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Raiders finalize practice squad

Here’s a belated copy of the release the Raider sent out earlier this evening about completing their practice squad:

The Raiders filled out their eight-player practice squad Sunday, signing four players to join the four added on Saturday.

CB Chimdi Chekwa, DT Vaughn Meatoga, C Colin Miller and RB Jeremy Stewart were signed to the practice squad. The four players signed to the practice squad on Saturday were LB Kaelin Burnett, WR Brandon Carswell, WR Travionte Session and LB Nathan Stupar.

Chekwa (6-0, 194) was waived on Friday in the Raiders’ active-roster reduction to 53 players. He played in four games for the Silver and Black after joining the team as a fourth-round (113th overall) draft pick in 2011.

Meatoga (6-1, 295) was in training camp with the Cincinnati Bengals, signing as a non-drafted free agent out of Hawaii. He played in 52 games over four collegiate seasons.

Miller (6-3, 300), who played in four preseason games with the Raiders, was also waived on Friday. The first-year player was in training camp with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2011.

Stewart (5-11, 215) was in training camp with the New York Jets. He originally signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as a non-drafted free agent out of Stanford.

Teams can establish a practice squad of up to eight players that are free agents who do not have an accrued season of free agency credit or who were on the 46-player active list for less than nine regular-season games during their only accrued season(s). A player cannot participate on the practice squad for more than three seasons.

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  • Just Fire Baby

    I guess the staff was not at all happy with the DB’s, as they keep bringing in new guys.

  • YoungAmerican

    Someone made the observation that when DVD gets beat, it’s almost always on the first cut the WR makes. Can’t be doing that against slot guys – that will lead to TDs.

    Good move by the Raiders to bring in a veteran nickel specialist.

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    Pro Football Focus

    “Hanson was on the field for 221 snaps last season according to ProFootballFocus.com, allowing 26 receptions in the 43 times he was targeted.

    While those numbers are not awful, Hanson allowed more touchdown catches (4) than any other slot corner back in the league. Hanson also came up with no interceptions, and quarterbacks had a rating of over 100 when throwing his direction.

    ProFootballFocus.com had him ranked as the 19th best slot cornerback in the league.”

  • fingers

    …Espn is just brown nose central for the Donks…they don’t have a clue how Mannings gonna hold up…….Mannings got some good Targets on their teams but so does everybody… We’re all gonna have a better idea who’s who after week 1…. I don’t have a clue who the favorite is in our division but I think it’s gonna be a lot of fun finding out …..got a freezer full of Football food and a refig full of Beer … Let’s get this show going …
    Raiderssssssss…….
    Raiders 34…..Chunkers 17….

  • bunk moorland

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    September 3rd, 2012 at 6:12 am
    According to a Eagles blog I just read, Hanson played really well in 2009, signed a contract extension, than tested positive for performance enhancers and has sucked ever since.———————————————-

    after the 2009 season jim johnson, one of the better d-coordinators died. 1st time dc sean mcdermout replaced him ,and then fired after 2010 season. 2011 eagles promoted there o-line coach j,castillo to dc. that could also be a reason for falling producton.

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    From an Eagles insider website:

    “In cutting Hanson, one of the NFL’s best slot cornerbacks, the team opened the door for rookie, fourth-round cornerback Brandon Boykin to play inside against slot receivers in the nickel and dime.

    The move is surprising given Hanson’s reputation and experience and that head coach Andy Reid has said throughout training camp that Hanson had the edge, although Reid recently said Boykin had bridged the gap.

    Hanson didn’t play much early last year as the team tried to accommodate the additions of outside corners Nnadmi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to complement corner Asante Samuel.

    The defense struggled with Rodgers-Cromartie playing out of position inside and didn’t regroup until Hanson went back to the slot corner by December.”

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    Look, Hanson didn’t have a gret year in 2011 and still ranked 19th in Slot CB rankings, he’s going to help.

    Slot CB is a difficult position to play, you are always in traffic and face a ton of targets without much help, those guys will never match outside CB’s efficiency ratings.

    Playing the Slot requires a unique skill set, not every CB can do it and Hanson has made a career out of it, I welcome the signing with open arms.

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    The reason Vince Young has been cut 3 time is his inability to learn the playbooks and break down film. Rather keep Leinert and Pryor. Pryor has Vince Youngs skillset but is far more gifted in the study dept.

  • YoungAmerican

    Bob Marley Says:
    September 3rd, 2012 at 6:55 am

    Look, Hanson didn’t have a gret year in 2011 and still ranked 19th in Slot CB rankings, he’s going to help.

    Slot CB is a difficult position to play, you are always in traffic and face a ton of targets without much help, those guys will never match outside CB’s efficiency ratings.

    Playing the Slot requires a unique skill set, not every CB can do it and Hanson has made a career out of it, I welcome the signing with open arms.

    ======================

    Yep, completely agree here.

  • bunk moorland

    Bob Marley Says:
    September 3rd, 2012 at 6:45 am
    Pro Football Focus

    “Hanson was on the field for 221 snaps last season according to ProFootballFocus.com, allowing 26 receptions in the 43 times he was targeted.

    While those numbers are not awful, Hanson allowed more touchdown catches (4) than any other slot corner back in the league. Hanson also came up with no interceptions, and quarterbacks had a rating of over 100 when throwing his direction.

    ProFootballFocus.com had him ranked as the 19th best slot cornerback in the league.”========================

    The thing about stats is it can be misleading to a point. example, 3rd and 15 you let reciever catch ball for 10 yards and make the tackle, thats a good play, make them punt. Now because he let them catch the ball ,the completion percent goes up on balls throw his way.

  • raiderfankirk

    Hell no to Vince Young. Pryor is already better.

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    Apparently Hanson was doing just fine this pre-season, according to another philly blog, they just decided to go with their draft pick, no shocker as the Eagles usually let players go as soon as they acquire a younger, cheaper guy who they think can fill his shoes.

    “The biggest shocker to me is the cut of CB Joselio Hanson, who played lights out during the preseason as the designated slot cover guy…”.

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    Bunk Moorland.

    Post 60, well said.

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    I hope we cut Coye Francis for Hanson, liked Phil Adams better.

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    Bunk.

    Post 55, good point too, the Eagles D was a mess with Castillo for most of the season, they seemed to get better the final weeks, coincidentally that’s about the time Hanson took back his Slot Cb spot from a struggling Rogers-Cromartie.

  • nyraider

    regardless of where hanson has been ranked, hes way better in the slot than anyone we have now

  • YoungAmerican

    Andrew Brandt ‏@adbrandt

    Raiders sign Joselio Hanson, per @caplannfl. Remember watching Eagles film w/Reggie McKenzie and how he liked Hanson.

  • jesusraiderjim

    so what about King and Carmona do we still have those guys?

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    DB position gets an upgrade now that we have a true Slot CB.

    Bartell and Spencer outside with Hanson as the 3rd CB makes for 3 experienced vets and it pushes back any plans of Huff playing Nickel CB with Gio at FS, Huff may still see action as 4th CB in Dime packages if nobody else steps up.

    Very solid move by Reggie and one we were all expecting.

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    I meant adding an experienced CB.

  • Marks hair

    Hanson too.. our cb position is like the island of misfit toys..

  • YoungAmerican

    jesusraiderjim Says:
    September 3rd, 2012 at 7:23 am

    so what about King and Carmona do we still have those guys?

    ============

    King is on IR.

    Carmona went the way of Ricky Scmitt. Training camp/preseason kicker. Gone.

  • YoungAmerican

    Andrew Brandt ‏@adbrandt

    Again, will be tough for vested veterans to sign this week: if on roster Saturday, salary guaranteed for season. Teams will wait.

    ===============

    This is why guys like Cooley, Winslow, Koppen, and other veterans we’ve discussed around here will likely have to wait a little while before finding a new home somewhere.

  • YoungAmerican

    ProFootballTalk ‏@ProFootballTalk

    Raiders dumping 2011 third-round pick DeMarcus Van Dyke, per league source.

    ==============

    Wow.

  • YoungAmerican

    I’m honestly really surprised. Still getting used to the fact that Al’s guys no longer have a scholarship, I guess.

    Kid has some talent, but hard to keep a player around when all that talent never manifests on the field.

  • TxRaider210

    Good Morning Nation! DVD and Chekwa not on the 53 man, good news!

  • YoungAmerican

    Confirmed, it seems:

    Dov Kleiman ‏@NFL_RealUpdates

    To make room for former #Eagles CB Joselio Hanson the #Raiders are waiving 2011 3rd round pick CB DeMarcus Van Dyke.

  • YoungAmerican

    It’s a new era, folks.

    Play well or you’re gone. No exceptions.

  • Marks hair

    Dvd is gone

  • Marks hair

    73. Yup

  • YoungAmerican

    Frustruating about DVD. With that 3rd round pick I really liked Curtis Brown, who the Steelers coaching staff is apparently really high on now.

    Fit what Al liked to do on defense, as well – very good in man coverage. But of course, Al went with the fastest player at the combine rather than Brown, who ran a 4.5.

  • DJ Johnny

    A week away from the game and we dump our starting CB?

    Now we get a confused newbie entrusted with stopping Phillip Rivers?

  • YoungAmerican

    DJ Johnny Says:
    September 3rd, 2012 at 7:47 am

    A week away from the game and we dump our starting CB?

    Now we get a confused newbie entrusted with stopping Phillip Rivers?

    ==============

    DVD wasn’t going to be starting anywhere.

    The Raiders picked up a 7-year vet who is known for his ability to play in the slot.

    I’d be more worried if the plan was to go into the opener with DVD matched up against Eddie Royal. He’d get himself D’Angeloed.

  • Marks hair

    Starting??

  • YoungAmerican

    I kind of get what DJ Johnny is saying, I think. According to Dennis Allen, your nickel CB is a starter.

    But DVD was only playing on the outside. He may have been 3rd on the depth chart by default, but he wasn’t a nickel corner.

  • Marks hair

    Lee is our slot cb. Huff if we’re in our base d. This week anyways.

  • Carl Weathers

    Well I guessed DVD would be kept and one of adams or Francies would cut. The new Reggime aint messing around! Francies on one play in the last game made a tackle that we could only hope DVD makes. Out with the old, in with the new.

  • DJ Johnny

    I just worry were gonna see this guy looking back at his fellow db’s with his arms up in the air as if saying “wth was that”? while a SD wr dances in the end zone.

  • fingers

    DVD would get ” D’angeloed”….lmaooo… Good one……
    When the Raiders had him , he couldn’t stop a pissant with a sledgehammer

  • jesusraiderjim

    Marks hair Says:
    September 3rd, 2012 at 7:37 am
    Dvd is gone

    ———————————
    Hope we got a Blu-Ray for em

  • DJ Johnny

    I tried to say “Joselio and the p.uzzy cats” and it wouldn’t post.

    Banned word.

  • Marks hair

    New post

  • xdirtyxPNWxRaidersFanx

    93rd

  • JohnnyRaider

    I think Raiders are making some great moves. I did like DVD, he could not cover nor tackle. One time he was trying to tackle and it took a couple more Raiders to come over help take the player down. Only thing I am now concerned with is the PS, I feel we kept one too many receivers and should have placed Cormona on PS, he has a strong leg in case SeaBass gets hurt.