With a plethora of moves, including trading safety Dewey McDonald to the Seattle Seahawks, General Manager Reggie McKenzie officially reduced the Oakland Raiders roster to 53 players before Saturday afternoon's league-mandated deadline.
As the team progresses through the regular season, the roster – in particular the bottom portion of it – will remain fluid, but let's take a quick look at how the initial 53-man roster was put together.
Just to clarify, fullback Marcel Reece and linebacker Aldon Smith are currently on the Reserve/Suspended by Commissioner list and do not count towards the team's 53-man limit.
NFL Draft (25)
|Guard||Vadal Alexander||2016||Linebacker||Cory James||2016|
|Linebacker||Shilique Calhoun||2016||Kicker||Sebastian Janikowski||2000|
|Quarterback||Derek Carr||2014||Running back||Taiwan Jones||2011|
|Cornerback||TJ Carrie||2014||Safety||Karl Joseph||2016|
|Quarterback||Connor Cook||2016||Defensive end||Khalil Mack||2014|
|Wide receiver||Amari Cooper||2015||Cornerback||Dexter McDonald||2015|
|Defensive tackle||Justin Ellis||2014||Defensive tackle||Stacy McGee||2013|
|Offensive lineman||Jon Feliciano||2015||Running back||Latavius Murray||2013|
|Cornerback||DJ Hayden||2013||Tight end||Mychal Rivera||2013|
|Linebacker||Ben Heeney||2015||Tight end||Clive Walford||2015|
|Guard||Gabe Jackson||2014||Defensive end||Jihad Ward||2016|
|Safety||Keith McGill||2014||Running back||DeAndré Washington||2016|
As it stands now, the Raiders have drafted 26 players who made the 53-man roster.
Drafted in the first round of the 2000 NLF Draft, Kicker Sebastian Janikowski is the longest-tenured Raider in the group, and guard Vadal Alexander is the most-recent selection by General Manager Reggie McKenzie.
Along with Alexander, the other six members of the Raiders 2016 draft class also earned their way onto the roster.
UPDATE: The Raiders placed defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. on the Reserve/Injured list Monday afternoon.
Free Agency (17)
|Safety||Nate Allen||2016||Fullback||Jamize Olawale||2012|
|Long snapper||Jon Condo||2006||Offensive lineman||Kelechi Osemele||2016|
|Wide receiver||Michael Crabtree||2015||Tackle||Donald Penn||2014|
|Tackle||Austin Howard||2014||Tight End||Lee Smith||2015|
|Center||Rodney Hudson||2015||Linebacker||Malcolm Smith||2015|
|Linebacker||Bruce Irvin||2016||Cornerback||Sean Smith||2016|
|Offensive lineman||Matt McCants||2013||Safety||Brynden Trawick||2016|
|Safety||Reggie Nelson||2016||Defensive tackle||Dan Williams||2015|
As ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan likes to say, good teams build through the Draft and supplement through free agency.
Well, the Raiders think that they have a good team heading into 2016, and that is the very formula they've followed over the past several seasons.
McKenzie and his staff have undoubtedly drafted well as of late – look no further than quarterback Derek Carr, wide receiver Amari Cooper, and defensive end Khalil Mack – but combined with those quality picks, they've been able to bolster the rest of the roster through free agency.
This offseason, McKenzie signed a trio of quality players in the early stages of free agency; linebacker Bruce Irvin, guard Kelechi Osemele, and cornerback Sean Smith.
Claimed Via Waivers (2)
|Wide receiver||Andre Holmes||2013|
Amerson and Holmes are the only players the Raiders claimed via waivers to initially make the roster.
Amerson is entering his second season in Silver and Black, and Holmes is entering his fourth.
Both players have been solid additions to the team, as Amerson turned into the team's best cover cornerback last season, and Holmes has been a solid contributor on both offense and special teams.
|Defensive lineman||Denico Autry||2014||Defensive tackle||Darius Latham||2016|
|Cornerback||Antonio Hamilton||2016||Quarterback||Matt McGloin||2013|
|Wide receiver||Johnny Holton||2016||Running back||Jalen Richard||2016|
|Punter||Marquette King||2012||Wide receiver||Seth Roberts||2014|
ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter had an interesting tweet Monday morning, stating that there are more undrafted free agents on NFL rosters today, than first and second-round picks combined.
While the Raiders don't exactly fall into that category, they come close, as the team has nine first and second-round picks combined on the initial roster, as well as eight undrafted free agents.
Four rookie undrafted free agents made the team out of training camp, cornerback Antonio Hamilton, wide receiver Johnny Holton, defensive tackle Darius Latham, and running back Jalen Richard.