Originally written on Thoughts from the Dark Side  |  Last updated 10/29/14
The Raiders, like all NFL teams, are in their final-cut mode this week. The Raiders must get to 75 players by 1 pm Pacific Time today and then must make final their final cuts down to their roster of 53 players by Saturday, August 31st at 3 pm. Here is my best guess at the final roster as of the end of the day on Saturday. It may not be the roster that the Raiders take into week 1 because there are always a few additions and subtractions as GMs work through other teams' cuts to get their roster in the right place. Note: These are not always the players I think are the best but my best guess as to the Raiders thinking: QB: 3 Terrelle Pryor Matt Flynn Tyler Wilson Cut: Matt McGloin P/S: Matt McGloin, if not claimed by another team. RB/FB: 5 Darren McFadden Rashad Jennings Latavious Murray Marcel Reece Jamize Olawale Cut: Jeremy Stewart, Deonte Williams P/S: neither. Do not see Williams as likely P/S candidate and Stewart isn’t eligible. WR: 5 Rod Streater Denarius Moore Jacoby Ford Brice Butler Juron Criner Cut: Greg Jenkins, Conner Vernon P/S: Greg Jenkins Suspended list: Andre Holmes (4 games) TE: 4 David Ausberry Richard Gordon Mychal Rivera Nick Kasa Cut: Jeron Mastrud, Brian Leonhardt P/S: none OL: 8 Alex Barron Tony Bergstrom Stefen Wizniewski Lucas Nix Khalif Barnes Menelik Watson Andre Gurode Mike Brisiel Cut: Willie Smith, Tony Hills, Lamar Mady, Jason Foster P/S: none IR: Jared Veldheer (designated to return) DL: 9 Lamarr Houston Pat Sims Vance Walker Jason Hunter Andre Carter Christo Bilukidi Jack Crawford Stacy McGee David Bass Cut: Ryan Baker, Kurt Taufa’asau, Ryan Robinson P/S: Kurt Taufa’asau, Ryan Robinson LB: 6 Nick Roach Sio Moore Kevin Burnett Kaelin Burnett Omar Gaither Kaluka Maiava Cut: Billy Boyko PUP: Miles Burris P/S: Chase Thomas DB: 10 Mike Jenkins DJ Hayden Tracy Porter Phillip Adams Chimdi Chekwa Taiwan Jones Tyvon Branch Charles Woodson Usama Young Brandian Ross Cut: Chance Casey, Mitchell White, Shelton Johnson, Reggie Smith P/S: Chance Casey ST: 3 Sebastian Janikowski Marquette King Jon Condo Cut: Chris Kluwe If correct, this will make the Practice Squad: QB Matt McGloin WR Greg Jenkins DT Kurt Taufa’asau DE Ryan Robinson LB Chase Thomas CB: Chance Casey The practice squad will have two remaining spots to be filled with cuts from other teams, one of which I would guess would be an OT.   For news and analysis on cuts, follow me on Twitter @AsherMathews  
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