Raiders’ 53-man roster prediction, hot and fresh off the grill. Who’s in and who’s out? Find out everything you should know in the detailed analysis of each position group.
The preseason is all wrapped up for the Las Vegas Raiders, and it’s officially time to begin preparation for the 2022 regular season. After playing more preseason contests than any other team (Jaguars aside) and getting more marks in the win column than anyone else, the Raiders are ready to carry their momentum into opening week.
There’s a mountain of questions as the Silver and Black get ready for their week-1 matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers. Can the Raiders win their first game of the regular season after an undefeated preseason? Will Derek Carr and Davante Adams look as magical in a game as they did during camp? Is the Josh McDaniels era going to start smoothly?
These questions will all be answered next weekend, but for now, there’s a bigger task at hand – trimming the active roster to 53 players.
By now, nearly all of the starting unit has been figured out, but that’s not the difficult part. The toughest part is figuring out which part of the team’s depth you feel you must keep, and separating those players from the ones you feel more comfortable parting with.
This isn’t an easy task, to begin with, but when you’re fresh off of an undefeated season due to virtually the entire team pulling their weight, it’s that much harder. The Raiders have loads of depth on their roster, so much so the team was comfortable parting with veterans Demarcus Robinson and Vernon Butler during the initial cutdown to 85 players.
So, who gets in and who doesn’t? That question remains to be answered, but a good portion of it can be pieced together. That’s exactly what’s going to happen here as we piece together the most likely 53-man roster, giving detailed analysis at every step along the way.