Oakland Raiders Sign S Jordan Richards

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent S Jordan Richards, the club announced Friday.

Richards, a 5-foot-11, 210-pound safety, enters his fifth year in the NFL after spending the 2018 season with the Atlanta Falcons. Before being traded ahead of the 2018 campaign, Richards spent his first three seasons (2015-17) with the New England Patriots after being selected in the second round (64th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. Over his first four seasons, Richards has appeared in 59 contests and made 19 starts, compiling 77 tackles (60 solo), six passes defensed and two forced fumbles. In five postseason appearances, he has recorded five stops (three) as a rotational player on defense.

In his lone season with the Falcons, Richards appeared in 15 contests and made a career-high 12 starts. Richards also set career highs in tackles and passes defensed, tallying 37 and three, respectively.

From 2015-17, Richards played in 41 contests for the Patriots and made seven starts. In 2017, he recorded 22 stops during the regular season and appeared in all three postseason contests, while tallying four stops in the club’s Super Bowl LII appearance.

A native of Sacramento, Calif., Richards played in 54 games and made 44 starts over his four years (2011-14) at Stanford, compiling 247 tackles, one sack, nine interceptions including one returned for a score, 24 passes defensed and five forced fumbles. As a senior in 2014, Richards was named a team captain and earned All-Pac-12 First Team honors after posting 79 stops, three interceptions and five passes defensed.

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Sacramento River Cats Open 20th Season In Style With Dramatic Walk-Off Win

Beautiful Opening Night at Raley Field capped off by extra-inning victory

Sacramento, CA — The Sacramento River Cats (1-0) began their 20th season in Sacramento by defeating the Tacoma Rainiers (0-1) 5-4 in the 11th inning on a thrilling walk-off double from second baseman Breyvic Valera.

The River Cats were kept quite early on by a strong start from Rainier’s righty Erik Swanson. The Rainiers jumped out to an early two run lead in the top of the 4th inning before the River Cats responded with a run in the bottom of the 6th. The Rainiers would push their lead back to two in the top of the 8th before Sacramento would start their comeback bid.

The River Cats plated two runs in the bottom of the 9th when Mike Yastrzemski smacked a clutch double to knot things up at three and send the game to extra frames. The River Cats sent fans home happy two innings later on a walk-off double from Breyvic Valera bringing home Aramis Garcia for the electric Opening Night win.

The River Cats will continue their five-game stand against Tacoma Friday night with right-hander Tyler Beede making his 2019 debut on the mound for Sacramento. The Rainiers will go with left-hander Tommy Milone. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on the air on Money 105.FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Release WR Seth Roberts

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have released WR Seth Roberts, the club announced Thursday.

Roberts, who joined the team as an undrafted free agent out of West Alabama in 2014, spent the last five years with the team and appeared in at least 15 contests in each of his four seasons on the active roster. After starting his career on the team’s practice squad, Roberts played in 62 contests for the Silver and Black and made 25 starts, compiling 158 receptions for 1,826 yards and 13 receiving scores.

Last season, Roberts made 15 appearances for the club and tied a career-high with seven starts. He also set career highs in receptions (45) and receiving yards (494), marks that both finished fourth on the team in 2018, while adding a pair of receiving touchdowns. From 2015-16, Roberts led the NFL with four game-winning touchdown receptions, as he helped the team post an overall record of 10-2 over his career when he found the end zone.

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Oakland Raiders Sign DE Alex Barrett

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent DE Alex Barrett, the club announced Friday.

Barrett enters his first season with the Raiders having most recently been with the San Diego Fleet in the American Alliance Football league. Before joining the AAF, Barrett spent the majority of the 2017 and 2018 campaigns on the Detroit Lions’ practice squad, while also appearing in a total of two contests and recording one tackle.

In his short stint with the Fleet, the 6-foot-3, 260-pound defensive end recorded 15 tackles and added two sacks in eight contests. 

A native of Mesa, Ariz., Barrett played four seasons (2013-16) at San Diego State. He appeared in 50 games and recorded 19 sacks, tied for fourth-most in school history. Barrett also tallied 170 tackles over his career and finished seventh on the school’s all-time tackles for loss list with 40. As a senior in 2016, he made 14 starts and notched 54 stops (29 solo), posting team highs with 7.5 sacks, 13 tackles for loss and four passes defensed. 

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Oakland Raiders Sign WR Ryan Grant

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent WR Ryan Grant, the club announced Wednesday.

Grant, a 6-foot, 204-pound receiver originally drafted in the fifth round (142nd overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins, spent the 2018 campaign with the Indianapolis Colts after playing his first four years (2014-17) with Washington. In five seasons, Grant has appeared in 78 career games and made 25 starts, compiling 119 receptions for 1,319 yards and seven touchdowns.

In 2018, Grant appeared in 14 contests and made a career-high 10 starts for the Colts. In the regular season, he tallied 35 receptions for 334 yards, marks that each ranked fifth on the squad, while adding one receiving touchdown. 

From 2014-17, Grant appeared in all 64 contests for the Redskins and made 15 starts. He set single-season career highs across the board in 2017, tallying 45 receptions for 573 yards and four touchdown receptions. Both his receptions and receiving scores ranked second on the club that season, while hisreceiving yards ranked third.

A native of Beaumont, Texas, Grant played at Tulane from 2009-13, appearing in 47 contests while making 31 starts. He finished his career with the Green Wave compiling 196 receptions for 2,769 yards while adding 21 touchdowns. As a senior in 2013, Grant led the school for the second consecutive season in receptions (77), yards receiving (1,039) and receiving scores (nine). In 2012, he led Conference USA in receiving yards per game with a 95.8-yard average en route to being named All-Conference USA by league coaches.

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Oakland Raiders Re-Sign CB Daryl Worley

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have re-signed restricted free agent CB Daryl Worley, the club announced Monday.

Worley originally joined the Silver and Black as a free agent during the 2018 offseason after spending two years with the Carolina Panthers. In his first season in Oakland, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound cornerback appeared in 10 games with nine starts, totaling 33 stops (30 solo), one interception and seven passes defensed.

Originally a third-round selection (77th overall) by the Panthers in the 2016 NFL Draft, Worley has played in 41 career games with 34 starts, recording 186 tackles (161), two sacks, four interceptions and 24 passes defensed.

A native of Philadelphia, Pa., Worley attended West Virginia for three years (2013-15) before entering the NFL draft following his junior season. Worley appeared in 34 games with 27 starts for the Mountaineers, recording 146 tackles, 10 interceptions, 21 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery while earning All-Big 12 Conference honors twice.

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Oakland Raiders Sign TE Luke Willson

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent TE Luke Willson, the club announced Friday.

Willson joins the Raiders after spending the 2018 season as a member of the Detroit Lions. Prior to his year in Detroit, he spent five seasons with the Seattle Seahawks after originally joining the club as a fifth-round selection (158th overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft. Willson has played in 86 career games with 45 starts, recording 102 receptions for 1,216 yards with 11 touchdowns over his six-year career. In nine career postseason games, he has totaled 13 receptions for 154 yards with one touchdown.

Last season, the 6-foot-5, 254-pound tight end appeared in 14 games with eight starts for the Lions, posting 13 receptions for 87 yards. He recorded a career-high four touchdowns in 2017 with Seattle and set career highs in both receptions (22) and receiving yards (362) in 2014, while adding three touchdowns on the season. As a rookie in 2013, Willson played in all 16 games with seven starts, totaling 20 catches for 272 yards while helping the Seahawks win Super Bowl XLVIII.

A native of LaSalle, Ontario, Can., Willson appeared in 45 games over five seasons (2008-12) at Rice. He completed his collegiate career with 78 catches for 986 yards with nine touchdowns.

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Sacramenot River Cats To Broadcast Games On CW31 In 2019

SLocal CW affiliate will broadcast 12 River Cats games during the 2019 regular season

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento River Cats and CBS13/CW31 have announced that they will collaborate to broadcast 12 games during the 2019 regular season. The games will be available locally in the Sacramento market on CW31, home of Good Day Sacramento.

After a successful season of broadcasts in 2018, including the Exhibition Game between the Sacramento River Cats and San Francisco Giants, the partnership has been renewed for 2019 to include 10 home games and two road games. Broadcast dates for this season include April 6, April 20, May 4, May 11, June 1, July 13, July 27, August 10, August 31, and September 2. CW31 will also broadcast two River Cats road games against the Las Vegas Aviators (Oakland Athletics) in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 22 and June 23.

“The team at CBS13/CW31 were tremendous partners last year,” says Chip Maxson, General Manager of the River Cats. “We’re excited to build on last season and work together to bring even more River Cats baseball to the homes of Sacramentans.”

“We are extremely happy to continue our great partnership with the River Cats as they celebrate their 20th season in Sacramento,” said Justin Draper, Vice President and General Manager, CBS 13 and CW 31. “Last season’s broadcasts were well received and we look forward to airing additional games this year, including two road games.”

Membership plans and special ticket packages are available by calling the River Cats ticket hotline at (916) 371-HITS (4487) or emailing tickets@rivercats.com. A full promotion and giveaway schedule for the 2019 season is now available at rivercats.com.

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Sacramento River Cats’ 2019 Roster Announced

Opening Day roster headlined by returning fan-favorites, exciting newcomers, and top prospects

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento River Cats have announced their Opening Day roster in anticipation of the start of their 20th season in Sacramento. The roster features an exciting mix of returning fan-favorites like Austin Slater, Tyler Beede, Ty Blach and Stephen Vogt, prospects Shaun Anderson and Aramis Garcia, and thrilling newcomers Anthony Garcia, Zach Green, and Mike Gerber, among others.

PitchersCatchersOutfielders
ANDERSON, ShaunFREEMAN, RonnieGARCIA, Anthony
BEEDE, TylerGARCIA, AramisGERBER, Michael
BLACH, TyVOGT, StephenRAMOS, Henry
BLACK, RaySLATER, Austin
COONROD, SamInfieldersYASTRZEMSKI, Mike
JEREZ, WilliamsAVELINO, Abiatal
JOHNSON, ChaseGREEN, Zachary
LAW, DerekJONES, Ryder
OKERT, StevenMICHAEL, Levi
ROGERS, TylerSOLANO, Donovan
SAMPSON, KeyviusVALERA, Breyvic
SUAREZ, Andrew
VENDITTE, Pat

The River Cats open 2019 regular season play on Thursday, April 4 at 7:05 p.m. at Raley Field against the visiting Tacoma Rainiers (Seattle Mariners). The active roster will be reduced to 25 before the first regular season game.

Fans can get their first look at the 2019 River Cats when they play a scrimmage against the Advanced Class-A San Jose Giants on April 1 at Raley Field. First pitch for the scrimmage is set for 6:05 p.m.

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Oakland Raiders Sign LB Brandon Marshall

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent LB Brandon Marshall, the club announced Thursday.

Marshall, originally a fifth-round selection (142nd overall) by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2012 NFL Draft, has spent his last six seasons (2013-18) with the Denver Broncos and now enters his eighth year in the league. Marshall has appeared in 74 career contests and made 63 starts during his first seven seasons, totaling 412 tackles (301 solo), 6.5 sacks, two interceptions, 21 passes defensed, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. In seven playoff appearances including four starts, he has compiled 20 stops (seven), two passes defensed and one forced fumble.

Last season, Marshall appeared in 11 games and made seven starts with the Broncos, totaling 42 stops (22) and one pass defensed. Over his six seasons with the Broncos, Marshall recorded three years with at least 100 tackles, two of which led the club in 2014 and 2017. In 2015, Marshall posted 101 tackles (76), starting in all 16 contests for the Broncos in addition to three postseason starts, en route to a Super Bowl 50 victory in which he contributed with five stops in the championship game.

A native of Las Vegas, Nev., Marshall was a four-year starter from 2008-11 at Nevada. He recorded 259 tackles (145), including 40 for loss, six sacks, three interceptions, three forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries while with the Wolf Pack. As a senior in 2011, he was tabbed with second-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors from Phil Steele Publications after posting 100-plus tackles including 10 for loss.

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