8/31: Second update after the fourth preseason game: Changes - Mastrud to active roster, cutting Gordon at TE. Everything else the same.
8/27: Updated with the roster moves from 8/27/13. Not much change to my roster as I already had Miles Burris going on the PUP list and didn't have Joselio Hanson making the team anyway. The big difference is RB Latavius Murray going on IR as I had him projected for the final squad. I've moved Jeremy Stewart into the final 53 with Murray going on IR:
The Raiders, like all NFL teams, are in their final-cut mode this week. The Raiders must get to 75 players by 1 pm Pacific Time today and then must make final their final cuts down to their roster of 53 players by Saturday, August 31st at 3 pm.
Here is my best guess at the final roster as of the end of the day on Saturday. It may not be the roster that the Raiders take into week 1 because there are always a few additions and subtractions as GMs work through other teams' cuts to get their roster in the right place.
Note: These are not always the players I think are the best but my best guess as to the Raiders thinking:
Cut: Matt McGloin
P/S: Matt McGloin, if not claimed by another team.
Cut: Deonte Williams
P/S: none. I do not see Williams as likely P/S candidate
IR: Latavius Murray
Cut: Greg Jenkins, Conner Vernon
P/S: Greg Jenkins
Suspended list: Andre Holmes (4 games)
Cut: Richard Gordon, Brian Leonhardt
Cut: Willie Smith, Tony Hills, Lamar Mady, Jason Foster
IR: Jared Veldheer (designated to return)
Cut: Ryan Baker, Kurt Taufa’asau, Ryan Robinson
P/S: Kurt Taufa’asau, Ryan Robinson
Cut: Billy Boyko
PUP: Miles Burris
P/S: Chase Thomas
Cut: Reggie Smith, Chance Casey, Shelton Johnson
P/S: Chance Casey
IR: Joselio Hanson
Cut: Chris Kluwe, Justin Medlock
If correct, this will make the Practice Squad:
QB Matt McGloin
WR Greg Jenkins
DT Kurt Taufa’asau
DE Ryan Robinson
LB Chase Thomas
CB: Chance Casey
The practice squad will have two remaining spots to be filled with cuts from other teams, one of which I would guess would be an OT.
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@BHugh215 I was pretty happy with it. Did better than most of the other writers that I saw.
@AsherMathews excellent assessment. I think you hit the nail on the head!
@AsherMathews I think Reggie Smith makes it over Ross
@AsherMathews I hope RM can find young PBS o-line from waivers to replace Briesel & Gurode.
@AsherMathews most predictions I've read are basically the same. Let's see who they surpise us with.
@AsherMathews wouldn't get too comfortable even if you make final cut. Lots of moves probably still coming
@AsherMathews On point!
@AsherMathews Who is getting cut for Veldheer, since he has to stay on the roster at first?
@AsherMathews think u may need to take flynn off...have feeling they might ir him,will know more after tonight im sure
@AsherMathews wow u got kluwe and Mc gloin is Wilson safe cus he was drafted in the 4th
Gotcha, I didn't know about Wetzel, I liked him, and I am a huge fan of Vernon, practice standout or not, I think he's got gobs of potential. Do you think the Raiders should put a waiver claim on Ras-I Dowling with Hanson going down for the season?
One of those years when we could cut another 10 guys and it still wouldn't hurt very much.
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@AsherMathews ....future waiver claims/ September pickups. Like it tho. Will be fun to measure up this vs Week 1 lineup.
@AsherMathews Oh, like the Taufa’asau PS'ing. Hard to honestly disagree with any move, really. Only one's we can't truly predict are the
@RaidersBeat Thank you.
@AsherMathews That you did. Well done, good sir..I told you not to include Andre Carter. But noooooooooooooooo.
@ChrisHansenNFL I had Chekwa as my last player on the 53 so I'll say him.
@mikep562 I very much doubt that. There's no advantage to doing that.
I don't follow Pats much but I think Dowling's big issue was injury, which is not what you want the Raiders to take on, so no.
I didn't have Hanson making the squad, anyway, so I'm not as worried about his absence.
@BHugh215 I told you I didn't WANT to include him but I thought coaching staff would. They impressed me this year.
@AsherMathews So that's our only difference. I have Olawale and you have Chekwa.
@AsherMathews why do we need an advantage,tho free roster spots r an advantage,but the guys elbow is shot..think brisiel will be ir too
@AsherMathews Don't yell at me....
@ChrisHansenNFL Really? Everyone else the same? Great minds, huh?
@AsherMathews if indeed they see what we see and start building around him(tp)
@AsherMathews i agree but @ some point tm will make a decision and just no need to keep b/u qb with lame arm around,bring in b/u comp to tp
@mikep562 I would be shocked if Pryor and Flynn weren't both on the final roster. Too hard to get guys up to speed.
@AsherMathews think our 2nd string qb is not on roster yet