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Las Vegas Raiders Sign RB Devontae Booker

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Las Vegas Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent RB Devontae Booker, the club announced Monday.

Booker joins the Silver and Black following his first four seasons with the Denver Broncos (2016-19), after originally being selected by the club in the fourth round (136th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft. Booker has appeared in 61 contests with six starts over his career, tallying 289 rushing attempts for 1,103 yards and six touchdowns, while adding 105 receptions for 872 yards and an additional score.

In 2019, the 5-foot-11, 219-pound rusher appeared in 16 contests for the second consecutive season and third time overall in his career. The two seasons prior, Booker compiled over 450 scrimmage yards in each campaign, while tallying a career-high 38 receptions in 2018 and tying his career high with 275 receiving yards.

Booker’s best statistical season came during his rookie campaign in 2016, as he appeared in all 16 games and made six starts, becoming just the 13th rookie in team history and first since 2009 to lead the club in rushing. Booker posted 174 carries for 612 yards and four touchdowns, while also notching 31 receptions for 265 yards and one score.

A native of Sacramento, Calif., Booker started in 19-of-23 contests at Utah after beginning his collegiate career at American River College. As a senior in 2015, Booker posted 1,261 rushing yards on 268 carries with 11 touchdowns in 10 games before suffering a season-ending knee injury. He was named a Maxwell Award and Doak Walker Award semifinalist and was also selected All-Pac-12 Second Team.

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Las Vegas Raiders Sign Jalen Richard To Extension

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Las Vegas Raiders have signed RB Jalen Richard to a two-year contract extension, the team announced Wednesday.

Richard originally signed with the Raiders after participating on a tryout basis at the team’s rookie mini-camp as an undrafted free agent following the conclusion of the 2016 NFL Draft. In four seasons with the Silver and Black, Richard has appeared in 64 contests and made two starts, logging 233 rushing attempts for 1,170 yards and three touchdowns, adding 160 receptions and an additional 1,380 yards and three scores. Richard has also played a large role on special teams, tallying 34 kickoff returns for 680 yards and 68 punt returns for 485 yards.

In 2019, Richard appeared in all 16 contests for the fourth consecutive year. He tallied 39 carries for 145 yards, adding 36 receptions and 323 yards. His 36 receptions were tied for fourth-most on the squad in 2019. 

In 2018, Richard was a major offensive contributor, as he tallied a career-high 68 receptions, tied for most on the club and also tied with Marcus Allen for the fourth-most receptions in a single season by a Raiders running back. Richard’s 104 receptions since 2018 rank eighth-most among all running backs in the league. During his 2017 campaign, he totaled 531 yards from scrimmage and scored two times on offense. 

As a rookie in 2016, Richard made the initial 53-man active roster out of training camp. In his NFL debut and on his first career carry, Richard scored his first career touchdown on a 75-yard rush midway through the fourth quarter and became just the fourth player ever to score on a 75-or-more yard run in his NFL debut, joining the likes of Oran Pape (1930), Alan Ameche (1955) and Ottis Anderson (1979). Additionally, his average of 5.9 yards per carry ranked first in the NFL among players with at least 80 rushing attempts that season. He was also recognized as a Pro Bowl alternate as a return specialist after posting 17 kickoff returns for 402 yards (23.6 avg.) and 34 punt returns for 306 yards (9.0 avg.).

A native of Alexandria, La., Richard played four years for Southern Miss, appearing in 41 games and making 29 starts. As a Golden Eagle, he totaled 2,082 career rushing yards on 397 carries and logged 19 touchdowns, while also hauling in 83 passes for 675 yards and an additional five scores.

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Oakland Raiders Acquire WR Trevor Davis

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have acquired WR Trevor Davis via a trade with the Green Bay Packers, the club announced Thursday.

As part of the trade terms, Oakland will send an undisclosed 2020 draft pick to the Packers in return for Davis.

Originally a fifth-round selection (163rd overall) by the Packers in the 2016 NFL Draft, the 6-foot-1, 188-pound speedster out of Cal has appeared in 31 games over his first four seasons, recording nine receptions for 122 receiving yards and one touchdown, while primarily being used as a return special list, logging 40 punt returns for 449 yards (11.2 avg.) and 35 kick returns for 791 yards (22.6 avg.).

In 2018, his year was cut short due to a hamstring injury that landed him on the Reserve/Injured List two times, allowing him to only appear in two contests throughout the campaign. In 2017, Davis appeared in all 16 contests for the first time in his career, serving as the primary returner for both kickoffs and punts. He tallied 24 punt returns for 289 yards (12.0 avg.) and 31 kickoff returns for 707 yards (22.8 avg.). His 12.0-yard punt return average ranked third in the NFL and sixth in club annals for a single season. Davis’ average of 12.1 yards per punt return since entering the NFL in 2016 ranks second league wide.

A native San Francisco, Calif., the former Cal Bear played two seasons at his local program, totaling 2,300 all-purpose yards, including 1,071 receiving yards and seven touchdown scores on 64 receptions, 1,110 yards and two touchdowns on 45 kickoff returns and 115 yards on 14 punt returns. During his senior year in 2015, Davis notched a team-best 1,407 all-purpose yards including 672 receiving yards on 40 receptions for a 16.8-yard average that ranked second on the team.

In a corresponding move, the Raiders have waived DB Juston Burris.

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Oakland Raiders Sign Burris; Place Abram on IR

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent DB Juston Burris, the club announced Friday.

Burris joins the Raiders for his first season with the club after originally being selected in the fourth round (118th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. Burris appeared in 34 games with the Jets before being waived in 2018 and joining the Cleveland Browns from the Jets’ practice squad. Over his first three seasons with the two clubs, Burris has appeared in 38 games with two starts, recorded 28 tackles (27 solo), two interceptions, seven passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Last season, the 6-foot, 212-pound defensive back appeared in eight games, four with the Jets and four with the Browns, appearing primarily on special teams and recording two tackles on the unit.

In a corresponding move, the Raiders have placed S Johnathan Abram on the Reserve/Injured List.

Abram was selected 27th overall by the Raiders in the 2019 NFL Draft. He started in his first NFL contest in the Week 1 victory and recorded five tackles (one) and logged one pass defensed. Abram played two years at Mississippi State before joining the Silver and Black, appearing in 26 contests and making 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.

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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 Return Cowser and Holton to Practice Squad

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed LB James Cowser and WR Johnny Holton to the practice squad, the club announced Wednesday.

Cowser was originally signed by the club as an undrafted free agent in 2016. Earlier this season, he was elevated to the active roster from the club’s practice squad but has not seen game action in 2018. Now in his third year, he has appeared in 22 contests, made 28 tackles (21), one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Holton originally signed with the team as an undrafted free agent out of Cincinnati following the conclusion of the 2016 NFL Draft. Holton spent the first 11 weeks of the 2018 campaign on the club’s practice squad before being elevated to the active roster and making his season debut in Week 12. Over his first three years, Holton has appeared in 32 games, making one start and totaling 11 receptions for 252 yards (22.9 avg.), adding three scores.

In a corresponding move, the team has released WR ArDarius Stewart from the practice squad.

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Oakland Raiders Waive Johnny Holton

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have waived WR Johnny Holton, the club announced Monday.

Holton originally signed with the team as an undrafted free agent out of Cincinnati following the conclusion of the 2016 NFL Draft. Holton spent the first 11 weeks of the 2018 campaign on the club’s practice squad before being elevated to the active roster and making his season debut in Week 12. Over his first three years, Holton has appeared in 32 games, making one start and totaling 11 receptions for 252 yards (22.9 avg.), adding three scores.

Additionally, the club has released CB Arrion Springs from the practice squad.

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Oakland Raiders Sign Calhoun From Practice Squad

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed LB Shilique Calhoun to the 53-man roster from their practice squad, the club announced Tuesday. 

Calhoun was originally selected by the club in the third round (75th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft. Over his three seasons with the Silver and Black, he has appeared in 20 contests, totaling eight tackles (four) and one pass defensed, while also adding five special teams tackles.

In a corresponding move, the Raiders have waived DT Brian Price.

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Oakland Raiders Waive LB Shilique Calhoun

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have waived LB Shilique Calhoun, the club announced Wednesday. 

Calhoun was originally selected by the club in the third round (75th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft. During his time with the team, he appeared in 20 contests and totaled eight tackles (four) and one pass defensed, while also adding five special teams tackles.

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Oakland Raiders Waive/NFI OL Vadal Alexander

NAPA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have Waived/Non-Football Injury OL Vadal Alexander, the club announced Tuesday.

Alexander was originally a seventh-round pick (234th overall) of the club in the 2016 NFL Draft. Over his two seasons with the Raiders, he appeared in 24 games at both guard and tackle while making nine starts.

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