Oakland Raiders Sign Tavecchio; Place Janikowski On IR

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Oakland Raiders have signed K Giorgio Tavecchio to the active roster and placed K Sebastian Janikowski on the Reserve/Injured List, the club announced Saturday.

Tavecchio has spent time with the Raiders in the each of the last four preseasons, and has connected on a combined 9-of-11 field goal attempts in preseason action for the Silver and Black from 2014-17.

The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder had stints in training camp with the San Francisco 49ers (2012), Green Bay Packers (2013) and Lions (2014) prior to joining the Raiders in 2014. Tavecchio played in 46 games for at the University of California and finished his career with 256 points, ranking fifth on the school’s all-time scoring list and fourth among kickers. He converted 48-of-64 (75 percent) field goal attempts and 112-of-120 (93.3 percent) PATs during his three years, ranking third in both all-time made field goals and extra points made.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign Harris, Woodson-Luster

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed S Erik Harris and LB Xavier Woodson-Luster, the club announced Tuesday.

Harris joins the Raiders after spending the 2016 season with the New Orleans Saints, seeing action in four games. Prior to signing with New Orleans, Harris played three seasons (2013-15) for the Canadian Football League’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats, totaling 79 tackles, three interceptions, three sacks and four fumble recoveries in 42 games. Harris was waived by the Saints on Sept. 1, 2017.

Woodson-Luster rejoins the Raiders after being waived by the club on Sept. 2. He originally signed with Raiders as an undrafted free agent out of Arkansas State in May 2017 and spent training camp with the team. Woodson-Luster appeared in 47 games with 37 starts at Arkansas State, finishing his career as the school’s all-time leader with 293 tackles.

In corresponding moves, the Raiders have placed G/T Denver Kirkland and S Obi Melifonwu on the Reserve/Injured List.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Announce Practice Squad Signings

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed the following 10 players to their practice squad, the club announced Monday. C James Stone and DE Max Valles are the only practice squad signees that were not with the Raiders in training camp this year.

 Player                    Pos.    Ht.     Wt.    Exp.   College

Borders, Breon           CB       6-0      189     R          Duke

Brown, Fadol              DE       6-4      282     R          Mississippi

Brown, Pharaoh         TE        6-5      246     R          Oregon

Calhoun, Shilique        LB        6-4      250     2          Michigan State

Hatcher, Keon            WR      6-1      212     R          Arkansas

Hood, Elijah                RB       5-11    230     R          North Carolina

Simmons, Jordan        G         6-3      339     R          USC

Stone, James               C          6-3      290     3          Tennessee

Valles, Max                 DE       6-4      250     1          Virginia

Whitney, Isaac            WR      6-2      204     R          USC

Stone: Originally signed by the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent in May 2014…Spent the 2014 and 2015 seasons with the Falcons…Was waived by Atlanta after 2016 training camp…Signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a reserve/future free agent in January 2017…Waived by Buccaneers on Sept. 2…Career totals include 19 games played with 10 games started.

Valles: Was originally drafted by the Raiders in the sixth round (179th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft…Spent the majority of the 2015 season with the Raiders’ practice squad before being signed to the Bills’ active roster…Was on the Bills’ practice squad for the 2016 season…Waived by Bills on Sept. 2.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Ties Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC 2-2

Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC equalize in stoppage time to earn a 2-2 draw with Sacramento Republic FC.

 James Kiffe, who made his 100th all-competitions appearance for Sacramento Republic FC in the match, and Tyler Blackwood, looked very dangerous on the left wing early and often. Kiffe hooked in numerous crosses for Blackwood in the box, including two corner kicks that made the Switchbacks nervously clear the ball away. Blackwood was rewarded for his strong play with an assist, when he slid a cross into the box in the 37th minute for Agustin Cazarez. The midfielder rifled a one-time left-footer through traffic and past Switchbacks keeper Moise Poutay for the first goal of the match.

 The Switchbacks wasted no time equalizing, scoring in the 38th minute.  Midfielder Masta Kacher received the ball in the middle of the pitch before sending it through to Luke Vercollone who had got in behind the defense. Vercollone’s shot beat Newton knotting the score at 1-1.

 Republic FC would reclaim the lead just before halftime after a goal kick by Poutay went right to Trevin Caesar who quickly attacked the goal. Caesar forced Poutay to come off his line before knocking a back-heel ball back to the center for Matt Wiesenfarth. The forward sent the ball past two defenders and into the open net putting Republic FC ahead 2-1 going into the half.  The goal was Wiesenfarth’s first as a professional.

 Blackwood continued to be a menace in the second half, causing problems for the right side of the Switchbacks defense. He nearly bagged a goal in the 58th minute on a cross from Caesar. Blackwood sent a powerful header towards the near post as it went just wide and out of play. Cazarez had a strong second half as well as he nearly scored again the 68th minute. From 30 yards out, Cazarez sent a left-footed shot screaming towards the far post that whistled just wide.

 The Switchbacks would find their second equalizer of the match in stoppage time of the second half. Kacher hooked a corner kick into the box at the far post where Pascal Eboussi leapt to redirect the header back on goal. The shot took a deflection and went up and over Newton and into the back of the net to tie the score at 2-2. The match would end soon after in a draw.

 “I expect better,” said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “We controlled the game for long spells, but we didn’t put the ball in the net with the chances we had. We absolutely deserved to win the game in terms of chances.”

 Republic FC will travel south to take on Rio Grande Valley FC Toros on Saturday, Sept. 9. Kickoff is 5:30 p.m. at H-E-B Park.  The match will be streamed live at SacRepublicFC.com/matchday-guide.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations 

Oakland Raiders Announce Transactions

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have made the following roster moves, the club announced Saturday. The transactions bring the Raiders to the NFL-mandated 53-player limit on their active roster.

WAIVED THE FOLLOWING PLAYERS:

Player                              Pos.    Ht.     Wt.    Exp.   College

Are, Kareem                            OL       6-6      325     R          Florida State

Atkinson III, George               RB       6-1      220     2          Notre Dame

Borders, Breon                       CB       6-0      189     R          Duke

Boyette, Paul                          DT       6-1      310     R          Texas

Brent, K.J.                               WR      6-3      200     1          Wake Forest

Briggs, Chauncey                    T          6-6      301     R          SMU

Brown, Fadol                          DE       6-4      282     R          Mississippi

Brown, Pharaoh                     TE        6-5      246     R          Oregon

Calhoun, Shilique                    LB        6-4      250     2          Michigan State

Cioffi, Anthony                       S          6-0      205     R          Rutgers

Crockett, John                        RB       6-0      215     2          North Dakota State

Durden, Kenneth                    CB       6-1      280     1          Youngstown State

East, Andrew                          LS        6-2      220     1          Vanderbilt

Enemkpali, IK                          LB/DE 6-1      260     4          Louisiana Tech

Harris, Najee                          LB        6-1      220     R          Wagner

Hatcher, Keon                        WR      6-1      212     R          Arkansas

Holmes, Gabe                         TE        6-5      255     3          Purdue

Hood, Elijah                            RB       5-11    230     R          North Carolina

Humes, Chris                          CB       6-0      201     R          Arkansas State

Jackson, Branden                   DL       6-4      270     1          Texas Tech

Jefferson, Rickey                    S          5-11    208     R          LSU

Johnson, Rufus                        LB/DE 6-5      280     1          Tarleton State

Lewis, LaTroy                         LB        6-3      254     R          Tennessee

McWilson, Marcus                 S          6-0      198     R          Kentucky

O’Malley, Ryan                       TE        6-6      260     2          Pennsylvania

Omoile, Oni                            G         6-2      310     1          Iowa State

Sheldon, Brady                       LB        6-5      230     R          Ferris State

Silberman, Ian                         G         6-5      305     2          Boston College

Simmons, Jordan                    G         6-3      339     R          USC

Tavecchio, Giorgio                 K          5-10    180     1          California

Whitney, Isaac                        WR      6-2      204     R          USC

Woodson-Luster, Xavier        LB        6-1      219     R          Arkansas State

Zamora, Ishmael                     WR      6-3      224     R          Baylor

RELEASED THE FOLLOWING PLAYER:

Player                              Pos.    Ht.     Wt.    Exp.   College

Helfet, Cooper                        TE        6-3      240     3          Duke

WAIVED/INJURED THE FOLLOWING PLAYER:

Player                              Pos.    Ht.     Wt.    Exp.   College

Mickens, Jaydon                     WR      5-10    175     1          Washington

WAIVED/NON-FOOTBALL INJURY THE FOLLOWING PLAYER:

Player                              Pos.    Ht.     Wt.    Exp.   College

Heeney, Ben                           LB        6-0      230     3          Kansas

PLACED THE FOLLOWING PLAYER ON THE RESERVE/INJURED LIST:

Player                              Pos.    Ht.     Wt.    Exp.   College

Jenkins, Jelani                         LB        6-0      240     5          Florida

Press Release Courtesy of the  Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Shawsome: ‘Cats Get Second Straight Walk-off Win

Shaw drives in winning run to defeat first-place El Paso 3-2 in 10 innings

West Sacramento, CA Chris Shaw gave the Sacramento River Cats (63-75) their second straight walk-off win as they downed the El Paso Chihuahuas (71-68) 3-2 in 10 innings Friday night at Raley Field.

Mac Williamson singled to start the 10th inning for Sacramento, his first hit of the night. One batter later, Chris Shaw doubled him home for his 47th RBI of the season and his first walk-off RBI of the year. With the win, the River Cats improved their record to 4-1 at home in extra-inning games. Sacramento has now won five straight games for the first time this season.

Right-hander Jose Flores (2-3, 3.47) will get the start in game two for Sacramento and is slated to face El Paso left-hander Dillon Overton (6-6, 7.09). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats  Media Relations