By Ryan Ratty @RyanRattyNFL on August 26, 2014
I wrote an article yesterday regarding who will make the Oakland Raiders' 53-man roster. I had a time tough writing that article because this roster is extremely competitive and the margin of error for each player is so small. Whether it's the starting quarterback or the third cornerback position, there are plenty of opportunities open on this team. Here are 10 players who won't make the cut.
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Jamize Olawale is a powerful running back who also has the ability to play fullback. Olawale was one of Oakland's best special teams players in 2013, but the Raiders brought in players who are better than him in that department. Outside of special teams, Olawale doesn't offer much.
C.J. Wilson would've been a nice rotational player as a backup defensive end, but injuries have made it difficult for Wilson to find his niche on a team. Wilson had a nice 2012 season for the Green Bay Packers, and many thought he would flourish for the Raiders. Because of injuries, Wilson will not make the final roster. He may be delegated to the PUP list.
Bojay Filimoeatu hasn't done anything special so far for the Raiders. Nick Roach is a good starting middle linebacker and Kaluka Maiava is a good backup who can also contribute on special teams. Basically, there isn't enough space for Filimoeatu on this roster.
Marquette King has silently become one of the best punters in the NFL, and no team should ever have two punters on a roster. Because of that, the Raiders will most certainly cut Kevin Goessling. This cut is perhaps the easiest to see coming.
Chimdi Chekwa is still a good cornerback. The problem is that Oakland's secondary is extremely crowded. Chekwa was competing against rookie Keith McGill for a backup cornerback spot, but there really was no competition. McGill is a 6-foot-3 cornerback, and the combination of height and long arms for a cornerback is becoming a trend in the NFL.
Usama Young did a good job in 2013, but like Chekwa, Young is competing against rookie Jonathan Dowling for a backup safety position. Although he went undrafted, Dowling is a guy who can create takeaways. Dowling is also a cheaper alternative.
The Raiders didn't get much from their defensive tackles in 2013. Now, the Raiders have one of the best duos at defensive tackle in Pat Sims and Andre Smith. The Raiders also drafted Justin Ellis highly out of Louisiana Tech. That being said, there isn't a ton of space for Ricky Lumpkin.
The Raiders signed guard Kevin Boothe in the offseason. Even though he is coming off a horrible campaign with the New York Giants, Boothe used to be one of the best guards in the league. While his experience may help, the Raiders already have three quality guards in Khalif Barnes, Austin Howard and rookie Gabe Jackson.
Juron Criner has had plenty of chances to be a playmaker for the Raiders, but he has never been consistent enough. Criner has a nice frame at 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, but he isn't the best route-runner and he is awful at stalk-blocking. Other receivers have also made it harder for Criner to make the final 53.
There hasn't been a decision yet, but the Raiders' starting quarterback gig will come down to Matt Schaub and second-round rookie Derek Carr. Second-year player Matt McGloin has played well in the preseason. That being said, there is no place for Trent Edwards on this roster. McGloin is younger and simply better than the veteran.
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