Gutierrez: Raiders 53-man roster analysis

Gutierrez: Raiders 53-man roster analysis
September 7, 2011, 4:40 pm
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Sept. 7, 2011

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Quarterbacks
6 Terrelle Pryor 6-6, 230 Ohio State Rookie Third-round supplemental draft pick can keep his nose clean by keeping it in playbook during five-game suspension, unless he wins appeal 7 Kyle Boller 6-3, 220 California 9th yr. Beat out Trent Edwards for No. 2 QB in one of most intriguing camp battles 8 Jason Campbell 6-5, 230 Auburn 7th yr. As unquestioned starter, more comfortable and confident than he was last seasonRunning backs
20 Darren McFadden 6-2, 210 Arkansas 4th yr. Run DMC looking to build on last year's breakthrough season22 Taiwan Jones 6-0, 195 Eastern Washington Rookie Called "probably the fastest man I've ever seen" by safety Michael Huff
25 Rock Cartwright 5-8, 215 Kansas State 10th yr. Soothing locker room presence and special teams ace29 Michael Bush 6-1, 245 Louisville 4th yr. Loves to bring the thunder to McFadden's lightning45 Marcel Reece 6-3, 240 Washington 4th yr. Stats may not mean much to fullbacks, but they should with the hybrid talents he bringsTight ends
82 Richard Gordon 6-4, 265 Miami Rookie A somewhat surprising add to roster, he seemed destined to practice squad83 Brandon Myers 6-4, 250 Iowa 3rd yr. Quality special teams player who must improve his pass-catching skills86 David Ausberry 6-4, 245 USC Rookie Former WR had prettiest TD catch of the preseason with his foot-drag-in-the-end-zone special87 Kevin Boss 6-6, 255 Western Oregon 5th yr. Counted on to fill Zach Miller's shoes, has been down since spraining left knee in second exhibitionWide receivers
12 Jacoby Ford 5-9, 185 Clemson 2nd yr. A highlight game for the ages against Kansas City has set the bar awfully high17 Denarius Moore 6-0, 195 Tennessee Rookie Again, how did this guy, who made a highlight reel catch seemingly every other day in camp, slip to fifth round?18 Louis Murphy 6-2, 200 Florida 3rd yr. Productive rough-around-the-edges pass catcher still recovering from what sounds like sports hernia procedure in camp80 Derek Hagan 6-2, 215 Arizona State 6th yr. A sure-handed veteran presence who gives receiving corps a missing element81 Chaz Schilens 6-4, 225 San Diego State 4th yr. Fans growing weary of his teasing skills but injury-prone ways85 Darrius Heyward-Bey 6-2, 210 Maryland 3rd yr. Is the third year the charm for the much-maligned former No. 7 overall pick?89 Nick Miller 5-9, 180 Southern Utah 3rd yr. Hanging on by fingertips as team's most experienced punt returnerOffensive line
61 Stephen Wisniewski 6-3, 315 Penn State Rookie Li'l Wiz entered camp as starting center, enters season as starting left guard64 Samson Satele 6-3, 300 Hawaii 5th yr. Center has a certain air of confidence surrounding him now66 Cooper Carlisle 6-5, 295 Florida 12th yr. Written off by several observers, all the right guard does is keep his position68 Jared Veldheer 6-8, 315 Hillsdale 2nd yr. Growing into his own while blocking the QB's blind side at left tackle69 Khalif Barnes 6-5, 325 Washington 7th yr. Locker room cutup has won the right tackle gig, but for how long?72 Joe Barksdale 6-4, 325 LSU Rookie Champing at the bit to assume right tackle from Barnes74 Bruce Campbell 6-6, 315 Maryland 2nd yr. The physical specimen missed the first few weeks of camp with a right knee injury but right guard is maturing quickly75 Stephon Heyer 6-6, 330 Maryland 5th yr. Can play any position on line, save center, and is one of most thoughtful quotes, tooDefensive line
77 Matt Shaughnessy 6-5, 270 Wisconsin 3rd yr. How close if he to being an elite defensive end in the league? Thisclose79 John Henderson 6-7, 335 Tennessee 10th yr. Mammoth run-stopping specialist DT needs to pick his spots as he has a lead of mileage on his tires90 Desmond Bryant 6-5, 290 Harvard 3rd yr. Defensive tackle has a cool fury about him that belies his Ivy League background91 Trevor Scott 6-5, 255 Buffalo 4th yr. Has looked impressive back down on the line at DE after a stint at LB and blowing out a knee last season92 Richard Seymour 6-6, 310 Georgia 11th yr. The spiritual leader of the locker room is probably on his way to Canton, but the DT to stay healthy in Oakland first93 Tommy Kelly 6-6, 300 Mississippi State 8th yr. Suddenly, the DT kept silent by Warren Sapp and Ted Washington is best quote on team, and motivated force on field94 Jarvis Moss 6-7, 260 Florida 5th yr. Mossology on Twitter isn't always politically correct, but neither is his mood heading to Denver, his previous employer99 Lamarr Houston 6-3, 305 Texas 2nd yr. A lot more is expected out of the defensive end in terms of sacks and making playsLinebackers
52 Quentin Groves 6-3, 265 Auburn 4th yr. It only seems as though he played the entire preseason as Raiders don't seem completely sold on him at WLB55 Rolando McClain 6-3, 255 Alabama 2nd yr. MLB started camp with a renewed purpose that needs to be re-lit from within entering the season56 Darryl Blackstock 6-3, 245 Virginia 5th yr. A UFL feel-good story who talks of his long-standing affinity for the Raiders and his Silver and Black Starter jacket57 Ricky Brown 6-2, 235 Boston College 6th yr. Dependable backup MLB who just re-joined the team after spending camp with New England58 Bruce Davis II 6-3, 250 UCLA 3rd yr. High-motor legacy player -- pops won a pair of rings with the Raiders -- who sees most of his time on special teams96 Kamerion Wimbley 6-4, 255 Florida State 6th yr. Leading sack artist from a year ago with nine due a guaranteed 29 million after agreeing to long-term dealCornerbacks
23 DeMarcus Van Dyke 6-1, 180 Miami Rookie Third-round draft choice should only learn and get better from his preseason baptism by fire, right?26 Stanford Routt 6-1, 195 Houston 7th yr. Ready or not, Routt becomes The Man in the Secondary with Nnamdi Asomugha gone28 Joe Porter 5-10, 205 Rutgers 2nd yr. Did just enough in the preseason to warrant his sticking, though could be one of first on chopping block35 Chimdi Chekwa 6-0, 190 Ohio State Rookie Separated a shoulder on first day of padded hitting in camp and has been playing catch-up ever since37 Chris Johnson 6-1, 200 Louisville 8th yr. Had what he called an "oil change" in camp and says his body has never felt betterSafeties
24 Michael Huff 6-1, 205 Texas 6th yr. A cool confidence has enveloped the second-team All Pro, meaning somebody voted for him over either Ed Reed or Troy Polamalu27 Matt Giordano 5-11, 210 California 7th yr. Grizzled vet can show off his Super Bowl ring with Colts after being re-signed this week to add depth30 Jerome Boyd 6-2, 225 Oregon 2nd yr. Another feel-good camp story, former practice squader can slide down to linebacker in big nickel defense33 Tyvon Branch 6-0, 205 Connecticut 4th yr. Known more for his hitting and tackling than his suspect coverage skills, says he's improved in all areas34 Mike Mitchell 6-1, 220 Ohio 3rd yr. Fan favorite missed most of camp with mysterious injury to left leg but insists he'll answer the bellPunter
9 Shane Lechler 6-1, 225 Texas A&M 12th yr. Best in the business at what he does, but is he still ticked Tom Cable got axed?Placekicker
11 Sebastian Janikowski 6-2, 250 Florida State 12th yr. Training regimen has him looking more like MMA fighter than paunchy placekicker; he'll break longest-FG recordLongsnapper
59 Jon Condo 6-3, 250 Maryland 6th yr. Former Pro Bowler more than Alcide from "True Blood" lookalike; also security blanket for Lechler and SeaBass