With the 53-man roster rounding into shape, the Oakland Raiders needed to fill out their practice squad. Now, that may not seem like an important task. Yet, the likeliness of these players possibly contributing remain high. With two spots still availbe, the Raiders need to find worthy players. With that said, here are the players that comprise the list.
If you’re looking for the answer at tight end, keep looking. With Saubert’s potential call up, you will find tight end depth. Despite a stellar combine, the Raiders will use Saubert as a blocker with some capability as someone that will sneak down the seam.
Rico Gafford- WR
Now, why Ryan Grant holds down a spot and Gafford didn’t mystifies many. In Grant, the Raiders saw an explosive receiver with the ability to beat opposing corners. Provided that Ryan Grant doesn’t keep his spot, Gafford could find his way onto the fifty-three.
Quinton Bell- DE
No other practice squad player boasts the measurables of Bell. With blinding speed and excellent change-of-direction, Bell could excel, under the right scheme. By the same token, the Raiders also need to harness that potential and craft a competent, versatile pass rusher.
Again, why Ryan Grant holds a spot down over many on this list astounds me. Moreover, Ateman actually brings scheme experience and playing time. As a result, that should make him the first wideout that the Raiders look to. On top of that, his frame and ability to position himself, will help him win versus smaller corners.
While others can stake claim to roster spots, Cotton belongs on this squad list. An unpolished guard, the Raiders can develop Cotton’s flexibility during practice. If he can incorporate better bend to match his frane, the Raiders could make the call.
Granted, the Raiders enjoy a wealth of corners. However, Rich Bisaccia loves to mix and match special teamers. The Raiders could bring up the Fordham product to give coverage units some much-needed burst.
Without a doubt, the Raiders lucked out with Rush clearing waivers. During the preseason, he displayed consistent force in the middle, beating blocker with heavy hands. Additionally, the Raiders kept Justin Ellis. However, Rush provides an upgrade. When the first tackle succumbs to injury, Rush will play on Sundays for the Raiders.
Granted, many of these players may never play for the Raiders. Yet, some will contribute this season, Players like Bell and Rush could bolster a weak defensive line.
After Jacobs and Richard, the Raiders lack pop at the running back spot. In Crockett, they could use him as a short-yardage grinder, capable of excelling behind a mammoth offensive line.
During his play at Oklahoma State, Phillips earned the reputation for forcing fumbles. A lights-out hitter, Phillips could find his way into a linebacker group that needs ‘backers with burst.