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.
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.
Reece is a Raiders’ favorite. This offense doesn’t use the fullback much. So, there is no need to keep two.
This is the deepest Raiders’ group of receivers in more than a decade.
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.
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.
The Raiders have to keep Feliciano, a fourth-round pick, but he isn’t ready to help yet.
Keeping Bergstrom would hurt at another position.
Wilson and Orr are good players, but this spot is deep. Orr is a practice squad candidate.
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.
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.
The Raiders love Heeney’s potential.
This is not a good group. Oakland has to improve here.
There’s not much depth here, either.
This is a nice solid group of specialists.