It’s been a long journey from the bottom, but it’s official: The Oakland Raiders are no longer the laughing stock of the NFL. Over the last couple of years, the Raiders have slowly but surely built a young and talented team. Derek Carr has proven that he’s one of the best quarterbacks in recent draft history, and the roster doesn’t stop there. Latavius Murray surprised NFL fans everywhere when he broke out during week 3 of the 2015 season, and he ended the season averaging a solid 4.0 yards a carry. Of course, there’s Khalil Mack and that defense that he’s recently stated “can be as good as the Broncos”. Of course, with all of these recent additions, there are some players that are facing unemployment come the start of the season.
Roy Helu Jr, RB
Acquired by the Raiders in 2015, the former Washington Redskin has faced performance issues ever since his rookie season. Last year, Helu only averaged averaged 2.3 yards a carry in the nine games that he played. Additionally, Helu is injury prone, and is supposed to have surgery on both of his hips during the offseason. If these weren’t enough to put him on the possible cut list, the current running back situation pretty much seals Helu’s fate. Latavius Murray is playing the best ball of his life, and the Raiders just signed the newly drafted DeAndre Washington to a four year contract. If one cut is for sure this offseason, it’s Roy Helu Jr.
TJ Carrie, DB
The Raider’s defense is full of star players, so every player is going to have to perform their best to stay on the team. Perhaps one the players that has the most to prove is TJ Carrie, a third year player from Ohio. Playing as a cornerback over the last two years, Carrie has totaled two interceptions and 96 tackles. While his numbers have been decent, the overhaul of players added to the Raiders defense is worrisome for TJ. Carrie has recently stated that he would be open to playing safety as well as corner, but having just drafted Karl Joseph and acquiring Reggie Nelson from the Cincinnati Bengals, this doesn’t seem like the best option for Carrie. The competition to stay on the Raider’s defense is intense, and TJ Carrie will have to show well as a Special Teams player just to make the cut.
Matt McGloin, QB
Matt McGloin has a tough reality to face: he’s probably going to get cut before the season starts. Derek Carr’s starting position hasn’t been in danger in a while, so back up QB McGloin’s chance of starting was close to zero. Unfortunately for McGloin, the recent addition of MSU’s Connor Cook means his chances of staying on the team are low as well. Since the start of OTA’s, Jack Del Rio has done nothing but gush about Cook, which doesn’t help McGloin’s case in the slightest. Furthermore, McGloin’s performance in the regular season has been less than stellar. During the ten games that he’s played since being picked up as an UFA 2013, he’s only averaged a QB rating of 76.2; and the fact that he’s thrown the same amount of touchdowns as interceptions (11) doesn’t make things any better for McGloin. Don’t expect to see McGloin’s name on the roster after training camp ends.