With another preseason game in the books the roster is starting to take shape and we're all starting to see more clarity on what roles players will have coming into this season. Most of the guys on the outside looking in did themselves no favors and there were few surprises. Most notable perhaps is the battle for the fourth running back is now completely neck and neck, perhaps slightly leaning towards the undrafted rookie. Here's my post Raiders game 53 man roster:
QB (2): Drew Brees, Luke McCown (Seneca Wallace, Ryan Griffin)
WR (6): Marques Colston, Lance Moore, Nick Toon, Kenny Stills, Preston Parker, Courtney Roby (Andy Tanner, Steve Breaston, Patrick Crayton, Jarred Fayson, Saalim Hakim, Tim Toone)
HB (4): Pierre Thomas, Mark Ingram, Darren Sproles, Khiry Robinson (Travaris Cadet)
FB (1): Jed Collins (Austin Johnson)
TE (2): Jimmy Graham, Ben Watson (Michael Higgins, Keavon Milton, Josh Hill)
T (5): Charles Brown, Zach Strief, Bryce Harris, Terron Armstead, Marcel Jones (Jason Smith)
G (3): Jahri Evans, Ben Grubbs, Eric Olsen (Andrew Tiller, Tim Lelito, Jeremiah Warren, Ricky Henry)
C (1): Brian de la Puente (Elliott Mealer)
DE (5): Akiem Hicks, Cameron Jordan, Tyrunn Walker, Glenn Foster, Tom Johnson (Jay Richardson)
NT (2): Brodrick Bunkley, John Jenkins (Isaako Aaitui)
LB (9): Curtis Lofton, Will Smith, Jonathan Vilma, Junior Galette, Martez Wilson, Ramon Humber, Kevin Reddick, David Hawthorne, Will Herring (Chris Chamberlain, Eric Martin, Rufus Johnson, Baraka Atkins, Ray Shipman, Chase Thomas)
CB (5): Keenan Lewis, Jabari Greer, Patrick Robinson, Chris Carr, Corey White (Rod Sweeting, Dion Turner, A. J. Davis, Korey Lindsey)
S: (5) Malcolm Jenkins, Roman Harper, Kenny Vaccaro, Rafael Bush, Jim Leonhard (Isa Abdul-Quddus, Jerico Nelson, Akwasi Owusu-Ansah)
K (1): Garrett Hartley
P (1): Thomas Morstead
LS (1): Justin Drescher
IR: Kenyon Coleman, Joe Morgan, Victor Butler
Practice Squad: QB Ryan Griffin, WR Saalim Hakim, G Andrew Tiller, LB Rufus Johnson, LB Eric Martin, CB Rod Sweeting, S Jerico Nelson, NT Isaako Aaitui
I think they keep 3 tight ends...whichever is the best blocker. I don't think they'll keep 5 offensive tackles.
Mostly I agree, but
TE: Higgins makes it, T Jones does not.
LB: Vilma goes to IR, or IR return, Smith will be a DE. If you look at 3rd and Longs vs the Saints defense they will rush 3, 2 DEs and Smith. Also you seem to have 5 LBs that are ILBs in my book and only 4 OLBs of which 1 is Smith. I see them keeping one more LB and that will be an OLB. Maybe Atkins.