ALAMEDA -- The Raiders exhibition finale against the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night will be televised live locally on KTVU-Ch. 2. The game starts at 7 p.m. (PDT).

This is the last game before the Raiders are forced to remove 22 players from their 75-man roster. Teams are required to be at a maximum of 53 players by Saturday afternoon.

That makes Thursday's game against the Seahawks all the more important for coach Dennis Allen and his staff. The final exhibition game typically is when players not assured of roster spots play the most and get their best opportunity to make a case for inclusion on the 53-man roster.

The Seahawks game also figures to be an ideal time for young quarterbacks Derek Carr and Matt McGloin to get plenty of playing time.

Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Schaub (8) on the field in the second quarter of their preseason NFL game against the Detroit Lions at O.co Coliseum in
Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Schaub (8) on the field in the second quarter of their preseason NFL game against the Detroit Lions at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group) ( ANDA CHU )

Projected starter Matt Schaub isn't expected to play, according to Allen, because of a sore right elbow. Therefore, Carr and McGloin are the only other quarterbacks on the roster -- Trent Edwards got released Tuesday.

The Raiders regular-season opener is Sept. 7, against the New York Jets. In that game, the Raiders face off against Jets quarterback Geno Smith, who is just as much of a threat to run the ball.

As a result, Allen and defensive coordinator Jason Tarver said, Thursday's game will provide a solid pre-test against whoever the Seahawks use at quarterback.

Russell Wilson, Tarvaris Jackson and former Raider Terrelle Pryor all are adept at running the read-option, which gives them the freedom to keep the ball and take off running.


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