Monday, July 28, 2014
Oakland Raiders' projected roster
By Paul Gutierrez
Examining the Oakland Raiders' roster:
Schaub is the Raiders' franchise quarterback. Period.
RUNNING BACKS (4)
In order to keep both McFadden and Jones-Drew healthy, expect the Raiders to dole out a healthy dose of Murray and CFL Grey Cup MVP Kory Sheets in the exhibition season. Atkinson's best shot at making the roster remains as the kickoff returner.
Neither Reece, a two-time Pro Bowler, nor Olawale are the prototypical fullback, but both has skillsets that are fits for the Raiders offense.
Little has flashed enough in the early days of camp to supplant last year's draft pick, Brice Butler. At least for our purposes here.
TIGHT ENDS (2)
The job is Ausberry's to lose, it would seem.
OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (9)
No changes here, though it's no secret the Raiders are hoping the rookie Jackson wins the left guard spot for a line that would average 6-foot-4, 326 pounds.
DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (8)
No changes here either, even if McGee and Wilson might be behind a tad dealing with injuries.
Dennis Allen likes this group. A lot. So much that veteran Kevin Burnett was expendable enough to cut.
An early, ahem, doomsday prediction that's not reflected here yet? Hayden to Injured Reserve, with Chimdi Chekwa taking his roster spot.
Usama Young being on the PUP list to start camp keeps him in the danger zone .
Dennis Allen believes Janikowski's "trust" issues with King as his holder are a thing of the past.