Projected Raiders 53-man roster after three 2019 NFL preseason games
In: Derek Carr, Mike Glennon, Nathan Peterman
So I wrote an entire quarterbacks selection explaining why Jon Gruden wants to keep Peterman but just can’t afford it. Then, after I filled out the entire roster, I went back and erased the whole thing. Peterman sticks.
Glennon’s the backup, hands down. Gruden likes keeping three quarterbacks, but that’s a luxury not easily afforded. Peterman has stayed out of trouble and shown progress, as Gruden rebuilds his confidence and refines his skill.
Ultimately this doesn’t boil down to Peterman’s merit. He has always been worthy. In the case of this projection, it’s keeping Peterman versus Ethan Westbrooks or P.J. Hall. I think Gruden wants to keep Peterman, and can afford to function with nine defensive linemen, especially with Corey Liuget’s versatility added on Sunday.
I could see it going the other way, too. I just don’t think Gruden lets Peterman walk at this point. If he can move him for an asset, that’s another story.
In: Josh Jacobs, Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington, Keith Smith
Out: Mack Brown, Alex Ingold, James Butler
Tough decisions have already been made here. Doug Martin was put on injured reserve -- an injury settlement’s coming soon -- locking up Washington’s roster spot. It also shows the Raiders have confidence in him and Jalen Richard to carry the load should Jacobs get hurt, a major question mark in previous seasons with them as primary reserves.
Fullback’s the only spot with some uncertainty, but Smith will keep his job and Ingold will make it to the practice squad.
In: Hunter Renfrow, Tyrell Williams, Dwayne Harris, J.J. Nelson, Antonio Brown, Keelan Doss
Out: Ryan Grant, De’Mornay Pierson-El, Rico Gafford, Keon Hatcher, Marcell Ateman
Five of these guys seem set for a roster spot. Yeah, that includes Doss. I struggled mightily with the sixth spot, seriously switching Grant and Nelson between “in” and “out” time and again.
What weighs more? Nelson’s great start to camp, his ability to back up Brown or his lingering ankle issue? Grant’s reputation, slot prowess and veteran savvy, vs. him not offering a unique skill set? I believe the Raiders will and see what they can get for both guys, which could impact the final decision.
Ateman was a real consideration here as a big-bodied backup.
In: Darren Waller, Foster Moreau, Derek Carrier
Out: Luke WIllson, Paul Butler, Brandon Barnes
Waller and Moreau are in, and Carrier will join them. Carrier’s sign came Thursday against Green Bay, when he sat and Willson played a game without impact players.
In: Rodney Hudson, Jordan Devey, Gabe Jackson, Jonathan Cooper, David Sharpe, Kolton Miller, Brandon Parker, Trent Brown, Denver Kirkland, Denzelle Good
Out: Cameron Hunt, Richie Incognito, Lester Cotton, Andre James, Justin Murray, Tyler Roemer
We’re keeping a lot of offensive linemen -- 10, as a matter of fact. We’re planning to carry Gabe Jackson on the roster despite him not being available possibly until after the Week 6 bye recovering from a knee injury. He’ll have to be on the 53-man roster even if they send him to IR for a short term, so he’ll make the final cut regardless, but we’re keeping him.
That leaves the Raiders with four tackles, four guards and a true center, covering all bases up front. That might be a luxury trimmed for another position, but we’re going heavy up front.
It's also important to note that we're NOT projecting Incognito will get cut outright. The Raiders will move Incognito to the suspended list before final cuts -- that's why he's not considered "in" -- and will re-join the roster after Week 2. Kirkland could be out when he comes back from a two-game ban.
In: Anthony Rush, Maurice Hurst, Johnathan Hankins, Benson Mayowa, Clelin Ferrell, Josh Mauro, Maxx Crosby, Arden Key, Corey Liuget
Out: Gabe Wright, Ethan Westbrooks, Justin Ellis, P.J. Hall, Alex Barrett, Eddie Vanderdoes, Quinton Bell, James Cowser
It was hard to walk away from Ellis, one of three remaining members from that vaunted 2014 NFL Draft class. The Raiders are covered at the nose tackle spot, with young run stoppers able to step right in. Liuget’s signing makes Hall expendable.
That’s a tough call for last year’s second-round pick, who has been banged up but has potential to be a rotational playmaker. The line drops to nine from one projection to another, so Westbrooks makes it a third tough cut from this position group. Bell is still pretty raw, and ends up on the practice squad.
In: Vontaze Burfict, Brandon Marshall, Tahir Whitehead, Marquel Lee, Nicholas Morrow, Kyle Wilber
Out: Jason Cabinda, Te’Von Coney, Koa Farmer, Bryson Allen-Williams
This group has been set for a while. Lee’s a versatile backup at two spots. Morrow can back up the weak side, and is a solid coverage linebacker. Wilber’s value lies on special teams. The veteran trio should start and play significant snaps.
In: Daryl Worley, Gareon Conley, Trayvon Mullen, Lamarcus Joyner, Keisean Nixon
Out: Nevin Lawson, Isaiah Johnson, Dylan Mabin, Joshua Holsey, Makinton Dorleant, Nick Nelson
You’ll see some surprises above. Let me explain: Lawson will get moved to the suspended list before final cuts, as he’s out four games for violating the league’s PED policy. Johnson sure seems like an IR stash. The fourth-round pick has missed most of the preseason with a concussion and a facial injury suffered in the preseason opener against the L.A. Rams.
Gruden said he’s struggling with the facial issue, and someone with relatively light experience at his position needs every practice possible. He’s missed too much time, and could use a year to develop.
Nixon’s play makes that a real possibility. He has been solid in games, and can be a fourth cornerback. They will be vulnerable without a backup slot corner until Lawson returns, so Joyner needs to stay healthy.
In: Johnathan Abram, Karl Joseph, Erik Harris, Curtis Riley
Out: Jordan Richards, Dallin Leavitt
Riley has played his way onto the team, maybe into the third safety spot. The backups will be important on special teams, rounding out a solid group. Joyner can also play back here in a pinch.
In: A.J. Cole, Daniel Carlson, Trent Sieg
There is nobody in the “out” section, because decision have already been made. Cole and Sieg won their position battles. Young guys populate this crew.