Oakland Raider: Players Made Expendable After the 2011 Draft
Out with the old, in with the new.
That is basically what the NFL drafts sums up to.
Teams bring in new younger competition to bolster their ranks.
This year with eight new players added via the draft, the Raiders are looking to push some of their lesser talent to the side.
Alot of the players who barely made the cut last year are now on their way out.
Here's a look at some of the Oakland Raiders who are now expendable.
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As Hue Jackson reiterated at his press conference, until the CBA issues are resolved Samson Satele is not a Raiders and Stefan Wisniewski is the Raiders center.
The Raiders applied a tender offer to Samson Satele, but it is not yet clear whether or not that tender will be recognized, and until Satele is able to sign his tender he is officially a free agent. The same applies to every player given a tender offer.
Regardless of the CBA issues with the drafting of Wisniewski, Satele has become expendable.
Whether he remains a Raiders will be determent on whether the Raiders think he is a valueable back-up and his ability to transition to guard could be a factor as well.
One thing you can never have too many of is pass rushers, and despite not drafting one the Raiders are stacked with pass-rushers.
Currently the Raiders have Kamerion Wimbley, Trevor Scott, Quentin Groves, Tommie Hill, Lamarr Houston, Matt Shaughnessy and Jarviss Moss who can all play defensive end.
Before the start of the season don't be surprised if some of these guys are used as trade bait, as cutting them would be a waste of talent.
These guys were begining to become expendable before the draft even began.
-Trevor Scott (possible trade bait)
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Aside from Zack Miller the Raiders have gotten very little production from the tight-end position over the last few years.
And aside from Miller the Raiders have lacked both a receiving threat and a true blocking tight-end.
Now with the addition of Richard Gordon the Raiders have three potential tight-ends vying to be paired with Zack Miller; Richard Gordon, Brandon Myers and Kevin Brock.
The Raiders won't keep more than three tight-ends total so one of these guys, if not two, will be the odd man out.
Out of the three I expect the Raiders to keep the best blocker and the most viable threat in the passing game.
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Heading into 2011 we can be sure of one thing, Darren McFadden will be a Raider.
Before the lockout the Raiders we able to resign Rock Cartwright and Micheal Bennett, while also applyin a 1st and 3rd round tender to Michael Bush.
Though it is not yet clear whether the tender offered to Bush will be recognized.
After Drafting speedster Taiwan Jones in the in the fourth round the Raiders now have five running backs on the roster.
Someone, likely two someones has to go.
Cartwright and Bennett are likely the odd men out, but don't be surprised if the Raiders use Michael Bush as trade bait.
I expect rumors of the Raiders shopping Bush to start flying even before the lockout ends again, but whether or the rumors materialize into anything is anyones guess.
-Michael Bush(possible trade bait)
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If your thinking the Raiders are about ready to give up on Darius Heyward-Bey, guess again.
When the Raiders drafted Denarious Moore and David Ausberry, their wide receiver stable suddenly got a little more crowded.
In the past the Raider have kept receivers on the roster simply because they could contribute as return men on special teams if need be. Namely I am talking about Johnnie Lee Higgins and Nick Miller.
After drafting two potential return men in the draft the Raiders need for depth at returner has suddenly diminished. Receivers who were formerly able to get by on their potential as return men will now have to earn a spot on the roster by proving they are capable receivers.
For this reason expect the Raiders to carry less receivers on the active roster than they have in the past.
This isn't only for the return men, this applies to all of the receivers. With Demola Adenji, Shaun Bodiford, Jacoby Ford, Darius Heyward-Bey, Johnnie Lee Higgins, Nick Miller, Louis Murphy, Chaz Schilens and now Denarious Moore and David Ausberry all on the roster expect some cuts before the season starts.
-Johnnie Lee Higgins
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One thing fans hate to see is a team give up on a player after only one year in the NFL.
Another thing fans hate to see is their team being torched on huge plays through the air.
I'm looking at you Jeremy Ware and Walter McFadden.
Bracing for the potential loss of Nnamdi Asomugha, the Raiders have added alot of depth to the corner back position.
Before the lockout they were able to sign Joe Porter. Then in they were able to draft speedy corners DeMarcus Van Dyke and Chimid Chekwa.
If the Raiders were to lose Nnamdi, they would have an entire fleet of second rate players competing to play opposite Stanford Routt in: Chris Johnson, Jeremy Ware, Walter McFadden, Chimid Chekwa, DeMarcus Van Dyke and Joe Porter.
And if the Raiders were to keep Nnamdi the competition to make the roster would become that much more of a battle.
Expect the Raiders to weed out the weak links at corner this off-season.