Raiders

Raiders

The Raiders have to trim their roster to 53 players by Saturday afternoon, with a flurry of transactions heading towards that deadline.

Some moves have already been made, as the Silver and Black shift out of the exhibition campaign and into regular-season mode.

Here’s a list of Raiders moves, which will be updated regularly as news breaks:

SATURDAY

Raiders announce moves that bring roster down to 53: 

LB Jason Cabinda

The Penn State alum has been waived, per NFL Network. He spent the start of last year on the practice squad but was promoted and played significant snaps last year. He wasn’t kept with the Raiders having Vontaze Burfict and versatile Marquel Lee able to man the middle and the strong side.

WR Keelan Doss

The Raiders waived Doss, per a league source, a receiver who was heavily in the mix to make the 53-man roster. He impressed all preseason, and the Raiders hope he can clear waivers and be signed to the practice squad.

FB Keith Smith

The veteran fullback said farewell to the organization on Instagram, meaning undrafted rookie Alec Ingold won the battle to be the Raiders fullback. Ingold got a long look with Smith on NFI most of training after tearing his meniscus in the offseason.

Smith came on strong after he returned, but the Raiders went younger at the position. The Raiders lose a core special teams player in the process, though they have a few left to lead a young squad.

 

DT Anthony Rush

The Raiders waived Rush on Saturday morning, according to a league source. The Raiders picked the UAB alum up during training camp and he instantly impressed, especially as an interior run defender. Most of his preseason tackles were at the line of scrimmage or for a loss, with steady production and practice performance that gave him a real chance to make the team.

The Raiders chose to go in a different direction at the nose tackle spot, making it extremely likely Justin Ellis sticks around to rotate with starter Johnathan Hankins.

WR Keon Hatcher

Hatcher made last year’s 53-man roster but was cut later in the week for Martatvis Bryant. He ended up back with the Raiders and performed well, but was an odd man out of a competitive position group that is the team’s strength. He was waived, a league source said.

WR Marcell Ateman

Like Hatcher, Ateman had a strong preseason but didn’t fit into a talent receiver corps. He was waived, a source said. He could end up back on the practice squad if he clears waivers, though that’s uncertain at this time.

FRIDAY

LB Brandon Marshall

The Raiders have released veteran linebacker Brandon Marshall, a surprise move that ends the Las Vegas native’s dream of playing in his hometown. Marshall confirmed the cut on social media, saying he was able to get healthy while with the Raiders. He has battled knee issues since last season, but was seen as a starting outside linebacker in the base package.

The Raiders are going younger at that spot, leaving Vontaze Burfict and Tahir Whitehead to lead the group.

TE Luke Willson

The veteran tight end was released, NFL Network first reported. That was expected, after Willson played the last two exhibition games despite starters and key role players being left out. Darren Waller, Foster Moreau and Derek Carrier will be the Raiders three tight ends. The Raiders announced the move later Friday.

DT Eddie Vanderdoes

The 2017 third-round pick just couldn’t get healthy, and was waived with an injury. Vanderdoes missed last year recovering from an ACL tear, and missed all but a few training camp practices dealing with a concussion. He wasn’t able to prove himself to Jon Gruden and staff despite the team’s high hopes for him as an interior run player. The Raiders just couldn’t wait any longer, and speaks to the poor returns the Raiders have gotten from the 2017 NFL draft class outside Gareon Conley.

LB Bryson Allen-Williams

The Raiders waived a player they just signed last week. He got a chance to play in exhibition game and put his play on tape, but was never in play to make the roster.

TE Brandon Barnes

A mid-training camp signing was always the last tight end on the depth chart. He was waived.

DE James Cowser

The fan-favorite edge rusher and special teams player, who has been with the Raiders for most of the last two seasons, is back on the street. The Raiders moved him to an off-the-ball linebacker spot last year, but brought him back to his natural position up front this spring. It still couldn’t get him a roster spot, with so many young defensive ends on the team. It’s certainly possible he lands on another team who needs a quality special teams player.

 

CB Joshua Holsey

The Raiders waived the young defensive back, who struggled in preseason action.

DT Gabe Wright

Wright was waived by the club after signing with them and playing some late last year. A training camp knee injury hampered his progress, but he wasn’t able to work his way into the roster mix.

RB Mack Brown

Brown ran well in preseason games, including Thursday’s exhibition finale, but wasn’t a competitor for a roster spot here.

S Jordan Richards

Richards was released, and wasn’t able to get ahead of reserve safeties Curtis Riley and Erik Harris.

DE Alex Barrett

The pass rusher was waived with an injury. If he clears waivers, he will land on season-ending injured reserve and receive an injury settlement once he’s healthy.

DB Makinton Dorleant

The safety/cornerback was waived with an injury. He has been around in spurts since last season, when he was on the 53-man roster at times.

OL Cameron Hunt

The Oregon product was waived with an injury, but was never going to make the roster. They needed another center with Rodney Hudson not playing the last two preseason games and Jordan Devey focused on playing guard.