Oakland Raiders’ Frostee Rucker Wins Craig Long Award

ALAMEDA, Calif. – DE Frostee Rucker was named the recipient of the fifth-annual Oakland Raiders Craig Long Award, the team announced Thursday.

Chosen by a select group of local media and facilitated by the Oakland Raiders’ media relations department, the Craig Long Award is presented annually to the player who best exemplifies professionalism and collaboration with the media at large.

Rucker, who was signed as a free agent by the Raiders in June, has started all 14 games in which he has played for the Silver and Black this season. A 13-year NFL veteran, Rucker has totaled 32 tackles (20 solo) and two passes defensed in his first season in Oakland. Originally drafted by Cincinnati in 2006, Rucker played 12 years with the Bengals, Cleveland Browns and Arizona Cardinals, totaling 142 games played with 73 starts, 21.5 sacks and 265 total tackles. He was named the winner of the Media Good Guy Award by the Arizona chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) in 2017.

Long, who passed away in 2007 at age 36, was a valuable member of the Oakland Raiders’ public relations staff from 1997-2004. An Iowa native, Long fulfilled his childhood dream of working in the front office for his favorite team.

Craig Long Award Winners

2018 – DE Frostee Rucker

2017 – RB Jalen Richard

2016 – T Donald Penn

2015 – S Charles Woodson 

2014 – DL Antonio Smith

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Oakland Raiders Announce Transactions

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed S Dallin Leavitt and TE Paul Butler from the practice squad, the club announced Monday. 

Butler was originally signed by the club as an undrafted free agent after participating on a tryout basis at the team’s rookie mini-camp this past May. A 6-foot-6, 252-pound tight end out of California Pa., Butler appeared in 33 games over four seasons with Vulcans, totaling 32 receptions for 381 yards, adding five scores. A native of Dubois, Pa., Butler has spent the entire 2018 campaign on the club’s practice squad after appearing in all four of the team’s preseason contests.

Leavitt, a 5-10, 203-pound rookie from Utah State, was originally signed as an undrafted free agent in May and has spent the entire season to date on the Raiders’ practice squad. Leavitt played two years at Utah State after beginning his career at BYU. His collegiate totals include 45 games played with 26 starts, 211 tackles (121 solo), seven interceptions, six tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and eight passes defensed. A two-time Academic All-Mountain West Conference selection, Leavitt saw action in all four of the Silver and Black’s preseason contests.

In corresponding moves, the Raiders have placed CB Daryl Worley on the Reserve/Injured List and waived DE Damontre’ Moore.

Moore was signed to the club’s active roster as a free agent ahead of the team’s Week 14 contest. In two appearances with the Raiders, Moore tallied one tackle.

Worley, who joined the Raiders as a free agent in April, has played in 10 games with nine starts this season. His season totals include 33 tackles (30), one interception and seven passes defensed. Worley played his first two seasons with the Carolina Panthers and the third-year pro has recorded four interceptions in 41 career games.

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Three Oakland Raiders Named Pro Bowl Alternates

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Oakland Raiders TE Jared CookC Rodney Hudson and G/T Kelechi Osemelehave been named 2019 Pro Bowl alternates, the NFL announced Tuesday.

Cook has been named an alternate after setting career highs in nearly every major statistical category this season, including receptions (63), receiving yards (848) and touchdowns (six), each of which lead the Silver and Black in 2018. Cook has tallied four 100-yard contests on the season, tied for second-most among all tight ends in the NFL en route to the most receiving yards by a Raiders tight end since 1986. Among many of his highlights was his 180-yard Week 1 performance on Monday Night Football. On his record-setting night, Cook set the franchise’s single-game mark by a tight end, surpassing Todd Christensen’s 173 yards in 1986, as it also tied for the sixth-most single-game receiving yardage by a tight end in NFL history. Additionally, his 15 receptions of at least 20 yards ranks third among his position group both this season and in club history with two games yet to play.

Also named as alternates to the annual All-Star game at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla., on Jan. 27, 2019, were offensive linemen Hudson and Osemele. Hudson and Osemele, both two-time selections from 2016-17, anchor an offensive line that has assisted in many of QB Derek Carr’s achievements this season. Carr set a franchise record in Week 15 when passing Rich Gannon’s mark of 277 consecutive passes without throwing an interception, and currently stands with the longest active streak in the NFL at 299 attempts. The men in the middle have also provided ample time upfront for Carr this season, as he joined Peyton Manning as the only two quarterbacks in NFL history to complete 300 passes in each of their first five seasons. Per Pro Football Focus, Hudson ranks first among all centers in pass-blocking efficiency, and has not allowed a sack in 914 snaps this season. Since Osemele’s arrival in 2016, the club has surrendered just 90 sacks, a total that ranks as the sixth-fewest in the NFL during that span.

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Oakland Raiders Announce Transactions

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed DB Rico Gafford and DT Gabe Wright from the practice squad, the club announced Tuesday. 

Gafford, a 5-foot-10, 184-pound versatile defensive back out of Wyoming, was originally signed by the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent this past May. Gafford appeared in all four preseason contests for the Titans before being signed to the Raiders’ practice squad ahead of Week 1, where he has spent his rookie campaign. Gafford appeared in 27 games and made 23 starts over his two seasons at Wyoming (2016-17), totaling 103 tackles, including 1.5 for loss, six interceptions with one returned for a touchdown, 11 passes defensed and three forced fumbles.

Wright was originally drafted by the Detroit Lions in the fourth round (113th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. Over his three-year career, the 6-foot-3, 309-pound defensive tackle has spent time with the Lions (2015), Cleveland Browns (2016) and most recently the Miami Dolphins in 2017. His career totals include 13 games played with one start, recording 13 tackles (nine solo) and two passes defensed. Wright appeared in three preseasons contests for the Raiders in 2018 and has spent most of the regular season on the club’s practice squad.

In corresponding moves, the Raiders have placed G Gabe Jackson on the Reserve/Injured List and waived LB Emmanuel Lamur.

Jackson, originally a third-round selection (81st overall) by the club in the 2014 NFL Draft, has made 72 starts in 73 appearances over his five-year career. In 2018, Jackson started all 13 contest at right guard for the Silver and Black.

Lamur signed with the team this past offseason as an unrestricted free agent. The seventh-year veteran has appeared in 79 contests over his career, making 19 starts. In his lone season with the Raiders, Lamur appeared in eight contests with four starts and collected 12 tackles (11).

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Oakland Raiders Announce Transactions

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agents G Cameron Hunt and G/T Denver Kirkland, the club announced Tuesday.

Hunt, a 6-foot-4, 265-pound offensive lineman, originally signed with the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent in May of 2017. He spent the 2017 preseason with the Broncos and was later signed to the San Francisco 49ers’ practice squad in November, where he spent the remainder of his rookie campaign. Hunt enters his second stint with the club after spending this past offseason with the team, appearing in all four preseason contests. A native Corona, Calif., Hunt played four years at Oregon. Over his career, he appeared in 52 games for the Ducks and made 43 starts, seeing action at right guard and right tackle.

Kirkland, a 6-foot-4, 335-pound versatile lineman was originally signed by the club as an undrafted free agent in 2016. Over his career, he has appeared in seven contests and made four starts. In 2018, Kirkland has appeared in one contest after being elevated to the team’s active roster from the practice squad in October.

In corresponding moves, the Raiders have waived RB C.J. Anderson and have placed G/C Jon Feliciano on the Reserve/Injured List

Anderson signed with the team as a free agent ahead of the club’s Week 14 matchup. Over his 67-game career, Anderson has made 37 starts and rushed for 3,155 yards on 717 attempts (4.4 avg.) with 20 touchdowns, adding 104 receptions for 883 yards and five additional scores.

Feliciano is a former fourth-round selection by the club in the 2015 NFL Draft. Over his four-year career, he has appeared in 48 games and made eight starts for the club. In 2018, Feliciano appeared in 13 contests and tallied four starts.

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Oakland Raiders Release Reggie McKenzie As General Manager

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have released Reggie McKenzie from his duties as General Manager.   We are grateful for everything Reggie has done for this organization as a player, executive and member of the Raider family.   We wish the best for Reggie, June and the entire McKenzie family.   

The Raiders will immediately begin a search for a new front office executive and will have no further comment until that process is complete. 

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Oakland Raiders Sign CB Bene Benwikere; Place Calhoun On IR

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent CB Bene Benwikere, the club announced Wednesday.

A former fifth-round pick (148th overall) of the Carolina Panthers in the 2014 NFL Draft, Benwikere is now in his fifth season in the NFL, having made stops with the Dallas Cowboys (2017) and Arizona Cardinals (2018) after his first three seasons with the Panthers. Over his five-year career, the Fontana, Calif., native has appeared in 50 games and made 22 starts, recording 153 tackles (115 solo), 1.5 sacks, three interceptions, 25 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.

Last season, the San Jose State alum appeared in 12 games with the Cowboys before signing with the Cardinals this past offseason. In 11 games this season, the 6-foot-, 195-cornerback compiled 49 tackles (37), one interception, four passes defensed and one forced fumble with the club.

In a corresponding move, the Raiders have placed LB Shilique Calhoun on the Reserve/Injured List. Originally a third-round (75th overall) selection by the club in the 2016 NFL Draft, Calhoun has appeared in 26 games over three seasons with the Silver and Black, totaling 23 stops (13) and 0.5 sacks. Calhoun appeared in seven games this season and recorded 12 tackles (six).

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Oakland Raiders Sign RB C.J. Anderson; Place Bryant On IR

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent RB C.J. Anderson, the club announced Wednesday.

A 2014 Pro Bowl selection and Super Bowl 50 champion, the 5-foot-8, 225-pound running back is now in his sixth year in the NFL after playing his first five seasons with the Denver Broncos (2013-17) and making a stop in Carolina this season with the Panthers. Over his 67-game career, Anderson has made 37 starts and rushed for 3,155 yards on 717 attempts (4.4 avg.) with 20 touchdowns. As a receiver, Anderson has hauled in 104 passes for 883 yards and five additional scores. His postseason totals include five games played with two starts, rushing 74 times for 323 yards and two touchdowns, adding 16 receptions for 82 yards.

Anderson, a former undrafted player out of Cal, has exceeded 1,000 yards from scrimmage in two seasons (2014 and 2017), and broke the 1000-yard rushing barrier for the first time in 2017 with the Broncos, as he started in all 16 games and totaled 1,007 yards on 245 touches, adding three scores on the ground and one receiving touchdown. Anderson’s Pro Bowl honor in 2014 features a campaign that holds career highs in rushing touchdowns (eight), receptions (34), receiving yards (324) and receiving touchdowns (two).

In 2018, the Vallejo, Calif., native appeared in nine games for the Panthers, making one start and rushing 24 times for 104 yards, while adding a 24-yard receiving score.

In a corresponding move, the Raiders have placed WR Martavis Bryant on the Reserve/Injured List. In eight appearances this season, Bryant made two starts in his first season with the Silver and Black and recorded 19 receptions for 266 yards before a knee injury kept him inactive the last three contests.

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Oakland Raiders Sign DE Kony Ealy; Place S Reggie Nelson On IR

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent DE Kony Ealy, the club announced Wednesday.

A former second-round pick (60th overall) of the Carolina Panthers in the 2014 NFL Draft, Ealy now enters his second stint this season with the Raiders and fifth year in the league after making stops with the Panthers (2014-16) and New York Jets (2017). At 6-foot-4 and 275 pounds, the defensive end has appeared in 62 games over his career with the two clubs, making 19 starts and compiling 90 tackles (53 solo), 15 sacks, two interceptions, 14 passes defensed, six forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. In postseason action, Ealy has appeared in five contests and made one start, notching 11 stops (five), three sacks, one pass defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

In a corresponding move, the Raiders have placed S Reggie Nelson on the Reserve/Injured List. Nelson signed as a free agent in 2016 and started all 32 games in his first two seasons with the club, appearing in a total of 43 contests. Over his 12-year career, he has appeared in 181 contests and made 164 starts, recorded 830 tackles (605 solo), 6.5 sacks, 38 interceptions with one returned for a touchdown, 93 passes defensed, 10 forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries. His 38 interceptions lead all active players in the NFL.

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Oakland Raiders Sign DE Damontre’ Moore; Waive Brown

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent DE Damontre’ Moore, the club announced Tuesday.

A former third-round pick (81st overall) of the New York Giants in the 2013 NFL Draft, Moore enters his second stint with the Raiders after spending a portion of the 2016 training camp with the Silver and Black. Over his five-year career, Moore has made stops with the Giants (2013-15), Miami Dolphins (2015), Seattle Seahawks (2016) and most recently the Dallas Cowboys (2017). Since entering the league, he has appeared in 52 contests, compiling 62 tackles ( 42 solo), 10 sacks, four passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. 

Last season, the 6-foot-4, 260-pound defensive end out of Texas A&M appeared in three contests for the Cowboys and tallied three stops (two).

In a corresponding move, the Raiders have waived DE Fadol Brown. Brown was signed by the club as an undrafted free agent in 2017, spending his rookie campaign on the team’s practice squad. He appeared in eight contests in 2018, totaling 17 tackles (14) and one pass defensed. 

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