Category Archives: Oakland Raiders

Oakland Raiders Sign First-Round Pick RB Josh Jacobs

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed first-round draft pick RB Josh Jacobs, the club announced Tuesday.

Jacobs, a 5-foot-10, 219-pound running back, was selected 24th overall by the Raiders in the 2019 NFL Draft. An elusive, hard-running ball carrier, Jacobs appeared in 42 contests during his time at Alabama (2016-18), helping the Crimson Tide capture the 2017 National Championship and earning Most Valuable Player honors in the contest. He totaled 251 carried for 1,491 yards (5.9 avg.) and added 16 scores, while tallying 48 receptions for 571 yards and one receiving touchdown. Jacobs was also an impressive returner, taking 19 kickoffs back for 514 yards, including one for a touchdown. His 28.6-yard kickoff return average ranks third in school annals.

In 2018, he totaled 15 scores, including 11 rushing, three receiving and one on special teams. His 11 rushing scores tied for seventh among the SEC and ranked third in the FBS among players with 120-or-fewer rushing attempts. He also tied for the team lead with 1,315 all-purpose yards on the season and tallied a 30.6-yard kickoff return average, the second-best single-season mark in Alabama history. Jacobs, a native of Tulsa, Okla., was also recognized by team coaches as a six-time Offensive Player of the Week and three-time Special Teams Player of the Week over his collegiate career.

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Oakland Raiders To Host Rams For Joint Training Camp Practices

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders will host the Los Angeles Rams for two joint practice sessions as part of the team’s 2019 Training Camp schedule, the team announced Monday.

The Raiders and Rams will practice on Wednesday, Aug. 7 and Thursday, Aug. 8 at the Silver and Black’s training camp home in Napa, Calif. The Raiders will then host the Rams in the preseason opener for both teams at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on Saturday, Aug. 10 at 5 p.m.

It marks the second-straight season that the Raiders have hosted a visiting team at training camp, as the Silver and Black welcomed the Detroit Lions to Napa Valley last summer.

The remainder of the Raiders’ training camp schedule, including specific dates and times, will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Oakland Raiders Sign First-Round Pick S Johnathan Abram

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed first-round draft pick S Johnathan Abram, the club announced Tuesday.

Abram was selected 27th overall by the Raiders in the 2019 NFL Draft. Abram, a hard-hitting, instinctive safety who played two years at Mississippi State, appeared in 26 contests and made 18 starts, compiling 170 tackles, including 14 for loss, five sacks, two interceptions, 10 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery during his time with the program. The 6-foot, 205-pound safety also spent one year at Jones County Junior College after playing for Georgia during his freshman year in 2015.

In 2018, he earned six All-American honors, including second-team recognition from The Athletic, Sports Illustrated, CBS Sports and American Football Coaches Associated, while earning a third-team honor from the Associated Press and Phil Steele. He posted a team-leading 99 tackles as a senior, tops among SEC defensive backs, while adding three sacks, two interceptions, five passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

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Oakland Raiders Sign Second-Round Pick CB Trayvon Mullen

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed second-round draft pick CB Trayvon Mullen, the club announced Tuesday.

Mullen was selected 40th overall by the Raiders in the 2019 NFL Draft. Mullen appeared in 41 games and made 26 starts during his career at Clemson, totaling 93 tackles (68 solo), 4.5 tackles for loss, four interceptions, one forced fumble and 12 passes defensed. He was named second-team All-American by ACFA and second-team All-ACC in 2018 while earning All-ACC Honorable Mention in 2017. 

A native of Fort Lauderdale, FL., Mullen logged 37 tackles (30), two sacks, one interception and four passes defensed in 15 games as a junior in 2018. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound cornerback earned Defensive MVP Honors after posting a season-high six tackles, one interception, one sack and one forced fumble in a win against Alabama in the College Football Playoff National Championship.

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Oakland Raiders Sign First-Round Pick DE Clelin Ferrell

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed first-round draft pick DE Clelin Ferrell, the club announced Tuesday.

Ferrell was selected fourth overall by the Raiders in the 2019 NFL Draft. A prolific three-year starter at Clemson, Ferrell started in all 44 appearances and helped the school capture two National Championships in 2016 and 2018. Over his career, he totaled 166 tackles, including 50 for loss, 27 sacks, seven passes defensed, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Ferrell’s career sack total ranked tied for fourth in Tigers history, and he left Clemson as just the second player in school history to tally two first-team All-American honors from the Associated Press. He also became just the third player in Clemson history to earn the first-team honor as either a freshman or sophomore.

As a senior in 2018, Ferrell won the Ted Hendrick’s Award, given to the nation’s top defensive end. He recorded 55 tackles, including 20 for loss, 11.5 sacks, four passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, including one returned for a TD, en route to a consensus first-team All-American selection, first-team All-ACC honor while also being named ACC Defensive Player of the Year.

A native of Richmond, Va., the 6-foot-4, 267-pound defensive end played at Benedictine College Preparatory prior to entering the college ranks. He was ranked the No. 136th player in the nation by ESPN.com and was invited to the Under Armour All-American game following his senior year in 2014.

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Oakland Raiders Sign Crockett And Langley; Waive Dorleant And Meander

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agents WR Montay Crockett and CB Isaiah Langley, the club announced Tuesday.

Crockett was originally signed by the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent following the 2017 NFL Draft. The 6-foot, 184-pound wide receiver has also spent time with the Houston Texans, Arizona Cardinals and Washington Redskins. Crockett was elevated to the Jaguars’ active roster prior to Week 17 of the 2017 campaign but did not appear in a game. While with Georgia Southern (2013-16), he appeared in 47 contests for and totaled 32 receptions for 535 yards and three touchdowns, adding 15 carries for 144 yards and two additional scores for the program.

Langley enters the NFL as an undrafted free agent after playing four years (2015-18) at USC, appearing 33 contests and tallying 105 tackles (79 solo), one interception and 13 passes defensed. As a senior in 2018, the 6-foot, 175-pound cornerback recorded a career-high 46 stops (36), adding his first career interception and six passes defensed.

In corresponding moves, the Raiders have waived DB Makinton Dorleant and S Montrel Meander.

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Oakland Raiders To Host Packers In Winnipeg For Preseason Game

WINNIPEG, Manitoba – The Oakland Raiders, in association with On Ice Entertainment Ltd., will host the Green Bay Packers in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada for a preseason Week 3 game on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. The contest, scheduled for a 7 p.m. (Central Time) kickoff at IG Field, will mark the first-ever game north of the border for the Silver and Black. 

Over the previous six months, the Raiders have worked with On Ice Entertainment to locate and establish a host site for the first NFL game in Canada since the Buffalo Bills played games at Toronto’s Rogers Centre each year from 2008-13. The game will also make the Raiders, who will host the Chicago Bears at Tottenham Stadium in London on Oct. 6, the first-ever NFL team to play games in three different nations in a single season.  

“I want to especially thank the Oakland Raiders for the opportunity and their trust as well as the Green Bay Packers and the NFL,” said John Graham, President of On Ice Entertainment. “IG Field is the home of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and this event could not be staged without the great assistance and support of Wade Miller (President & CEO, Winnipeg Blue Bombers), his entire staff and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. We also want to acknowledge and thank the cites of Edmonton and Regina for their time and efforts during this process.”

IG Field is a 33,000-seat, partially covered stadium that serves as the home of the Canadian Football League’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the Canadian Premier League’s Valour FC soccer team. IG Field has played host to many large sporting events including the 103rd Grey Cup, the 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic, and the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015.

“We are thrilled to welcome both the Oakland Raiders and Green Bay Packers to IG Field this summer,” said Miller. “We look forward to NFL and CFL fans alike joining us this August for this special sporting event at IG Field as we showcase our great stadium and the city’s passion for the sport of football.” 

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Saturday, June 8 at 10 a.m. (Central Time). Ticket prices, determined by On Ice Entertainment, range from $75 to $340 CDN (plus taxes and fees).

The game will be broadcast via the Raiders television network, including KTVU/FOX-2 in the Bay Area and KVVU/FOX-5 in Las Vegas. The game will be televised nationally in Canada on TSN and RDS.

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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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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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