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More undrafted free agents signed by Raiders — updated

Since we last spoke, the Raiders have added six more undrafted free agents. They are:
Missouri DL Dominique Hamilton, Southern California wide receiver Brandon Carswell, East Carolina wide receiver Lance Lewis, Utah cornerback Conroy Black, Penn State cornerback Chaz Powell and California (Pa.) wide receiver Thomas Mayo.
Note: As is expected during this uncertain time, there is plenty of misinformation floating around. Nothing is official until the Raiders confirm the signings.
Case in point, Pittsburgh defensive end Brandon Lindsey now is linked to signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Still sorting through that one. Stay tuned.

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  • Chris in NY

    aig-raiders Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 6:16 pm
    Obviously, we can’t address everything in one draft but I think this is a great start. Of course, I tell myself that in years past when Al reached for guys like Jawalrus, DHB, MM34 and countless others. That’s why I’m a fan.

    ———————-

    DHB > Crabtree (the guy we were “supposed to take”) and only getting better.

    I’m a big MM34 fan as well. Hasn’t had much of a chance with Branch establishing himself as the starter before MM got here, but the kid can definitely play.

  • xraided

    PS Reggie thinks so too. that’s why you haven’t seen a CB signed.(it could come in the second round of cuts from teams)

  • Method To My Madness

    Glenny…haha you don’t think our crappy DT play is linked with the run d woes the last decade? Come on….Seymour and Kelly are a joke and Des Bryant is 290…Travis Ivey? Whatever….guess we just building so I guess we will address more next draft….whewwwww boy don’t know what McRibzie I don’t agree with it at all

  • xraided

    i tell that to niner fans everyday.

    AL DAVIS WAS RIGHT ABOUT THE CRAPTREE AND DHBALLIN CONTEST!

    thank you for playing!

  • Guy

    Some reporst are saying Lewis actually went to the Redskins, but check out Lance Lewis outjumping 1st round pick Stephon gilmore

    Lance Lewis vs South Carolina 2011 – YouTube

  • morilla

    Burris said he played in a 3-3-5 defensive scheme for the Aztecs. I’ve heard his name down here in the radio a bunch but never follow that team. It easthe first time I’ve heard of a 3-3-5.

    I’m really excited to see this kid play. From what I’ve watched he is all go.

  • Seymour Bush

    Pat Lee is a good player just could not crack the lineup with Cwood out there. Lee kept getting hurt. You got Underwood as well. Shawtae Spencer is more of a cover corner than run defender.

  • xraided

    Method, i would have liked more DT’s signed.

    with that being said, i think it was more of our shabby LB’er crew more than it was our DL. Seymour has a lot more help this year, especially from his DC(Allen through Tarver) calling better plays …

    we will not have the bset D in the league, but it will automatically be better without CHUNKY B calling the worst Raider D in team history.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    I think a big part of the Raider Defensive woes, is that it’s been so easy to read.

  • xraided

    Yes SB, although Underwood.

    BigMac think we’re fine. i trust the man.

  • Chris in NY

    aig-raiders Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 6:21 pm
    Chris,

    I think DVD was another typical Al Davis reach and will never pan out. Chekwa has potential. DVD = Buchanon without the attitude. We get Shonasty back. But I still am waiting for a ball hawking FS back there. I can’t say anyone on our roster can be that person now.

    ——————–

    DVD is very fast, very long and very fluid. Perfect raw ability for a CB. Rod Woodson loved him. Far better prospect than anything we’ll grab off the UFA heap. And Al’s acumen at drafting corners was second to none.

  • Method To My Madness

    Aig…..dvd is a moron like Phillip was….he doesn’t care about winning and losing….I hope he gets cut this preseason

  • Just Fire Baby

    Isn’t next year MM34′s 4th year in the league?

    He needs to improve, because quite frankly his last month of last season was about as bad as he has played since he was here. He seems to be getting worse, not better.

    KC game, missed tackles everywhere. SD game, gets burnt for a TD, lets a kick returner blow right past him and through his hole and ultimately allows a TD.

  • J Hill

    DVD is my MUP pick this year.

  • Seymour Bush

    Method To My Madness Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Glenny…haha you don’t think our crappy DT play is linked with the run d woes the last decade?
    =========================================

    No. Our run defense woes are two things: runs off the edge and the MLB. I heard Kirk Morrison is interning to be an announcer. So-Longo McLame can follow in his footsteps.

  • Raider J

    July 22: Deadline for unsigned UFA to sign with new clubs.

    July 22: Deadline for transition players to sign with new clubs.

    Late July: Training camps across the league begin.

    Aug. 13: Preseason: Dallas at Oakland, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)

    Aug. 28: Roster cutdown to 80 players

    Sept. 2: Roster cutdown to 53 players.

  • Seymour Bush

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Isn’t next year MM34’s 4th year in the league?
    =====================================

    4th and Last year in the league, based on the lst three.

  • RaiderSam

    DJ Johnny Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 6:18 pm
    Good point Sam. I think on a few of those plays he simply ran past any would be blocker, but you’re right; i don’t see him running in unscathed too much at the nfl level.

    ————-
    thanks, DJ Johnny
    Looks like much of the draft is special teams/depth to push what starters we already have. My only complaint is passing on Dennard, with injury prone vets Shawntae Spencer and Bartell (neck?!) starting….Dennard wouldve been nice fall back (great in run support and decent in coverage). The thing with DVD is that he’s a finesse paper tiger…much lighter contact-shy version of Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie. Burris could at least help on specials and add occasional heat coming off the edge…did not see much of him in coverage, either.

  • Chris in NY

    RaiderSam Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 6:14 pm
    DJ Johnny Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 6:10 pm
    I like Burris alot.

    When a guy has an excitement level like his it suggests he really gives a crap.

    I want guys who give a crap.

    Maybe if we had more of that we wouldn’t have let Detroit march 98 yds. with the season on the line.

    ———-

    maybe Reggie McKenzie saw a little Clay Matthews, Jr in Miles Burris, he was making a lot of plays on the highlight tape. FYI; most of the plays he was unblocked or had a free line to the runner….appears to be a blitz type…very little tape of him defeating blockers, though – still looks good.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VapULyU56To

    ——————————

    I like the kid.

    - Decent athleticism
    - Looks to have great instincts
    - When he gets there, he finishes

  • Method To My Madness

    Kell that’s partially true and partially not so…..Al kept having underachieving DL like the ones who will start this year….I’m not feeling Seymour Kelly and the other DTs….still gonna be rough for us vs running backs I see

  • Just Fire Baby

    Chekwa was better than DVD in high school (they played in the same state), in college, and his rookie year.

    He will be better next year and so on and so on.

  • Seymour Bush

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Isn’t next year MM34’s 4th year in the league?

    He needs to improve, because quite frankly his last month of last season was about as bad as he has played since he was here. He seems to be getting worse, not better.

    KC game, missed tackles everywhere. SD game, gets burnt for a TD, lets a kick returner blow right past him and through his hole and ultimately allows a TD.
    =============================================

    And let’s not forget the Green Bay game where the FIRST PLAY from scrimmage he comes in over runs the play, MCLame takes the wrong hole, and Grant goes 55 yards basically untouched. How does ANYONE go 55 yards untouched on a football field?

  • RaiderSam

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 6:28 pm
    Isn’t next year MM34’s 4th year in the league?

    He needs to improve, because quite frankly his last month of last season was about as bad as he has played since he was here. He seems to be getting worse, not better.

    KC game, missed tackles everywhere. SD game, gets burnt for a TD, lets a kick returner blow right past him and through his hole and ultimately allows a TD.

    ——-

    Had a sensational pick in coverage on TE J.Finley in the Green Bay game in red-zone..he has his moments…but Henry, and a few others have a shot…. too bad Brandon Hardin was taken by Bears

  • Just Fire Baby

    Making the opposing teams think a little can’t hurt the run defense.

    Peyton Manning just ran laps around us when we played him last, calling for runs to Dominick frkn Rhodes and bagging 6 yards a pop.

  • Guy

    Madness were you disappointed that we passed Ta’amu twice too?

  • Method To My Madness

    Glenny you ain’t watched all the games I see….people run up the gut on the Raiders a lot during the last ten years….that isn’t up for debate…our DTs are awful

  • priesttj

    Method, I just don’t see how you can be mad at this when we were shorthanded. The 2 Dlineman we drafted very good athletes and this kid Hamilton the FA great size and potential. TKelly was an undrafted FA so was Des but this Christo kid is very interesting. If the Nix kid sticks with us this is a very solid haul from where we were standing.

    Not to forget the Henry kid, I think Carriers a longshot but who knows. I think our guys gave a very decent performance everything considered.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Had a sensational pick in coverage on TE J.Finley in the Green Bay game in red-zone..

    **************************

    It was a nice play, of course though we were down about 35 points at the time, so kind of takes the shine off it a little bit.

    Not too many people in here bragging about Rolando’s two second half sacks that game, and safety.

  • Chris in NY

    You guys act like Mitchell has been a disaster because

    1) The talking heads panned the pick.
    2) He gave up a TD to Gates in the finale. Not the first guy Gates has scored a TD on in his career.

    The kid plays with a lot of enthusiasm and has had some nice games. He can play.

  • RaiderSam

    Seymour Bush Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 6:32 pm
    Just Fire Baby Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Isn’t next year MM34’s 4th year in the league?

    He needs to improve, because quite frankly his last month of last season was about as bad as he has played since he was here. He seems to be getting worse, not better.

    KC game, missed tackles everywhere. SD game, gets burnt for a TD, lets a kick returner blow right past him and through his hole and ultimately allows a TD.
    =============================================

    And let’s not forget the Green Bay game where the FIRST PLAY from scrimmage he comes in over runs the play, MCLame takes the wrong hole, and Grant goes 55 yards basically untouched. How does ANYONE go 55 yards untouched on a football field?

    ======

    Well, there was the long run by Mike Tolbert in the final game of the season.

    irony; Ryan Grant might be signed after June 1st …

  • Seymour Bush

    Method To My Madness Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Glenny you ain’t watched all the games I see….people run up the gut on the Raiders a lot during the last ten years….that isn’t up for debate…our DTs are awful
    ==========================================

    Why is the MLB not in the right gap? Over and over and over and over and…….

  • RaiderSam

    Guy Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 6:33 pm
    Madness were you disappointed that we passed Ta’amu twice too?

    =======

    I know I was. A few people thought Ta’amu didnt have the motor and his weight fluctuates….

    Hamiton and Count of Monte Cristo better be the truth in the middle

  • J Hill

    We will see our DLine do different things this year with a new schemes

  • priesttj

    our DTs are awful……..LOL

    Method can’t you see the powers that be, disagree. I dissagree and have said so many times but you just can’t see it. TK was one if the top peforming DT’s in the league the only reason he doesn’t go to the probowl is overall defensive stats.

  • RaiderSam

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 6:34 pm
    Had a sensational pick in coverage on TE J.Finley in the Green Bay game in red-zone..

    **************************

    It was a nice play, of course though we were down about 35 points at the time, so kind of takes the shine off it a little bit.

    Not too many people in here bragging about Rolando’s two second half sacks that game, and safety.

    ———————

    maybe the potential will materialize and the “light” will come on for these guys….we’ll see…Burris is definitely a gamer and so is Penn St.’s Nasty Nate Stupar

  • realtruraider

    Lucas Nix, G

    Biography: Three-year starter who’s been used at both tackle and guard for Pittsburgh.

    Positives: Nice-sized lineman who shows a degree of athleticism and versatility in his game. Fires off the snap into blocks, stays square and anchors at the point. Quickly gets his hands into defenders and fights hard throughout the action. Moves relatively well on his feet. Keeps his head on a swivel and works well with linemates. Nasty and attacks assignments. Blocks with leverage, for the most part.

    Negatives: Lacks a dominant base. Must do a better job sinking his butt and bending his knees at the line of scrimmage. Struggled with a knee injury in the middle part of the 2011 season, which slowed his development.

    Analysis: Nix was very productive the past three seasons and is a line prospect who offers size and growth potential. He could develop into a starter in the NFL or at the very least could be an inexpensive utility blocker for several positions on the offensive line.

    Projection: 4th

    Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/draft-2012/players/83573.html#ixzz1tOBwIL6t

  • Seymour Bush

    Method To My Madness Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Glenny you ain’t watched all the games I see
    ===============================

    Bri either you are a defensive football genius, or Reggie Mac, Dennis Allen, Johnnie Holland and I are on the right track.

  • Method To My Madness

    Glenny spare me this gap excuse…..it doesn’t fly anymore…Seymour should retire and Kelly needs to just quit on himself

  • Marks hair

    Reggie might have found a starter.. Thats as good as we couldve hoped for.. A+

  • xraided

    Chris in NY Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 6:35 pm
    You guys act like Mitchell has been a disaster because

    1) The talking heads panned the pick.
    2) He gave up a TD to Gates in the finale. Not the first guy Gates has scored a TD on in his career.

    The kid plays with a lot of enthusiasm and has had some nice games. He can play.

    ____________________

    his best contributions have been on special teams, that of which is very valuable. with that said, there are a few guys like Henry pushing him for a backup roll now at either FS or SS(looks like a good size for either) ..

    that’s what Reggie truly wants, competition throughout all the defensive positions! with the exception of DT’s outside of Hamilton, there isn’t a whole lot there thus far.

  • Method To My Madness

    BhP good to see ya again…..sorry man but Kelly is not a top DT with such a sorry ass run d…..he sucks and I can’t wait til he is gone

  • 505raiders

    if

  • Method To My Madness

    Glenny…I’m a realist about the DT slot….at one time I defended seymour and kelly….them days are over…our run d will continue to suffer with those losers

  • priesttj

    McClain played on one leg all year yet he put up very respectable stats. Try playing in this league on one solid leg and see how far you get.

    I think you guys don’t understand how injuries affect a players performance you think if he’s out there he’s 100% well that’s not the case. You constantly bash players for NOT playing hurt yet when they do you’re pissed because they’re not themselves.

    Which is it? should they sit instead???

    Mike Bush busted his ass for us on a bad wheel and all he ever gets is spit on. Maybe he should’ve used the injury as an excuse and let play Cartwright all year……….I guess that’s the only way to make some of you happy……..it’s a joke!

  • J Hill

    SB,

    Do you just look at any hole a RB has against us and say it’s a missed assignment by the MLB?

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Davis The Realist Dirty Raccoon

    KoolKell Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 6:27 pm
    I think a big part of the Raider Defensive woes, is that it’s been so easy to read.

    ::::::::::

    BINGO

  • http://www.wasRaider75.com wasbanned

    NFL. COM Grade by player

    Bergstrom 59
    Burris 52
    Crawford 65
    Criner 79.7
    Bilukidi NO GRADE
    Stupar 46.5

    70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
    50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
    20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

    …..

    According to their grades and scale the Raiders got

    ONE eventual starter at WR that can contribute this season.

    THREE special teams guys that might be backups

    TWO that graded out as UDFA (Why waste picks on guys they could have had after the draft?)

  • Method To My Madness

    Jhill how? You have no pass rush off edges nor do you have DTs that play the run well….Dline is a weakness

  • Seymour Bush

    Xraided Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    his best contributions have been on special teams, that of which is very valuable. with that said, there are a few guys like Henry pushing him for a backup roll now at either FS or SS(looks like a good size for either) ..

    that’s what Reggie truly wants, competition throughout all the defensive positions! with the exception of DT’s outside of Hamilton, there isn’t a whole lot there thus far.
    ============================================

    This is exactly right. Reggie Mac has brought in competition at every single spot BUT defensive tackle. Seymour, Kelly and Desmond have played well. I like Cumbie as well. Every other job is up for grabs.

  • Marks hair

    79. He has never had a good game