3 Raiders That Won't Be on the Roster at the Start of the 2022 Season
The Las Vegas Raiders have done an excellent job at creating a championship-quality roster ahead of the 2022 NFL season. From acquiring Davanta Adams from the Green Bay Packers to signing Chandler Jones to a three-year, $52.5 million deal, the Raiders should be better on both sides of the ball this fall.
Unfortunately, not everybody is going to make the 53-man roster come September. The Raiders must cut off the excess fat to remain competitive in the AFC West, which will lead to some players having their dreams crushed before Week 1 is even here.
Here are three Raiders players that won't be on the roster at the start of the 2022 NFL season.
Raiders Roster Rumors
1. Ameer Abdullah, RB
Ameer Abdullah was one of the Raiders'' depth signings at the beginning of the offseason, but that doesn't mean that his roster spot is guaranteed. In addition to signing him, Las Vegas also inked former New England Patriots RB Brandon Bolden. Abdullah's main quality is that he's a solid pass-catcher, which Bolden does better than him. That was proven by the fact that the 41 receptions and 405 receiving yards that Bolden tallied last year are both more than Abdullah has ever recorded in his career. The former Nebraska product also only carries $152,500 in dead cap if released, leaving him susceptible to an upcoming cut.
2. Jacob Hollister, TE
The Raiders also added some tight end depth this offseason by bringing in Jacob Hollister. The former Wyoming Cowboy has bounced around the league since his career began and that's a trend that could continue. It's hard to see him beating out either Darren Waller or Foster Moreau for more playing time, especially with how well the duo worked last year. Meanwhile, Hollister really hasn't shown anything special since joining the NFL, not even being able to be productive with Tom Brady or Russell Wilson under center. Third-string TEs aren't tough to come by, so it'd hardly be a shock if Hollister is searching for a new team in the near future.
3. Trayvon Mullen, CB
A second-round pick by Las Vegas in 2019, Trayvon Mullen hasn't exactly lived up to expectation. His play so far hasn't been anything spectacular and he's now coming off a season where he missed 12 games due to a foot injury. As decent as Mullen can be on his best days, the Raiders signed CB Anthony Averett to a one-year, $4.5 million contract and traded for Rock Ya-Sin for a reason. Both players are more than capable of giving the 24-year-old a run for his money in training camp, especially depending on how he looks following his injury rehab. Throw in the fact that Las Vegas can save over $2.5 million by cutting Mullen and it's easy to see why he's a potential cut candidate.
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