Oakland Raiders 53 Man Roster Announced
It has been an interesting few months for the Silver and Black, to say the very least. Due largely to general manager Reggie McKenzie, the Raiders undoubtedly had one of the best off seasons in the NFL. Signing the likes of Reggie Nelson, Bruce Irvin and of course the heavily sought after offensive lineman, Kelechi Osemele.
The team also walked away from the draft with seven solid picks. Most notably was safety Karl Joseph — as if a defense with Bruce Irvin and Kahlil Mack wasn’t intimidating enough. Seventh round steal and former LSU guard Vadal Alexander and DeAndre Washington will compliment Latavius Murray at running back.
Training camp was productive and a good indication of changing times for Oakland. With only a few position battles, the Raiders have what they haven’t had in a while — certainty and depth. Now that the preliminaries are over, preseason tension can shift to regular season headache.
After much anticipation, the Raiders have cut their roster from 75 to 53 players.
18 players were waived. Among those waived and to the disappointment of many Raider fans were two Raider legacies — running back George Atkinson III and defensive end George Townsend Jr.
Atkinson led the team in rushing during the preseason. As appealing as this may sound, ball security remains an issue for Atkinson and ultimately preseason is just a dress rehearsal to the main event. It’s easy to steal the show if your competition is under bubble wrap.
Atkinson could very well land on a different 53 man roster, but should he clear waivers, he is eligible for a third year on the Raiders practice squad.
Two players were waived/injured. Linebacker Neiron Bell and also to the dismay of many, linebacker James Cowser.
Unfortunately, Cowser was not consistent enough to garner a spot on the roster… For now. Since Cowser was waived/injured, if he clear waivers he will go to the Raiders Injured Reserve. While this doesn’t allow for either player, Bell or Cowser, to play this season, they are still on the team.
Included in the many changes to the roster was safety Dewey McDonald. McDonald was traded to Seattle in return for a conditional 2017 draft pick.
Additionally, fullback Marcel Reece has been placed on the suspended list for three games. After violating the leagues policy for performance enhancing substances, this comes as no surprise.
Raiders staple and fan favorite Mario Edwards is on the final roster, unfortunately the defensive end will likely go on injured reserve. He will, however, be eligible to return after the first six games. If that proves to be the case the team can bring another player back to fill the position for the time being.
As of Saturday afternoon the Raiders have officially submitted their 53 man roster. Following a pattern of surprise, the roster included four undrafted rookies. The team may very well still have some plays to make.
It will be interesting to see who will man the roster when the team opens their season against New Orleans next Sunday.