Although the Raiders still have one game left in their preseason, the 53-man roster looks to take shape. While many spots look safe, others could remain a complete surprise.
Derek Carr: If you did not know this one, maybe time to read up.
EJ Manuel: Regardless of a poor preseason, he still sits second.
Connor Cook: Forces poor thrown ball into receivers.
Marshawn Lynch: In reality, Lynch, in this offense could rush for 800 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Doug Martin: On a prove-it deal, Martin gives Lynch much-needed rest.
Chris Warren: Whether you believe in preseason production or not, Warren flashed bellcow potential.
Jalen Richard: Despite a fumble-filled 2017, Richard’s versatility earned him a coved roster spot.
Keith Smith: Similar to Gruden fullbacks of the past, Smith clears the way and will see targets in the passing game.
Amari Cooper: Cooper enters 2018 and the go-to receiver. With this is mind, expect bunches of targets.
Jordy Nelson: As Cooper hopefully grabs the lead spot, Nelson comfortably slide into the number two.
Martavis Bryant: Gruden’s affinity for taller receivers continues. As a result, the speedy Bryant gets to create mismatches downfield.
Ryan Switzer: In contrast to the taller wideouts, Switzer brings shiftiness to the slot and underneath routes.
Dwayne Harris: When Rich Bisaccia joined the staff, he vouched for Harris return and coverage abilities. Harris may not figure on offense. However, his special teams skills nets him a roster spot/
Marcell Ateman: Granted, other receivers have an experience edge over Ateman. Yet, with his frame and red zone potential, the Raiders cannot slide him on the practice squad.
Jared Cook: When Gruden began dismantling the 2017 Raiders, Cook’s name never surface. Consequently, Cook will lineup as a starter. In addition, his speed and seam skills remain essential.
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Lee Smith: Nothing pleasant. Smith brings a brutal blocking style to the field. On the other hand, Smith can find the soft spot and grab positive yardage.
Derek Carrier: Wherever Carrier lines up; he can either punish defenders or slip to the seam for a nice gain.
Donald Penn: Now playing right tackle, Penn must learn a new position and face dominant division rushers like Miller and Bosa.
Kolton Miller: While Miller shows progress, the Raiders need their first round pick to accelerate the process.
Kelechi Osemele: In the foreground of the offensive line sits Osemele. His strength, tenacity, and drive powers the line.
Rodney Hudson: For all of the strength of the guards, Hudson’s technical expertise allows for a clean interior pocket.
Gabe Jackson: Although some debate his run blocking from the right guard spot, Jackson continues to maul defenders.
Jordan Simmons: Beyond the starting lineup, Simmons won over coaches with strong practices and in-game play.
David Sharpe: Sharpe’s preseason play impressed Tom Cable.
Brandon Parker: Gruden and McKenzie saw something in Parker to draft him. As a result, he will enjoy a long look.
Jon Feliciano: He continues to provide the Raiders with phone booth toughness.