Full Training Camp Roster Breakdown for Oakland Raiders
With the Oakland Raiders opening up their 2013 training camp on July 25, they also begin the process of getting from the current 89 players down to the final 53.
While there are many players in every team’s training camp that hold little chance at making the final roster, nobody can be ruled out completely.
For some of the younger players, and especially the undrafted free agents, one of several spots on the team’s practice squad is an option as well.
Here is a full roster breakdown of all 89 players headed to the Oakland Raiders’ training camp.
Matt Flynn (No. 15)
Matt Flynn finally gets his opportunity to lead a team, as he heads into training camp as the favorite for the starting job. What he does with that opportunity remains to be seen, but he has the talent to be a successful starting quarterback in the NFL.
Terrelle Pryor (No. 6)
Terrelle Pryor is by far the most polarizing player on the Raiders’ roster, as his unique athletic skill set will always have fans interested in what he can do. More time may be required for him to develop as a passer, but he will compete in camp this year.
Tyler Wilson (No. 8)
A player that was once touted as a first-round talent, Tyler Wilson saw his stock drop considerably after a difficult year for the entire Arkansas program. The Raiders were able to select him in the fourth round of April’s draft as a result, and he has the potential to become their quarterback of the future.
Matt McGloin (No. 14)
An undrafted free agent out of Penn State, Matt McGloin rounds out the Raiders’ quarterback group heading into camp. With three players ahead of him, his chances of making the final 53-man roster are slim, but he could be a practice squad candidate.
Darren McFadden (No. 20)
The Raiders will hope for a bounce back year for Darren McFadden, and one in which he can stay healthy throughout the season. If he can do so, as the team moves back to the man/gap-blocking scheme, McFadden has the ability to carry this offense to consistent success.
Rashad Jennings (No. 27)
Coming off a down year with the Jaguars, Rashad Jennings’ free agent stock was much lower than he would have liked. Still, he averaged well over five yards per carry in his first two seasons, and could be a quality backup for the Raiders.
Latavius Murray (No. 34)
Latavius Murray, one of the Raiders’ sixth-round selections in April’s draft, should be in the mix for carries right away. Possessing a rare combination of size and speed, he will have an opportunity to win the primary backup role behind Darren McFadden.
Jeremy Stewart (No. 32)
Jeremy Stewart saw some spot duty in the Raiders’ backfield in 2012, but with the added talent at the position this offseason, the odds are against him making the final 53-man roster.
Deonte Williams (No. 30)
Deonte Williams is one of several of the Raiders’ undrafted free agents that will be interesting to watch throughout camp. A productive player at Cal Poly, Williams could eventually contribute for this team, and thus could be a practice squad candidate for this season.
Marcel Reece (No. 45)
The most dynamic fullback in the NFL, Marcel Reece is one of the Raiders’ key players heading into the 2013 season. The offensive staff should make a point of getting him involved in both the running and passing game on a more consistent basis, as he is a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses.
Jamize Olawale (No. 49)
Should the Raiders choose to keep two fullbacks on the final 53-man roster, especially given Marcel Reece’s ability to line up in the slot, look for that spot to go to Jamize Olawale. A preseason star in 2012 with the Cowboys, the Raiders signed him from Dallas’ practice squad early in December.
Jon Hoese (No. 40)
With two players ahead of him at a position not allotted many roster spots, Jon Hoese will have a tough road to making the Raiders’ roster. Still just in his second year, he could develop moving forward.
Denarius Moore (No. 17)
Denarius Moore will be counted upon as the Raiders’ No. 1 receiver for the 2013 season. As a player that has the speed to get behind defenders and the ball skills to make plays on the football, the Raiders’ offensive staff needs to make a point of putting him in those very positions as a downfield target.
Jacoby Ford (No. 12)
Jacoby Ford is another of the Raiders’ players that can be extremely key to the team’s success, but has to find a way to stay healthy. Whether it’s as a receiver, ball carrier or kick returner, he possesses rare electric speed and playmaking ability.
Rod Streater (No. 80)
An undrafted free agent prior to the 2012 season, Rod Streater was a pleasant surprise for the Raiders. Now, with the departure of Darrius Heyward-Bey, he will be counted on to step up and help what is a relatively thin wide receiver corps. Along with Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford, Streater should be in the Raiders’ main rotation of wide outs, and possibly in the starting lineup.
Juron Criner (No. 84)
After being a preseason standout last year, Juron Criner did not get as much time on the field as he hoped for. Heading into his second year, this could be when we see him take the next step and really put together the natural ability he has as a pass catcher. While the above three players will be counted on in a big way, production from Criner would make this group much deeper than first thought.
Josh Cribbs (No. 16)
An interesting free agent signing from this offseason, Josh Cribbs gives the Raiders a dynamic playmaker from a variety of positions. While he has never put up big numbers as a receiver, his greatest value comes in gadget plays to get the ball in his hands, and of course as a kick returner.
Brice Butler (No. 19)
A seventh-round pick from this year’s draft, Brice Butler possesses an impressive combination of size (6’3” 205) and speed (4.37 40-time). Whether or not that translates to on-field productivity remains to be seen, but he will be given every opportunity to win a roster spot throughout training camp and preseason action.
Conner Vernon (No. 9)
An undrafted free agent out of Duke, Conner Vernon will have a good shot at making the Raiders’ final 53-man roster. Always known as a precise route-runner with great hands, Vernon projects as a slot receiver that can work a defense underneath, and could be just the kind of player the Raiders needed to add to their receiving corps.
Sam McGuffie (No. 85)
Sam McGuffie, another undrafted free agent from this year’s class, continues to add to the competition at the wide receiver position. With the team likely to carry only six receivers at the most, so making the final roster will be tough.
Tray Session (No. 87)
Tray Session signed with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent last offseason, and spent the year on the practice squad. While he will compete in camp, making the final roster will be tough given the amount of players now at the position.
Andre Holmes (No. 18)
Andre Holmes has spent the past few seasons on a number of practice squads. The former Hillsdale standout is a big, athletic receiver, but may find himself in too big of a crowd in Oakland.
Greg Jenkins (No. 10)
A quarterback during his playing career at Alabama State, Greg Jenkins is trying to make the transition to wide receiver with the Raiders. Given his athletic ability and the Raiders’ interest in seeing that transition, Jenkins could be a practice squad candidate in 2013.
Isaiah Williams (No. 83)
Another extremely athletic receiver, Isaiah Williams has spent time with a number of teams and practice squads over his four years in the NFL. He will need to stand out in a big way among this group of receivers to make the final 53-man roster.
David Ausberry (No. 86)
Now several years into his Raiders’ career, the team will be looking for David Ausberry to finally complete the transition to tight end. With his natural athletic ability, Ausberry has the potential to become a very productive pass-catcher, but it will be this season that we find out whether that potential becomes reality.
Richard Gordon (No. 82)
In his short Raiders’ career, Richard Gordon has become a reliable in-line blocking tight end, but has not offered much as a pass-catcher. His added special teams value should still give him a decent shot at making the final roster, but the two rookies added in the 2013 draft will push him.
Nick Kasa (No. 88)
The first of two tight ends drafted by the Raiders this offseason, Nick Kasa is a big-bodied target that has the physical tools to succeed in the NFL. For him, the level to which he produces at early will depend upon the speed of his ongoing transition to the tight end position.
Mychal Rivera (No. 81)
The second of two tight ends drafted by the Raiders this offseason, Mychal Rivera is a physically gifted player that could contribute as a downfield target right away. Part of a talented but underachieving offense at Tennessee, he comes in under-the-radar, but very capable of earning an important role in the Raiders’ offense early on.
Brian Leonhardt (No. 89)
At a now relatively crowded position, Brian Leonhardt looks to be a practice squad candidate for the 2013 season. However, the undrafted free agent out of Bemidji State will certainly get his opportunity down the line considering his impressive blocking ability and development as a pass-catcher.
Jeron Mastrud (No. 48)
With the Raiders moving back to a power running game, the multiple additions of run-blocking tight ends make sense. Going along with that is another run-blocking specialist in Jeron Mastrud. The former Miami Dolphins player has more experience than his competition here, but may have a tough time earning a spot on the final roster.
Jared Veldheer (No. 68)
The anchor of the Raiders’ offensive line is at left tackle in Jared Veldheer. Veldheer has progressed consistently since being selected in the third round of the 2010 draft, and is now one of the Raiders’ players to build around for the future.
Khalif Barnes (No. 69)
Currently penciled in as the starting right tackle, Khalif Barnes could see work at several different positions on the offensive line this season. whichever way the depth chart works out, his veteran presence and experience will be important for a young group up front.
Menelik Watson (No. 71)
The Raiders’ second-round selection of the 2013 draft, Menelik Watson, has an extremely high ceiling due to his physical abilities. As such a raw prospect, he may not be expected to win a starting role coming out of camp, but it can’t be ruled out either. Should Watson be able to win the starting right tackle position, moving Khalif Barnes to left guard could make for the best possible alignment.
Alex Barron (No. 77)
A former first-round pick of the St. Louis Rams, Alex Barron has spent time with several teams since being traded to Dallas following the 2009 season. If Barron makes the Raiders’ final roster, it will be solely for depth purposes.
Willie Smith (No. 79)
Willie Smith is another of the offensive tackles that will compete for a backup role in camp. He may be on the outside looking in given the switch to a power-blocking scheme, but that will play itself out in the preseason.
John Wetzel (No. 73)
With the Raiders’ lack of answers to some depth questions at offensive tackle, undrafted free agent John Wetzel could be a surprise candidate to earn a roster spot. A productive player at Boston College, Wetzel should get heavy practice squad consideration if nothing else.
Mike Brisiel (No. 65)
When the Raiders made it known they would be abandoning the zone-blocking scheme, many assumed that meant Mike Brisiel would not be in the plans moving forward. After restructuring his contract, it became clear that was not the case, and he will be the favorite to start again at right guard.
Tony Bergstrom (No. 70)
After a rookie season in which he did not see much of the field, Tony Bergstrom should get his opportunity to win the starting left guard position outright in training camp. There will be several players competing for the spot, but the early advantage will go to the 2012 third-round selection.
Lucas Nix (No. 76)
A 2012 undrafted free agent out of Pittsburgh, Lucas Nix may just be ready to compete for a starting spot in 2013. Nix possesses both the size and strength to be a productive player in Greg Olson’s power-blocking system, and could push the starters at either of the guard positions.
Jason Foster (No. 62)
Jason Foster was signed to the Raiders’ practice squad half way through the 2012 season, and remains on the roster heading into the 2013 training camp. With the number of players ahead of him at the interior offensive line, the competition will be tough to make the final roster, but he will remain practice squad eligible as well.
Lamar Mady (No. 63)
An undrafted free agent out of Youngstown State, Lamar Mady brings the Raiders’ offensive line some very valuable versatility. Playing tackle, guard and center in college, Mady could play any of the three at the next level, only increasing his ability to fit where the Raiders may need him. If nothing else, he could be a practice squad candidate at least to start.
Stefen Wisniewski (No. 61)
Much like Jared Veldheer, Stefen Wisniewski is a young Raiders’ lineman that has already established himself as a productive NFL player. The Raiders will continue to build their interior offensive line around him at center, and should be in good shape for quite a few years as a result.
Alex Parsons (No. 67)
When Stefen Wisniewski missed time at the beginning of last season, Alex Parsons played well as his replacement. Those performances showed Parsons’ capability to play at the NFL level, and he can be considered a quality backup to have at all three interior line positions.
Andrew Robiskie (No. 66)
Andrew Robiskie, son of former Raider Terry Robiskie, was a Raiders 2013 undrafted free agent as an interior offensive lineman out of Western Illinois. Again, as is the case with several other players, a crowded position group ahead of him will make for a tough road to making the final roster.
Lamarr Houston (No. 99)
The Raiders’ best defensive lineman, and possibly their best defensive player overall, is Lamarr Houston. Heading into his fourth season, Houston has established himself as a dominant run-defender, and he has continued to develop his pass-rush ability as well. A player that has the size, strength and quickness to play any position across the defensive line, Lamarr Houston could have a big year.
Andre Carter (No. 97)
While it was no certainty that Andre Carter would return for another season, the Raiders are fortunate that he has. At 34 years old, Carter provides the team with not only an important veteran presence, but likely their best edge pass rusher as well. With the Raiders’ pass rush struggling as much as it has, they need all the help they can get.
Jason Hunter (No. 93)
Despite being out of football in 2012, Jason Hunter figures to have a significant role on the Raiders’ defensive line in 2013. With the defensive end depth being as thin as it is, Hunter will likely see a lot of time as a situational pass rusher.
Jack Crawford (No. 91)
Jack Crawford will hold an important rotational role for the Raiders’ defensive front in 2013. While he did not see much playing time in 2012 due to injury, heading into this season fully healthy should help his development in a big way.
David Bass (No. 51)
David Bass may be flying under-the-radar as a seventh-round selection, but he is a name to keep an eye on. Totaling 40.5 sacks in his four years at Missouri Western, Bass displays the speed and quickness off the edge to be disruptive at the NFL level. If that college production can translate early on, the Raiders could have a pleasant surprise to help their struggling pass rush.
Brandon Bair (No. 75)
After being signed to the Raiders’ practice squad early in 2012, Brandon Bair was on the active roster for just one game at the end of the season. Given the players that have been added at defensive end, it will be tough to earn a spot on the final 53, but the need for pass rush production will call for a wide open competition regardless.
Ryan Robinson (No. 58)
Ryan Robinson played just one season at Oklahoma State after transferring from junior college, but still got the attention of the Raiders in the form of an undrafted free-agent signing. Considering his lack of experience against higher-level competition, Robinson could be a practice squad candidate for future development.
Vance Walker (No. 98)
Vance Walker, a free-agent signing coming over from Atlanta, will be expected to step into a starting role and be a three-down player for the Raiders. Walker can contribute both in defending the run as well as rushing the passer, hopefully improving a position group that has struggled to remain consistent in recent years.
Pat Sims (No. 90)
Pat Sims does not bring as much value rushing the passer as Vance Walker does, but his specialty remains as a two-down, run-stuffing nose tackle. If he can be just that for the Raiders in 2013, the difference in the middle of the defense should be extremely noticeable.
Christo Bilukidi (No. 96)
Christo Bilukidi showed flashes of potential in limited action last season. For 2013, he will likely remain a rotational player, but as his game continues to develop down the road, so too will his role on this defense.
Stacy McGee (No. 92)
One of the Raiders’ sixth-round selections, Stacy McGee, could find himself in the thick of the defensive tackle rotation early on in his career. McGee has a good combination of size and athletic ability to be a disruptive force inside, and given the lack of depth at the position, he will have every opportunity to get a lot snaps right away.
Johnny Jones (No. 64)
The Raiders’ defense has long been known for its trouble against the run, and Johnny Jones is the type of run-stuffing nose tackle that has the potential to be of some help in that department. With several players ahead of him, it will come down to the Raiders’ positional breakdown, and whether or not they can afford to carry more than four defensive tackles.
Kurt Taufa’asau (No. 74)
Kurt Taufa’asau is another of the Raiders undrafted free agents from the 2013 class. He had a productive senior season at Wyoming, and did so despite dealing with a variety of injuries. While he will certainly be in the competition for depth at defensive tackle, he could also be a practice squad candidate for this season.
Kevin Burnett (No. 94)
For the past few seasons in Miami, Kevin Burnett has been one of the more productive yet underrated outside linebackers in the NFL. His free-agent signing was one of several important ones for this Raiders defense, and he should help lead a much improved linebacking corps.
Nick Roach (No. 53)
Coming over from the Chicago Bears, Nick Roach is expected to take over the starting middle linebacker job, and be a veteran leader on this defense as well. Roach’s consistent and balanced game will provide a noticeable upgrade over Rolando McClain—especially in coverage.
Kaluka Maiava (No. 50)
Kaluka Maiava comes over as a free agent from the Cleveland Browns, adding even more to the improvement of the Raiders’ linebacker group for 2013. With the drafting of Sio Moore, Maiava may no longer be a projected starter, but having him as the primary backup for all three linebacker positions would have the group in great shape overall.
Sio Moore (No. 55)
The Raiders’ third-round selection of Sio Moore has been a favorite of many from the 2013 NFL draft. Moore not only has the ability to step in as a starting outside linebacker right away, but he can also contribute as a nickel pass rusher. That added value in an area of significant need could very well make him the Raiders’ best pick of the entire class.
Miles Burris (No. 56)
Due to some injuries in the preseason of 2012, Miles Burris took over and held the starting weak-side linebacker position throughout the season. While he was able to make some plays, the additions the Raiders have made at linebacker this offseason will likely have Burris take on a backup role in 2013. Again, this only adds to the positional depth, making the linebacker group one of the deepest on the team.
Keenan Clayton (No. 57)
Signed for depth and special teams play prior to last season, Keenan Clayton will hold a similar role for the Raiders in 2013. The Raiders should be improved significantly in both areas.
Travis Goethel (No. 50)
Travis Goethel has continued to be hampered by injury issues, but the Raiders have stuck with him. He has a chance to win a backup role as an inside linebacker heading into this season, but the competition will be tough with the number of additions through the draft and free agency.
Kaelin Burnett (No. 95)
Kaelin Burnett should also have an opportunity to make the 53-man roster again. Not only will he contribute on special teams, but much like Sio Moore, he brings added value as a nickel pass rusher too.
Billy Boyko (No. 54)
Billy Boyko, an undrafted free agent out of Lehigh, will likely have a tough time making the final 53-man roster given the number of linebackers ahead of him. The level of competition in college likely calls for a bit of a transition period regardless, so a spot on the practice squad would make a lot of sense for this season.
Eric Harper (No. 47)
Eric Harper played his first three collegiate years as a tight end at Louisiana Tech before transferring to Grambling State to start at linebacker. The Raiders have signed Harper as an undrafted free agent, and if he cannot make the final 53-man roster, a practice squad spot is a possibility to continue his transition.
Tracy Porter (No. 24)
The signing of Tracy Porter was a good fit for both sides. Porter is looking to reestablish himself as a capable NFL starter, while the Raiders badly needed help in the secondary. Now back with Dennis Allen, who was his position coach in New Orleans, look for Porter to win one of the starting jobs.
Mike Jenkins (No. 21)
Coming over as a free agent from the Dallas Cowboys, Mike Jenkins is also looking to prove his ability as a starting caliber cornerback. The former first-round pick has struggled for a few seasons now, but the ability is there nonetheless. The Raiders will hope that a change of scenery was all Jenkins needed.
D.J. Hayden (No. 25)
The Raiders surprised many with their selection of D.J. Hayden in the first round of the 2013 draft, but there is no denying the potential he has. Capable of excelling in both man and zone coverages, Hayden is exactly the kind of player the Raiders want for their defense.
Joselio Hanson (No. 23)
Joselio Hanson was brought back for another season, and deservedly so, considering his rare ability to excel in what is a tough slot-corner position. Whether or not he is the third cornerback on the depth chart remains to be seen, but expect Hanson to see the field quite a bit in nickel and dime situations.
Phillip Adams (No. 28)
Phillip Adams was a nice surprise for the Raiders in 2012, as he showed flashes of solid play down the stretch. While much of the focus will be on the free agent and draft additions, Adams should have every opportunity to show why he is deserving of a starting spot this coming season.
Chimdi Chekwa (No. 35)
Chimdi Chekwa has been on and off the Raiders’ practice squad over the past few years, and will again have an opportunity to earn a roster spot. While he hasn’t yet done so on a consistent basis, he shouldn’t be ruled out either. Chekwa is still just 24 years old, and he has the coverage skills necessary to contribute.
Coye Francies (No. 31)
With the offseason additions in the secondary, Coye Francies will have plenty of competition to make the final roster. In 2012, Francies saw the majority of his time as a kick returner, so the addition of Josh Cribbs likely won’t help his chances much either.
Taiwan Jones (No. 22)
This offseason, Taiwan Jones makes the switch from running back to cornerback. While he did play cornerback at one point in college, the transition at this point, with this many players ahead of him on the depth chart, will be tough.
Cory Nelms (No. 38)
Cory Nelms was active for one game last season. Given the additions and players ahead of him, he may have a difficult road to making the final roster coming out of camp.
Chance Casey (No. 37)
Chance Casey was another of the Raiders 2013 undrafted free agent signings. Casey was a four-year starter at Baylor, and was best known for his tackling ability and numbers. In a crowded secondary, he is likely another practice squad candidate, and such a situation would do well for his transition to the NFL.
Mitchell White (No. 39)
Another undrafted free agent from the Raiders’ 2013 class, Mitchell White is an athletic player that fits in at either safety or cornerback. It would be extremely tough to make the final 53-man roster, but as is the case for so many other players, strong showings in the preseason would garner practice squad consideration at the very least.
Tyvon Branch (No. 33)
Tyvon Branch will be counted on as one of the leaders on this Raiders team, and fittingly so as he continues to become one of their best players. Considering the talent added around him in the secondary, expect Branch’s playmaking to take a big step up in 2013.
Charles Woodson’s homecoming was an exciting time for Raider Nation, but this signing was about much more than sentimental value. Even at age 37, Woodson has a lot to offer as a playmaking safety and locker room leader. This could very well be the Raiders’ best signing of the offseason.
Usama Young (No. 26)
Prior to the signing of Charles Woodson, another free-agent addition, Usama Young, was the likely starter at free safety. Now, Young can take over a third safety role, coming on the field in various sub packages as well as providing depth at both safety spots.
Brandian Ross (No. 29)
After being signed from the Packers’ practice squad early on last season, Brandian Ross showed flashes of potential in limited snaps. Now making the change from cornerback to safety, he should be able to earn a roster spot and provide depth and special teams value.
Reggie Smith (No. 36)
After not playing in the NFL last year, the Raiders signed Reggie Smith as a free agent this offseason. He may provide safety depth and contribute on special teams, but it will come down to how many safeties the team chooses to carry on the final 53-man roster.
Shelton Johnson (No. 42)
An undrafted free agent out of Wisconsin, Shelton Johnson could be a practice squad candidate for the Raiders in 2013. While he showed flashes at the NCAA level, it was likely the lack of consistency that saw him go undrafted. Taking some time on the practice squad could help the transition to the NFL level.
K - Sebastian Janikowski (No. 11)
Arguably the best kicker in the league, the Raiders have quite the special teams weapon in Sebastian Janikowski. While he has always had the powerful leg, it seems that he is only getting more and more accurate with age.
K - Eddy Carmona (No. 3)
Eddy Carmona will just be an extra preseason kicker again.
P - Marquette King (No. 7)
The young Marquette King will be an interesting player to watch throughout training camp and preseason action. He undoubtedly has the leg strength to be a successful NFL punter, but it is just the consistency that needs work. If he can improve that by the end of the preseason, the roster spot could be his.
P- Chris Kluwe (No. 5)
Competing with Marquette King is veteran punter, Chris Kluwe. If the Raiders decide that King isn’t ready by the time the regular season rolls around, they’d likely go with Kluwe and his experience for at least this season.
LS - Jon Condo (No. 59)
Jon Condo is one of the league’s best long -, and that is evidenced by his two trips to the Pro Bowl. If it wasn’t already apparent, 2012’s Week 1 game against San Diego showed just how valuable he is.