The Oakland Raiders must cut their roster to 53 by 4 p.m. ET on Saturday. Here's a final 53-man roster.
Carr is locked in for the season opener, so long as he controls his emotions early in games. Manuel and Cook, though, left much to be desired in the preseason with inaccuracy issues. Colin Kaepernick, anyone? I kid ... kinda.
Seventh-round pick Elijah Hood seems destined to be on the practice squad after being on this list before training camp. So much of Oakland's offense rides on what Lynch brings, with Washington and Richard being the quintessential change-of-pace backs.
FULLBACK (1): Jamize Olawale
A blend of power and speed, Olawale tweaked a leg in the third preseason game at Dallas, so keep an eye on this spot. Because if Olawale is out for an extended time, perhaps John Crockett finds a roster spot.
With an asterisk, though. If Smith, who's coming back from a broken ankle and was dinged up in the preseason, is not fully back, Gabe Holmes, a favorite of the front office, might be able to grab a roster spot.
Keep an asterisk handy because Kirkland, who suffered a leg injury in the preseason opener at Arizona, could be sent to injured reserve after the initial 53-man roster is announced, leaving a spot for seventh-round rookie Jylan Ware. Plus, Ian Silberman had an impressive camp. Might the Raiders go with 10 O-linemen?
No changes here from my pre-camp projection, though with Latham not flashing much in the preseason, might he be in peril should the Raiders only go with seven D-linemen due to needing a roster spot elsewhere?
The Raiders need help at middle linebacker -- Perry Riley Jr., anyone? -- with Lee, a fifth-round draft pick, and Adams the lone pure MLBs on the roster. Morrow, meanwhile, is the feel-good story so far, as the undrafted Division III rookie has stepped up big in preseason games. Ben Heeney, who started at middle linebacker last season, is still on the non-football injury list and, yes, Aldon Smith is still suspended but under contract.
The Raiders need some help in the secondary, so let's bulk up on depth with six corners. Conley, the team’s first-round draft pick, missed all of training camp with a shin injury and just started practicing this week. Amerson suffered a concussion in the third preseason game and Smith faces assault and battery charges. Undrafted free agent Breon Borders was an early-camp standout but faded late.
A change here in that I needed an extra roster space for a cornerback. Keith McGill is the odd DB out, as he has been sidelined since the second week of training camp with a foot injury. Melifonwu, though, is having a hard time staying healthy enough to get on the field himself. Keep an eye on Anthony Cioffi, just in case.
The team's all-time leading scorer, its most entertaining follow on social media and a former Pro Bowler. No more questions.