In what is always a crazy day in the NFL schedule, the Las Vegas Raiders got their roster down to 53 men, and there was some shocking events to get there.
The 2020 Las Vegas Raiders roster is set heading into their Week 1 matchup against the Carolina Panthers, as Saturday brought a ton of moves within the organization. Players who were likely going to make the team were cut, while some guys who may have been headed to the practice squad will make the trip to Carolina.
Heading into 2020, the Raiders have loaded up on talent at many positions of need this offseason, and the expectation is that they will put a solid product on the field. The organization has yielded only one playoff team since the 2002 NFL season, but general manager Mike Mayock has done a nice job revamping this roster since taking over two offseasons ago.
With Carolina a little over a week away, and the roster set, it is time to get down to the business of prepping for Week 1.
Raiders get their roster down to 53-men ahead of Week 1
Here is the official 53-man roster, tweeted out from the team’s official Twitter account.
In a shocking turn of events, 2020 third round pick Lynn Bowden Jr., who was supposed to play a “joker” role for the team, was traded prior to the 1pm PT deadline to get the roster down to 53 men. He was traded to the Miami Dolphins with a sixth round pick, and the Raiders got a fourth round pick back from the team for Bowden.
Looking at the 2020 roster, there is reason to believe that this is the best collection of talent the Raiders have had in a long time, and their success is heavily relying on the right arm of quarterback Derek Carr, as well as their revamped defense.
Tomorrow is going to be another big day, as the team finalizes their practice squad, and possibly makes some moves for guys who were let go by other teams. The 2020 season is going to be an exciting one for the Raiders, as they move into their new stadium in their new city, and the success of the franchise rests on the guys who are still able to put on the Silver and Black after Saturday’s cuts.