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The three new starters on this unit are clearly certain of a roster spot.
Rolando McLain, Kamerion Wimbley, and Trevor Scott make a good set of starting backers.
Travis Goethel seems to have played himself onto the team with a strong preseason performance, and Ricky Brown can play any position in the linebacking corps. His versatility may save him from the cut, but he will have to show that he is durable this year. Another run of games missed with injury will likely spell the end for him.
Thomas Howard is another player who I feel is on the roster bubble, but his speed and pass coverage ability should save him.
That leaves the final place between Slade Norris and Quentin Groves, and I think that this is as close a call as there is on the roster.
Groves fits the scheme better and we gave up a draft choice for him this year, but doesn't seem to have shown that well in camp.
Slade Norris has made some great special teams plays and could be a core player on that unit.
The Raiders are building around youth, and on gut instinct I am going with Norris.
The strength of this unit? Good, but if Scott or Wimbley go down, the backups don't necessarily fit the same scheme and adjustments will have to be made.