Oakland Raiders vs Seattle Seahawks: 5 Players You Think Are Safe Who May Lose Their Jobs
Elias Trejo – Aug 30, 2012
The Oakland Raiders play the Seattle Seahawks for their fourth and final preseason game. There will be many players today playing for their jobs as the roster gets trimmed down to 53 players on Friday. There are going to be some tough decisions for the coaches and some fans will not be happy by all of the cuts, but this team is keeping the best 53 players regardless of position. Here are five layers that I feel aren't as safe as you think they are.
RB Mike Goodson:
Goodson was acquired via a trade earlier this offseason. Reggie McKenzie was excited to add him to the team as a potential back up for Darren McFadden. Three games into the preseason Goodson hasn't looked very good. In two games of action he's had 13 carries for 23 yards. He's fumbled the ball twice, his longest run has only been for seven yards and he's averaging 1.7 yards per carry. Those aren't the stats of a running back that usually makes the roster for any team.
He's currently behind Taiwan Jones on the depth chart and fourth string running back Lonyae Miller has out-performed him in the preseason thus far. I wouldn't be surprised if Goodson is a late cut this year.
LB Aaron Curry:
Curry is one of my favorite players on the team and I was very excited when Oakland added him to the roster last year. He hasn't played all preseason due to sore knees and nobody really knows when, or even if, he'll be back. The severity of the injury came as a surprise to many and it's possible he gets put on the PUP,(physically unable to perform) list on August 31st. That would mean that he couldn't join the team until after week six.
The real concern is the seriousness of the injury. There are many teams reaching injury settlements with players before the season and that could be a possibility with Curry. He can be a major part of the defense if he is healthy, but right now he isn't. Rookie Miles Burris has looked impressive filling in for the veteran this preseason. Oakland will also be using the nickel package more often this year, which means Rolando McClain and Phillip Wheeler will be used more often with an extra defensive back so the need for a third linebacker isn't as pressing.
CB DeMarcus Van Dyke:
Van Dyke is a young and fast player that was having a strong camp. Everything sounded as if he had improved from last year and it even appeared that he would compete for a starting job. The first two games of the preseason he stuggled in coverage and his play did not convert from the practice field to the game. Oakland recently claimed a cornerback from the waiver wire as head coach Dennis Allen is a little concerned about the depth at cornerback.
If DVD does not perform well against the Seahawks he could be in danger of losing his job, especially if other quality players come available after this Friday's final cuts. He'll be given a chance to return kicks agaisnt the Seahawks, which could mean Oakland is trying to find value for him at other positions.
TE Richard Gordon/David Ausberry:
Gordon could very well be a lock for the roster, but Oakland is looking to solidify the tight end position. Brandon Myers appears to be the favorite to start as he is the best all around tight end right now and Davis Ausberry is a young player learning the position like Gordon. Gordon is a better blocking tight end than Ausberry, but Ausberry could have more upside.
With a veteran like Chris Cooley available, Gordon or Ausberry could be in danger of losing their jobs. A good performance by both of these players could save their jobs.
DT Jamie Cumbie:
Cumbie had a strong game against the Detriot Lions as he recorded two tackles, batted four balls and pressured the quarterback a few times. Many in the Raider Nation feel he is going to make the roster because of the strong showing he had against Detriot. The reality is he played against Kellen Moore, who is 6' and has had many of his passes deflected.
Oakland also has Richard Seymour, Tommy Kelly, Desmond Bryant and rookie Christo Bilukidi as the defensive tackles. Lamarr Houston also has been lining up as a defensive tackle in the Nickel packages when Dave Tollefson lines up as the defensive end. There just may not be room on the roster for Cumbie and he may be a practice squad player if he isn't signed by another team.
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