Oakland Raiders: Tough roster cuts ahead

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Aug 15, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders players join hands in a huddle before the game against the Detroit Lions at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Tuesday, August 26th, at 4:00 PM EST (1 PM PST), is the NFL deadline for the first round of roster cuts from 90-players down to 75-players.  The Oakland Raiders have already released/cut/waived 8-players as of today’s date.  The 8-players released were:  S- Jeremy Deering, TE- Kyle Auffray, T- Emmett Cleary, LB- Justin Cole, WR- Mike Davis, DT- Torell Troup, WR- Rashaan Vaughn, and CB- Jansen Watson.

Obviously, the first 15-players are a little easier to decide upon then the final 22-players.  That’s due to the fact that the first 15-players are usually the under-performers.  Players who have not shown up in camp or during Preseason.  Players who are not getting as many reps as the others.  For the most part, this first round of cuts makes sense.  Unfortunately, this is also a reality check for fans who were hoping one of their favorites would make the team.  Yet, it is a reality to the business side of the game of football.

The good news is that none of these players were drafted by the Oakland Raiders.  All of these players were either Undrafted Free Agents in 2014 or other teams cast-offs from recent years.  Like I said, the loss/release of these players makes the most sense.  Still, there are seven more players names that must be let go, and I have compiled a list of players that may not be around much longer.  Again, the first few are obvious, but there will be some tough losses as well.  I arranged them in both Offensive and Defensive categories.

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