Raiders trim roster to 53-player limit

Adam Archuleta's experiment as a linebacker didn't last too long. The veteran defensive back was among 21 players released by the Raiders on Saturday in moves that get the team down to the 53-player limit.

Archuleta was a safety his entire NFL career but was attempting to make Oakland's roster as a linebacker after signing with the team midway through training camp.

Oakland also cut center Jesse Bone, guard Brandon Rodd, running backs Joe Echemandu, Luke Lawton, Louis Rankin and H-back Marcel Reece, wide receivers Jonathan Holland and Chris McFoy, tight ends Darrell Strong and Chris Wagner, linebacker Shane Simmons, defensive linemen Greyson Gunheim, Derrick Gray and Josh Shaw, defensive backs Darrick Brown, Nate Lyles, Nick Sanchez, Marviel Underwood and Michael Waddell and punter Glenn Pakulak.

The Raiders also placed rookie wide receiver Arman Shields on injured reserve.

None of the moves were surprising.

Rankin, who had the strongest training camp and preseason of any of the players let go by Oakland, was a victim of numbers in the Raiders' crowded backfield, as was Echemandu. Holland, a draft pick of Oakland's last year, never found his stride nor did McFoy.

Gunheim and Shaw appeared to have the best chance of sticking because of the lack of depth at their respective positions but the progress of rookie defensive end Trevor Scott made Gunheim expendable while Terdell Sands moved ahead of Shaw on the depth chart at defensive tackle.


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