Earlier this afternoon the Oakland Raiders made their moves to get down to the 75-man roster limit imposed by the NFL. They will have until Saturday afternoon to make the final 22 cuts to 53.
Much like their neighbors across the bay the Oakland Raiders did not have many real surprises on their cut list. But, the first cut down to 75 is usually the easier one anyway. In all reality it’s the final cut which is where the tough decisions are ultimately made. Oakland’s final preseason game on Thursday will definitely be worth watching to see who stands out in a final effort to make the team.
QB- Trent Edwards
G- Lucas Nix (due to failed physical)
RB- Kory Sheets
WR- Juron Criner
WR- Greg Jenkins
S- Larry Asante
Physically Unable to Perform (PUP)
CB- D.J. Hayden
Injured Reserve (IR)
TE- Nick Kasa
Trent Edwards’ release was pretty obvious considering he hasn’t even seen the field this preseason. Matt McGloin, who is currently the number three quarterback, has been performing well enough to garner some support among fans to start in combination with Matt Schaub‘s struggles.
Kory Sheets was another name who was a long-shot to make the roster considering his competition at the running back position.
Unfortunately for the defense last season’s 12th overall pick, D.J. Hayden, was placed on the PUP list, meaning he is ineligible to play in the Oakland Raiders’ first six games of the season. He’s been on the PUP list throughout training camp, so to see him stay there is a sign that the the injury — which was thought to be relatively minor — was much worse than originally thought back in the middle of summer.
Guard Lucas Nix, who started 10 games in 2013 for the Oakland Raiders, was waived due to a failed physical. The third-year player out of Pittsburgh struggled all last season and was rated by pro football focus as one of the worst guards in the NFL. He was replaced by Khalif Barnes for the final few games of the 2013 campaign. So, no real loss there.