2011 Oakland Raiders Season Thread
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09-03-2011, 02:32 AM
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Here is my 53 man roster prediction...
QB Jason Campbell
I am still not 100% sure on who the #2 is, but whoever the #3 is better be ready to be cut once Pryor is allowed to come back
RB Darren McFadden
No surprises here, I expect to see these 3 to get a lot of touches throughout the season
FB Marcel Reece
Reece is going to be a valueable weapon for us, and Cartwright is a leader in the lockeroom and contributes on special teams
WR Darrius Heyward-Bey
With all the injuries we have, expect us to keep 6 guys and eventually cut one once the season progresses. My guy who will be is Schilens, since he is made out of glass and likely will be hurt at somepoint during the year. I thought Hagen looked great during the preseason and could be a possession WR for us. Also don't call me crazy, but I think DHB is going to be our breakout player on offense....
TE Kevin Boss
I think Gorden can be an assest right away as a run blocker, and Ausberry will likely be added to the practice squad. Boss and Myers offers Campbell a good underneath option if our WR's aren't open downfield.
LT Jared Veldheer
Veldheer looked good in the preseason and looks to be a legit LT. I liked what I saw from Heyer in the preseason, and he could potentially replace Barnes at RT
LG Stephen Wisniewski
We might see Wiz slide to C by seasons end, but all signs point to him getting the nod at LG. Loper hasn't shown much so far and I could maybe see Heyer sliding inside to LG if Wiz moves to C
C Samson Satele
Obvious selection here with Wiz at LG. Satele did look decent during the preseason
RG Cooper Carlisle
I thought Carlisle looked really solid during the preseason, but with Campbell lurking it feels like it is only a matter of time before he hits the field.
RT Khalif Barnes
Our weak spot on the oline is here at RT. Barnes is a good backup, but I just think he will be a penatly type RT similar to what Cornell Green was. Barksdale is our future RT, and I hope he can be ready to step in at RT some point this year.
LDE Lamarr Houston
No surprises on the dline. It was good to see Scott be able to be on the field after his ACL tear last year
LDT Richard Seymour
Once again no surprises. I thought Bryant looked nice during the preseason
RDT Tommy Kelly
As previously stated, no surprises along the dline. We will see if Henderson has anything left in the tank this year. I have the feeling we might look at DT in the 1st round after this year if he doesn't
RDE Matt Shaughnessy
Hey who would of knew, no surprises again. Shaughnessy is my breakout player on defense, I see him as a pro bowl candidate this year. Moss will be a productice back up as well
SLB Kamerion Wimbley
Wimbley is a lock, and Williams still has his Al Davis scholarship as a special teams contributor.
ILB Rolando McClain
I could see Blackstock being our WLB, depending on what we decide to do when the cuts happen. I personally hope we add a F/A WLB more than a ILB
WLB Quinton Groves
I really don't like Groves as a starter and think he will be our biggest weak point on defense. Hopefully we can add an upgrade over the weekend.
CB Stanford Routt
DeMarcus Van Dyke
Routt is a lock as a starter, and despite being beat throughout the preseason I actually did like some of the things I saw from Van Dyke. He was with the WR's on most all the passes completed, he just needs to learn how to play the ball. The McFadden selection was a hard one, it really seems like a toss up between him, Ware and Porter.
SS Tyvon Branch
I guess this is the most surprising cut of them all. Mitchell's injury might be more serious than whats being said, and he might either get cut or go on the IR. It seems like the coaching staff likes what they see from Boyd as well
FS Michael Huff
Chekwa is on the bubble since he hasn't had much time on the field with his injuries. I think the coaching staff see's him as a FS but also could see some spot duty as a nickle or dime CB
CB Chris Johnson
Sheppard most likely will be our nickle CB unless we find a better vet during the weekend. I hope the coaching staff doesnt rely on Van Dyke as our Nickle for the first game
K Sebastian Janokowski
P Shane Lechler
LS Jon Condo
No surprises as expected
If Mitchell is ready to come back, expect Chekwa and McFadden/Ware/Porter to battle it out for that final CB spot. I'd think Chekwa would get the nod since we did just use a 4th on him and he offers versitility as a potential FS
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Last edited by RaiderNation : 09-03-2011 at 02:40 AM.
09-07-2011, 01:29 PM
Join Date: Feb 2007
Originally Posted by RaiderNation
But if I were to give a score prediction for the game, I'd say something like 27-17 with DMC and Bush getting a good amount of carries and Campbell would likely add in a long TD to Ford/DHB/Moore that will put us over the top for the win.
IMO, this game will be won and lost almost entirely based on the performance of your run offense. The thing that killed us last year was big runs to the outside. Our edges and team speed are definitely improved, so I have some hope in that respect. The injuries to our DT's is my main concern - if the Raiders can run inside effectively, it will be a long night for the Broncos.
On the other hand, if Campbell & Co can be put into a situation where they are forced to air it out, I can see some good things happening for us, as our pass rush (from both the player and scheme perspectives) is light years better than it was last year.
Anyway, I'm preparing myself for an ugly game regardless of the outcome. The lack of proper offseason prep time is likely going to have some implications for the product on the field.
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