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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.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

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.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

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.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

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. 


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


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


Player                                                   Pos.       Ht.          Wt.        Exp.       College

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


Player                                                   Pos.       Ht.          Wt.        Exp.       College

Ellis, Justin                                          DT           6-2          350         6              Louisiana Tech


Player                                                   Pos.       Ht.          Wt.        Exp.       College

Incognito, Richie                               G             6-3          325         12           Nebraska

Lawson, Nevin                                   CB           5-10       190         6              Utah State

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

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.


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


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


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

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

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).

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

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.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

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.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

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, 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, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations