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Red Raiders in the Pros - Preseason Week 3

Red Raiders make their final cases for making an NFL team, with cuts happening this week

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The first NFL roster cut is today at 4pm (ET), where teams must have no more than 75 players. The final cut to 53 is due at 4pm (ET) on Saturday. We look at a chance of each Red Raider’s shot at making their team (note: there is no such thing as a 100% chance, it’s the NFL and you never know what might happen)

DeAndre Washington - RB (Oakland Raiders)

Washington played with the starting group this past week, hauling in his first professional touchdown. Unfortunately he also lost a fumble that the Titans returned for a score. In 3 games he has 106 yards on 21 carries with long runs of 25 and 31 yards. He has also had 5 receptions for 29 yards, including the 6-yard score this past week. However, the bulk of his receiving yards was in week 1 when he had a 25 yard catch and run. Dre is currently predicted to make the team by ESPN, and I would give him an 85% chance to make the cut of 53.

Michael Crabtree - WR (Oakland Raiders)

Crabtree has started all 3 games this preseason for the Raiders, but in limited action, which is to be expected for a player of his caliber. He has 4 receptions for 83 yards, and is all but guaranteed a roster spot. I give him a 99% chance at making the team.

Branden Jackson - DE (Oakland Raiders)

Branden has seen action in all 3 games this preseason, totaling 5 tackles including a sack in this past weeks game. In the game against Tennessee, he had 3 total tackles in just 13 snaps, 22% of the defensive snaps in the game. Branden is not listed in the projected 53-man depth chart, and will need some help in addition to a big game 4 if he wants to make the team. He did make it past the cut to 75, when Oakland announced their cuts yesterday afternoon. I put his chances at 30%.

Jakeem Grant - WR (Miami Dolphins)

After a breakout game against the Giants in week 1, Jakeem has had limited action since. He wasn’t involved in the Miami loss to Dallas, and had just a 5-yard catch in his only target in their win over Atlanta. He is currently projected to be one of 6 receivers to make the final roster cut. I give Jakeem a 65% chance at making the Dolphins.

Micah Awe - LB (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Micah hasn’t a great preseason, but has impressed the Bucs coaching staff in camp. In 3 games he has 3 tackles, including the hit that injured Eagles QB Carson Wentz, who hasn’t fully practiced since. Micah is currently on the outside looking in for the cut of 53 players, but a great game 4 could make the coaches have a difficult decision. I put Micah’s chance at making the team at 35%

Le’Raven Clark - OL (Indianapolis Colts)

Clark has struggled in limited NFL action so far this preseason. The Colts knew he would have to perform very well to get meaningful snaps this year, but coach Chuck Pagano has said he hasn’t been able to adjust to the speed of the NFL. Hopefully a year of studying NFL film and improving technique will help him out in the long run. He is currently projected to make the cut, but should only see playing time as an emergency backup. I put his chances at making the team at 60%

Pete Robertson - LB (Seattle Seahawks)

Pete has been battling a sprained foot this preseason, limiting him in both playing time and workouts, not what you want to see for a rookie trying to make a team. Pete is not projected to make the team at this point. I put his chances at 25%

Bradley Marquez - WR (Los Angeles Rams)

Marquez has had very limited action this preseason, with just 1 catch for -1 yards. However, just like Jakeem, he is currently projected to be one of the six receivers for the LA Rams, most likely due to his experience last season. On the Rams depth chart, Marquez is listed as the backup to Kenny Britt for the 1st receiver spot. I put his chances at making the Rams at 70%.

Cody Davis - S (Los Angeles Rams)

Cody has started every game this preseason, picking up a couple tackles and an interception against Denver this past week. The Rams depth chart lists Cody as the starting free safety, and he seems to be locked in to make the team with significant playing time this year. I put Cody’s chances at 85%.