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Oakland Raiders 2019 Preseason Opponents Announced

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders’ 2019 preseason schedule features a nationally-televised ESPN contest against the Arizona Cardinals and games against the Los Angeles Rams, Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks, the National Football League announced Tuesday.

Week/Date   Opponent                Time (PT)       Broadcast

1                      Los Angeles Rams        TBA                 KTVU (Bay Area)/KVVU (Las Vegas)

Thu., Aug. 15  at Arizona Cardinals    5:00 p.m.         ESPN

3                      vs. Green Bay Packers TBA                 KTVU (Bay Area)/KVVU (Las Vegas)

4                      at Seattle Seahawks    TBA                 KTVU (Bay Area)/KVVU (Las Vegas)

The Silver and Black will open the preseason with a home contest against the Los Angeles Rams at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, marking the third consecutive preseason that the two clubs have squared off. 

The Raiders will then travel to Arizona to face the Cardinals for a contest televised nationally on ESPN. It will mark the fourth time in the last five years that the two teams have met in preseason action, while also being the third consecutive such meeting with the Cardinals on the road. 

In preseason Week 3, the Raiders will take on the Green Bay Packers at a to be announced neutral site. It represents the fourth time in six seasons that the Raiders and Packers have met in the preseason and it will be the Silver and Black’s first neutral site preseason contest since participating in the 2006 Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio

Oakland will wrap up its slate against the Seahawks for the 14th straight year, as the team will travel to Seattle to close out the preseason for the 10th time since 2006. 

Further broadcast information, times and specific dates will be announced at a later date.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign QB Mike Glennon

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent QB Mike Glennon, the club announced Friday. 

Glennon, now entering his seventh year in the NFL, was originally a third-round selection (73rd overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Entering his first season with the Silver and Black, Glennon comes aboard having previously spent his first four seasons (2013-16) in the league with the Buccaneers, one season with the Chicago Bears in 2017 and most recently with the Arizona Cardinals in 2018. Over his six-year career, Glennon has appeared in 27 games and made 22 starts, completing 482-of-791 pass attempts for 5,107 yards, 35 touchdowns and 20 interceptions for a passer rating of 84.0.

Last season, Glennon appeared in two contests in his lone campaign with the Cardinals. In his Cardinals debut, he completed 10-of-14 passes for 111 yards and one touchdown and finished the season 15 of 21 (71.4 percent) for 174 yards and a passer rating of 112.0.

From 2013-16, the 6-foot-6, 225-pound product out of N.C. State appeared 21 games for the Buccaneers, making 18 starts. As a rookie in 2013, Glennon started in all 13 appearances and was named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team after completing 247-of-416 attempts (59.4 percent) for 2,608 yards, 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions for a passer rating of 83.9. He became  the first rookie in NFL history to throw at least one touchdown in each of his first eight career starts, while setting franchise-rookie marks in touchdown passes and passing yards. Over his next three seasons, Glennon made eight appearances for the club including five starts.

A native of Fairfax County, Va., Glennon spent four seasons (2009-12) with the Wolfpack, playing in 36 contests and making 26 start. His collegiate totals included 646 completions on 1,069 attempts (60.4 percent) for 7,411 yards and 63 touchdowns. As a senior, Glennon’s 330 completions and 4,031 passing yards ranked third-most and fourth-most in ACC history, while his 31 touchdown passes tied for fifth-most.

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Oakland Raiders Retain LS Trent Sieg

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have re-signed exclusive rights free agent LS Trent Sieg, the club announced Wednesday.

Signed to the club ahead of the Raiders’ Week 2 contest last season, Sieg appeared and snapped in the final 15 contests, assisting K Daniel Carlson in setting a new franchise record with a 94.1 field goal percentage on the year. Sieg also helped Carlson earn AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors after snapping on the game-winning field goal in Week 11 against the Arizona Cardinals. Sieg originally signed with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent following the conclusion of the 2018 NFL Draft.

A native of Eaton, Colo., Sieg was a four-year player at Colorado State. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound long snapper appeared in 52 games for the Rams without missing a snap.

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Oakland Raiders Sign DE Josh Mauro

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent DE Josh Mauro, the team announced Friday.

Mauro, a former undrafted free agent who originally signed with the Arizona Cardinals following the conclusion of the 2014 NFL Draft, joins the Raiders to embark upon his sixth season in the league after spending the first four with the Cardinals and most recently as a member of 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).

Last season, the 6-foot-6, 290-pound defensive end played in 12 contests and made four starts for the Giants. He totaled 28 tackles (17) and one sack over the course of the season.

A native of Hurst, Texas, Mauro played four seasons (2010-13) at Stanford, appearing in 48 games and making 11 starts. He totaled 81 tackles, including 21.5 for loss, 11 sacks, one interception, three passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery during his collegiate career.

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Oakland Raiders Sign WR J.J. Nelson

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent WR J.J. Nelson, the club announced Friday.

A 5-foot-10, 160-pound wide receiver, Nelson enters his fifth year in the NFL and first with the Raiders having previously spent his first four years with the Arizona Cardinals after being drafted by the club in the fifth round (159th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. In his first four seasons, Nelson appeared in a total of 56 contests and made 15 starts, tallying 81 receptions for 1,439 yards (17.8 avg.) and 10 touchdowns, while also adding 12 rushing attempts for 120 yards and an additional score. In two post season appearances, Nelson caught three passes for 33 yards and fielded three kickoffs for 56 return yards.

Since entering the league in 2015, Nelson’s yards per reception average of 17.8 ranks first in the NFL among players with at least 80 receptions during that span. Of Nelson’s 11 career touchdowns, five have come from at least 30 yards out, including three from 50-plus yards. 

Last season, Nelson appeared in 14 games and made two starts, totaling seven receptions for 64 yards. He appeared in 16 contests for the first time in 2017, while setting career highs across the board in 2016 with 34 receptions for 568 yards, including six touchdown receptions, while also adding four rush attempts for 83 yards and a score.

A native of Midfield, Ala., Nelson played in 46 games for UAB and made 22 starts, finishing his collegiate career with 116 receptions for 2,273 yards and 20 touchdown receptions, adding on 18 rush attempts for 90 yards and a score. He added 76 kickoff returns for 1,932 yards and five touchdowns, while tacking on 35 punt returns for 375 yards, including one returned for a score. Nelson ranks first in school history with 4,670 all-purpose yards and his five career kickoff return scores rank third all-time in Conference USA history annals.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders’ Frostee Rucker Wins Craig Long Award

ALAMEDA, Calif. – DE Frostee Rucker was named the recipient of the fifth-annual Oakland Raiders Craig Long Award, the team announced Thursday.

Chosen by a select group of local media and facilitated by the Oakland Raiders’ media relations department, the Craig Long Award is presented annually to the player who best exemplifies professionalism and collaboration with the media at large.

Rucker, who was signed as a free agent by the Raiders in June, has started all 14 games in which he has played for the Silver and Black this season. A 13-year NFL veteran, Rucker has totaled 32 tackles (20 solo) and two passes defensed in his first season in Oakland. Originally drafted by Cincinnati in 2006, Rucker played 12 years with the Bengals, Cleveland Browns and Arizona Cardinals, totaling 142 games played with 73 starts, 21.5 sacks and 265 total tackles. He was named the winner of the Media Good Guy Award by the Arizona chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) in 2017.

Long, who passed away in 2007 at age 36, was a valuable member of the Oakland Raiders’ public relations staff from 1997-2004. An Iowa native, Long fulfilled his childhood dream of working in the front office for his favorite team.

Craig Long Award Winners

2018 – DE Frostee Rucker

2017 – RB Jalen Richard

2016 – T Donald Penn

2015 – S Charles Woodson 

2014 – DL Antonio Smith

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Oakland Raiders Sign CB Bene Benwikere; Place Calhoun On IR

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent CB Bene Benwikere, the club announced Wednesday.

A former fifth-round pick (148th overall) of the Carolina Panthers in the 2014 NFL Draft, Benwikere is now in his fifth season in the NFL, having made stops with the Dallas Cowboys (2017) and Arizona Cardinals (2018) after his first three seasons with the Panthers. Over his five-year career, the Fontana, Calif., native has appeared in 50 games and made 22 starts, recording 153 tackles (115 solo), 1.5 sacks, three interceptions, 25 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.

Last season, the San Jose State alum appeared in 12 games with the Cowboys before signing with the Cardinals this past offseason. In 11 games this season, the 6-foot-, 195-cornerback compiled 49 tackles (37), one interception, four passes defensed and one forced fumble with the club.

In a corresponding move, the Raiders have placed LB Shilique Calhoun on the Reserve/Injured List. Originally a third-round (75th overall) selection by the club in the 2016 NFL Draft, Calhoun has appeared in 26 games over three seasons with the Silver and Black, totaling 23 stops (13) and 0.5 sacks. Calhoun appeared in seven games this season and recorded 12 tackles (six).

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Oakland Raiders Sign DE Jacquies Smith

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent DE Jacquies Smith, the club announced Monday.

A 6-foot-2, 260-pound defensive end, Smith originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2012 when he signed with the Miami Dolphins. Following a short stint with the club, Smith made stops with the New York Jets (2012-13), Buffalo Bills (2013-14), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2014-17), Detroit Lions (2017) and most recently with the Arizona Cardinals in 2018. Since entering the league, he has appeared in 34 contests and made 18 starts, compiling 41 tackles (29 solo), 13.5 sacks, three passes defensed, four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.

A native of Dallas, Texas, Smith played in 53 games at Missouri, starting in 32 of them over his four-year career (2008-11). As a Tiger, he recorded 159 stops, including 26 for loss, 13 sacks and one interception that he returned for a touchdown.

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Oakland Raiders Announce Transactions

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have elevated LB James Cowser to the active roster from the practice squad and placed CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on the Reserve/Retired List, the club announced Tuesday.

Cowser was originally signed by the club as an undrafted free agent in 2016. Now in his third year, he has appeared in 22 contests, made 28 tackles (21), one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Rodgers-Cromartie, an 11-year veteran originally drafted in the first round (16th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals, was signed by the team as a free agent this past August. He appeared in all seven contests this season, making one start, and recorded six tackles, two passes defensed and one forced fumble.

The Raiders have also signed T Jamar McGloster to the club’s practice squad. McGloster, a 6-foot-6, 319-pound rookie lineman out of Syracuse, was originally signed by the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent following the 2018 NFL Draft and also spent training camp with the Detroit Lions. The Newark, N.J. native appeared in 30 games for the Orange and made 24 starts.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign K Matt McCrane; Place K Mike Nugent on IR

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent K Matt McCrane, the club announced Wednesday.

McCrane, a 5-foot-10, 165-pound rookie kicker, enters his first season in the NFL after signing with the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent following the conclusion of the 2018 NFL Draft. McCrane connected on all four of his field goal attempts in preseason action, including makes from 53- and 54-yards out, while also being true on all three PATs.

A native of Brownwood, Texas, McCrane was a three-time All-Big 12 performer at Kansas State, becoming the first kicker in school history with three all-conference honors. Over his four-year career, he made 57-of-66 field goal (88.4 percent) attempts and connected on 133-of-134 PATs. His 88.4 percent career average ranks second in Big 12 history and sixth in NCAA lore. McCrane’s 304 career points placed him as the Wildcat’s all-time scoring leader.

In a corresponding move, the Raiders have placed K Mike Nugent on the Reserve/Injured List.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations