With all the “WWW’s” out there, I might as well create one of my own. I’ll call it the “Waiver Wire Wonderland.” What is it you ask, simple, it’s the time period between the first roster cut-down (90 players to 75 players by August 27th at 4:o0 PM EST) and the second roster cut-down (75 players to 53 players by August 31 at 6:00 PM EST). It’s only a matter of 4 days, but in truth it may last as long as 7-8 days for some teams (Dependent on their 3rd Pre-Season game). The Oakland Raiders have 7 days from the time they finish their 3rd Pre-Season game to get to the 53-man roster. Within that 7 days, you may see a ton of moves for the Raiders.
Look, it’s no secret that we need to improve our offensive line after losing perhaps the best position player on the team, T-Jared Veldheer. I do not believe that the Raiders can just ignore the fact that the line has under-performed during the pre-season, and they will be looking to the waiver wire to adjust certain positions. First and foremost, they will need to improve at Left Tackle. Sorry Alex Barron, but you’re not going to cut it.
Next, the addition of a defensive tackle is on the horizon. Quite possibly, and dependent upon who is available, we will see the Raiders pick up an additional defensive end who can “Pass Rush!” Let’s face it, these are the areas in which the team has needs. Unfortunately, this will mean that a prospective rookie or hard-working veteran will lose their job and roster position. It is one of the craziest times in the NFL, but sometimes it can make for some very exciting additions. Keep an eye on the waiver wire, the Raiders are in the third position behind the Kansas City Chiefs and Jacksonville Jaguars. Waiver Wire Wonderland is almost in full swing, and Just Blog Baby will be covering every move.