Oakland Raiders: Eight Players Who Seem Headed to the Practice Squad

With the expansion of the offseason rosters to 90 players, there is an even larger group of players vying for a spot on the roster and practice squad.

While only a few Raiders have a shot to make the roster, a few more have the opportunity to make $5,700 per week on the practice squad.

Of the 37 players potentially eligible for the practice squad, six were 2012 draft selections who figure to make the roster. That leaves 31 players competing for eight spots.

There are an additional four players—Alex Parsons, Travis Ivey, Rod Streater and Kaelin Burnett— who have a good chance to make the 53-man roster but would also be excellent candidates for the practice squad if they fall short.

For Parsons to be eligible for the practice squad, the Raiders have to maintain a 53-man roster at all times. He has a good shot to make the roster on his merits because he can back up multiple positions, one of which is center.

Ivey has a good chance to help the Raiders. There is no one with his mass on the roster who can eat up space in the run game. The Raiders passed over several nose-tackle prospects in the draft who  could have been the run-stopper for years to come. It seems like the team likes Ivey, making it likely that he will take over for the released John Henderson as the team's run-stopper.

Streater took snaps with the first team during minicamp. That was no doubt a reward for a good performance during the offseason program. He could falter or be beaten out by another receiver during camp, but he seems to have made a good first impression.

The Raiders are thirsty for pass-rushers and Kaelin Burnett has the raw athletic ability to help the team on third downs. He's also impressed the coaching staff, but will need to continue to produce once the team puts on pads.

One notable player you won't find on this list is punter Marquette King. There are two reasons: Shane Lechler i...

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