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

Ateman, Marcell                               WR         6-4          216         2              Oklahoma State

Bell, Quinton                                      DE           6-4          253         R             Prairie View A&M

Butler, James                                     RB           5-9          210         1              Iowa

Cabinda, Jason                                  LB           6-1          235         2              Penn State

Coney, Te’von                                   LB           6-1          230         R             Notre Dame

Cotton Sr., Lester                             G             6-4          335         R             Alabama

Doss, Keelan                                      WR         6-3          215         R             UC Davis

Farmer, Koa                                        LB           6-1          230         R             Penn State

Gafford, Rico                                      WR         5-10       185         1              Wyoming

Hatcher, Keon                                   WR         6-1          215         2              Arkansas

Kirkland, Denver                              G/T        6-4          340         4              Arkansas

Mabin, Dylan                                      CB           6-1          195         R             Fordham

Murray, Justin                                   T              6-5          315         2              Cincinnati

Nelson, Nick                                       CB           5-11       205         2              Wisconsin

Pierson-El, De’Mornay                   WR         5-9          195         1              Nebraska

Roemer, Tyler                                    T              6-6          315         R             San Diego State

Rush, Anthony                                  DT           6-5          350         R             UAB

RELEASED THE FOLLOWING PLAYERS:

Player                                                   Pos.       Ht.          Wt.        Exp.       College

Smith, Keith                                       FB           6-0          240         5              San Jose State

Westbrooks, Ethan                          DE           6-4          287         6              West Texas A&M

Wilber, Kyle                                        LB           6-4          240         8              Wake Forest

WAIVED/INJURED THE FOLLOWING PLAYER:

Player                                                   Pos.       Ht.          Wt.        Exp.       College

Butler, Paul                                         TE           6-6          250         1              California (PA)

PLACED THE FOLLOWING PLAYER ON THE RESERVE/INJURED LIST:

Player                                                   Pos.       Ht.          Wt.        Exp.       College

Ellis, Justin                                          DT           6-2          350         6              Louisiana Tech

PLACED THE FOLLOWING PLAYERS ON THE RESERVE/SUSPENDED LIST:

Player                                                   Pos.       Ht.          Wt.        Exp.       College

Incognito, Richie                               G             6-3          325         12           Nebraska

Lawson, Nevin                                   CB           5-10       190         6              Utah State

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Oakland Raiders Announce Transactions

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have made the following roster moves, the club announced Friday. Remaining transactions to bring the team to the league-mandated 53-man active roster will be made by 1 p.m. PT this Saturday, Aug. 31.

WAIVED THE FOLLOWING PLAYERS:

Player                                                   Pos.       Ht.          Wt.        Exp.       College

Allen-Williams, Bryson                   LB           6-1          230         R             South Carolina

Barnes, Brandon                               TE           6-5          256         1              Alabama State

Cowser, James                                  LB           6-3          231         3              Southern Utah

Holsey, Joshua                                  CB           5-11       195         2              Auburn

Wright, Gabe                                     DT           6-3          295         3              Auburn

RELEASED THE FOLLOWING PLAYERS:

Player                                                   Pos.       Ht.          Wt.        Exp.       College

Brown, Mack                                      RB           5-11       213         3              Florida 

Marshall, Brandon                           LB           6-1          245         8              Nevada

Richards, Jordan                               S              5-11       215         5              Stanford

Willson, Luke                                     TE           6-5          255         7              Rice

WAIVED/INJURED THE FOLLOWING PLAYERS:

Player                                                   Pos.       Ht.          Wt.        Exp.       College

Barrett, Alex                                       DE           6-2          250         1              San Diego State

Dorleant, Makinton                         DB          5-11       182         2              Northern Iowa

Hunt, Cameron                                 G/C        6-4          305         1              Oregon

Vanderdoes, Eddie                          DT           6-3          315         3              UCLA

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Oakland Raiders Sign C Rodney Hudson To Multi-Year Extension

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed C Rodney Hudson to a multi-year contract extension, the club announced Friday.

Hudson, a two-time Pro Bowler (2016-17) and one of the team’s most durable players, originally signed to the Raiders as an unrestricted free agent in the 2015 offseason. Also voted by his teammates as a two-time winner of the Commitment to Excellence Award, Hudson has started in all 61 appearances at center and anchors an offensive line that ranks fifth in sacks surrendered (127) since his arrival in 2015.

Last season, the 6-foot-2, 315-pound center started in all 16 contests for the fourth consecutive season and was named a Pro Bowl alternate. Per Pro Football Focus, Hudson tallied 1,074 snaps without surrendering a single sack in 2018, while allowing just one hit and four quarterback hurries, earning the top pass-blocking efficiency grade (99.6) in the NFL among all centers. According to PFF, no center to play at least 1,000 snaps last season allowed fewer than eight quarterback hurries. 

In 2017, Hudson earned his second Pro Bowl honor after leading an offensive line that allowed just 24 sacks on the year, tied for third-fewest in the NFL. His 2016 campaign was highlighted by his first Pro Bowl selection after helping the team post the fewest sacks allowed (18) in the NFL that season and fewest by the Silver and Black since the 1970 AFL-NFL Merger. In doing so, Hudson also landed a spot on the Pro Football Writers Association All-AFC Team for the first time in his career. 

A former second-round selection (55th overall) of the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2011 NFL Draft, Hudson played four years for the Chiefs and appeared in 51 games for the club, making 35 starts at both center and guard during his time there.

A native of Mobile, Ala., Hudson played collegiately at Florida State from 2007-10, appearing in 53 games and making 50 starts. He earned All-Atlantic Coast honors all four years with the program and set a conference career record being named ACC Player of the Week honors nine times, while also becoming the 11th player in league history to win the Jacobs Blocking Award twice in a career (2009-10).

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Oakland Raiders Sign Liuget and Allen-Williams; Release DePaola And Place Martin On IR

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agents DT Corey Liuget and LB Bryson Allen-Williams, the club announced Sunday.

Liuget enters his first season with the Raiders having spent his first eight years (2011-18) as a member of the Chargers. Over his eight years with the club, the 6-foot-2, 300-pound defensive tackle appeared in 108 games and made 103 starts for the club. He compiled 274 tackles (207 solo), 24 sacks, 20 passes defensed, six forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries including one returned for a touchdown. In postseason action, Liuget has made two starts and compiled 10 stops (seven) and one sack.

Last season, the Miami, Fla. appeared in six games, making three starts and recorded 14 tackles (nine), 1.5 sacks and one fumble recovery. He started his previous 85 games before the 2018 campaign and tallied at least three sacks in four consecutive seasons from 2012-15, including a career-best seven in 2012.

Allen-Williams joins the team as an undrafted free agent out of South Carolina. The 6-foot-1, 230-pound linebacker spent five years (2014-18) with the program, appearing in 43 contest for the Gamecocks and compiling 176 tackles (107), 6.5 sacks, four interceptions, two passes defensed, one forced fumble and three fumble recoveries. As a senior in 2018, the Ellenwood, Ga., native was selected as the team’s Comeback Player of the Year and voted by his teammates as the Tenacity Award winner on defense.

In corresponding moves, the Raiders have released LS Andrew DePaola and placed RB Doug Martin on the Reserve/Injured List.

DePaola joined the team last season, but was placed on the Reserve/Injured List following a Week 1 knee injury for the remainder of the year. Over his six-year career, he has appeared in 65 total contests for the Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Raiders.

Martin also joined the club last season as a free agent and led the team in carries (172), rushing yards (723) and rushing scores (four) while appearing in all 16 games and making nine starts. Over his eight-year career, Martin has started in 74-of-84 contests and carried the ball 1,322 times for 5,356 yards, adding 30 touchdowns.

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Oakland Raiders Re-sign G/C Cameron Hunt

NAPA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have re-signed free agent G/C Cameron Hunt, the club announced Saturday.

Hunt a 6-foot-4, 305-pound offensive lineman, rejoins the team after most recently spending the offseason program with the club in addition to being on the team’s active roster for the final three contests of the 2018 campaign. Hunt originally signed with the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 2017, where he spent his preseason and was later signed to the San Francisco 49ers’ practice squad in November for the remainder of his rookie campaign. Hunt enters his third stint with the Raiders after also spending the 2018 offseason with the team and appeared 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.

In a corresponding move, the Raiders have waived WR Jordan Lasley

Additionally, G/T Denzelle Good passed his physical and has returned to practice.

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Late Aces Rally Dooms Sacramento River Cats In Series Opener

Avelino, Davis homer for Sacramento in tough 6-5 loss

RENO, Nev. — The Sacramento River Cats (64-58) dropped game one of a crucial four-game set with the division rival Reno Aces (58-64) by a final score of 6-5. The River Cats now lead the Pacific Northern division by six games over the Aces and by nine over the Fresno Grizzlies with 18 games remaining.

Reno jumped out to a 4-1 lead after taking advantage of two Sacramento errors in the second inning, but the River Cats would crawl back. Shortstop Mauricio Dubon’s two-run single in the third cut their deficit down to one, and outfielder Joe McCarthy’s RBI single tied the game an inning later. Then, second baseman Abiatal Avelino crushed a solo shot in the sixth to put his club ahead by one on what was their fourth unanswered run. 

But in the bottom of the seventh, left-hander Sam Selman was one out from escaping a jam when Aces outfielder Jamie Westbrook doubled home a pair of runs. Sacramento’s offense was shut down in the final three frames as the Reno staff retired ten in a row to close out the ballgame.

It will be left-hander Conner Menez (2-0, 4.06) on the bump for Sacramento looking to even the series while Reno will send righty RHP Taylor Clarke (3-1, 6.63) to the mound. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Listen to all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Bullpen Falters In Sacramento River Cats’ Series-Ending Loss To Sounds

Peña homers and Michael drives in four runs

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (64-57) dropped Tuesday night’s series finale to the Nashville Sounds (53-66) by a final score of 13-10.

Center fielder Levi Michael drove in four runs in the first four innings, giving the River Cats a 6-3 lead heading into the sixth inning before Nashville tied things up. Then in the seventh, right-hander Kyle Barraclough’s Sacramento debut resulted in him facing five batters, allowing five runs, and recording no outs.

Down seven in the ninth, the River Cats made things interesting with four runs off of left-hander Kyle Bird, including an opposite-field, three-run shot off the bat of infielder Cristhian Adames. But a diving catch at first base on a Joe McCarthy line drive would bring the game to an end.

After an off day, the River Cats will head up Interstate 80 for a four-game battle with the team chasing them in the Pacific Northern division standings. Right-hander Burch Smith (6-3, 2.33) is set to make his Sacramento debut after being claimed off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers. He’ll be facing Reno righty Jon Duplantier (0-2, 6.39). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Listen to all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign Dorleant And Holsey; Waive Cheevers and Townsend

NAPA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agents DB Makinton Dorleant and CB Joshua Holsey, the club announced Tuesday.

Dorleant re-joins the Raiders having spent the offseason program with the team after signing as a reserve/future free agent this past January. Dorleant originally joined the club as a member of the practice squad ahead of the team’s regular season finale in 2018. The 5-foot-11, 182-pound defensive back also made stops with the Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs last season while spending his first two years (2016-17) in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers. Over his career, Dorleant has appeared in four contests.

A native of Naples, Fla., Dorleant played three seasons (2013-15) at Northern Iowa, starting 39-of-40 games with the program. As a Panther, he compiled 138 tackles (104 solo), two interceptions, 30 passes defensed, six forced fumbles and two fumbles recoveries. 

Holsey, a former seventh-round selection (235th overall) in the 2017 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins, joins the Raiders for his third year in the NFL after spending his first two with the Redskins. Over his first two years, Holsey has appeared in 13 games, seeing action primarily on special teams while adding two tackles and one fumble recovery on defense.

A native of Fairburn Ga., the 5-foot-11, 195-pound Holsey appeared in 44 games and made 31 starts during his career (2012-16) at Auburn. With the Tigers, he compiled 118 tackles (96), four interceptions and 19 passes defensed.

In corresponding moves, the Raiders have waived CB Hamp Cheevers and P Johnny Townsend.

Townsend was drafted by the club in the fifth round (173rd overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft. In his lone season with the team, Townsend appeared in all 16 contests and punted 70 times for 3,022 yards (43.2 avg.) while recording a 38.3 net average and pinning the opponent inside the 20-yard line 17 times.

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Webb’s Sacramento River Cats Debut Spoiled By Late Sounds Comeback

Rocklin native tosses seven one-run innings with seven strikeouts

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (64-56) welcomed another local product on Monday night, as Rocklin-native Logan Webb impressed with seven innings of one-run ball in his Triple-A debut against the Nashville Sounds (52-66). Despite the sensational performance, the club fell 3-2 to the visiting Sounds.

The 22-year-old graduate of Rocklin High School lived up to the hype Monday night, striking out seven batters over his seven innings with zero walks, featuring a mid-90’s fastball and excellent command of all his pitches. Webb is ranked as the number five prospect in the San Francisco Giants organization, according to mlb.com.

The right-hander got some early help from teammate Zach Green at the plate. Green, a fellow Sacramento-area native (Carmichael), crushed his team leading 25th home run in the bottom of the first to give the River Cats an early 2-0 lead. The offense, however, was shut out for the remainder of the game, going 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position on the evening. 

Right-hander Enderson Franco (6-5, 5.98) will get the nod as the River Cats try will try to salvage a series split, while the Sounds will roll with lefty Brock Burke (0-0, 1.80). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Listen to all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on Money 105.5 FM.

Sacrmamento River Cats Walk-Off On Sounds To Even Series

McCarthy blasts first River Cats home run in 3-2 victory

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (64-55) earned their first walk-off win since June 14, defeating the Nashville Sounds (51-66) by a score of 3-2 on an Abiatal Avelino RBI-single in the bottom of the ninth.

The River Cats got a perfect start from right-hander Carlos Torres in his River Cats debut. Torres, who has played with three different Triple-A clubs this season, faced nine batters and retired all nine including three strikeouts. Relieving Torres was right-hander Casey Meisner, who tossed five innings and gave up just two runs on three hits with a walk and a strikeout. 

Joe McCarthy smashed a solo home run in the fifth inning, his first since joining the River Cats on August 3. Right fielder Jaylin Davis plated the tying run with his second double of the afternoon in the eighth, then Avelino singled in the ninth to chase home the pinch-running Mauricio Dubon for the 3-2 walk-off win.

Right-hander Dereck Rodriguez (3-0, 3.64) will take the ball for the River Cats in game three of this four-game set, with the Sounds turning to righty Seth Maness (7-4, 5.97). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Listen to all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations