Oakland Raiders Announce Practice Squad

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed the following 10 players to their practice squad, the club announced Monday. RB Damarea CrockettLB Justin Phillips and TE Eric Saubert are the only practice squad signees that were not with the team during training camp this year.

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

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

Crockett, Damarea          RB           5-11       225         R             Missouri

Gafford, Rico                      WR         5-10       185         1              Wyoming

Mabin, Dylan                      CB           6-1          195         R             Fordham

Nelson, Nick                       CB           5-11       205         2              Wisconsin

Phillips, Justin                    LB           6-0          235         R             Oklahoma State

Rush, Anthony                  DT           6-5          350         R             UAB

Saubert, Eric                       TE           6-5          253         3              Drake

Crockett: Originally signed by the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent this past May…Played three seasons (2016-18) at Missouri, appearing in 29 games over his career…Recorded 2,252 rushing yards and 19 TDs on 380 rushing attempts, adding 137 receiving yards and two additional scores…Posted 709 rushing yards and seven TDs on 147 carries as a senior, adding 12 receptions for 88 yards and a receiving TD.

Phillips: Originally signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent this past offseason…Spent five years (2014-18) at Oklahoma State, playing four seasons and appearing in 42 contests, compiling 221 tackles (146 solo), including 23 for loss, 6.5 sacks, three INTs including two returned for TDs, six passes defensed, six forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries…Was a team captain and team MVP as a senior, earning All-Big 12 recognition after posting 98 tackles as a senior.

Saubert: Originally selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the fifth round (174th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft…Spent his first two seasons with the Falcons, appearing in 30 contests and making one start, compiling five receptions for 48 yards…Appeared in all 16 contests in 2018 for the first time in his career.

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Oakland Raiders Re-Sign DE Josh Mauro And LB Kyle Wilber; Place Johnson And Peterman On IR

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have re-signed free agents DE Josh Mauro and LB Kyle Wilber, the club announced Monday.

Mauro rejoins the Raiders after originally signing with the team this past March and spending the offseason program and training camp with the club. A 6-foot-6, 290-pound defensive end, Mauro spent his first four seasons (2014-17) with the Arizona Cardinals prior to his one-year stint with the New York Giants in 2018. In his first five seasons, Mauro appeared in 59 contests and made 30 starts, compiling 102 tackles (72 solo), three sacks, four passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. In three postseason contests, including two starts, Mauro has totaled three stops (two).

Wilber rejoins the team after originally signing with the team as an unrestricted free agent in 2018. Now entering his eighth season in the NFL, the 6-foot-4, 240-pound linebacker spent his first six years (2012-17) with the Dallas Cowboys after being selected by the club in the fourth round (113th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. Wilber has appeared in 103 games and made 16 starts over his career, compiling 98 tackles (66), 3.5 sacks, two passes defensed, three forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries. Wilber has also tallied two tackles (one), one interception and one pass defensed in three postseason contests.

In corresponding moves, the Raiders have placed CB Isaiah Johnson and QB Nathan Peterman on the Reserve/Injured List.

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Oakland Raiders Claim QB DeShone Kizer

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have claimed QB DeShone Kizer via waivers from the Green Bay Packers, the club announced Sunday.

Originally a second-round selection (52nd overall) by the Cleveland Browns in the 2017 NFL Draft, Kizer joins the Raiders after most recently spending the 2018 campaign with the Packers. Over his first two seasons in the league, Kizer has started in 15-of-18 appearances, completing 275-of-518 pass attempts for 3,081 yards, 11 touchdowns with 22 interceptions. 

Last season, the 6-foot-4, 235-pound quarterback appeared in three games for the Packers, completing 20-of-42 passes for 187 yards with two interceptions. 

As a rookie in 2017, Kizer started in all 15 appearances and completed 255-of-476 pass attempts for 2,894 yards and adding 11 touchdowns, while becoming the third-youngest quarterback to start in Week 1 since 1963. He also added 419 rushing yards on 77 attempts, adding five touchdowns and becoming just the fourth rookie quarterback in NFL history to tally at least 400 rushing yards and five-plus rushing scores. His five touchdowns on the ground also tied for third-most in the NFL that season among quarterbacks, while his 419 rushing yards set a single-season team record by a quarterback.

A native of Toledo, Ohio., Kizer started in 23-of-25 contests during his three years (2014-16) with Notre Dame. He compiled 5,809 passing yards and 47 touchdown passes on 423-of-696 attempts (60.8 percent), finishing his career ranked No. 3 in school history in completion percentage. Kizer also added 992 yards on the ground including, 18 touchdowns en route to a Fighting Irish-record 272.0 total yards per game over his career. 

In a corresponding move, the Raiders have released DE Josh Mauro, who spent the 2019 offseason program and preseason with the club after signing this past March as an unrestricted free agent.

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