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Predicting the Raiders final 53 man roster

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Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen addresses the team at 2012 training camp (photo by Levi Damien)
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen addresses the team at 2012 training camp (photo by Levi Damien)

It's that time again. The first cutdown date is upon us which means players will departing by the bunch. The first cutdown will be Monday, August 27 in which the team must go from a maximum 90 players down to 75 players. The final cutdown is Friday, August 31 in which the roster will be trimmed from 75 down to 53 players.

The Raiders currently have 87 players on their roster which means no fewer than 24 players must go before the regular season begins. Here is my prediction for what the final roster will look like at the beginning of the season.


IN: Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart, Terrelle Pryor

OUT: Kyle Newhall-Caballero

Running back:

IN: Darren McFadden, Taiwan Jones, Mike Goodson

OUT: Lonyae Miller


IN: Marcel Reece, Owen Schmitt

OUT: Manase Tonga, Rashawn Jackson

Wide receiver:

IN: Denarius Moore, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Jacoby Ford, Rod Streater, Juron Criner, Eddie McGee

OUT: Travionte Session, DeAundre Muhammad, Derek Carrier, Brandon Carswell, Thomas Mayo

Tight end:

IN: Brandon Myers, Richard Gordon, David Ausberry

OUT: Tory Humphrey, Kyle Efaw

Offensive tackle:

IN: Jared Veldheer, Khalif Barnes, Joseph Barksdale, Kevin Haslam

OUT: Zach Hurd, Ed Wang, Dan Knapp


IN: Cooper Carlisle, Mike Brisiel, Tony Bergstrom

OUT: Lucas Nix, Nick Howell


IN: Stefen Wisniewski, Alex Parsons

OUT: Colin Miller

Defensive end:

IN: Matt Shaughnessy, Lamarr Houston, David Tollefson, Jack Crawford

OUT: Mason Brodine, Wayne Dorsey, Hall Davis

Defensive tackle:

IN: Richard Seymour, Tommy Kelly, Desmond Bryant, Christo Bilukidi, Jamie Cumbie

OUT: Dominique Hamilton

Outside linebacker:

IN: Philip Wheeler, Miles Burris, Carl Ihenacho

PUP: Aaron Curry

OUT: Kaelin Burnett, Chad Kilgore, Korey Bosworth

Middle linebacker:

IN: Rolando McClain, Travis Goethel

OUT: Nathan Stupar


IN: Ron Bartell, Shawntae Spencer, Pat Lee, Bryann McCann, DeMarcus Van Dyke

OUT: Chimdi Chekwa, Terrail Lambert, Conroy Black

Free safety:

IN: Michael Huff, Matt Giordano, Brandon Underwood

OUT: Chaz Powell

Strong safety:

IN: Tyvon Branch, Mike Mitchell

OUT: Curtis Taylor, Aaron Henry

Special teams:

IN: P Shane Lechler, K Sebastian Janikowski, LS Jon Condo

OUT: P Marquette King, K Eddy Carmona

Practice squad:

FB Manase Tonga

WR Derek Carrier

OL Lucas Nix

DE Mason Brodine

DT Dominique Hamilton

LB Kaelin Burnett

LB Chad Kilgore

S Aaron Henry