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Oakland Raiders Sign OL Jordan Devey

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent OL Jordan Devey, the club announced Thursday.

Devey spent the past three seasons as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs after stops with the San Francisco 49ers (2015) and New England Patriots (2013-14). He has played in 40 games with 17 starts during his career and has appeared in one postseason contest.

In 2018, Devey appeared in seven contests with two starts at center before being placed on the Reserve/Injured List for the remainder of the season. The 6-foot-6, 320-pounder totaled 18 games played with four starts during his three years in Kansas City.

A native of American Fork, Utah, Devey spent two years (2011-12) at Memphis after transferring from Snow Junior College in Ephraim, Utah. Devey started in 24 games for Memphis, playing all 1,558 snaps over his two-year career.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Elevate Holton; Make Practice Squad Additions

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have elevated WR Johnny Holton to the active roster from the practice squad, the club announced Wednesday.

Holton, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound receiver originally signed with the team as an undrafted free agent out of Cincinnati following the conclusion of the 2016 NFL Draft. Holton made the active roster following his first training camp and appeared in 31 games over his first two seasons, making one start and totaling 11 receptions for 252 yards (22.9 avg.), adding three scores. Holton has spent the 2018 campaign on the club’s practice squad, where he participated in a short stint as a converted cornerback.

Additionally, the club has signed WR Saeed Blacknall and CB Arrion Springs to the practice squad. 

Blacknall appeared in his first NFL action in Week 11 after being elevated to the club’s active roster. Originally an undrafted free agent out of Penn State, Blacknall played in 48 contests and made 15 starts, totaling 50 receptions for 979 yards (19.6 avg.) and seven touchdowns.

Springs is a 5-foot-11, 208-pound cornerback that was originally signed by the Kansas City Chiefs this past offseason as an undrafted free agent out of Oregon. Springs played four years (2014-17) with the Ducks, appearing in 40 contests and making 137 tackles (97 solo), two sacks, two interceptions, 42 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. A product of San Antonio, Texas, Springs has spent the 2018 regular season between the Chiefs’, New Orleans Saints’ and Cleveland Browns’ practice squad.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign LB Derrick Johnson

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent LB Derrick Johnson, the club announced Monday.

Johnson joins the Raiders after 13 seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs. Following his selection by Kansas City in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft (15th overall), Johnson was named to four Pro Bowls (2011-13, 2015) and selected to the Associated Press All-Pro First Team in 2011.

For his career, Johnson has played in 182 games with 169 starts and totaled 1,262 tackles (993 solo), 27.5 sacks, 23 forced fumbles, eight fumble recoveries, 14 interceptions and 77 passes defensed. In the postseason, Johnson has played in six games and posted 40 tackles (26 solo) and one sack.

The 6-foot-3, 242-pounder is the Chiefs’ all-time leader with 1,262 tackles. He was named to the Associated Press All-Pro First Team in 2011 after setting a franchise record with 179 tackles, 4.5 sacks and two interceptions. Last season, Johnson played in 15 games and recorded 71 tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

A native of Waco, Texas, Johnson appeared in 50 games with 40 starts over four seasons at Texas, registering 458 tackles (281 solo), 10.5 sacks, 11 forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and 10 interceptions. As a senior in 2004, he was named the Butkus Award winner and also earned the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the nation’s top collegiate defensive player.

In a corresponding transaction, the Raiders have waived DB Darius Hillary.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign Andrew East; Release Austin Howard and Taiwan Jones

NAPA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed LS Andrew East and released T Austin Howard and RB Taiwan Jones, the club announced Friday.

East was with the Raiders during the offseason program in 2016 and training camp, appearing in three preseason games with the team before being waived on August 29. Previously, he had spent time during the offseason program and training camp with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2015 and the offseason program with the Seattle Seahawks in 2016.

Howard joined the Raiders as an unrestricted free agent in 2014 and appeared in 40 games with 39 starts at guard and tackle over his three seasons with the Silver and Black.

Jones was originally drafted by the Raiders in the fourth round (125th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. Over six seasons with the club, he appeared in 66 games, seeing time on offense and defense while also playing a key role on all special teams units.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign LS Andrew East

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent LS Andrew East, the club announced Tuesday.

East, a first-year player, originally signed with the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in May 2015 and spent training camp with Kansas City. Following the conclusion of the 2015 season, he signed with the Seattle Seahawks as a reserve/future free agent in February of this year before being waived in March.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder snapped in all 51 games of his collegiate career at Vanderbilt and recorded 13 special teams tackles. As a senior, he was named a finalist for the Wuerffel Trophy, which honors a superior combination of athletics, academics and commercial service.

A native of Indianapolis, Ind., East was a team captain and three-year starter on defense and special teams at North Central High School in Indianapolis.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign CB Sean Smith

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent CB Sean Smith, the club announced Thursday.

Smith has spent the last three seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs after beginning his career with the Miami Dolphins from 2009-12. He has played in 108 games with 100 starts over his seven-year career, totaling 350 tackles (308 solo), 10 interceptions with 191 return yards and one returned for a touchdown, 80 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. In three postseason starts with the Chiefs, Smith totaled 14 tackles (10), one interception and three passes defensed.

Originally entering the league as a second-round pick (61st overall) by the Miami Dolphins in the 2009 NFL Draft, Smith has posted multiple interceptions in four of his last five seasons, including two in the 2015 regular season and one more in the postseason. He has also started all 16 games at cornerback in four of his seven season NFL seasons (2009, 2011-12 and 2014).

Last season, the 6-foot-3, 218-pounder started the final 13 games of the season for Kansas City, posting 45 tackles (40) with two interceptions and 12 passes defensed. In two postseason starts last season, Smith added 10 tackles (nine) and one interception with two passes defensed.

A native of Pasadena, Calif., Smith started 22 of his 39 games as a three-year letterman at Utah from 2006-08. In his collegiate career, he recorded 80 tackles (43), nine interceptions and16 passes defensed.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Punter Marquette King Wins AFC Special Teams Player Of The Week

Photo by Shawn Jonas

ALAMEDA, Calif.Oakland Raiders P Marquette King has been named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his Week 16 performance against the San Diego Chargers, the National Football League announced today.

This marks the first time in King’s career that he has been named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. A Raider has now won the award 23 times, with King’s recognition being the first since K Sebastian Janikowski won it in 2012 after his Week 15 effort against the Kansas City Chiefs. In total, a Raiders player has won AFC Offensive, Defensive or Special Teams Player of the Week 82 times.

In last Thursday night’s win over the Chargers, King punted eight times for 400 yards (50.0 gross average; 49.8 net average) with a long of 65 in the Raiders’ 23-20 overtime victory over the San Diego Chargers. Six of his punts were downed inside San Diego’s 20-yard line. His 49.8 net average led the NFL in Week 16, and his six punts downed inside the 20-yard line ranked second. King pinned his 39th punt of the season inside the opponents’ 20-yard line (second in the NFL this year), setting a new single-season franchise record since the statistic became official in 1976.

This is the second time this season that Oakland has had a player win a Player of the Week Award, as DE Khalil Mack won the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his Week 14 performance against the Denver Broncos. Additionally, S Charles Woodson was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Month for October.

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Oakland Raiders DE Khalil Mack Wins AFC Defensive Player Of The Week

ALAMEDA, Calif.Oakland Raiders DE Khalil Mack has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his Week 14 performance against the Denver Broncos, the National Football League announced today.

This is the first time in Mack’s career he has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week. The award marks the 31st time a Raider has won it and first since S Charles Woodson won the award in 2014 after his Week 12 effort against the Kansas City Chiefs. In total, a Raiders player has won AFC Offensive, Defensive or Special Teams Player of the Week 81 times.

In last week’s victory over the Broncos in Denver, Mack posted nine tackles (six solo), a career-high five sacks and one forced fumble. His five sacks tied a single-game franchise record, matching Howie Long’s performance on Oct. 2, 1983. Mack became just the sixth player since 1982 to record five sacks and one forced fumble in a game, and he tied the mark for most sacks in a half since 1991. After posting nine sacks over the last three weeks, Mack now leads the NFL with 14 sacks this season.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign WR Devon Wylie

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent WR Devon Wylie, the club announced Tuesday.

Wylie was originally drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fourth round (107th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. He appeared in six games during his rookie campaign, recording six receptions for 53 yards. In 2013, he played in two games with the Tennessee Titans, handling kick and punt return duties. Last season, he spent time on the practice squads of the San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams. For his career, Wylie has played in eight games and totaled six catches for 63 yards, 14 kickoff returns for 285 yards (20.4 avg.) and seven punt returns for 30 yards (4.3 avg.).

Wylie played collegiately at Fresno State, appearing in 44 games and totaling 98 receptions for 1,327 yards and eight touchdowns. He added 41 punt returns for 553 yards and two touchdowns. The 5-foot-9, 185 pounder is a native of Roseville, Calif., and attended Granite Bay High School.

To make room on the roster, the Raiders have waived WR Austin Willis.

Player Signing Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rios’ Goal, Win The Division

All photos by Shawn Jonas

The Raiders have missed the post season for the past 12 seasons, but that doesn’t change the expectations for head coach Jack Del Rio. He’s entering the 2015 season letting his players, the league, and the Raider Nation know what his number one goal is.

Del Rio wants the Raiders to secure the AFC West crown in 2015. It would be the Raiders’ first division title since 2002.

“Goal No. 1 is to win our division, and I don’t see why not,” Del Rio said via the Raiders’ team website.

The sentements in the building aren’t just Del Rio’s alone.  Just ask offensive line coach Mike Tice, who tossed out an even loftier goal for the Raiders.

“We’re going to be a championship football team,” Tice said.

The mindset of the entire organization has changed since Del Rio, Ken Norton Jr., Mike Tice and the rest of this coaching staff was assembled.

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Reggie McKenzie has done his part by bolstering the roster with premier talent such as Amari Cooper, Mario Edwards Jr., and Clive Walford in the draft.  The roster has been influxed with a mix of young talent with much added depth in free agency as well.

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The Raiders have the most talent and depth in almost a decade. The biggest question  if these young players can take the next step. The bulk of the players they will rely on have been in  the league less than three years. Derek Carr,  Khalil Mack, Amari Cooper will have a lot of weight on their shoulders in 2015.

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The AFC West quarterback group is an aging one, with the likes of Peyton Manning possibly having only 1-2 years left. Del Rio did coach against him everyday in practice for three years.  Chargers’ Phillip Rivers is also on the backside of his career.  He’s also in th middle of a contract situation. Does he return to San Diego?  Chiefs’ Alex Smith has been very productive in the winning column, but is yet to take that next step as a big passing threat.  Smith didn’t throw a touchdown pass to any wide receivers the entire 2015 season.  Who can forget the Raiders first win of the season on Thursday Night  Football to help knock the Chiefs out of the 2014 playoffs.

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Del Rio’s expectations are lofty, but who’s to say there isn’t a change in the winds.