Oakland Raiders Roster 2013: Latest Cuts, Depth Charts, Analysis

Christopher HansenNFL AnalystAugust 26, 2013

Oakland Raiders Roster 2013: Latest Cuts, Depth Charts, Analysis

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    The final week of the preseason means that teams will start finalizing their rosters and depth charts for Week 1. The Oakland Raiders have carried 90 players on their roster all summer, but they have to get that number down to 53 in the coming days.

    While the depth chart might not change much for a good team between now and Week 1, it could change a lot for a team like the Raiders. Several roster spots are up still up for grabs and could be filled by cuts from other teams. The Raiders may choose to keep their home-grown talent, likely on the practice squad.

    Here you will find the latest updates and changes the Raiders have made to their roster and depth chart leading up to the Week 1 game against the Indianapolis Colts.

List of 53-Man Roster Cuts

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    The Raiders announced their roster cuts via press release nearly three hours after the NFL's deadline. The following players were released:

    • Chase Thomas, LB
    • David Bass, DE
    • Andre Carter, DE
    • Omar Gaither, LB
    • Joselio Hanson, CB (Released from injured reserve)
    • Tony Hills, OT
    • Reggie Smith
    • Ryan Baker, DT
    • Chance Casey, CB
    • Jason Foster, OG
    • Richard Gordon, TE
    • Greg Jenkins, WR
    • Shelton Johnson, S
    • Brian Leonhardt, TE
    • Lamar Mady, OG
    • Justin Medlock, K
    • Kurt Taufa'asau, DT
    • Conner Vernon, WR
    • Deonte Williams, RB

    The Raiders have made the following cuts since Saturday to clear room for other additions:

    • Tyler Wilson, QB
    • Chris Kluwe, P
    • Alex Barron, OT

    Thomas played for Jason Tarver at Stanford, but lacks athleticism and was brought in after he was waived by the Saints. Thomas wasn't likely to make the roster, but some people hopes he might be kept on the practice squad. 

    David Bass was a fan favorite and the Raiders surely needed someone to rush the quarterback. Bass was competing with Ryan Robinson for a spot, but it's also possible the Raiders will look to make that spot available to a player released by another team. 

    Andre Carter is the big surprise because he was the veteran presence on the defensive line. Carter was expected to be a pass-rusher for the Raiders, but didn't perform well in that area during the preseason. 

    The Raiders are carrying four quarterbacks and two punters at the moment. The Raiders won't go into the season with two punters, so a move at some point in the next few days is expected.

    Richard Gordon was released, meaning Jeron Mastrud won the job at tight end. The Raiders will carry four tight ends including two rookies. 

    Not surprising to see Tyler Wilson waived, but it was a surprise he made the roster Saturday only for the team to released him today. Keeping a fourth quarterback and two punters may have cost the Raiders defensive end Davis Bass, who was claimed by the Chicago Bears

    Chris Kluwe was beat out by Marquette King for the punter job. King is young and has a bigger leg. 

Final Depth Chart

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    Here's a look at the depth chart after the Raiders final cuts. This depth chart is likely going to change in the next few days as players are signed that were cut by other teams.

    QB: Terrelle Pryor/Matt Flynn, Matt McGloin

    RB: Darren McFadden, Rashard Jennings, Jeremy Stewart

    FB: Marcel Reece, Jamize Olawale

    WR: Denarius Moore, Brice Butler, Jacoby Ford

    WR: Rod Streater, Juron Criner

    TE: David Ausberry, Mychal Rivera, Jeron Mastrud, Nick Kasa

    LT: Jared Veldheer, Menelik Watson

    LG: Lucas Nix, Antoine McClain

    C: Stefen Wisniewski, Andre Gurode

    RG: Mike Brisiel, Antoine McClain

    RT: Khalif Barnes, Tony Pashos

    RDE: Lamarr HoustonRyan Robinson

    LDE: Jason Hunter, Jack Crawford

    DT: Vance Walker, Christo Bilukidi, Brian Sanford

    NT: Pat Sims, Stacy McGee

    WLB: Kevin Burnett, Kaluka Maiava

    MLB: Nick Roach

    SLB: Sio Moore, Kaelin Burnett

    RCB: D.J. Hayden, Tracy Porter, Chimdi Chekwa, Phillip Adams

    LCB: Mike Jenkins, Taiwan Jones

    FS: Charles Woodson, Usama Young

    SS: Tyvon Branch, Brandian Ross

    KR: Jacoby Ford, Tyvon Branch

    PR: Phillips Adams, Jacoby Ford

    K: Sebastian Janikowski

    P: Marquette King

    LS: Jon Condo

    H: Marquette King

     

    At tight end, Jeron Mastrud beat out Richard Gordon. Both rookie tight ends made the roster as well as David Ausberry, who might start if he's healthy. It's interesting that two fullbacks also made the roster because a tight end like Rivera could be used like starting fullback Marcel Reece.

    Jared Veldheer will be placed on injured reserve with eligible to return, opening up another roster spot later this week. The plan could have been to bring back a player they cut, but they may have to scour the wire at that time.  

    Undrafted rookie defensive end Ryan Robinson beat out David Bass at defensive end. Robinson was more stout against the run and more consistent than Bass during the preseason. Bass was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Bears and may have been the player the Raiders were planning to sign the 53-man roster after Veldheer was placed on injured reserve. 

    Expect the Raiders to be very active over the next few days with waiver claims. The Raiders roster may continue to change throughout the season. 

     

Previewing and Analyzing the Practice Squad

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    The Raiders announced the following players were signed to the practice squad:

    • Lamar Mady, OL
    • Brian Leonhardt, TE
    • Greg Jenkins, WR
    • Marshall McFadden, LB
    • Matt McCants, OL
    • Chance Casey, CB
    • Shelton Johnson, S
    • Tyler Wilson, QB

    Greg Jenkins was a prime target for the practice squad because the former college quarterback is still learning the position. Jenkins also flashed some ability on kickoff returns and oocasionally during training camp practices.

    Marshall McFadden drew comparisons to James Harrison in Pittsburgh about a month ago. He'll provide some depth at middle linebacker for the Raiders and might be able to play on the outside as well. 

    Former NFL player, scout and front-office executive turned ESPN broadcaster Louis Riddick tweeted that he was surprised Chance Casey was not claimed and that he deserved an increased value practice squad contract because he can play inside, outside and safety. Casey had a solid training camp, but the one place where the Raiders are deep is the secondary. 

    Besides McFadden, Matt McCants was the other player added that wasn't with the team for training camp. McCants was drafted by the New York Giants in the sixth round last year and spent last season on the practice squad. McCants played tackle in college, but had been playing guard for the Giants. 

    Tyler Wilson passed through waivers unclaimed and the Raiders were able to sign him to the practice squad. Surprising, but not as much when you consider all the factors.

    Head coach Dennis Allen said Wilson was mentally behind in training camp and Wilson acknowledged struggling with protections. Wilson looked terrible when he did get opportunities and was running fourth behind an undrafted rookie on an unimpressive depth chart. 

    Wilson still has some nice physical characteristics, but he's more a long-term project at this point. Maybe Wilson will be able to develop on the practice squad with low pressure and plenty of reps running the scout team. 

Recently Cut Free Agents Signed or Rumored to Be Pursued

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    The Raiders will make make a lot of changes to the roster over the next few days by claiming players and signing free agents.

     

    The Raiders have claimed the following players off waivers:

    • Brian Sanford, DL
    • Antoine McClain, OG

     

    The Raiders have also signed the following veterans:

    • Tony Pashos, OT

     

    All of these additions make a lot of sense for the Raiders.

    Brian Sanford is a quality player who can provide interior pass rush for the Raiders. The Raiders didn't have much depth on the defensive line, so an addition on the defensive line was almost a foregone conclusion. 

    After putting starting left guard Tony Bergstrom in injured reserve, the Raiders needed a quality reserve guard. Antoine McClain is a massive man at aver 330 pounds and a good fit for a power running scheme.

    Tony Pashos was ProFootballFocus' top-graded offensive lineman this preseason that was available. Pashos is a solid vet and good run blocker, but he's 33 and has some trouble staying healthy. Pashos didn't play in 2012 and has played just 16 games in the last four seasons.

    Pashos could eventually start at right tackle in place of Khalif Barnes. Either Barnes would slide inside to guard or become a reserve. Overall, the signing of Pashos is a solid move for the health of the Raiders offensive line this season. 

Starters and Injury Notes

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    Training camp is over, but that doesn't mean starting jobs were not won and lost. Obviously some jobs were locked down, but several others were not. Here is what the starters look like going into Week 1.

     

    Starters

    QB: Terrelle Pryor/Matt Flynn

    RB: Darren McFadden

    FB: Marcel Reece

    WR: Denarius Moore

    WR: Rod Streater

    TE: David Ausberry

    LT: Menelik Watson

    LG: Lucas Nix

    C: Stefen Wisniewski

    RG: Mike Brisiel

    RT: Khalif Barnes

    RDE: Lamarr Houston

    LDE: Jason Hunter

    DT: Vance Walker

    NT: Pat Sims

    WLB: Kevin Burnett

    MLB: Nick Roach

    SLB: Sio Moore

    CB: D.J. Hayden

    CB: Mike Jenkins

    FS: Charles Woodson

    SS: Tyvon Branch

    KR: Jacoby Ford

    PR: Phillip Adams

    K: Sebastian Janikowski

    P: Marquette King

    LS: Jon Condo

    H: Marquette King

     

    Injury Notes

    Kaluka Maiava, foot, day-to-day: Played in final preseason game.

    Matt Flynn, elbow tendinitis, day-to-day: Resting for a week and will be re-evaluated Week 1.

    Brice Butler, hamstring, day-to-day: Should be ready by Week 1, but didn't play in final preseason game.

    Jared Veldheer, triceps, out indefinitely: Veldheer will attempt to return later in the season. 

List of First Round of Cuts

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    Teams have until Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET to cut their rosters from 90 to 75, but the Raiders got a jump on the process by cutting 12 players on Monday, as announced on the team's website. The Raiders waived defensive back Mitchell White and made three other transactions to get down to 75 players.

    • Josh Cribbs, WR/KR/PR
    • Keenan Clayton, LB
    • Eric Harper, LB
    • Jon Hoese, FB
    • Sam McGuffie, WR
    • Cory Nelms, DB
    • Andrew Robiskie, C
    • Tray Session, WR
    • Myles Wade, DT
    • Isaiah Williams, WR
    • Brandon Bair, DE
    • Alex Parsons, OL
    • Mitchell White, DB

    Cribbs just never looked healthy. It became clear as training camp and the preseason progressed that the Raiders would go without him. Clayton made the roster last year, but he missed too much time with an injury during training camp. None of the other players were expected to make the 53-man roster.

    McGuffie never really performed like he needed to in order to make the practice squad. Session spent last season on the practice squad, but he obviously didn't perform well enough to get more time.

    • Joselio Hanson, DB - Injured Reserve
    • Latavius Murray, RB - Injured Reserve
    • Miles Burris, LB - Physically Unable to Perform

    Hanson was injured in the third preseason game, Murray recently had ankle surgery and Burris is still recovering from offseason knee surgery and will be out for at least the first six weeks. 

Depth Chart Post-75-Man Roster Cuts and Previewing 53-Man Roster Cuts

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    QB: Terrelle Pryor/Matt Flynn, Matt McGloin, Tyler Wilson

    RB: Darren McFadden, Rashard Jennings, Jeremy Stewart, Deonte Williams

    FB: Marcel Reece, Jamize Olawale

    WR: Denarius Moore, Brice Butler, Jacoby Ford

    WR: Rod Streater, Juron Criner, Andre Holmes, Conner Vernon, Greg Jenkins

    TE: David Ausberry, Richard Gordon, Mychal Rivera, Jeron Mastrud, Nick Kasa, Brian Leonhardt

    LT: Jared Veldheer, Menelik Watson, Alex Barron, Willie Smith

    LG: Tony Bergstrom, Lucas Nix

    C: Stefen Wisniewski, Andre Gurode

    RG: Lucas Nix, Mike Brisiel, Jason Foster, Lamar Mady

    RT: Khalif Barnes, Alex Barron, Menelik Watson

    RDE: Lamarr Houston, Andre Carter, David Bass

    LDE: Jason Hunter, Jack Crawford, Ryan Robinson

    DT: Vance Walker, Christo Bilukidi, Kurt Taufa'asau

    NT: Pat Sims, Stacy McGee, Ryan Baker

    WLB: Kevin Burnett, Kaluka Maiava, Chase Thomas

    MLB: Nick Roach, Omar Gaither, Billy Boyko

    SLB: Sio Moore, Kaelin Burnett

    RCB: D.J. Hayden, Tracy Porter, Chimdi Chekwa, Phillip Adams

    LCB: Mike Jenkins, Taiwan Jones, Chance Casey

    FS: Charles Woodson, Usama Young, Reggie Smith

    SS: Tyvon Branch, Brandian Ross, Shelton Johnson

    KR: Jacoby Ford, Tyvon Branch

    PR: Phillips Adams, Jacoby Ford

    K: Sebastian Janikowski

    P: Chris Kluwe/Marquette King

    LS: Jon Condo

    H: Chris Kluwe/Marquette King

    The Raiders may end up adding one or two players on the offensive line and defensive line from other teams because of a lack of depth. 

     

    Projected Cuts

    • Chris Kluwe, P
    • Shelton Johnson, DB*
    • Reggie Smith, S
    • Chance Casey, CB*
    • Billy Boyko, LB*
    • Chase Thomas, LB*
    • Ryan Baker, DT
    • Kurt Taufa'asau, DT*
    • Ryan Robinson, DE*
    • Jason Foster, OL*
    • Lamar Mady, OL*
    • Willie Smith, OT
    • Brian Leonhardt, TE*
    • Richard Gordon, TE
    • Conner Vernon, WR*
    • Greg Jenkins, WR/KR*
    • Jamize Olawale, FB*
    • Deonte Williams, RB*
    • Matt McGloin, QB*
    • Justin Medlock, K
    • Tony Hills, OL*

    *Denotes practice squad eligibility. 

    Kluwe seemingly has the edge in the punting competition because of his ability as a holder on place kicks. The Raiders can find someone else on the roster to hold if King can't do it. King has the bigger leg and that will help the Raiders win the important field-position battle.

    Casey, Jenkins, Robinson, Vernon, McGloin, Thomas and Olawale are all great candidates for the practice squad. Robinson could stick on the active roster if the Raiders don't bring in a free agent from another team.

    Veldheer will go on the injured reserve with the designated to return option, but has to be on the final 53 first. Andre Holmes will go on the reserve/suspended list for the first four games.