Oakland Raiders: 5 Players Living on the Edge of the Cut Line

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Jul 30, 2013; Napa, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders defensive players Tyvon Branch (33) , Jon Condo (59) and Omar Gaither (52) participate in warmup drills at training camp at Napa Valley Marriott. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Raiders are deep at many positions (i.e., tight end, defensive back, linebacker, wide receiver, and defensive line).  After the game tonight, the roster must be trimmed to 53-players.  With the roster sitting at 75-players right now, there will be approximately 22-players being released/waived.  It’s the largest roster reduction during the NFL season.  This is what makes the game so interesting tonight.  There are several players who have been playing really well, and they have a shot at making the roster.  The question is whether or not they continue their strong play or fall to the wayside.  Let’s take a look at 5 players that I think have a legitimate shot at making the team based on the way they perform tonight:

May 28, 2013; Alameda, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders cornerback Chance Casey (37) at organized team activities at the Raiders practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Raiders placed defensive back Joselio Hanson on injured reserve (IR) with a groin injury.  This has opened the door for #37 Chance Casey.  He is competing against Chimdi Chekwa who has struggled over his NFL career.  Who is Chance Casey?  He’s an undrafted free agent rookie out of Baylor University.  At Baylor, Casey was a starter for 4 years, and he has played both defensive back and safety.  He is a versatile player who can fill in just about anywhere in the defensive backfield.  His best chance is to impress Special Teams Coach Bobby April.  That way he can make the team as a gunner.  This kid can tackle, and he is worth watching tonight.

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