Paul G's 53-man Raiders roster projection

August 31, 2012, 5:28 pm
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SEATTLE -- Final 53-man rosters are due by 6 p.m. PT Friday and with the Raiders, there does not figure to be a lot of surprise cuts as new general manager Reggie McKenzie and rookie coach Dennis Allen pare it down from 75 players. So after an offseason of activities, four weeks of training camp in Napa and four mostly exhibition games, here's one man's guess at the Raiders' 53-man rosterQuarterbacks (3)
Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart, Terrelle Pryor
The thinking: Really, no thinking needed here.Running backs (5)
Darren McFadden, Marcel Reece, Taiwan Jones, Mike Goodson, Owen SchmittThe thinking: The Raiders might be scanning waiver wires, though, and Goodson might be nervous.Offensive line (8)
Jared Veldheer, Cooper Carlisle, Stefen Wisniewski, Mike Brisiel, Khalif Barnes, Joseph Barksdale, Alex Parsons, Tony Bergstrom

The thinking: A little light on tackles, might the Raiders consider keeping nine O-linemen?Tight ends (3)
Brandon Myers, Richard Gordon, David Ausberry

The thinking: A roster spot could be found here if the Raiders only keep two tight ends.Wide receivers (6)
Darrius Heyward-Bey, Denarius Moore, Jacoby Ford, Rod Streater, Juron Criner, Travionte Session.

The thinking: Roscoe Parrish might have fumbled away his roster spot with his two punt-return fumbles against Seattle and Session came out of nowhere to get a lot of second-team reps. But keeping two UDFA WRs along with the injury-prone Moore and Ford might be asking too much.Defensive line (9)
Lamarr Houston, Richard Seymour, Tommy Kelly, Matt Shaughnessy, Desmond Bryant, Dave Tollefson, Christo Bilukidi, Jack Crawford, Jamie Cumbie
The thinking: Cumbie's height and kick-blocking prowess gives him the sight edge over Dominique Hamilton, who is practice squad material. Unless, of course, Oakland thinks it needs 10 D-linemen?Linebackers (6)
Miles Burris, Rolando McClain, Philip Wheeler, Travis Goethel, Nate Stupar, Carl Ihenacho (Aaron Curry-PUP)
The thinking: The Raiders' decision on Curry -- if he goes on the PUP list they'd need another linebacker -- could open a door for a pass-rusher in Ihenacho.Cornerbacks (5)
Ron Bartell, Shawntae Spencer, Pat Lee, DeMarcus Van Dyke, Chimdi Chekwa

The thinking: Lee came on strong at the end of the preseason while Van Dyke and Chekwa, in particular, held on for dear life, or better than Coye Francies did when he fumbled his lone kickoff return in Seattle.Safeties (5)
Michael Huff, Tyvon Branch, Matt Giordano, Mike Mitchell, Brandon Underwood
The thinking: Tough call for Underwood over Curtis Taylor, who excelled on special teams Thursday. Then again, why was Mitchell playing essentially the entire second half with guys that will be cut? Might he be on the block again?Specialists (3)
PK Sebastian Janikowski, P Shane Lechler, LS Jon Condo
The thinking: Heresy in these parts, I know but the Raiders would save 9.4 million against the salary cap for 2012 by cutting Janikowski and Lechler, in favor of Eddy Carmona and Marquette King. Not going to happen. Still, with King suddenly having an injured left foot and wearing a boot, the Raiders may have found a way to keep the backup punter around. Conspiracy theorists unite.