Raiders mum about cuts as deadline passes

September 4, 2011, 12:36 am
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Sept. 3, 2011


Paul Gutierrez

The NFL-mandated deadline to have rosters cut down to 53 players was at 3 p.m. PT this afternoon. And while there is no reason to believe the Raiders missed it, almost two-and-a-half hours later, they had not made their cuts public.Neither, though, had Jacksonville, Seattle or Washington.It all lends credence to the notion that the Raiders were scouring the waiver wires in anticipation of adding a player or two and, thus, making more cuts."As you know, this is a process," Jackson did say. "And as I told you, we're just going to continue to uncover every opportunity that we can to get this team better. Obviously, there's nothing that's totally in ink just yet. The league didn't say it all had to be there right this second. We know there's deadlines that we need to adhere by, but we are always trying to make this team better."Whatever the deal, Raiders senior executive John Herrera said the roster would not be revealed for "at least two hours" and coach Hue Jackson would not address any transactions in his 4 p.m. conference call with beat reporters, who had asked if the call could be moved until after the roster was posted, to no avail.Jackson said he would address the roster specifics following Sunday's practice (Oakland goes at 12:30 p.m. at its Alameda compound).Still several reports surfaced during the day that had four defensive backs among the 26 players Oakland cut -- two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Lito Sheppard, who had signed with the Raiders eight days earlier and saw his lone preseason action Friday at Seattle, and three 2010 draft picks in fifth-round cornerback Stevie Johnson, seventh-round cornerback Jeremy Ware and seventh-round safety Stevie Brown.Asked how Ware and Brown had acquitted themselves this preseason, Jackson said, "You're talking about two young men who've been here, who came back, ready to compete and give it everything they've got and I think those young men went out there every day and competed. Obviously, Jeremy had a little ding (ankle injury) here and there but I think the guys, as far as training camp is concerned, came to work everyday and went to the games and played as well as they could play."

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