The Raiders trimmed their roster to 53 on Saturday afternoon, although moves will be made before the regular-season opener on Sept. 8. We’ll take a closer look at the 53 men on this roster below: Here’s the Raiders’ 53-man roster:
WR (5) – Denarius Moore, Brice Butler, Jacoby Ford, Rod Streater, Juron Criner
Our take: These were the best receivers on the roster. No-brainers here.
OT (4) – Jared Veldheer, Alex Barron, Khalif Barnes, Menelik Watson
Our take: Veldheer will be moved to the injured-reserve list with a designation to return. The Raiders will look elsewhere for another tackle.
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G (2) – Lucas Nix, Mike Brisiel
Our take: Bergstrom’s season-ending injury keeps Brisiel on the roster.
C (2) – Stefen Wisniewski, Andre Gurode
Our take: Gurode is valuable as a reserve guard and center.
TE (4) – Jeron Mastrud, David Ausberry, Mychal Rivera, Nick Kasa
Our take: Raiders have to keep four tight ends. That might change when Ausberry gets healthy. Raiders might try to sneak Kasa on the practice squad when that happens.
QB (4) – Matt Flynn, Terrelle Pryor, Matt McGloin, Tyler Wilson
Our take: The Raiders just couldn’t give up on Wilson, a fourth-round draft pick. Raiders might eventually cut this number to three.
RB (3) – Darren McFadden, Rashad Jennings, Jeremy Stewart
Our take: Stewart makes the team because Latavius Murray was placed on injured reserve.
FB (2) – Marcel Reece, Jamize Olawale
Our take: Olawale earned a spot with a strong preseason. He’ll be a staple on special teams.
DE (4) – Lamarr Houston, Jason Hunter, Jack Crawford, Ryan Robinson
Our take: Robinson makes the team over David Bass in a surprising move. Aging veteran Andre Carter was released. Not much pass-rushing talent outside Houston.
DT (4) – Vance Walker, Pat Sims, Christo Bilukidi, Stacy McGee
Our take: Expected selections. Pat Sims could be a game changer in the middle.
OLB (4) – Kevin Burnett, Sio Moore, Kaluka Maiava, Kaelin Burnett
Our take: Kaelin Burnett makes the team at a thin position group. Maiava will be the primary backup at both outside linebacker spots.
MLB (1) – Nick Roach
Our take: The Raiders can’t survive with just one middle linebacker. They’ll have to add one this week.
CB (6) – Tracy Porter, Mike Jenkins, D.J. Hayden, Phillip Adams, Taiwan Jones, Chemdi Chekwa
Our take: This is the Raiders strongest position group. Jones is a special teams player, Chekwa and Adams played their way onto the team.
S (4) – Charles Woodson, Tyvon Branch, Usama Young, Brandian Ross
Our take: Ross earned a spot with a solid preseason. He can play safety and corner, which is why carrying six cornerbacks was surprising.
Spec. (4) – K Sebastian Janikowski, LS Jon Condo, P Chris Kluwe, P Marquette King
Our take: Two punters? The Raiders are clearly hoping to trade one of them.
The Raiders cut 22 players. A list of everybody they let go:
DE Andre Carter, MLB Omar Gaither, Joselio Hanson, OT Tony Hills, S Reggie Smith, WR Conner Vernon, DE David Bass, LB Chase Thomas, OT Willie Smith, RB Deonte Williams, Conner Vernon, DT Kurt Taufa’asau, K Justin Medlock, G Lamar Mady, TE Brian Leonhardt, S Shelton Johnson, WR Greg Jenkins, TE Richard Gordon, G Jason Foster, CB Chance Casey, DE David Bass and DL Ryan Baker The team retains the rights to receiver Andrew Holmes, who was placed on the reserve-suspended list while serving a four-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing drugs.
Guard Tony Bergstrom was placed on injured reserve.