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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 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