The Oakland Raiders roster has a lot of problems and depth, or a lack thereof, is one of the bigger issues facing the team. But that is not the main concern at wide receiver. While many positions on the Raiders will include borderline NFL players, the team may be forced to cut or trade a guy who is clearly an NFL caliber wide receiver.
The team currently has 12 wide receivers on their roster, but many of those are just camp bodies and will not make the team. Of those 12, seven are in serious competition to make the team and at least three others are in competition to be considered for the practice squad.
Josh Cribbs, Juron Criner, Rod Streater, Jacoby Ford, Denarius Moore, Brice Butler (pictured) and Andre Holmes are all competing to make the 53-man roster in 2013. Meanwhile, Travon Sessions, Conner Vernon and Sam McGuffie are likely to be considered for the practice squad.
Last season, the Raiders carried five to six receivers on their active roster most of the year. This year, the Raiders will probably keep six WRs on their 53-man roster, even if they only dress five on Sundays. While there is some depth, the Raiders do not have any receivers other than Streater — a former undrafted free agent — who have distinguished themselves as clear starters, so the team will want options.
That means one of the seven players currently in the hunt for the team is not likely to make the final roster. This could mean that the Raiders could make a trade for a mid or late round pick like they did last season with Louis Murphy, or they will end up cutting one.
If one of the two rookies does not make the 53-man, the Raiders may attempt to put them on the practice squad. However, in order to do that the player will have to clear waivers and both Holmes and Butler could easily get picked up by another team. If it is one of the veterans who does not make the final roster, it is more likely that Reggie McKenzie will try and get some value for the player, even if it’s just a late round pick. It likely will not be clear which guys are going to make the roster until the end of the preseason, which is a good thing.