The Raiders have dropped down to 75 players on Tuesday by making eight moves, including the expected shift of cornerback D.J. Hayden to the regular season PUP list.
Hayden will be out for at least the first six weeks of the regular season as a result. The players cut on Tuesday probably won’t be there to welcome him back on the field.
Quarterback Trent Edwards and wide receiver Juron Criner were among the most notable of that group. Edwards, a one-time third-round pick of the Bills, couldn’t make headway on a depth chart that includes Matt Schaub, Derek Carr and Matt McGloin while Criner, a 2012 fifth-round pick, was stuck behind several receivers after ending last season on injured reserve.
Safety Larry Asante, running back Kory Sheets and wide receiver Greg Jenkins were all waived-injured while guard Lucas Nix was given the failed physical designation. The team also placed tight end Nick Kasa on season-ending injured reserve to round out their first roster cutdown of the week.