The Raiders cut the roster down to his 85-player required Tuesday. Among the cuts was wide receiver DeMarcus Robinson's surprise release.
The six-year veteran, who played his entire career with the Chiefs, was considered a key player during the offseason.
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In particular, Tyrone Johnson and DJ Turner, who were active in camp and preseason, appeared. The Raiders also added All-Pro wide receiver Davante Adams.
The Raiders also clipped defensive his tackle Vernon Butler, defensive his end Jerry Green, offensive his lineman Tyrone Wheatley Jr., cornerback his Nate his Brooks.
Butler signed a contract to compete for time inside the Raiders' defensive line during the offseason.
However, his season never got off the ground as he was placed on the non-football injury list early in training camp & failed to create a strong spot on the team.
The Raiders remain thin within the defensive line, with defensive tackles Bilal Nichols and Jonathan Hankins still on the physically unexecutable list.
The club hopes to have both back by August 8th. 23 Deadline for determining player eligibility for the regular season.
Prior to training camp, he was placed on the PUP list – Hankins, Nichols & cornerback Trayvon Mullen fall into this category – on the reserve/PUP list if not medically cleared
The Raiders want to avoid this scenario in all cases. But they proceed cautiously, as there is still time left before that deadline.
Josh McDaniels, the coach of Raiders said, "If they're ready, they're going to, so we don't want to set that deadline. Also, one day you may feel good and the next day not.
With the cornerback roster crowded, Brooks has skyrocketed, & with next round to narrow the roster down to his 53 in less than 2 weeks, a tough decision remains in the position.
That will be especially true if injured veterans Anthony Averett, Rock Yashin and Mullen return to training.
In the meantime, this is true for a variety of positions, but young players get the chance to make significant repeats in training and preseason games.
“As we said, there is competition everywhere,” says McDaniels. "That's all there is to it. You take your chances and when other people go, they have to make the most of theirs too."