Category Archives: Oakland Raiders

Oakland Raiders Sign CB Demetrius McCray

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent CB Demetrius McCray to the active roster, the club announced Tuesday.

McCray spent the 2017 training camp with the Seattle Seahawks after three years with the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2013-15. He has played in 46 games with 16 starts, totaling 73 tackles (60 solo) with six passes defensed and 12 stops on special teams.

Originally drafted by Jacksonville in the seventh round (210th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft, the 6-foot-2, 200-pounder appeared in 14 games and totaled 21 tackles (17) with one pass defensed in 2015 with the Jaguars.

A native of Covington, Ga., McCray played in 48 games and recorded 123 tackles with 10 interceptions during his four-year career at Appalachian State. He was a two-time first-team All-Southern Conference selection and a Buck Buchanan Award finalist his senior year.

Additionally, the Raiders have signed LB Deontae Skinner to the practice squad and terminated the practice squad contract of LB Boseko Lokombo. Skinner has spent time with the New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants, appearing in 11 career games.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign T Donald Penn To Two-Year Extension

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed T Donald Penn to a two-year contract extension through 2019, the club announced Friday.

A two-time Pro Bowler, Penn has played in 161 career regular season games with 157 starts, all of which are consecutive. His 157 consecutive regular season starts are second most among active offensive linemen.

Last season, Penn was named to his second Pro Bowl after starting all 16 games at left tackle. In helping the team win 12 games and return to the postseason for the first time since 2002, Penn and the rest offensive line played a major role for an offense that finished sixth in the NFL in total offense.

Prior to joining the Raiders, Penn played eight seasons for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, appearing in 112 games with 108 starts. Penn was named to the Pro Bowl following the 2010 season.

The 6-foot-4, 315-pounder was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Minnesota Vikings in 2006 before being signed off the practice squad by the Buccaneers later that season.

A native of Inglewood, Calif., Penn attended Utah State, where he started 44 consecutive games at both tackle positions for the Aggies.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign Tavecchio; Place Janikowski On IR

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Oakland Raiders have signed K Giorgio Tavecchio to the active roster and placed K Sebastian Janikowski on the Reserve/Injured List, the club announced Saturday.

Tavecchio has spent time with the Raiders in the each of the last four preseasons, and has connected on a combined 9-of-11 field goal attempts in preseason action for the Silver and Black from 2014-17.

The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder had stints in training camp with the San Francisco 49ers (2012), Green Bay Packers (2013) and Lions (2014) prior to joining the Raiders in 2014. Tavecchio played in 46 games for at the University of California and finished his career with 256 points, ranking fifth on the school’s all-time scoring list and fourth among kickers. He converted 48-of-64 (75 percent) field goal attempts and 112-of-120 (93.3 percent) PATs during his three years, ranking third in both all-time made field goals and extra points made.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign Harris, Woodson-Luster

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed S Erik Harris and LB Xavier Woodson-Luster, the club announced Tuesday.

Harris joins the Raiders after spending the 2016 season with the New Orleans Saints, seeing action in four games. Prior to signing with New Orleans, Harris played three seasons (2013-15) for the Canadian Football League’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats, totaling 79 tackles, three interceptions, three sacks and four fumble recoveries in 42 games. Harris was waived by the Saints on Sept. 1, 2017.

Woodson-Luster rejoins the Raiders after being waived by the club on Sept. 2. He originally signed with Raiders as an undrafted free agent out of Arkansas State in May 2017 and spent training camp with the team. Woodson-Luster appeared in 47 games with 37 starts at Arkansas State, finishing his career as the school’s all-time leader with 293 tackles.

In corresponding moves, the Raiders have placed G/T Denver Kirkland and S Obi Melifonwu on the Reserve/Injured List.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Announce Practice Squad Signings

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed the following 10 players to their practice squad, the club announced Monday. C James Stone and DE Max Valles are the only practice squad signees that were not with the Raiders in training camp this year.

 Player                    Pos.    Ht.     Wt.    Exp.   College

Borders, Breon           CB       6-0      189     R          Duke

Brown, Fadol              DE       6-4      282     R          Mississippi

Brown, Pharaoh         TE        6-5      246     R          Oregon

Calhoun, Shilique        LB        6-4      250     2          Michigan State

Hatcher, Keon            WR      6-1      212     R          Arkansas

Hood, Elijah                RB       5-11    230     R          North Carolina

Simmons, Jordan        G         6-3      339     R          USC

Stone, James               C          6-3      290     3          Tennessee

Valles, Max                 DE       6-4      250     1          Virginia

Whitney, Isaac            WR      6-2      204     R          USC

Stone: Originally signed by the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent in May 2014…Spent the 2014 and 2015 seasons with the Falcons…Was waived by Atlanta after 2016 training camp…Signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a reserve/future free agent in January 2017…Waived by Buccaneers on Sept. 2…Career totals include 19 games played with 10 games started.

Valles: Was originally drafted by the Raiders in the sixth round (179th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft…Spent the majority of the 2015 season with the Raiders’ practice squad before being signed to the Bills’ active roster…Was on the Bills’ practice squad for the 2016 season…Waived by Bills on Sept. 2.

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.

WAIVED THE FOLLOWING PLAYERS:

Player                              Pos.    Ht.     Wt.    Exp.   College

Are, Kareem                            OL       6-6      325     R          Florida State

Atkinson III, George               RB       6-1      220     2          Notre Dame

Borders, Breon                       CB       6-0      189     R          Duke

Boyette, Paul                          DT       6-1      310     R          Texas

Brent, K.J.                               WR      6-3      200     1          Wake Forest

Briggs, Chauncey                    T          6-6      301     R          SMU

Brown, Fadol                          DE       6-4      282     R          Mississippi

Brown, Pharaoh                     TE        6-5      246     R          Oregon

Calhoun, Shilique                    LB        6-4      250     2          Michigan State

Cioffi, Anthony                       S          6-0      205     R          Rutgers

Crockett, John                        RB       6-0      215     2          North Dakota State

Durden, Kenneth                    CB       6-1      280     1          Youngstown State

East, Andrew                          LS        6-2      220     1          Vanderbilt

Enemkpali, IK                          LB/DE 6-1      260     4          Louisiana Tech

Harris, Najee                          LB        6-1      220     R          Wagner

Hatcher, Keon                        WR      6-1      212     R          Arkansas

Holmes, Gabe                         TE        6-5      255     3          Purdue

Hood, Elijah                            RB       5-11    230     R          North Carolina

Humes, Chris                          CB       6-0      201     R          Arkansas State

Jackson, Branden                   DL       6-4      270     1          Texas Tech

Jefferson, Rickey                    S          5-11    208     R          LSU

Johnson, Rufus                        LB/DE 6-5      280     1          Tarleton State

Lewis, LaTroy                         LB        6-3      254     R          Tennessee

McWilson, Marcus                 S          6-0      198     R          Kentucky

O’Malley, Ryan                       TE        6-6      260     2          Pennsylvania

Omoile, Oni                            G         6-2      310     1          Iowa State

Sheldon, Brady                       LB        6-5      230     R          Ferris State

Silberman, Ian                         G         6-5      305     2          Boston College

Simmons, Jordan                    G         6-3      339     R          USC

Tavecchio, Giorgio                 K          5-10    180     1          California

Whitney, Isaac                        WR      6-2      204     R          USC

Woodson-Luster, Xavier        LB        6-1      219     R          Arkansas State

Zamora, Ishmael                     WR      6-3      224     R          Baylor

RELEASED THE FOLLOWING PLAYER:

Player                              Pos.    Ht.     Wt.    Exp.   College

Helfet, Cooper                        TE        6-3      240     3          Duke

WAIVED/INJURED THE FOLLOWING PLAYER:

Player                              Pos.    Ht.     Wt.    Exp.   College

Mickens, Jaydon                     WR      5-10    175     1          Washington

WAIVED/NON-FOOTBALL INJURY THE FOLLOWING PLAYER:

Player                              Pos.    Ht.     Wt.    Exp.   College

Heeney, Ben                           LB        6-0      230     3          Kansas

PLACED THE FOLLOWING PLAYER ON THE RESERVE/INJURED LIST:

Player                              Pos.    Ht.     Wt.    Exp.   College

Jenkins, Jelani                         LB        6-0      240     5          Florida

Press Release Courtesy of the  Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Donald Penn Reinstated

ALAMEDA, Calif.Oakland Raiders T Donald Penn has been reinstated to the active roster and the team has waived DE Jimmy Bean, the club announced Wednesday.

Penn has played in 160 career regular season games with 156 starts, all of which are consecutive. Last season, Penn was named to his second Pro Bowl after starting all 16 games and helping the offense finish sixth in the league in total offense.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Announce Transactions

NAPA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have made the following transactions, the club announced Friday.

SIGNED THE FOLLOWING FREE AGENTS:

Player                              Pos.             Ht.     Wt.    Exp.   College

Enemkpali, IK                          LB/DE             6-1      260     4          Louisiana Tech

Johnson, Rufus                        LB/DE             6-5      280     1          Tarleton State

WAIVED THE FOLLOWING PLAYER:

Player                              Pos.             Ht.     Wt.    Exp.   College

Casher, Chris                          DE                   6-3      264     R          Faulkner

Enemkpali: Originally drafted by the New York Jets in the sixth round (210th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft…Has appeared in 17 career games for the Jets and Buffalo Bills, totaling nine tackles…Spent the entire 2016 season on the Reserve/Inured List…Played in 47 games with 33 starts over four seasons at Louisiana Tech.

Johnson: Originally drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the sixth round (183rd overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft…Has appeared in one career game, which came in 2015 for the New England Patriots…Played in 20 games with 19 starts over two seasons at Tarleton State after transferring from Kilgore (Texas) Junior College.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Claim George Atkinson III Via Waivers

NAPA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have claimed RB George Atkinson III via waivers from the Cleveland Browns, the club announced Saturday.

Atkinson III was originally signed by the Raiders as an undrafted free agent in May 2014 and spent parts of three seasons with the Silver and Black before being waived and picked up by the Browns in September 2016. For his career, Atkinson III has appeared in 21 games, totaling seven carries for 34 yards and one touchdown. As a returner, he has posted 15 kickoff returns for 271 yards.

The 6-foot-1, 220-pounder attended Granada High School in Livermore, Calif., before playing collegiately at Notre Dame. His father, George Atkinson, Jr., played for the Raiders for 10 seasons from 1968-77, helping lead the Silver and Black to the Super Bowl XI title.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations