The Las Vegas Raiders will be forced to cut their rosters down to 53 players by the end of today.
The Las Vegas Raiders are gearing up for the start of the 2020 regular season with now just over a week to go before Week 1. But as with every year, the team must do a little housekeeping first.
Today is roster cutdown day meaning that all 32 NFL teams will be required to trim their rosters down to 53 players by the set deadline. That deadline just so happens to be today, September 5th, at 1 p.m. PT.
The Raiders got a little ahead of the game releasing veteran Damarious Randall on Friday in what was a shocker at the time. Could we see any more surprise cuts later today? The odds are pretty likely.
Nonetheless, we’ll be keeping a live tracker of all roster moves the Raiders make and updating this list throughout the day. It should be noted that it’s highly unlikely that the team’s initial 53-man roster is its final one.
Waiver claims are possible and we could see a player or two move to the short-term injured reserve just after cut day. Moreover, many of the players cut today will likely find a home on the expanded 16-player practice squad.
Simply put, this isn’t the end of the road for many of these players.
The cuts have already begun so let’s take a look at the moves made so far.
*Make sure to check back as this list will be updated throughout the day*
Raiders 2020 roster cut tracker
1. S Damarious Randall — Analysis
2. CB Madre Harper
- No surprise here, Harper is a likely practice squad candidate.
3. TE Nick Bowers
- Another undrafted free agent, Bowers could also be offered a practice squad spot.
4. WR De’Mornay Pierson-El
- A former CFL, AAF, and XFL standout, Pierson-El spent time on the Raiders’ practice squad last year, but couldn’t crack a deep receiving corps.
5. DE Chris Smith
- Smith was signed less than two weeks ago, but never stood much of a chance of cracking the 53-man roster.
6. LB Javin White
- A fan-favorite and training camp star, White is a lock for the practice squad if he clears waivers. This couldn’t have been an easy decision for Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock.
7. OG Lester Cotton Sr.
- Cotton spent the majority of last season on the practice squad and he could end up there again. Ultimately, the selection of fourth-round pick John Simpson didn’t do him any favors.
8. LB Kyle Emanuel
- Emanuel came out of retirement to sign with the Raiders (over other teams), but couldn’t crack the new-look linebacker corps.
9. LB Kyle Wilber
- A reliable special-teamer, Wilber spent the last two seasons with the Raiders, but his special-teams chops weren’t enough to keep him around this time.
10. DL Datone Jones
- Jones was signed last month to provide additional defensive line depth. The former first-round pick will reportedly be signed to the practice squad if he goes unclaimed, per Tom Pelissero.
11. RB Theo Riddick
- One of a number of veteran running backs signed this offseason. Looks like Devontae Booker will be making the 53-man roster.
12. RB Lynn Bowden –> Traded — Analysis
13. DT Mike Panasiuk
- An undrafted free agent, Panasiuk was the victim of a deep defensive line unit. Don’t be surprised if he lands on the practice squad.
14. LB Justin Phillips
- Phillips played in four games for the team last year and was competing for one of the depth linebacker spots. The addition of Raekwon McMillan didn’t do him any favors.
15. WR Marcell Ateman
- The former seventh-round pick has spent the last two seasons switching between the practice squad and the active roster. That could be the case again in 2020.
16. WR Keelan Doss
- An undrafted rookie in 2019, Doss became a bit of a fan-favorite and could receive a promotion to the active roster assuming he reverts back to the practice squad.
17. CB Dylan Mabin
- Mabin is another undrafted rookie who could earn a spot on the practice squad. A crowded cornerback room meant he never had much of a chance of making the team.
18. OT Kamaal Seymour
- Seymour was yet another undrafted free agent signed this year. He could find himself on the practice squad with the team looking for additional offensive line depth.
19. OT Sam Young
- The Raiders will roll with Brandon Parker as their swing tackle which many will not be fond of. That said, Young didn’t do much in training camp to warrant a roster spot.
20. Eric Kush –> Injured Reserve
- The Raiders offensive line depth is a little thin, but Kush could theoretically return after just three weeks with the new 2020 rules.
21. Nevin Lawson –> Reserve/Suspended
- Lawson will serve his one-game suspension for his unnecessary roughness hit in Week 17 of 2019. The Raiders will then have to decide on his roster status.