defensive backs (10) : Mike Jenkins, Taiwan Jones, Charles Woodson, D.J. Hayden, Usama Young, Phillip Adams, Brandian Ross, Tracy Porter, Tyvon Branch, Chimdi Chekwa,
Comment: Jones makes the roster as a cornerback after being a running back for two years, but his real value is on special teams where he excels kick coverage.
Specialists (4): P Chris Kluwe, P Marquette King, PK Sebastian Janikowski, LS Jon Condo.
Comment: Two punters? Chances are the Raiders are looking to trade Kluwe or King.