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Friday, April 20, 2018

Oakland Raiders keep four quarterbacks and two punters

Oakland RaidersAl Davis may no longer be around, but the Oakland Raiders are still keeping his spirit alive by making some maddening decisions.

Saturday was the deadline for team’s to trim their rosters to 53 players, which means a number of players were cut. The New England Patriots made the tough decision to cut Tim Tebow, and the Green Bay Packers sent Vince Young packing. Both teams decided they were only going to keep two quarterbacks and use the rest of their spots for more important players. The Raiders, on the other hand, found it necessary to keep not one, not two, not three, but four quarterbacks and … two punters.

The Raiders still have punter Marquette King on the roster, and they also have veteran Chris Kluwe, whom they signed in May. Maybe they weren’t ready to declare a winner in the battle, or maybe they’re planning to make a trade.

The team also decided to keep an unreal amount of quarterbacks on their roster, perhaps figuring that quantity over quality is the way to go. They have Matt Flynn and former supplemental draft pick Terrelle Pryor competing for the starting job. Former Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin earned the No. 3 spot on the depth chart. The team also decided to keep former Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson on the roster. Wilson was a fourth-round draft pick, so the Raiders likely were not ready to give up on him.

While the team decided to keep two punters and four quarterbacks, the decision to cut defensive end Andre Carter was a surprising one. Carter is 34 and getting up there, but he was expected to be a leader on the team. So much for that.

Way to go, Oakland. You kept four quarterbacks on your roster when most of them wouldn’t have made a roster on any other team.

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