The NFL’s Final Cup day began on Tuesday, with each team set to whittle down their roster from 80 players to the last 53 for the regular season.
The Las Vegas Raiders were one team in particular that made several high-profile subtractions.
Former first-round offensive tackle Alex Leatherwood was waived, and the team also traded former starting cornerback Trayvon Mullen to the Arizona Cardinals.
Beyond that, there were several veterans who had competed for jobs that didn’t make the final cut.
wide receiver Keelan Cole is among the most prominent names on this list, especially after playing multiple times during pre-season.
He finished as the Raiders’ leading receiver in their final preseason game against the New England Patriots with three catches for 48 yards.
Even with his experience, the Raiders decided to go with younger receivers in Mack Hollins and Tyron Johnson.
To their credit, Hollins and Johnson have also done their part to stand out this preseason, with Hollins making plays both on offense and on special teams.
Also released was cornerback Darius Phillips, another veteran who had started on defense in his career and has special teams experience.
That leaves the Raiders’ cornerback rotation with Anthony Averett, Rock Ya-Sin and Nate Hobbs as the teams’ starters.
As for the rest of the cuts, we’ll go position by position for the full list.
For quarterbacks, rookie Chase Garbers was waived.
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For running backs, four-year-old running back Austin Walter was waived.
For offensive linemen, guards Alex Bars and Jordan Meredith and tackle Bamidele Olaseni were dropped, while center Hroniss Grasu was released.
For wide receivers, Dillon Stoner and Isaiah Zuber were waived.
For tight ends, Cole Fotheringham was waived and Jacob Hollister was put on the reserve/injured list.
For defensive linemen, defensive ends Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa and Zach VanValkenburg were dropped, while defensive tackle Kyle Peko was released.
For linebackers, Curtis Bolton was waived.
For cornerbacks, Isiah Brown and Bryce Cosby were waived.
Finally, for security reasons, Qwynnterrio Cole was suspended and Matthias Farley was released.
With these cuts, the Raiders roster is now set.
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