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Sio Moore on, Christian Ponder off Oakland Raiders' projected roster

Here is a position-by-position look at who stays, who goes when the Oakland Raiders makes their final cuts by the Saturday deadline.

The toughest spots were quarterback, where I have Matt McGloin beating out Christian Ponder, and at defensive end outside linebacker, where I have a total of 11 (I just can’t see Oakland getting rid of someone as talented as Sio Moore, even though he is clearly in the doghouse).

Quarterbacks (2): Derek Carr, Matt McGloin (cut: Christian Ponder).

Ponder was the backup all of training camp and in the preseason, but McGloin outplayed him. The Raiders have logjams elsewhere. The best way of addressing it is keeping two quarterbacks and McGloin is the better player.

Running backs (4): Latavius Murray, Roy Helu, Taiwan Jones, Michael Dyer (cut: George Atkinson III).

Dyer, an undrafted rookie who went to three colleges, makes this team. Still, this is a position Oakland may try to upgrade. The Raiders, who were ranked 32nd in the run last year, couldn’t run in the past two preseason games.

Fullbacks (1): Marcel Reece (cut: Jamize Olawale).

Reece is a Raiders’ favorite. This offense doesn’t use the fullback much. So, there is no need to keep two.

Wide receivers (6): Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree, Rod Streater, Andre Holmes, Brice Butler, Seth Roberts. (cut: Kris Durham, Devon Wylie).

This is the deepest Raiders’ group of receivers in more than a decade.

Tight ends (3): Clive Walford, Mychal Rivera, Lee Smith (cut: Brian Leonhardt, Gabe Holmes).

The Raiders are just waiting for Walford, a third-round pick, to get healthy so this can be a complete group. He’s been out all but two practices of camp with a hamstring injury.

Tackles (3): Donald Penn, Austin Howard, Anthony Morris (cut: Matt McCants, Dan Kistler,).

The Raiders need to scour the waiver wire for a backup. Morris, a seventh-round pick, isn’t ready. McCants was awful Thursday night in Seattle.

Guards (4): Gabe Jackson, J'Marcus Webb, Khalif Barnes, Jon Feliciano (cut: Mitch Bell).

The Raiders have to keep Feliciano, a fourth-round pick, but he isn’t ready to help yet.

Centers (1): Rodney Hudson (cut: Tony Bergstrom).

Keeping Bergstrom would hurt at another position.

Defensive tackles (4): Dan Williams, Justin Ellis, Ricky Lumpkin, Stacy McGee (cut: CJ Wilson, Leon Orr).

Wilson and Orr are good players, but this spot is deep. Orr is a practice squad candidate.

Defensive ends (6): Khalil Mack, Mario Edwards Jr., Justin Tuck, Benson Mayowa, Denico Autry, Shelby Harris, (cut: Max Valles, Gary Wilkins).

Keeping six defensive end is a lot, yes. But who goes? Cutting Valles, a sixth-round pick, is risky because of his potential, but this a crowded area. He’d be a practice squader if he clears waivers and I’m not sure he does.

Outside linebackers (5): Malcolm Smith, Ray-Ray Armstrong, Neiron Ball, Sio Moore, Lorenzo Alexander, (cut: Josh Shirley, Spencer Hadley).

The Raiders are mad at Moore. But I can’t see a talent like this being cut. I wouldn’t be surprised if Oakland tries to trade him in the next day.

Middle linebackers (2): Curtis Lofton, Ben Heeney.

The Raiders love Heeney’s potential.

Cornerbacks (5): TJ Carrie, Keith McGill, DJ Hayden, SaQwan Edwards, Neiko Thorpe, (cut: Chimdi Chekwa, Dexter McDonald).

This is not a good group. Oakland has to improve here.

Safeties (4): Charles Woodson, Nate Allen, , Taylor Mays, Larry Asantes (cut: Brandian Ross, Tevin McDonald).

There’s not much depth here, either.

Specialists (3): Sebastian Janikowski, Marquette King, Jon Condo (cut: Giorgio Tavecchio).

This is a nice solid group of specialists.