Maybe they're visionaries. Thinkers so outside the box that we can't even comprehend their brilliance.
Or maybe the Raiders just aren't good.
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On Saturday, they cut their roster down to the league-mandated 53 men and came up with some interesting math. They failed to answer at least two training-camp battles for now, in deciding to keep two punters — Chris Kluwe and Marquette King — and four quarterbacks on the roster.
The roster spots of Matt Flynn and Terrelle Pryor seemed set, as one of them ostensibly must start. But the Raiders appeared to be admitting their own mistake by keeping both fourth-round quarterback Tyler Wilson and undrafted Matt McGloin. Wilson fell to fourth behind McGloin, who looked like he should have been drafted. Wilson did not.
It's just too easy now to pick on the Raiders, who clearly have some more moves to make before they head to Indianapolis for next Sunday's game against the Colts. They likely hope to trade one of the punters, likely the older Kluwe, to a playoff contender. But with a surplus of decent punters out there — headlined by ex-Patriot Zoltan Mesko — that appears quite difficult.
But the bigger statement about four quarterbacks and two punters is that the team currently has six roster spots for two positions that you typically can only feature one of at a time on the field. (Although we'd love to see some two-punter action — some way, somehow.) GM Reggie McKenzie's job is still very much lodged in the throes of serious rebuilding, with terrible depth and not very good top-shelf talent, either.
Brace yourselves, Raiders fans. This might be one trying season. Unless you're a serious punting aficionado.