AFC West: Walter McFadden

Oakland Raiders cutdown analysis

September, 3, 2011
Check here for a complete list of the Oakland Raiders’ roster moves.

Surprise move: Oakland cut several defensive backs, including Lito Sheppard, Walter McFadden, Jeremy Ware, Stevie Brown and camp star Sterling Moore. Veteran running back Michael Bennett and receiver/returner Nick Miller survived the cuts, which was somewhat unexpected. Oakland kept linebacker Darryl Blackstock, who had been out of the league. He played for Oakland defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan in the UFL. Quarterback Trent Edwards was cut after he was signed this summer with designs of being the backup. But Kyle Boller separated himself from Edwards. It’s a bit surprising Edwards was cut now with Terrelle Pryor starting a five-game suspension. Still, if he’s not picked up (perhaps Kansas City will be interested), Edwards could always be brought back to Oakland before Pryor joins the roster.

No-brainers: There was speculation receiver Chaz Schilens and safety Mike Mitchell (a second-round pick in 2009) could be on the chopping block. They made the team. Both have been dealing with injuries, but both players have potential. Now, if we’re still talking about injuries and untapped potential this time next year, their futures could become cloudy. But they both deserve to be in Oakland this season.

What's next: I think Oakland will continue to look for cornerbacks and safeties. The Raiders will also still look at weakside linebackers, and they will look to upgrade the offensive line. And I know Oakland likes its receivers, but I could also see it keeping an open mind about the position.

Report: Raiders cuts

September, 3, 2011
The Oakland Tribune has the Oakland Raiders cuts. The team has not announced the cuts nearly four hours after they were turned into the league.

As previously reported cornerbacks Walter McFadden and Lito Sheppard were cut. But rookie undrafted free agent Sterling Moore was also cut. Oakland is going with Jason Campbell and Kyle Boller at quarterback after letting Trent Edwards go.

I will be back shortly with analysis.

Waiting on the Oakland Raiders

September, 3, 2011
The last team in the AFC West to release their cuts will be the Oakland Raiders. The team has said it will release the list of the cut players after everything goes through the NFL offices. Fair enough.

The wait shouldn’t be too much longer. I will pass along the list when I see it.

There have been some reports of player released. It affects the secondary as cornerbacks Walter McFadden, Lito Sheppard and Jeremy Ware were reportedly cut as was safety Stevie Brown. That likely means undrafted rookie Sterling Moore made the team. Sheppard was signed last week. I could still see Oakland pursuing a veteran, perhaps Joselio Hanson, who was cut Saturday by the Eagles, at cornerback.

More to come when we get the list from the team.

Who's on the bubble?

September, 2, 2011
As far as I’m concerned the 53-man cut-down date (which occurs Saturday) is an overrated event.

Many players who survive the cut end up being gameday inactives during most of the season and teams are always looking to improve the back end of the roster. Yet, the final cutdown time is upon us, so let’s look at some of the players on the bubble for each AFC West team:

Denver: There’s not a ton of big names here that stand out as certain bubble players. Safeties Darcel McBath and David Bruton, both taken in 2009, could get the axe. Second-year cornerback Perrish Cox -- who is facing an October sexual assault trial that could imprison him for life -- could also be on the bubble. But the season-ending Achilles injury to key backup cornerback Syd’Quan Thompson could help Cox’s cause to make the team.

Kansas City: There’s not a lot big names here, either. Receivers Verran Tucker, Jeremy Horne and Keary Colbert are fighting for a spot. Running back Jackie Battle is likely an odd-man out. Defensive backs Donald Washington, Rashard Langford, Sabby Piscitelli and Travis Daniels are also on the bubble.

Oakland: Defensive backs Walter McFadden, Jeremy Ware, Steve Brown and Sterling Moore are all on the bubble. It will be interesting to see what happens there. Veteran running back Michael Bennett could also be on his way out as well as receiver/punt returner Nick Miller.

San Diego: The Chargers’ receiver situation is interesting. It looks like Bryan Walters could make the team. But what about Seji Ajirotutu, Laurent Robinson and Kelley Washington? Veteran linebacker Stephen Cooper and Kevin Bentley are on the bubble as is rookie undrafted quarterback Scott Tolzien.

What are your thoughts about the final cut downs. Fill up the comment section below with your thoughts.
Its Stanford Routt's time to show those glossy numbers from last season were no fluke.

Routt is about to be tested.

Unless the Raiders snare a veteran like Antonio Cromartie or Nate Clements, Routt is expected to the Raiders’ No. 1 cornerback now that Nnamdi Asomugha has flown off to the Eagles.

The Raiders clearly anticipated that. They gave him a three-year, $30 million deal to keep him from entering free agency. That’s starter money, folks.

One of the reasons why the Raiders paid to keep Routt was his outstanding statistics. His “burn rate’ was one of the lowest in the NFL in 2010. Now, that he will be a full-time starter and now that he’ll likely play against the opponent’s best receivers all the time, Routt must step up.

He is not alone. The Raider’s young cornerbacks and veteran Chris Johnson will need to elevate their game if the Raiders don’t add a starter.

Youngsters Walter McFadden, Jeremy Ware and draft picks Chimdi Chekwa and DeMarcus Van Dyke will all be expected to contribute in Asomugha’s absence.

Michael Bush is inactive

September, 12, 2010
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Four days after indicating to the Tennessee media that running back Michael Bush was on target to play in the season opener, Bush was among Oakland’s inactive players.

Bush broke his left thumb Aug. 28 in a preseason game against San Francisco. He practiced on a limited basis last week. However, the thumb clearly wasn’t healed enough for Bush to catch the ball and block effectively. Darren McFadden will start for Oakland.

McFadden missed much of training camp with a hamstring injury, but he has been healthy of late.

Other Oakland inactive players of note are receiver Chaz Schilens, who may be a few weeks away from playing after having arthroscopic knee surgery in August, and rookie offensive lineman Bruce Campbell, who appears to be out because of a coach’s decision.

Here are the complete inactive lists for both Oakland and Tennessee:


AFC West links: NFL suspends Jackson

July, 13, 2010
Denver Broncos

Quarterback Brady Quinn and receivers Brandon Lloyd and Jabar Gaffney are looking to revive their careers in Denver.

In 1982 John Elway had a fling with the New York Yankees. George Steinbrenner tried to convince the young Elway to don pinstripes, and the future Hall of Fame quarterback spent the summer playing right field for the Class-A Oneonta Yankees.

Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs profile their undrafted rookie offensive lineman Lemuel Jeanpierre.

Oakland Raiders

The Raiders announced the signing of cornerback Walter McFadden, who was picked in the fifth round.

San Diego Chargers

The NFL has suspended Pro Bowl wide receiver Vincent Jackson for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Jackson, who does not plan to appeal the suspension, will miss the first three games of the season.

More than 2,000 people attended an emotional memorial for former Chargers head coach Don Coryell.