Here are the players from the Raiders who avoided being cut from the roster
It was a long grueling summer full of OTAS, one on one drills, and preseason battles. After the smoke cleared and the dust settled, the Raiders officially have their 53 man roster set. Some trades and changes may be in the works. However, as of now this is where the Raiders offensive roster stands. Also of note Raiders can add 16 players to the practice squad.
Making the roster: Derek Carr, Marcus Mariota and Nathan Peterman
The Raiders have kept all three of their quarterbacks. Jon Gruden DNA is the QB position. Nathan Peterman led all quarterbacks in preseason yardage. However, he took every snap.
Making the roster: Josh Jacobs, Kenyan Drake, Jalen Richard
Cut: Trey Ragas, BJ Emmons
The surprise here is Jalen Richard. Richard has been out since the start of training camp with a foot injury. There hasn’t been much word on the injury. However, Richard is the team's kick returner and adds a lot to special teams. If the six-year veteran will be out for about or at least six weeks, then it makes sense for Las Vegas to have him start the year PUP. That would allow the team to keep four running backs around, though only three would be active, and essentially delay any roster decisions at the position. Either Ragas and Emmons can still make the practice squad and be called up.
Making the roster: Alec Ingold
Cut: Garrett Groshek
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Making the roster: Henry Ruggs III, Bryan Edwards, Hunter Renfrow, Willie Snead, Zay Jones
Cut: John Brown, Keelan Doss, DJ Turner and Dillon Stoner
Reports have indicated that John Brown had asked and was granted his release. John Brown was signed this offseason to replace Nelson Agohlor who had a breakout year for the Raiders a year ago and was rewarded for that year by the Patriots. John Brown being released means that the Raiders are comfortable going into the season with five wide receivers. However, with the youth and injury history I wouldn’t be shocked if Raiders continued to make additions here.
Making the roster: Darren Waller, Foster Moreau and Nick Bowers
Cut: Derek Carrier, Matt Bushman and Alex Ellis
The biggest surprise here is Derek Carrier. He is a guy who has made the team the last few seasons and has been a consistent member on special teams. However, this offseason Nick Bowers out played him and Raiders coaching staff decided to move forward with him. There is still a chance Carrier will be back; the release was a contract restructure.
Making the roster: Kolton Miller, Alex Leatherwood, Brandon Parker
Cut: Jaryd Jones-Smith and Devery Hamilton
One of the biggest questions this season with the Raiders will be the reworked offensive line. They kept their three most consistent players here but it wouldn’t surprise me if they added more depth. Jones-Smith has been awful in pass protection this month, allowing five pressures and three sacks in just two games. Hamilton didn’t make the most of the opportunity and it was ugly watching him pass block against the 49ers.
Interior Offensive Line
Making the roster: Richie Incognito, Denzelle Good, Andre James, John Simpson, Nick Martin
Cut: Patrick Omameh Lester Cotton, Jimmy Morrissey and Jeremiah Poutasi
A lot of the guys on the cut list could be retained as practice squad players. As of now I think they are all set with the guard and center position. John Simpson could be groomed as the guard of the future and Nick Martin adds solid veteran depth as a backup center and guard.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Raiders need to fix their defense. There’s no if ands or buts about it. They have taken several strides this preseason but it’s still preseason. A lot of the roster decisions that were made are with new defensive coordinator Gus Bradley in mind as he looks to install his system and try to right the many wrongs of the Raiders defense.
Making the roster: Yannick Ngakoue, Maxx Crosby, Clelin Ferrell, Carl Nassib and Malcolm Koonce
Cut: Gerri Green
The Raiders went with five players here, which is a lot, but Ferrell’s ability to play on the edge and interior gives Las Vegas the flexibility to keep an extra defensive end around. This might be the most improved position for the Raiders
Making the roster: Johnathan Hankins, Quinton Jefferson, Gerald McCoy, Darius Philon and Solomon Thomas,
Cut : Niles Scott, Matt Dickerson and Kendal Vickers
Another area of improvement for the Raiders is their depth along the defensive line. Las Vegas have a completely new interior; the only returning starter is Hankins. Jefferson and Philon have started for Bradley in the past. McCoy and Thomas are the wildcards here. Both are high character guys with plenty of NFL experience. McCoy is a former all pro and a multiple time pro bowler. The younger guys will be able to benefit from his leadership skills.
Making the roster: Cory Littleton, Tanner Muse, Denzel Perryman, Nicholas Morrow, Divine Deablo, Nick Kwiatkoski and Javin White
Cut: Bilal Asmar and Max Richardson
The Raiders linebacking group is a mess right now. Injuries have really caused a major setback. As it stands Morrow, White and Perryman are all injured and Deablo is coming off an injury. Raiders are still working on the specifics of the injured reserve list so the full depth isn’t set in stone yet.
Making the roster: Tre’Von Moehrig, Johnathan Abram, Tyree Gillespie and Roderic Teamer
Cut: Karl Joseph and Dallin Leavit
The biggest shocker here is Karl Joseph. He is a former Raiders first rounder and a fan favorite. Joseph has missed quite a bit of time in training camp with injury and spent most of his Raiders career on injured reserve. At this point I don’t believe the coaches feel Joseph is a reliable body each and every week and that has been one of the Raiders issues since the Gruden era is constant injuries. Another surprise is the team keeping Roderic Teamer. This seems like a Gus Bradley move, seeing as Teamer was a former Charger starter for Bradley so he went with familiarity.
Making the roster: Trayvon Mullen, Casey Hayward, Damon Arnette, Nate Hobbs, Keisean Nixon and Amik Robertson
Cut: Nevin Lawson, Isaiah Johnson and Blidi Wreh-Wilson
I could envision Isaiah Johnson and maybe Dallin Leavit making the practice squad. This group saw some improvement with veteran Casey Hayward and preseason star Nate Hobbs. Las Vegas will get some help here since Lawson will start the season suspended and won’t count towards the 53-man roster until his time is served. That buys the team a couple of weeks to make a tough decision at cornerback.
Making the roster: Trent Sieg, Daniel Carlson and AJ Cole
In closing I don’t expect the Raiders roster moves to be set in stone. Raiders need more depth on the offensive line and linebacker, the two moves that can happen Tyrell Crosby former Lions RT and Las Vegas native and linebacker Micah Kiser former Rams linebacker.