The Raiders are typically among the last teams to announce their 53-man roster. It’s hard to imagine general manager Reggie McKenzie bucking that trend this year. He likes to keep moves as quiet as possible – every team can see moves, even if they aren’t public – to help get guys he wants on a 10-man practice squad.
The effort is often futile. Information started trickling out Friday morning, well before Saturday afternoon’s cut deadline. The Raiders will decrease their 90-man roster to 53 by then, and will certainly scour the waiver wire looking for defensive help.
It isn’t a fun time for anyone in the league.
“It’s always hard,” Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said. “You always try to be fair, but the reality is it’s a hard day. It’s really the hardest thing that we do is to have to tell young men that are really dedicated and giving us everything that they have and really have a great desire to be here and then tell them that that dream is over. They get an opportunity here, they get an opportunity in the rest of the league and they also get an opportunity on practice squad. Not only here, but the rest of the league. There are a lot of opportunities, and I hope as many of these young men can find squads as possible.”
We’ll post information on players waived and released right here as news breaks.
5:25 p.m.: The Raiders announced the full list of roster cuts. They have waived the following players:
Are, Kareem OL 6-6 325 R Florida State
Atkinson III, George RB 6-1 220 2 Notre Dame
Borders, Breon CB 6-0 189 R Duke
Boyette, Paul DT 6-1 310 R Texas
Brent, K.J. WR 6-3 200 1 Wake Forest
Briggs, Chauncey T 6-6 301 R SMU
Brown, Fadol DE 6-4 282 R Mississippi
Brown, Pharaoh TE 6-5 246 R Oregon
Calhoun, Shilique LB 6-4 250 2 Michigan State
Cioffi, Anthony S 6-0 205 R Rutgers
Crockett, John RB 6-0 215 2 North Dakota State
Durden, Kenneth CB 6-1 280 1 Youngstown State
East, Andrew LS 6-2 220 1 Vanderbilt
Enemkpali, IK LB/DE 6-1 260 4 Louisiana Tech
Harris, Najee LB 6-1 220 R Wagner
Hatcher, Keon WR 6-1 212 R Arkansas
Holmes, Gabe TE 6-5 255 3 Purdue
Hood, Elijah RB 5-11 230 R North Carolina
Humes, Chris CB 6-0 201 R Arkansas State
Jackson, Branden DL 6-4 270 1 Texas Tech
Jefferson, Rickey S 5-11 208 R LSU
Johnson, Rufus LB/DE 6-5 280 1 Tarleton State
Lewis, LaTroy LB 6-3 254 R Tennessee
McWilson, Marcus S 6-0 198 R Kentucky
O’Malley, Ryan TE 6-6 260 2 Pennsylvania
Omoile, Oni G 6-2 310 1 Iowa State
Sheldon, Brady LB 6-5 230 R Ferris State
Silberman, Ian G 6-5 305 2 Boston College
Simmons, Jordan G 6-3 339 R USC
Tavecchio, Giorgio K 5-10 180 1 California
Whitney, Isaac WR 6-2 204 R USC
Woodson-Luster, Xavier LB 6-1 219 R Arkansas State
Zamora, Ishmael WR 6-3 224 R Baylor
TE Cooper Helfet was released. WR Jayden Mickens was Waived/Injured. LB Ben Heeney was Waived/Non-Football Injury. Jelani Jenkins was placed on the Reserve/Injured List.
2:22 p.m. Edge rusher Shilique Calhoun was waived, a source told NBC Sports Bay Area. The Mighigan State alum never flashed this preseason and didn't produce as a rookie in 2016, but was still expected to make the roster considering he was a third-round pick last year. Calhoun played defensive end in college but was moved to strongside linebacker behind Bruce Irvin, and edge rushing position that has occassional coverage responsibility. He was technically savvy, but never showed the athleticism to compete at his position. The Raiders are woefully thin at that spot considering they also waived undrafted rookie LaTroy Lewis earlier in the day.
10:48 a.m.: The Raiders waived offensive lineman Jordan Simmons, defensive end Fadol Brown, guard/center Ian Silberman, long snapper Andrew East, receiver Ishmael Zamora, receiver Isaac Whitney and linebacker Brady Sheldon, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal.
10:46 a.m.: Receiver Jaydon Mickens was waived, per a league source. He didn't play Thursday due to an ankle injury, though he was likely a cut with the team keeping five receivers and Johnny Holton entrenched in the No. 5 spot.
10:24 a.m.: The Raiders waived undrafted outside linebacker LaTroy Lewis, who became a fan favorite during an excellent preseason where he had three sacks, four tackles for losses and a fumble returned for a touchdown. The Silver and Black are hoping he makes it to the practice squad, but there's no guarantee he'll clear waivers after such strong exhibition performances.
9:52 a.m.: Linebacker Ben Heeney announced tht he's no longer a Raider. A fifth-round pick from 2015, Heeney played four games last year before suffering a season-ending ankle injury. He spent the preseason on the non-football injury list, meaning he got hurt while away from the team. He wasn't able to enter a wide-open competition to be the team's middle linebacker, and was waived with an injury.
9:21 a.m.: Receiver Keon Hatcher was waived, per his agent. The Raiders hope he clears waivers. If so, he'll be signed to the practice squad.
9:05 a.m.: Linebacker Jelani Jenkins bid farewell to Raiders fans on social media. He inferred that he had been released in an Instagram post early Saturday morning. Jenkins seemed to be in line to start at one of the inside linebacker spots. He did not play in the Thursday night exhibition finale to preserve health.
Jenkins was the Raiders' only defensive free-agent signing and was the only experienced inside linebacker on the roster. He had 34 starts to his credit. The Raiders were expected to bring in outside help at inside linebacker. That seems mandatory now.
8:53 a.m.: Safety Anthony Cioffi was waived, a source told NBC Sports Bay Area. It seems the Raiders will keep four safeties on the roster
8:47 a.m.: Receiver K.J. Brent was waived, per a league source. Brent spent last season on the practice squad, and had several good stretches working with the first unit. The Wake Forest alum has the size and hands to be an NFL receiver.
1:40 p.m.: Offensive lineman Oni Omoile confirms his release on social media. He spent last year on the practice squad, and is capable of playing guard and center.
12:29 p.m.: Tight end Gabe Holmes has been waived, according to the Houston Chronicle. Holmes had fans on the coaching staff, but never flashed this preseason. He spent time on the 2015 roster, and was on injured reserve all last year with an ankle injury.
11:57 a.m.: The Raiders release running back George Atkinson III, per the Houstin Chronicle. The Raiders were set at running back and returner when they signed the son of former Raiders defensive back George Atkinson during training camp, so this move was among many expected cuts. He flashed in the preseason, though ball security remains an issue.
11:50 a.m.: Offensive lineman Kareem Are and safety Rickey Jefferson were informed of their release, per the Las Vegas Review Journal.