ALAMEDA -- There were no major surprises as the Raiders trimmed 22 players from the roster Saturday to reach the 53-man limit.

The only minor drama was the release of wide receiver Greg Little, a former second-round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns who was picked up on a waiver claim and was a standout in the early days of training camp in Napa.

Little, however, had trouble holding on to the ball and was outperformed in recent weeks by holdovers Denarius Moore and Brice Butler.

The roster could have additional changes in the coming days leading up to the season opener Sept. 7 against the New York Jets as general manager Reggie McKenzie considers players waived by other teams.

Neither McKenzie nor coach Dennis Allen was available for comment.

The only players released who had consistent playing time for the Raiders last season were safety Brandian Ross, a 15-game starter at strong safety after Tyvon Branch was injured, and running back Jeremy Stewart, whose role was primarily as a special-teams player.

Other players who were let go included running back George Atkinson III, defensive end Denico Autry, cornerback Chance Casey, tackle Jack Cornell, defensive end Jack Crawford, linebacker Carlos Fields, linebacker Bojay Filimoeatu, linebacker Spencer Hadley, tackle Dan Kistler, tackle Erle Ladson, defensive tackle Ricky Lumpkin, guard Lamar Mady, tight end Jake Murphy, wide receiver Seth Roberts, defensive end Ryan Robinson, offensive tackle Jarrod Shaw, tight end Scott Simonson, place-kicker Giorgio Tavecchio and fullback Karl Williams.


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The Raiders wound up keeping their entire eight-man draft class -- linebacker Khalil Mack, quarterback Derek Carr, guard Gabe Jackson, defensive tackle Justin Ellis, cornerback Keith McGill, cornerback TJ Carrie, defensive end Shelby Harris and safety Jonathan Dowling.

All 11 undrafted free agents were let go, although some probably will be back in the building when the Raiders assemble a 10-man practice squad Sunday.

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SEPT. 7 OPENER
Raiders at N.Y. Jets,
10 a.m. CBS

RAIDERS' FINAL 53
QB: Matt Schaub, Derek Carr, Matt McGloin
RB: Darren McFadden, Maurice Jones-Drew, Latavius Murray
FB: Marcel Reece, Jamize Olawale
TE: Mychal Rivera, David Ausberry, Brian Leonhardt
WR: Brice Butler, Denarius Moore, Andre Holmes,
Rod Streater, James Jones
OL: Stefen Wisniewski, Gabe Jackson, Kevin Boothe, Khalif Barnes, Menelik Watson, Donald Penn, Austin Howard, Matt McCants, Tony Bergstrom
DL: LaMarr Woodley, Shelby Harris, Justin Ellis, Pat Sims, Justin Tuck, Stacy McGee, Antonio Smith, C.J. Wilson
LB: Khalil Mack, Nick Roach, Sio Moore, Miles Burris, Kaelin Burnett, Kaluka Maiava
CB: Tarell Brown, Carlos Rogers, Chimdi Chekwa, TJ Carrie, Keith McGill, Taiwan Jones, Neiko Thorpe
S: Charles Woodson, Tyvon Branch, Jonathan Dowling, Usama Young
K: Sebastian Janikowski. P: Marquette King.
LS: Jon Condo.