A closer look at Raiders 53-man roster

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A closer look at Raiders 53-man roster
August 31, 2013, 6:30 pm
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The Raiders just couldn’t give up on quarterback Tyler Wilson, a fourth-round draft pick. (AP IMAGES)

Two punters? The Raiders are clearly hoping to trade one of them. (AP IMAGES)

The Raiders trimmed their roster to 53 on Saturday afternoon, although moves will be made before the regular-season opener on Sept. 8. We’ll take a closer look at the 53 men on this roster below: Here’s the Raiders’ 53-man roster:

WR (5) – Denarius Moore, Brice Butler, Jacoby Ford, Rod Streater, Juron Criner
Our take: These were the best receivers on the roster. No-brainers here.

OT (4) – Jared Veldheer, Alex Barron, Khalif Barnes, Menelik Watson
Our take: Veldheer will be moved to the injured-reserve list with a designation to return. The Raiders will look elsewhere for another tackle.

[RELATED: Raiders announce cuts to 53-player limit]

G (2) – Lucas Nix, Mike Brisiel
Our take: Bergstrom’s season-ending injury keeps Brisiel on the roster.

C (2) – Stefen Wisniewski, Andre Gurode
Our take: Gurode is valuable as a reserve guard and center.

TE (4) – Jeron Mastrud, David Ausberry, Mychal Rivera, Nick Kasa
Our take: Raiders have to keep four tight ends. That might change when Ausberry gets healthy. Raiders might try to sneak Kasa on the practice squad when that happens.

QB (4) – Matt Flynn, Terrelle Pryor, Matt McGloin, Tyler Wilson
Our take: The Raiders just couldn’t give up on Wilson, a fourth-round draft pick. Raiders might eventually cut this number to three.

RB (3) – Darren McFadden, Rashad Jennings, Jeremy Stewart
Our take: Stewart makes the team because Latavius Murray was placed on injured reserve.

FB (2) – Marcel Reece, Jamize Olawale
Our take: Olawale earned a spot with a strong preseason. He’ll be a staple on special teams.

DE (4) – Lamarr Houston, Jason Hunter, Jack Crawford, Ryan Robinson
Our take: Robinson makes the team over David Bass in a surprising move. Aging veteran Andre Carter was released. Not much pass-rushing talent outside Houston.

DT (4) – Vance Walker, Pat Sims, Christo Bilukidi, Stacy McGee
Our take: Expected selections. Pat Sims could be a game changer in the middle.

OLB (4) – Kevin Burnett, Sio Moore, Kaluka Maiava, Kaelin Burnett
Our take: Kaelin Burnett makes the team at a thin position group. Maiava will be the primary backup at both outside linebacker spots.

MLB (1) – Nick Roach
Our take: The Raiders can’t survive with just one middle linebacker. They’ll have to add one this week.

CB (6) – Tracy Porter, Mike Jenkins, D.J. Hayden, Phillip Adams, Taiwan Jones, Chemdi Chekwa
Our take: This is the Raiders strongest position group. Jones is a special teams player, Chekwa and Adams played their way onto the team.

S (4) – Charles Woodson, Tyvon Branch, Usama Young, Brandian Ross
Our take: Ross earned a spot with a solid preseason. He can play safety and corner, which is why carrying six cornerbacks was surprising.

Spec. (4) – K Sebastian Janikowski, LS Jon Condo, P Chris Kluwe, P Marquette King
Our take: Two punters? The Raiders are clearly hoping to trade one of them.

The Raiders cut 22 players. A list of everybody they let go:
DE Andre Carter, MLB Omar Gaither, Joselio Hanson, OT Tony Hills, S Reggie Smith, WR Conner Vernon, DE David Bass, LB Chase Thomas, OT Willie Smith, RB Deonte Williams, Conner Vernon, DT Kurt Taufa’asau, K Justin Medlock, G Lamar Mady, TE Brian Leonhardt, S Shelton Johnson, WR Greg Jenkins, TE Richard Gordon, G Jason Foster, CB Chance Casey, DE David Bass and DL Ryan Baker The team retains the rights to receiver Andrew Holmes, who was placed on the reserve-suspended list while serving a four-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing drugs.

Guard Tony Bergstrom was placed on injured reserve.

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