Aaron Wilson, who typically is spot on in his league-wide news, reported that the Raiders have released veteran cornerback Lito Sheppard and second-year cornerback Walter McFadden in advance of the 3 p.m. deadline.
The Raiders need to reduce their roster from 80 to 53 through releases, trades, placing players on injured-reserve, whatever.
Sheppard was signed eight days ago and played last night. Coach Hue Jackson is slated to speak in a conference call at 4 p.m. We should gain some insight into what went ino the decisions to cut Sheppard and McFadden at that time.
McFadden was a fifth-round draft pick of the Raiders in 2010. He struggled in a game against the Miami Dolphins last season and didn’t play much the rest of the season.
McFadden struggled in pass coverage and executing his assignments throughout training camp and in Oakland’s four exhibition games.
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