Jeff Garcia was supposed to be the old, wily vet who was going to come in and show the youngster JaMarcus Russell a few tricks of the trade he’s picked up along the way. Instead, about all Garcia has done is make Russell fell uncomfortable every time he walks into the locker room sporting leather pants.
Garcia sat out almost all of training camp with a calf injury and when he has played in the preseason he’s turned every play into a fire drill. Based on his performances, it seems like he couldn’t even execute a simple handoff to Darren McFadden without running suicide drills along the line of scrimmage. Yes, he has spent his time playing with the second string o-line but so too has Bruce Gradkowski who has outplayed Garcia in the preseason.
Here is my best guess at what the Raiders’ 53-man roster will look like after the final round of cuts is completed.
QB (3): JaMarcus Russell, Bruce Gradkowski, Charlie Frye
Cut: Jeff Garcia – Frye hasn’t been great but he’s athletic and has done about well as you can hope for a guy that only had a few months to learn the system.
RB (5): Darren McFadden, Michael Bush, Justin Fargas, Oren O’Neal, Gary Russell
Cut: Luke Lawton, Marcel Reece, Louis Rankin – Rankin played his way onto an NFL roster in Seattle last night.
WR (6): Darrius Heyward-Bey, Chaz Schilens, Johnnie Lee Higgins, Javon Walker, Louis Murphy, Nick Miller – Mark my words, Mark Wahlberg will play Miller on-screen one day.
Cut: Todd Watkins, Jonathan Holland
TE (3): Zach Miller, Tony Stewart, Brandon Myers – Myers is the biggest surprise of the draft class. Who knew he would be such a threat in the passing game?
Cut: Darrell Strong
OL (9): Mario Henderson, Robert Gallery, Samson Satele, Cooper Carlisle, Cornell Green, Khalif Barnes, Erik Pears, Chris Morris, John Wade
Cut: Mark Wilson, Seth Wand, Paul McQuistan, James Marten
DL (9): Tommy Kelly, Gerard Warren, Greg Ellis, Trevor Scott, Desmond Bryant, Jay Richardson, Matt Shaughnessy, William Jospeh, Ryan Boschetti
Cut: Greyson Gunheim, Terdell Sands – Finally!
LB (6): Kirk Morrison, Thomas Howard, Ricky Brown, Jon Alston, Isaiah Ekejiuba, Slade Norris
Cut: David Nixon, Morlon Greenwood, Chris O’Neill, Sam Williams – See Terdell Sands
DB(9): Nnamdi Asomugha, Chris Johnson, Hiram Eugene, Tyvon Branch, Stanford Routt, John Bowie, Michael Huff, Michael Mitchell, Rashad Baker
Cut: Jerome Boyd, Michael Hawkins, Darrick Brown, Justin Miller – Can’t cover and Nick Miller made him expendable in the return game.
Special Teams (3): Sebastian Janikowski, Shane Lechler, Jon Condo
Cut: Ricky Schmitt – He’ll be on an NFL roster in 2009.
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