Oakland Raiders Sign TE Luke Willson

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent TE Luke Willson, the club announced Friday.

Willson joins the Raiders after spending the 2018 season as a member of the Detroit Lions. Prior to his year in Detroit, he spent five seasons with the Seattle Seahawks after originally joining the club as a fifth-round selection (158th overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft. Willson has played in 86 career games with 45 starts, recording 102 receptions for 1,216 yards with 11 touchdowns over his six-year career. In nine career postseason games, he has totaled 13 receptions for 154 yards with one touchdown.

Last season, the 6-foot-5, 254-pound tight end appeared in 14 games with eight starts for the Lions, posting 13 receptions for 87 yards. He recorded a career-high four touchdowns in 2017 with Seattle and set career highs in both receptions (22) and receiving yards (362) in 2014, while adding three touchdowns on the season. As a rookie in 2013, Willson played in all 16 games with seven starts, totaling 20 catches for 272 yards while helping the Seahawks win Super Bowl XLVIII.

A native of LaSalle, Ontario, Can., Willson appeared in 45 games over five seasons (2008-12) at Rice. He completed his collegiate career with 78 catches for 986 yards with nine touchdowns.

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Sacramenot River Cats To Broadcast Games On CW31 In 2019

SLocal CW affiliate will broadcast 12 River Cats games during the 2019 regular season

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento River Cats and CBS13/CW31 have announced that they will collaborate to broadcast 12 games during the 2019 regular season. The games will be available locally in the Sacramento market on CW31, home of Good Day Sacramento.

After a successful season of broadcasts in 2018, including the Exhibition Game between the Sacramento River Cats and San Francisco Giants, the partnership has been renewed for 2019 to include 10 home games and two road games. Broadcast dates for this season include April 6, April 20, May 4, May 11, June 1, July 13, July 27, August 10, August 31, and September 2. CW31 will also broadcast two River Cats road games against the Las Vegas Aviators (Oakland Athletics) in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 22 and June 23.

“The team at CBS13/CW31 were tremendous partners last year,” says Chip Maxson, General Manager of the River Cats. “We’re excited to build on last season and work together to bring even more River Cats baseball to the homes of Sacramentans.”

“We are extremely happy to continue our great partnership with the River Cats as they celebrate their 20th season in Sacramento,” said Justin Draper, Vice President and General Manager, CBS 13 and CW 31. “Last season’s broadcasts were well received and we look forward to airing additional games this year, including two road games.”

Membership plans and special ticket packages are available by calling the River Cats ticket hotline at (916) 371-HITS (4487) or emailing tickets@rivercats.com. A full promotion and giveaway schedule for the 2019 season is now available at rivercats.com.

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Sacramento River Cats’ 2019 Roster Announced

Opening Day roster headlined by returning fan-favorites, exciting newcomers, and top prospects

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento River Cats have announced their Opening Day roster in anticipation of the start of their 20th season in Sacramento. The roster features an exciting mix of returning fan-favorites like Austin Slater, Tyler Beede, Ty Blach and Stephen Vogt, prospects Shaun Anderson and Aramis Garcia, and thrilling newcomers Anthony Garcia, Zach Green, and Mike Gerber, among others.

PitchersCatchersOutfielders
ANDERSON, ShaunFREEMAN, RonnieGARCIA, Anthony
BEEDE, TylerGARCIA, AramisGERBER, Michael
BLACH, TyVOGT, StephenRAMOS, Henry
BLACK, RaySLATER, Austin
COONROD, SamInfieldersYASTRZEMSKI, Mike
JEREZ, WilliamsAVELINO, Abiatal
JOHNSON, ChaseGREEN, Zachary
LAW, DerekJONES, Ryder
OKERT, StevenMICHAEL, Levi
ROGERS, TylerSOLANO, Donovan
SAMPSON, KeyviusVALERA, Breyvic
SUAREZ, Andrew
VENDITTE, Pat

The River Cats open 2019 regular season play on Thursday, April 4 at 7:05 p.m. at Raley Field against the visiting Tacoma Rainiers (Seattle Mariners). The active roster will be reduced to 25 before the first regular season game.

Fans can get their first look at the 2019 River Cats when they play a scrimmage against the Advanced Class-A San Jose Giants on April 1 at Raley Field. First pitch for the scrimmage is set for 6:05 p.m.

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Oakland Raiders Sign LB Brandon Marshall

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent LB Brandon Marshall, the club announced Thursday.

Marshall, originally a fifth-round selection (142nd overall) by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2012 NFL Draft, has spent his last six seasons (2013-18) with the Denver Broncos and now enters his eighth year in the league. Marshall has appeared in 74 career contests and made 63 starts during his first seven seasons, totaling 412 tackles (301 solo), 6.5 sacks, two interceptions, 21 passes defensed, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. In seven playoff appearances including four starts, he has compiled 20 stops (seven), two passes defensed and one forced fumble.

Last season, Marshall appeared in 11 games and made seven starts with the Broncos, totaling 42 stops (22) and one pass defensed. Over his six seasons with the Broncos, Marshall recorded three years with at least 100 tackles, two of which led the club in 2014 and 2017. In 2015, Marshall posted 101 tackles (76), starting in all 16 contests for the Broncos in addition to three postseason starts, en route to a Super Bowl 50 victory in which he contributed with five stops in the championship game.

A native of Las Vegas, Nev., Marshall was a four-year starter from 2008-11 at Nevada. He recorded 259 tackles (145), including 40 for loss, six sacks, three interceptions, three forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries while with the Wolf Pack. As a senior in 2011, he was tabbed with second-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors from Phil Steele Publications after posting 100-plus tackles including 10 for loss.

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Oakland Raiders Sign RB Isaiah Crowell

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent RB Isaiah Crowell, the club announced Thursday.

Crowell joins the Raiders after stints with the New York Jets (2018) and Cleveland Browns (2014-17). Over his five-year career, Crowell enters his first campaign with the Silver and Black having appeared in 77 contests with 51 starts, totaling 3,803 rushing yards on 880 attempts (4.3 avg.) while adding 27 scores on the ground. Additionally, he has hauled in 117 passes for 922 yards (7.9 avg.) and one receiving touchdown.

In his lone season with the Jets, Crowell appeared in 13 contests and made six starts, compiling 685 rushing yards on 143 carries (4.8 avg.) and six rushing touchdowns. Among players with at least 125 carries in 2018, Crowell’s 4.8 average yards per rush ranked 11th in the NFL. He also added 21 receptions for 152 yards.

Originally an undrafted free agent out of Alabama State, the 5-foot-11, 225-pound running back spent his first four seasons with the Browns, appearing in all 64 contests with the club during his time there. In 2016, he started all 16 games for the first time in his career and surpassed 1,000 scrimmage yards for the first time as well. He also set a career high with 952 rushing yards while adding four 100-yard outings in addition to seven scores on the ground. In just four starts as a rookie in 2014, Crowell managed to rush for a career-high eight touchdowns, the second-most among rookie rushers that season.

A native of Columbus, Ga., Crowell finished fifth in Hornets history in points scored (160), while finishing sixth in yards (1,963) after just two seasons (2012-13) with the school. As a senior in 2013, he helped the Hornets to the SWAC’s No. 1 ranked rushing attack, finishing second individually with 1,121 yards of his own while adding 15 touchdowns on the ground. He was named SWAC Newcomer of the Year as a sophomore after posting 842 yards and another 15 scores. Before transferring to Alabama State in 2011, he was named the SEC Freshman of the Year by the Associated Press with the Georgia Bulldogs after leading the team with 850 yards rushing and five touchdowns.

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Oakland Raiders Sign QB Landry Jones

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent QB Landry Jones, the club announced Tuesday.

Originally a fourth-round selection (115th overall) by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2013 NFL Draft, Landry spent his first five years with the Steelers as the club’s backup quarterback. Over his career, Landry has appeared in 18 games and made five starts, completing 108-of-169 pass attempts for 1,310 yards, eight touchdowns and seven interceptions for a passer rating of 86.2.

Last season, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound product out of Oklahoma joined the Jacksonville Jaguars for a short stint with the team before being released in November. He did not appear in game action in 2018.

A native of Artesia, N.M., Landry started in 50-of-52 games during his four years (2009-12) with the Sooners. He set Big 12 Conference records in completions (1,388), passing yards (16,646) and touchdown passes (123), while his career passing yards ranked third in NCAA lore at the time he left Oklahoma. As a senior in 2012, he earned All-Big 12 second-team honors in addition to winning the Sammy Baugh Award in 2010, an award given annually to the nation’s top collegiate passer.

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Oakland Raiders Sign S Curtis Riley

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent S Curtis Riley, the team announced Friday.

Riley, a 6-foot, 203-pound safety, spent his first three seasons (2015-17) with the Tennessee Titans and was most recently with the New York Giants in 2018. Over his first four years, Riley has appeared in 27 contests and made 16 starts, compiling 84 tackles (68 solo), five interceptions including one returned for a score and seven passes defensed.

Last season, Riley set career highs across the board with the Giants, including games played and started (16), tackles (73), interceptions (four) and passes defensed (five). He ranked second on the team in interceptions while placing third in tackles.

A native of Orlando, Fla., the former undrafted free agent out of Fresno State played in 26 games and made 19 starts in two seasons (2013-14) with the Bulldogs, where he totaled 106 tackles, including 10 for loss, one interception, 16 passes defensed, one sack, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Prior to his time with Fresno State, Riley made stops at Mars Hill in 2010 and Fullerton College in 2012.

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Oakland Raiders Sign QB Mike Glennon

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent QB Mike Glennon, the club announced Friday. 

Glennon, now entering his seventh year in the NFL, was originally a third-round selection (73rd overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Entering his first season with the Silver and Black, Glennon comes aboard having previously spent his first four seasons (2013-16) in the league with the Buccaneers, one season with the Chicago Bears in 2017 and most recently with the Arizona Cardinals in 2018. Over his six-year career, Glennon has appeared in 27 games and made 22 starts, completing 482-of-791 pass attempts for 5,107 yards, 35 touchdowns and 20 interceptions for a passer rating of 84.0.

Last season, Glennon appeared in two contests in his lone campaign with the Cardinals. In his Cardinals debut, he completed 10-of-14 passes for 111 yards and one touchdown and finished the season 15 of 21 (71.4 percent) for 174 yards and a passer rating of 112.0.

From 2013-16, the 6-foot-6, 225-pound product out of N.C. State appeared 21 games for the Buccaneers, making 18 starts. As a rookie in 2013, Glennon started in all 13 appearances and was named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team after completing 247-of-416 attempts (59.4 percent) for 2,608 yards, 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions for a passer rating of 83.9. He became  the first rookie in NFL history to throw at least one touchdown in each of his first eight career starts, while setting franchise-rookie marks in touchdown passes and passing yards. Over his next three seasons, Glennon made eight appearances for the club including five starts.

A native of Fairfax County, Va., Glennon spent four seasons (2009-12) with the Wolfpack, playing in 36 contests and making 26 start. His collegiate totals included 646 completions on 1,069 attempts (60.4 percent) for 7,411 yards and 63 touchdowns. As a senior, Glennon’s 330 completions and 4,031 passing yards ranked third-most and fourth-most in ACC history, while his 31 touchdown passes tied for fifth-most.

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Oakland Raiders Sign OL Jordan Devey

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent OL Jordan Devey, the club announced Thursday.

Devey spent the past three seasons as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs after stops with the San Francisco 49ers (2015) and New England Patriots (2013-14). He has played in 40 games with 17 starts during his career and has appeared in one postseason contest.

In 2018, Devey appeared in seven contests with two starts at center before being placed on the Reserve/Injured List for the remainder of the season. The 6-foot-6, 320-pounder totaled 18 games played with four starts during his three years in Kansas City.

A native of American Fork, Utah, Devey spent two years (2011-12) at Memphis after transferring from Snow Junior College in Ephraim, Utah. Devey started in 24 games for Memphis, playing all 1,558 snaps over his two-year career.

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Sacramento River Cats Take On San Jose Giants At Raley Field April 1st, 2019

Inter-level scrimmage expected to feature San Francisco’s top prospects


West Sacramento, Calif. 
– The Sacramento River Cats will host a prospect-packed scrimmage against the San Jose Giants – the Class A – Advanced affiliate of the San Francisco Giants – on Monday, April 1 at Raley Field. Tickets for the game start at just $5 and are available now at rivercats.com.

This pre-season scrimmage is an extension of Spring Training and is likely to feature several of the San Francisco Giants top prospects. Catcher Joey Bart and outfielder Heliot Ramos – the system’s top two prospects according to mlb.com – are expected to take the field for the visiting Giants, while Sacramento fan-favorites Shaun Anderson (No. 4), Chris Shaw (No. 11), Aramis Garcia (No. 22), and Tyler Beede (No. 24) will likely suit up for the River Cats squad.

First pitch on Monday, April 1 at Raley Field is set for 6:05 p.m. Gates for the game will open at 5:00 p.m. for all fans, with parking lots opening at 4:30 p.m.

General admission tickets to this special scrimmage start at just $5. There will also be a $10 ticket option, which includes $10 in food and beverage value for use at any Raley Field store front or portable. Parking will be $5 for the event. Tickets are available now at rivercats.com.

Membership plans and special ticket packages are available by calling the River Cats ticket hotline at (916) 371-HITS (4487) or emailing tickets@rivercats.com. A full promotions and giveaways schedule for the 2019 season is now available at rivercats.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations