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Oakland Raiders Sign Dorleant And Holsey; Waive Cheevers and Townsend

NAPA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agents DB Makinton Dorleant and CB Joshua Holsey, the club announced Tuesday.

Dorleant re-joins the Raiders having spent the offseason program with the team after signing as a reserve/future free agent this past January. Dorleant originally joined the club as a member of the practice squad ahead of the team’s regular season finale in 2018. The 5-foot-11, 182-pound defensive back also made stops with the Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs last season while spending his first two years (2016-17) in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers. Over his career, Dorleant has appeared in four contests.

A native of Naples, Fla., Dorleant played three seasons (2013-15) at Northern Iowa, starting 39-of-40 games with the program. As a Panther, he compiled 138 tackles (104 solo), two interceptions, 30 passes defensed, six forced fumbles and two fumbles recoveries. 

Holsey, a former seventh-round selection (235th overall) in the 2017 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins, joins the Raiders for his third year in the NFL after spending his first two with the Redskins. Over his first two years, Holsey has appeared in 13 games, seeing action primarily on special teams while adding two tackles and one fumble recovery on defense.

A native of Fairburn Ga., the 5-foot-11, 195-pound Holsey appeared in 44 games and made 31 starts during his career (2012-16) at Auburn. With the Tigers, he compiled 118 tackles (96), four interceptions and 19 passes defensed.

In corresponding moves, the Raiders have waived CB Hamp Cheevers and P Johnny Townsend.

Townsend was drafted by the club in the fifth round (173rd overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft. In his lone season with the team, Townsend appeared in all 16 contests and punted 70 times for 3,022 yards (43.2 avg.) while recording a 38.3 net average and pinning the opponent inside the 20-yard line 17 times.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

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.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

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.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media

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 WR Keon Hatcher; Place LaFell on IR

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed WR Keon Hatcher via the Green Bay Packers’ practice squad, club announced Monday.

Hatcher, a 6-foot-1, 212-pound wide receiver out of Arkansas, was originally signed to the club in 2017 as an undrafted free agent. He spent his rookie campaign on the practice squad before making the 53-man roster following the 2018 preseason, where he appeared in one contest for the club. Hatcher returns after a short stint on the Packers’ practice squad. 

A native of Owasso, Okla., Hatcher played four years with the Razorbacks, seeing action in 47 games with 28 starts. He totaled 130 receptions for 1,866 yards and 19 touchdowns, while finishing his collegiate career ranked fourth on the program’s all-time list in receiving touchdowns.

In corresponding moves, the Raiders have waived WR Saeed Blacknall and placed WR Brandon LaFell on the Reserve/Injured List.

Blacknall, an undrafted free agent out of Penn State, appeared in his first NFL action in Week 11 after spending the first 10 weeks on the club’s practice squad. 

LaFell signed to the team as a free agent this season after spending the last two seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. Over his 10-year career, LaFell has appeared in 125 games and made 90 starts, totaling 406 receptions for 5,398 yards and 31 touchdowns.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Announce Transactions

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agents CB Jarell Carter and DT Connor Flagel, the club announced Monday.

Carter joins the Raiders after spending his rookie season on the Arizona Cardinals’ practice squad after signing with the club as an undrafted free agent. A four-year player at Trinity International (2013-16), the 5-foot-10, 196-pound cornerback appeared in 36 games and made 31 starts, recording 156 tackles (85 solo), 0.5 sacks, six interceptions, 28 passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery, earning NCCAA All-American honors twice.

Flagel was originally signed by the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent out of Central Missouri. The 6-foot-5, 296-pound defensive end appeared in 35 contests and made 33 starts during his three seasons with the Mules, totaling 111 tackles, including 10 for loss, 4.5 sacks, one forced fumble and three fumble recoveries.

In corresponding moves, the Raiders have released T Breno Giacomini and placed WR Griff Whalen on the Reserve/Injured List, both of whom signed to the club as free agents this past March.

Giacomini, entering his 11th season in the NFL, has appeared in 94 total games and made 86 starts. Since being drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the fifth round (150th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft, he has also spent time with the Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets and Houston Texans.

Whalen totaled four receptions for 44 yards and a touchdown in exhibition play for the club this preseason, adding four punt returns for 46 yards and two kickoff returns for 45 yards. His career totals include 43 games played with three starts, registering 51 receptions for 532 yards and three touchdowns.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign CB Raysean Pringle; Waive/Injured DB Shaquille Richardson

NAPA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent CB Raysean Pringle, the club announced Monday.

Pringle joins the Raiders after spending his rookie season on both the Green Bay Packers and Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad in 2017. A former running back and wide receiver of Southern Utah, Pringle appeared in 33 games and made nine starts for the Thunderbirds. In his four seasons with the team (2013-16), the Oakland, Calif., native totaled 1,130 yards and 14 touchdowns on 228 carries, adding 36 receptions for 329 yards and one touchdown.

In a corresponding move, the Raiders have Waived/Injured DB Shaquille Richardson, who participated with the team throughout the club’s offseason program.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign T Breno Giacomini

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent T Breno Giacomini, the club announced Thursday.

Giacomini is entering his 11th NFL season, having spent time with the Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets and Houston Texans. He has appeared in 94 career games with 86 starts, including 53 starts over the last four seasons. He originally entered the league as a fifth-round draft pick (150th overall) of the Green Bay Packers in 2008.

Last season, the 6-foot-7, 320-pounder started all 16 games at right tackle for the Texans. From 2014-16, Giacomini started 37 games for the Jets, including every game in 2014 and 2015.

Giacomini saw his first significant action with the Seahawks in 2011 and was a mainstay on the team’s offensive line through 2013, helping the team win Super XLVIII as the starting right tackle.

A native of Malden, Mass., Giacomini played four seasons (2004-07) at Louisville, appearing in 27 games. He began his collegiate career as a tight end before converting to tackle before his senior year.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign WR Jordy Nelson

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent WR Jordy Nelson, the club announced Thursday.

Nelson joins the Raiders after 10 seasons with the Green Bay Packers, helping Green Bay to eight postseason appearances and a Super Bowl title. The 2014 Pro Bowler joins the Raiders having appeared in 136 career games with 88 starts, totaling 550 receptions for 7,848 yards (14.3 avg.) and 69 touchdowns. In 13 career postseason games, Nelson has posted 54 catches for 668 yards and five touchdowns.

The 6-foot-3, 217-pounder leaves Green Bay as one of the top wide receivers in franchise history, ranking third in receptions, fifth in receiving yards and second in receiving touchdowns. He is also the franchise’s leader in postseason receptions.

Last season, Nelson recorded 53 receptions for 482 yards and six touchdowns. He set a single-season franchise record with 1,519 receiving yards in 2014, as he was selected to his first career Pro Bowl and earned second-team All-Pro honors from the Associated Press. He was also named the AP Comeback Player of the Year in 2016 after recording 97 receptions for 1,257 yards and 14 touchdowns.

A native of Manhattan, Kan., Nelson played in 36 games at Kansas State, posting 206 receptions for 2,822 yards and 20 touchdowns. He also posted the most prolific single season in Kansas State history with 122 receptions for 1,606 yards in 2007 on his way to earning consensus All-American honors.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign K Giorgio Tavecchio

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

Tavecchio has spent time with the Raiders in the each of the last three training camps, including the 2015 and 2016 offseason program, and has connected on a combined 6-of-7 field goal attempts in preseason action for the Silver and Black.

The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder had stints in training camp with the San Francisco 49ers (2012), Green Bay Packers (2013) and Detroit 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