Oakland Raiders Sign CB D.J. Killings

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent CB D.J. Killings, the club announced Thursday.

Killings joins the Raiders having most recently spent the beginning portion of the offseason with the Indianapolis Colts. In addition to spending a portion of 2018 on the Colts’ practice squad, the 6-foot, 185-pound cornerback also made stops with the Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles during last year’s campaign.

Killings was signed to the Eagles’ practice squad in 2017 after spending training camp with the New England Patriots, where he originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of UCF. He has not appeared in game action since entering the NFL.

While with the Knights, the native of Jacksonville, Fla., played in 34 games over four seasons (2013-16) with the program, compiling 99 tackles, one sack, five interceptions including one returned for a touchdown, 17 passes defensed and one forced fumble.

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Oakland Raiders Sign G Richie Incognito

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent G Richie Incognito, the club announced Tuesday.

Incognito joins the Raiders after previous stints with the St. Louis Rams (2005-09), Miami Dolphins (2010-13) and most recently with the Buffalo Bills (2009, 2015-17). A four-time Pro Bowler (2012, 2015-17), Incognito has appeared and started in 150 contests over his career.

A 6-foot-4, 322-pound guard, Incognito started all 16 games in each of his last three seasons with the Bills, while also making the Pro Bowl in each of those campaigns. He became the first Bills offensive lineman to earn consecutive Pro Bowl nods since Jason Peters in 2007-08.

Originally a third-round selection (81st overall) by the Rams in the 2005 NFL Draft, the Bogota, N.J., native was a three-year starter (2002-04) at Nebraska. He was named first-team All-Big 12 after starting in all 13 games during his last year with the program.

In a corresponding move, the Raiders have released G Chaz Green.

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Sacramento River Cats’ Tyler Beede’s Gem Goes For Naught In 1-0 Loss To Bees

Right-hander throws season-high seven innings, allows just three hits, strikes out eight

West Sacramento, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (22-26) got a tremendous performance from starter Tyler Beede but were unable to get anything going at the plate for a second straight night, dropping the series-finale 1-0 to the Salt Lake Bees (22-25).

Beede continued to flash Major League stuff for the River Cats on Friday night, tossing a season-high seven innings and 104 pitches (71 strikes). He allowed just three hits and a walk while striking out eight. The young right-hander saw his no-hit bid come to end in the fifth when former River Cat Jarrett Parker smoked a ball up the middle past a diving Ryan Howard. Beede falls to 2-2 this season with a fantastic 2.34 ERA.

The lone run Beede would surrender came on a tough luck play in the sixth that allowed Salt Lake’s Matt Thaiss to round the bases for an inside-the-park home run. Thaiss crushed a ball to dead center field where Mike Yastrzemski narrowly missed making a phenomenal catch. Unfortunately, the ball bounced back toward the infield resulting in the decisive run of the game.

Sacramento will hit the road tomorrow for a four-game series with the Albuquerque Isotopes. The River Cats will turn to right-hander Enderson Franco (1-1, 6.94) in game one while Albuquerque will send left-hander Pat Dean (0-3, 10.32) to start the series. First pitch is set for 5:35 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, or on Money 105.5 FM.

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Oakland Raiders Sign TE Erik Swoope

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent TE Erik Swoope, the club announced Wednesday.

Swoope, a 6-foot-4, 255-pound tight end, originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent following the 2014 NFL Draft. He spent his first five seasons (2014-18) with the Indianapolis Colts, including a short stop with the New Orleans Saints in 2018. Over his career, Swoope has appeared in 24 games and made six starts, compiling 23 receptions for 384 yards (16.7 avg.) and four touchdowns.

Last season, Swoope made seven appearances for the Colts with two starts, logging eight receptions for 87 yards and a career-best three touchdowns. In 2016, he appeared in all 16 contests and set career marks in receptions (15) and yards (297), after seeing action in one game in 2015 and spending the 2014 season on the club’s practice squad.

In a corresponding move, the Raiders have released QB Landry Jones.

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Oakland Raiders Announce Additions And Promotions On Player Personnel Staff

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have hired Jim Abrams as director of college scouting, Dwayne Joseph as director of pro personnel, DuJuan Daniels as assistant director of player personnel and Walter Juliff as senior advisor to the general manager, the team announced Tuesday. 

The Raiders have also hired Jack Gilmore as scouting coordinator, John Hill as a pro scout and Adam Maxie as a pro scouting assistant.  

Additionally, General Manager Mike Mayock has promoted Tom Delaney to senior vice president – director of football administration, David Christoff to director of football analytics, Teddy Atlas to assistant director of college scouting and Trey Scott to assistant director of player personnel.

Abrams joins the Raiders after serving in the Dallas Cowboys’ scouting department for seven seasons. Prior to joining the Cowboys as the team’s West Coast scout in 2012, Abrams spent seven years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he was a national scout with specific emphasis on the western region. He also served 13 years with the San Francisco 49ers as a scouting assistant, regional scout and national scout. Abrams played safety at Kent State after transferring from City College of San Francisco

Joseph comes to the Silver and Black after spending four seasons as the Philadelphia Eagles’ director of pro scouting. He coordinated all aspects of the pro scouting department and was on staff with the Eagles’ Super Bowl LII championship team. Prior to Philadelphia, Joseph was with the Chicago Bears for three seasons and served in multiple capacities for the Miami Dolphins from 2004-11. A four-year letterman at Syracuse, Joseph signed with the Bears in 1994 as an undrafted free agent and played in 16 career games with one start as a cornerback.

Daniels joins the Raiders after serving the previous 13 seasons in the New England Patriots’ player personnel department. He spent the past six seasons as a national scout for New England. He joined the Patriots as a scouting assistant in 2006 and was also an area scout for five years. During his time in New England, the Patriots won 12 AFC East Division titles and claimed three Super Bowl championships (XLIX, LI and LIII). A four-year letterman at Boston College, Daniels was a two-time Big East All-Academic Team selection.

Juliff enters his 36th season in NFL scouting, having served the previous 31 years in the Dallas Cowboys’ personnel department. Juliff became a national scout for the Cowboys in 2008 after being the club’s southeast area scout from 2001-07. He was assistant director of college and pro scouting from 1995-2000 after serving eight years as a national and area scout. Before becoming a full-time scout, Juliff was a graduate assistant at the University of Texas for two years. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Angelo State University and an M.B.A. from Texas.

Gilmore comes to the Raiders after working for the Reese’s Senior Bowl in 2018 as a scouting assistant. Gilmore previously served in operations with the Buffalo Bills and was a graduate assistant at the University of North Alabama. He graduated from Alabama, where he also worked as a football personnel assistant from 2015-17 and earned his M.B.A. at North Alabama.

Hill served as scouting coordinator with the Philadelphia Eagles for three seasons and was on staff when the Eagles won Super Bowl LII. Hill was a defensive back at Princeton from 2012-15, totaling four career interceptions and helping lead the Tigers to the Ivy League title in 2013. He also participated in track and field, winning Ivy League team and individual championships. 

Maxie joins the Raiders for his first year as a pro scouting assistant. Maxie finished his collegiate career as a defensive back at Coastal Carolina, playing 15 games in two seasons after transferring from Kent State. Following his collegiate career, Maxie earned a tryout with the Buffalo Bills in 2017. His father, Brett, played 13 seasons in the NFL

Delaney is in his 20th year with the Raiders and has served as the director of football administration since 2012. He is responsible for negotiating player contracts and managing the salary cap. A native of Pleasanton, Calif., Delaney holds a math degree from UC Davis and worked in asset management as a financial analyst prior to joining the Raiders. 

Christoff enters his fifth season with the Raiders, joining the team as a player personnel analyst in 2015 and serving as director of player analytics since 2017. Previously, Christoff was an independent sports analyst at InsourcedSports.com and was a research analyst at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He graduated from MIT with a degree in mechanical engineering.

Atlas, who enters his ninth year with the Raiders, joined the Silver and Black in 2011 and was named scouting coordinator prior to the 2012 season. He was a football operations assistant with the Cleveland Browns in 2009 before becoming a full-time personnel assistant in 2010. A native of Staten Island, N.Y., Atlas boxed at Northeastern University in Boston. 

Scott enters his eighth season with the Silver and Black, having joined the team as an area scout in 2012, primarily scouting the Midwest. He also worked in the Washington Redskins’ player personnel department in 2011. A native of Kansas City, Kan., Scott graduated from Kansas State, where he played quarterback and majored in business management. 

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Sacramento River Cats Drop Finale But Leave Fresno With Series Win

Austin Slater reaches base four times in tough 4-3 extra-inning loss

West Sacramento, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (21-23) dropped a nail-biter in extras 4-3 to the Fresno Grizzlies (23-21) on Monday night. They do leave town with a series victory, though, now two back of first place in the Pacific North Division.

Starter Enderson Franco turned in a phenomenal effort across six innings, giving up just two hits with four strikeouts. Unfortunately for the right-hander, both hits left they yard – solo shots off the bats of Brandon Snyder and Carter Kieboom. Franco retired 11-straight Fresno hitters to start the game before allowing the home run to Snyder. 

First baseman Austin Slater once again powered the River Cats offense, reaching base four times and scoring two runs. A pair of costly defensive miscue put the River Cats behind the eight ball late, opening the door for the Grizzlies to force extras and walk off on a sacrifice fly from Bengie Gonzalez

Right-hander Yoanys Quiala (0-2, 4.95) will toe the rubber for the River Cats back at Raley Field in Tuesday’s series opener against the Salt Lake Bees Salt Lake will go with left-hander Dillon Peters (1-0, 5.04). First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, or on Money 105.5 FM.

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Sacramento River Cats Split Friday Night Doubleheader With Grizzlies

Dereck Rodriguez solid in return to River Cats, smacks three doubles at the plate

West Sacramento, Calif. — It was an up and down evening for the Sacramento River Cats (19-22), who earned a victory in the front end of the doubleheader behind Dereck Rodriguez, then dropped game two to the Fresno Grizzlies (22-19) in extras on a walk-off homer from Nationals top prospect Carter Kieboom

In game one, right-hander Dereck Rodriguez made his first start for the River Cats since being optioned by the San Francisco Giants on May 11. Rodriguez made nine starts with Sacramento in 2018, going 4-1 with a 3.40 ERA in 50.1 innings. On Friday he picked up a win while tossing six innings of two-run ball, striking out four batters. He was even better at the plate, going 3-for-3 with three doubles, three runs scored, and an RBI.

Game two was shaping up to be a pitcher’s duel until the River Cats broke out for five runs in the fourth inning. Outfielder Mike Yastrzemski and third baseman Austin Slater launched home runs in the inning, giving Sacramento a 5-1 lead. The Grizzlies would claw back, however, to force extras. In the second extra frame, Slater doubled in two to put Sacramento up 8-6 but infielder Carter Kieboom blasted a three-run walk-off home run in the bottom half to split the doubleheader.  

Right-hander Enderson Franco (1-1, 7.76) will take the ball for the River Cats on Saturday in game three of five, while the Grizzlies will counter with righty Scott Copeland (2-1, 6.27). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, or on Money 105.5 FM.

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Yoanys Quiala Stifles Chihuahuas For River Cats’ Mother’s Day Victory

Anthony Garcia powers up for two home runs as Sacramento wins 6-1

West Sacramento, CA. — The Sacramento River Cats (18-19) pitching staff shut down a potent El Paso (25-12) offense and River Cats hitters hit four home runs to take game two of their four-game series 6-1.

Right-hander Yoanys Quiala turned in his best outing since joining the River Cats, holding the Chihuahuas to just one run on four hits while striking out six across 5.2 innings. The bullpen closed out the win, with Williams Jerez, Dillon McNamara, and Jandel Gustave combining to toss 3.1 shutout innings, striking out five and allowing just two baserunners.

Sacramento relied on the long ball once again on Sunday to “manufacture” runs; five of Sacramento’s six runs came as the result of a home run. Austin Slater launched his sixth in the sixth inning to break a 1-1 tie, and then Anthony Garcia hit a 439-foot blast to center field the give the River Cats the lead. Catcher Ronnie Freeman would later hit his second of the year, and Garcia his second of the game and fourth overall. 

Lefty Andrew Suarez (2-2, 5.82) will take the ball for the River Cats on tomorrow night while El Paso will send with right-hander Cal Quantril (3-1, 4.68) to the mound. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, or on Money 105.5 FM.

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Oakland Raiders Sign WR Brian Burt

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent WR Brian Burt, the club announced Friday. 

Burt, a 5-foot-11, 194-pound receiver out of Fresno State, played two seasons (2017-18) for the Bulldogs before signing with the Silver and Black. He appeared in seven games at Fresno State including six as a senior in 2018.

Before joining the Bulldogs’ program, the East Wenatchee, Wash., native played for Ventura (Calif.) College during the 2016 campaign. He appeared in 11 contests and tallied 87 rushes for 563 yards with four scores, while adding 14 receptions for 212 yards and an additional two touchdowns. That season, Burt earned second-team all-purpose honors with the school.

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Oakland Raiders Sign WR Jalin Marshall; Acquire 2012 Draft Pick

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent WR Jalin Marshall and have also acquired a conditional seventh-round selection in the 2012 NFL Draft via a trade with the Chicago Bears, the club announced Tuesday. As part of the trade terms, the Raiders will receive the Bears’ seventh-round selection in 2012 in exchange for K Eddy Piñeiro.

The 5-foot-11, 205-pound receiver most recently spent the 2018 season with the Orlando Apollos of the Alliance of American Football. Ahead of his stint with the Apollos, Marshall spent two seasons (2016-17) with the New York Jets after signing with the club as an undrafted free agent. Marshall appeared in 10 contests for the Jets and tallied 14 receptions for 162 yards and two scores, adding 18 punt returns for 100 yards and 13 kickoff returns for 324 yards.

Prior to the NFL, the native of Middletown, Ohio, played two seasons (2014-15) at Ohio State, appearing in 27 contests while making 12 starts for the program. He compiled 74 receptions as a Buckeye, notching 976 yards (13.2 avg.) and 11 touchdown receptions, adding 27 carries for 175 yards and an additional score.

Piñeiro was originally signed by the Raiders as an undrafted free agent following the conclusion of the 2018 NFL Draft. He spent the offseason with the club and appeared in one preseason contest, making all three field goals attempted, before being placed on the Reserve/Injured List for the remainder of his rookie campaign. Piñeiro played two years at Florida, appearing in 24 games and connecting on 38-of-43 attempts for a program-record 88.4 field goal percentage.

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