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Predicting Raiders 53-man roster, practice squad

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Saturday the Raiders, along with every NFL team, must trim their roster from 90 players down to 53 on the active roster and as many as 10 on the practice squad. Here is who I see surviving the initial cutdown.

The reason I say ‘initial’ cuts is because with some 1184 players who will not be on their team’s roster come Saturday afternoon, the Raiders will be scanning the waiver wire to make more moves.


In: Derek Carr, EJ Manuel, Connor Cook

Out: N/A

Running backs

In: Marshawn Lynch, Jalen Richard, DeAndré Washington, Jamize Olawale (FB)

Out: Elijah Hood, John Crockett, George Atkinson III

Wide receivers

In: Michael Crabtree, Amari Cooper, Seth Roberts, Cordarrelle Patterson, Johnny Holton, K.J. Brent

Out: Keon Hatcher, Isaac Whitney, Ishmael Zamora, Jaydon Mickens (IR)

Tight ends

In: Lee Smith, Jared Cook, Clive Walford, Gabe Holmes

Out: Ryan O'Malley, Cooper Helfet, Pharaoh Brown

Offensive linemen

In: Donald Penn, Kelechi Osemele, Rodney Hudson, Gabe Jackson, Marshall Newhouse, Vadal Alexander, Jon Feliciano, David Sharpe

Out: Jylan Ware, Chauncey Briggs, Ian Silberman, Kareem Are, Oni Omoile, Jordan Simmons, Denver Kirkland (IR)

Defensive linemen

In: Mario Edwards Jr, Eddie Vanderdoes, Justin Ellis, Denico Autry, Jihad Ward, Treyvon Hester

Out: Darius Latham, Fadol Brown, Paul Boyette, Rufus Johnson, Branden Jackson

Edge defenders

In: Khalil Mack, Bruce Irvin, James Cowser, LaTroy Lewis

Out: Shilique Calhoun, IK Enemkpali, Brady Sheldon, Najee Harris


In: Marquel Lee, Cory James, Jelani Jenkins, Tyrell Adams

Out: Nicholas Morrow, Xavier Woodson-Luster, Ben Heeney (IR)


In: David Amerson, Sean Smith, Gareon Conley, TJ Carrie, Dexter McDonald, Antonio Hamilton

Out: Breon Borders, Kenneth Durden, Chris Humes,


In: Reggie Nelson, Karl Joseph, Obi Melifonwu, Shalom Luani

Out: Rickey Jefferson, Marcus McWilson, Anthony Cioffi, Keith McGill II (IR)

Special teamers

In: Marquette King, Sebastian Janikowski, Jon Condo

Out: Andrew East, Giorgio Tavecchio

Practice squad

RB Elijah Hood

WR Keon Hatcher

WR Isaac Whitney

TE Cooper Helfet

OT Jylan Ware

C Ian Silberman

DT Darius Latham

LB Nicholas Morrow

CB Breon Borders

S Rickey Jefferson