238

Raiders sign defensive back

The Raiders signed Akwasi Owusu-Ansah to their practice squad, according to his agent via Twitter.
Owusu-Ansah is versatile enough to play cornerback and safety. However, he also has played some wide receiver.
The Dallas Cowboys, who listed Owusu-Ansah as a wide receiver, selected him in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL draft out of Indiana (Pa.) University.
Akwasi Owusu-Ansah returned 28 kicks for 599 yards for Dallas in 2010-11, averaging 21.4 yards per return. He also returned six punts for 47 yards.
He played in 14 games for the Cowboys and Jacksonville Jaguars, including both his starts for the Jaguars last season, all on defense.
No word from the Raiders on whether they signed any of the six players they worked out Tuesday. They have an open spot on their 53-man roster, which also could be filled by signing someone from their practice squad.

  • Share/Bookmark

Steve Corkran

  • MikieG

    SilverNBlackPA Says:
    September 19th, 2012 at 10:07 am

    If we are looking at radical overhaul NEXT YR. than really that’s when the rebuild actually starts…and this yr is just a throw away b.s yr where we go 3-13 and THEN start the good ole 3-5 yr. rebuild?

    ++++++++++++++

    Remember the cap situation coming into this year and the “out of whack” contracts.

    Yes, straight up, this year is a throwaway.
    +++++++++

    Ugh…thats a hard cold truth right there…see you in 2014…Ouch..

  • Marks hair

    Im fine with a full rebuild… if we REALLY rebuild.. trade cp3 to the cards.. trade dmac to detroit.. trade trade trade!

  • RaiderSam

    Chris In NY Says:
    September 19th, 2012 at 10:08 am
    RaiderSam Says:
    September 19th, 2012 at 9:49 am
    RaiderSam Says:
    September 19th, 2012 at 9:11 am
    Carl Weathers Says:
    September 19th, 2012 at 9:01 am
    Free agent DB Akwasi Owusu-Ansah worked out for the Steelers.Owusu-Ansah was waived by the Cowboys at final cuts after attempting to make the transition from safety to corner during camp. The onetime receiver has made 14 career appearances since being drafted in the 2010 fourth round. Sep 5 – 7:43 PMSource: Adam Caplan on Twitter

    So the steelers cut him and then opted for DVD over him and now we have him after cutting DVD.

    I think Reg cut him prematurely due to the fact he was an AD “speed” pick. The same reason we haven’t seen Cris Carr brought in for a workout. Out with the old, in with the injured.

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

    And with good reason. Do we really want to review the “misses” Al had

    well, if we must

    Sebastian Janikowski over Shaun Alexander
    Robert Gallery over Ben Rothelisberger
    Phillip Buchanon over Ed Reed. My God, they were on the same team – who cares if Woodson was the starter!?!
    Rickey Dudley over Marvin Harrison and RAY FREAKING LEWIS
    JaMarcus Russell over Megatron
    Jake Grove over Nick Hardwick and Randy Starks
    (holds back disgust) Fabian Washington over Aaron Rodgers .. oh yeah Roddy White AND Logan Mankins

    shall I go on…
    Michael Huff over Donte Whitner no, check that HALOTI NGATA! – and get this, we overpay for Kamerion Wimbley , who also could’ve been drafted…and Daniel Manning and Roman Harper were available later
    Thomas Howard over Devin Hester and Maurice Jones-Drew…

    it aint perfect, but I’M GIVING MR MUMBLES, Reggie McKenzie the benefit of the doubt for at least one more FULL draft.

    ———————————-

    Patriots took Brandon Merriweather when they could’ve taken Jon Beason, Lamar Woodley or David Harris.

    They took Ron Brace and Darius Butler when they could’ve had Jarius Byrd, Mike Wallace and Matt Shaughnessy.

    They took Taylor Price one pick before the 49ers took Navorro Bowman.

    They took Chad Jackson over Greg Jennings.

    The traded us picks for a washed up Derrick Burgess.

    See. I could go on and on and do this with any team.

    ——————–

    we’ll just leave out the part about Roethlisberger getting 2 rings and Kerry Collins now out of the league, and New England having the greatest QB of this generation (arguably)

    or the multiple playoff appearances of San Diego, Seattle, Baltimore and New England – of whom the players I named went to.

    But, hindsight is 20/20. Factor in the coaching turnover and the propensity for retreading rather than draft acumen….which was OBVIOUSLY out of wack. – San Diego picked higher – stacked talent, became competitive – Baltimore built their corps group – with 2 Hall of Fame talents.

    its the players NOW OUT OF FOOTBALL, most notably, J.Russell and R.Gallery.

    Pats were in Super Bowl, while Navaro Bowman was not.

    but , I get your point.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    148.DJ Johnny Says:
    September 19th, 2012 at 10:10 am
    So we could be looking at an actual 6 yr. rebuild as a possibility? And even then have no guarantee that we’ll be good at that time?

    You know it IS possible to stay bad “forever” almost. Look at us the 7 yrs. prior to the last 2 8-8’s.

    Then, look at the Browns..they’ve managed to do it.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    The Browns have had a series of hilarious chuckleheads in charge for years. I have much more faith in Reggie.

    (The dirty secret everyone’s discovering there now is that while Holmgren is a good coach, as a GM he’s only average)

    Look, this is the NFL and things can indeed turn around quick. Maybe this team kicks azz next year.

    You want my honest best opinion? The Raiders make the playoffs in 2014.

  • Chris in NY

    Problem is, while there are some pretty good QB prospects in the 2013 draft, there are no Andrew Luck type prospects. Those only come along once every 15 years or so.

  • omoran

    We all blame the players, is this one or that one, is Kelly or Dmac or Palmer .STOP blame it on the CROW!.
    Lets STOP pointing at infividual players,they will all screw on one
    Week or the other.Its the whole UNIT !
    Don’t you know theres a FILM ROOM were guity are send HOME WITH NO PAYMENT …

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    I was really surprised with the Tyvon Branch franchise tag. I always thought Al’s D scheme ruined safeties, needed a HOF to play it right (Ronnie Lott, Eric Turner, Rod Woodson). I dont think Tyvon and Huff have matured like other safeties in the league because of the crazy schemes Al implemented. Time to move on. Cleaned house at CB, should clean house at Safety too.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    CB Brandian Ross headed to Oakland.

  • RaiderSam

    Marks Hair Says:
    September 19th, 2012 at 10:12 am
    Im fine with a full rebuild… if we REALLY rebuild.. trade cp3 to the cards.. trade dmac to detroit.. trade trade trade!

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

    Remember this. Each of the last 6 Super Bowl winners went with the QB that they DRAFTED. Palmer was acquired by trade, so was Jason Campbell.
    the exception was Drew Brees. and before that Kurt Warner, then …sigh Trent Dilfer with the 2000 Ravens.

    Geno Smith and Tyler Wilson might just be the key…or we luck into T.Pryor.

    That is a long shot, though. None of the recent “it” guys have gotten to a SB – that being, Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan.

  • MikieG

    Macho Man Randy Savage Says:
    September 19th, 2012 at 10:11 am

    So, you think the ‘12 Raiders will be the the foundation for greatness like the ‘11 Colts? is RegMc looking for the 1st overall pick? a QB I must assume.
    +++++++

    Say we have the 1st overall pick..There doesn’t seem to be anyone that is the Clear Cut overall…like Luck/RGIII talent wise. Trade down and stockpile some pics I would hope…People have some serious reservations about this Barkley Character, and we need a freakin STUD OT to block opposite Veldy…For the next 10 years…

  • Marks hair

    Trade everyone there is

  • MikieG

    Pryor is NEVER EVER EVER EVER going to start the Season as our #1 QB…ever.

  • RaidingTexas

    DJ Johnny Says:

    If we are looking at radical overhaul NEXT YR. than really that’s when the rebuild actually starts…and this yr is just a throw away b.s yr where we go 3-13 and THEN start the good ole 3-5 yr. rebuild?

    ————————————

    I doubt they consider it a “throw away” season. And overhaul doesn’t mean every single player is getting dumped. They still expect 53 guys to play like they want and deserve roster spots. It was tough to do that based on training camp alone.

  • RaiderSam

    Chris In NY Says:
    September 19th, 2012 at 10:14 am
    Problem is, while there are some pretty good QB prospects in the 2013 draft, there are no Andrew Luck type prospects. Those only come along once every 15 years or so.

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

    The answer DEFENSE. Get players that fit the scheme, trade down, acquire as much as you can, then go after teams – learn from S.F. – thats how they turned it around. The Baltimore way. – of course it helps to have Ray Lewis or Patrick Willis.
    doubtful that McClain becomes that…unless Ray Lewis comes in as a coach next year.

  • tonedeezy

    DVD looks great until a ball is on its way…or when it comes time to make a tackle…beyond both of those glaring weaknesses, he’s got loads of potential.

  • 303Raider

    Jesus, give reggie a chance.

    He only inherited one of the worst put togther rosters in regards to salary cap space and flexibility.

    Sometimes, you have to take 3 steps backwards to make it to the next level. Reggie realized we were a year or 2 aways from challenging for the playoffs. Thats why he signed some guys at a bargain, but that didnt cost us too much money.

    Hue made a big gamble on Palmer and it did not payoff, that is whay he is not here. The only way hue was staying was if we won The West.

    New GM’s never keep the old coach with any success.

    We need to suck it up and beat Pitt and go into the Donkey game 1-2 trying to even it up at 2-2!!

    RAIDER NATION!

  • DJ Johnny

    …although even the freaking Browns managed a playoff appearence in 2007 was it?

    That’s what I was saying yesterday. Would the Steeler fanbase EVER accept what we as fans are forced to “understand”? Would they be “patient” if they were told “this is gonna take some time till we get to the point of even making the playoffs”

    HE*L NO. Steelers would do whatever it takes to be competitive EVERY SINGLE YR.

    They don’t take yr’s off to “rebuild”.

    If Reggie is so dam good maybe he can do some things to make this more palatable NOW.

    How does Philly build a “dream team” with the same cap #’s we have? For one thing, they don’t pay their kicking team a ridiculous salary.

    Maybe if we had an offense that didn’t HAVE to punt so dam much we wouldn’t need to pay our punter as much as we do and maybe we woul’dn’t have to kick fg’s so darn much either.

  • ArmChair GM

    Marks hair Says:
    September 19th, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Trade everyone there is
    _______________________________________________________

    This same team beat the Texans last year. This same team was tied for the division lead last year.

    Now we are the worst team in football.

    And some of you are blaming the PLAYERS????

    The Number One thing that is different between this year and last year is the COACHING AND MANAGEMENT Staff!

    If you want to pinpoint our problems, that is where you should start!

  • Marks hair

    I like geno smith.. its all about qbs and passrushers.. trade for picks untill we find some, then fill in the rest of the team..

  • RaiderSam

    MikieG Says:
    September 19th, 2012 at 10:16 am
    Macho Man Randy Savage Says:
    September 19th, 2012 at 10:11 am

    So, you think the ‘12 Raiders will be the the foundation for greatness like the ‘11 Colts? is RegMc looking for the 1st overall pick? a QB I must assume.
    +++++++

    Say we have the 1st overall pick..There doesn’t seem to be anyone that is the Clear Cut overall…like Luck/RGIII talent wise. Trade down and stockpile some pics I would hope…People have some serious reservations about this Barkley Character, and we need a freakin STUD OT to block opposite Veldy…For the next 10 years…

    ========

    wouldnt mind a draft like this;

    1 (from N.Y. Jets) Dave Amerson, CB, North Carolina St.
    2 Mant’I Teo, ILB, Notre Dame
    2 (from Cleveland) Sylvester Williams, DT, N.Carolina
    3 Monte Ball, RB, Wisconsin
    3 (from Cleveland) Bakari Rambo, S, Georgia
    4 Walter Stewart,DE/OLB, U.Cinn
    4 (from New Orleans) Tavon Austin, WR/KR, W.Virginia
    5 Tyler Hawkinson, OT, Kansas
    6 Baker Steinkuhler, DE, Nebraska
    7 (none)
    7th (from Carolina for Louis Murphy) James Ferentz, C, Iowa

  • CJ Legend 34

    165.tonedeezy Says:
    September 19th, 2012 at 10:18 am
    DVD looks great until a ball is on its way…or when it comes time to make a tackle…beyond both of those glaring weaknesses, he’s got loads of potential.

    ——————————
    Great foot work and hips!!! LMAO!!!

  • SilverNBlackPA

    158.DennisAllensVisor Says:
    September 19th, 2012 at 10:15 am
    CB Brandian Ross headed to Oakland.

    +++++++++++++

    To try out or sign?

  • nyraider

    DJ Johnny Says:
    September 19th, 2012 at 10:10 am
    So we could be looking at an actual 6 yr. rebuild as a possibility? And even then have no guarantee that we’ll be good at that time?

    You know it IS possible to stay bad “forever” almost. Look at us the 7 yrs. prior to the last 2 8-8’s.

    Then, look at the Browns..they’ve managed to do it.

    ———————————-

    Idk how long it will take, but we need playmakers on both sides of the ball. We got to stop confusing physical attributes like speed with the ability to make a play. I think guys like DMAC , Dmoore are potential playmakers. On the defensive side we have none. Reggie has to decide, if we are not going to have speed rushers than he has to make the investment in the CBS . we need physical playmakers who can give the line the extra time needed to get to the QB

  • RaiderSam

    303Raider Says:
    September 19th, 2012 at 10:19 am
    Jesus, give reggie a chance.

    He only inherited one of the worst put togther rosters in regards to salary cap space and flexibility.

    Sometimes, you have to take 3 steps backwards to make it to the next level. Reggie realized we were a year or 2 aways from challenging for the playoffs. Thats why he signed some guys at a bargain, but that didnt cost us too much money.

    Hue made a big gamble on Palmer and it did not payoff, that is whay he is not here. The only way hue was staying was if we won The West.

    New GM’s never keep the old coach with any success.

    We need to suck it up and beat Pitt and go into the Donkey game 1-2 trying to even it up at 2-2!!

    RAIDER NATION!

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

    Thank you.

  • MikieG
  • SilverNBlackPA

    ArmChair GM Says:
    September 19th, 2012 at 10:20 am
    Marks hair Says:
    September 19th, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Trade everyone there is
    _______________________________________________________

    This same team beat the Texans last year. This same team was tied for the division lead last year.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Beat the Texans thanks to Michael Huff making the first clutch play of his career and the AFC West was an awful division last year. These are not major accomplishments.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    SilverNBlackPA Says:
    September 19th, 2012 at 10:21 am
    158.DennisAllensVisor Says:
    September 19th, 2012 at 10:15 am
    CB Brandian Ross headed to Oakland.

    +++++++++++++

    To try out or sign?

    —-

    He said for a new start.

    Doesnt make sense if its just a tryout.. But who knows.

    He was a camp standout for the Packers, tough cut from what i’ve read.

  • Marks hair

    Yes the coaches fuçked up this season.. but this seasons gone.. time to think about next yr.. trade everyone

  • SilverNBlackPA

    DJ Johnny Says:
    September 19th, 2012 at 10:19 am
    …although even the freaking Browns managed a playoff appearence in 2007 was it?

    That’s what I was saying yesterday. Would the Steeler fanbase EVER accept what we as fans are forced to “understand”? Would they be “patient” if they were told “this is gonna take some time till we get to the point of even making the playoffs”

    HE*L NO. Steelers would do whatever it takes to be competitive EVERY SINGLE YR.

    They don’t take yr’s off to “rebuild”.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++

    Because when was the last time their organization was systematically driven into the ground for an entire decade?

  • omoran

    We RAIDERNATION are not going to solve anything by bringing
    1 or 3 players or blaming one player.
    Its the WHOLE TEAM and KNAPP!

  • Chris in NY

    Macho Man Randy Savage Says:
    September 19th, 2012 at 10:14 am
    I was really surprised with the Tyvon Branch franchise tag. I always thought Al’s D scheme ruined safeties, needed a HOF to play it right (Ronnie Lott, Eric Turner, Rod Woodson). I dont think Tyvon and Huff have matured like other safeties in the league because of the crazy schemes Al implemented. Time to move on. Cleaned house at CB, should clean house at Safety too.

    —————————————-

    Except … has cleaning house at CB worked? Both replacements are down for extended time two games into the season. Now we’re trying out guys off the street who could be starting in less than two weeks. Maybe less than one.

    I get that everyone’s frustrated by this team. Obviously. But it doesn’t mean that every single guy on the roster can be replaced somehow with someone better. In reality, you dump Satele and end up with Brisiel. You dump Routt and CJ and you end up with two average vets who sustained major injuries less than six quarters into the season. You dump Louis Murphy and you bring in Derek Hagan (I actually like both guys, but it’s not like Hagan is a difference maker). You dump Kam Wimbley and you end up with Dave Tollefson.

    Teams generally don’t let go of their great players. So a one-year rebuild is just not very likely.

    We had a window of opportunity with Hue and these players after about a decade of losing. Circumstances conspired against us. Al passed away. And now we’re blowing it up to start again.

  • MonumentRaider

    303Raider Says:
    September 19th, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Reggie realized we were a year or 2 aways from challenging for the playoffs.

    ______________________

    We were 1 GAME away from the playoffs! There wasn’t a need to take a step back. It’s time to step forward; it’s been ten freakin years.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    303Raider Says:
    September 19th, 2012 at 10:19 am
    Jesus, give reggie a chance.

    He only inherited one of the worst put togther rosters in regards to salary cap space and flexibility.

    Sometimes, you have to take 3 steps backwards to make it to the next level. Reggie realized we were a year or 2 aways from challenging for the playoffs. Thats why he signed some guys at a bargain, but that didnt cost us too much money.

    Hue made a big gamble on Palmer and it did not payoff, that is whay he is not here. The only way hue was staying was if we won The West.

    +++++++++++++++++++++

    Stop making so much sense, it’s forbidden in here! ;)

  • MaxtallicA

    Macho Man Randy Savage Says:
    I agree, the roster is a hot mess. But the coaching staff has to work with what we have. Cant make orange juice with lemons, cant turn DMAC into Terrell Davis or Palmer into Gannon or DHB into Andre Johnson…

    ________________________________

    Are you kidding me? Terrell Davis was way overrated. Napoleon Kaufman was better than him. Any running back in that system did well. Like Arian Foster is doing now. They are above average backs but nothing special. It’s the line that’s responsible for them looking so good. And if you give our team a chance our line should look like that eventually.

  • CJ Legend 34

    I think he did the best he could to fill in holes with the money he has to wrok with. Also, I think the lack of depth at each position is really hurting us as well a nd that was not Reggies creation.

    We have a number of guys on this team locking up big dolars they are not living up too.

    —————————————————-
    166.303Raider Says:
    September 19th, 2012 at 10:19 am
    Jesus, give reggie a chance.

    He only inherited one of the worst put togther rosters in regards to salary cap space and flexibility.

    Sometimes, you have to take 3 steps backwards to make it to the next level. Reggie realized we were a year or 2 aways from challenging for the playoffs. Thats why he signed some guys at a bargain, but that didnt cost us too much money.

    Hue made a big gamble on Palmer and it did not payoff, that is whay he is not here. The only way hue was staying was if we won The West.

    New GM’s never keep the old coach with any success.

    We need to suck it up and beat Pitt and go into the Donkey game 1-2 trying to even it up at 2-2!!

    RAIDER NATION!

  • kokomo

    All,

    Encourage u to listen to this Rod Woodson, Bill Romanowski & Greg Papa on 95.7 FM yesterday. http://957thegame.com/topic/play_window.php?audioType=Episode&audioId=6037541 They talk about the zone blocking and how bad the Raiders have looked. They especially talk about how ZBS isn’t a fit for our OL and DMAC. Not good news for the team. They all think we start 0-5 before our first win. It’s just sad that a team that was 8-8 last year is now in the race for a top 5 pick.

  • RaiderSam

    another one
    1(from Jets – McFadden trade) David Amerson
    2(from Browns – for Shaughnessey and our 1) Sean Porter, OLB, Texas AM
    3 Monte Ball, RB, Wisconsin
    4 Micah Hyde, S/CB, Iowa
    4 Abry Jones, DT, Georgia (for Kelly trade from Saints)
    5 Mister Cobble, NT, Kentucky
    6 Baker Steinkuher, DE, Nebraska
    7 (from Carolina) Mark Jackson, OT, Glenville St.

    FA
    Cary Williams, CB
    Alex Mack (via trade with Browns)-move up to 11 to select WR Robert Woods
    Ricky Jean-Francois, DE
    Ryan Mundy, S
    Sedrick Ellis, DT or Terrence Knighton, NT

  • RaidingTexas

    it aint perfect, but I’M GIVING MR MUMBLES, Reggie McKenzie the benefit of the doubt for at least one more FULL draft.

    —————————-

    Unfortunately, the Raiders won’t have a full draft until 2014 unless they trade something for a 2nd round pick next April.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    I hate mock drafts this early, just for the fact that between playing games & the combine/workouts so much changes.

  • omoran

    Please DON’T WAIST TIME -continue shuffling the DANM PLAYERS!
    WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON IN HERE! -Lombardi

  • RaiderSam

    Kokomo Says:
    September 19th, 2012 at 10:25 am
    All,

    Encourage u to listen to this Rod Woodson, Bill Romanowski & Greg Papa on 95.7 FM yesterday. http://957thegame.com/topic/play_window.php?audioType=Episode&audioId=6037541 They talk about the zone blocking and how bad the Raiders have looked. They especially talk about how ZBS isn’t a fit for our OL and DMAC. Not good news for the team. They all think we start 0-5 before our first win. It’s just sad that a team that was 8-8 last year is now in the race for a top 5 pick

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

    Whenever former Raiders come on to criticize the new management, you know its going to be “on” in that locker room…Allen is losing the team a little more…and with the Niners blowing up on the other side of the bay , the pressure will only increase.

  • Marks hair

    Play tp all yr.. time to see what we’re gonna do with our pick next yr.

  • RaiderSam

    RaidingTexas Says:
    September 19th, 2012 at 10:28 am
    it aint perfect, but I’M GIVING MR MUMBLES, Reggie McKenzie the benefit of the doubt for at least one more FULL draft.

    —————————-

    Unfortunately, the Raiders won’t have a full draft until 2014 unless they trade something for a 2nd round pick next April.

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

    They will. Its that bad.

  • MaxtallicA

    The autumn wind is a Raider!!!

  • zopi

    Of course Mr. Davis would never heed to what the fans wanted on the field, he was who he was, a legend like no other. And BigMac, of course will never listen to what the fans have to say, unless the fans stop going to the games, and stop buying gear.
    BigMac, Amy and Mark will start listening when fans begin booing and begin holding them accountable, instead of taking it with a bunch of cliches and BS.

  • PurpleDrank81

    I highly doubt that Sean Porter will make it topthe 2nd round and Monte Ball wont be there in the 3rd

  • SaintKaufman

    192

    dumbest idea this morning. OK, besides that Terrell Davis and Arian Foster are just slightly above average players. You guys are a comedians wet dream!

  • Chris in NY

    RaiderSam Says:
    September 19th, 2012 at 10:18 am
    Chris In NY Says:
    September 19th, 2012 at 10:14 am
    Problem is, while there are some pretty good QB prospects in the 2013 draft, there are no Andrew Luck type prospects. Those only come along once every 15 years or so.

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

    The answer DEFENSE. Get players that fit the scheme, trade down, acquire as much as you can, then go after teams – learn from S.F. – thats how they turned it around. The Baltimore way. – of course it helps to have Ray Lewis or Patrick Willis.
    doubtful that McClain becomes that…unless Ray Lewis comes in as a coach next year.

    ——————————

    Not a bad premise, but please understand that Slowlando will never, ever become a Ray Lewis/Patrick Willis type player. Doesn’t have the feet, the heart or the toughness to play like those guys.

    That was one of those Al picks that the pundits were all giving him a handy over but I was railing against it on this board for weeks before the draft. The same things we see with him on the Raiders — disappearing for games, no impact plays, jogging after plays — were things I saw him do at Alabama. Never really understood the hype, other than that Bama’s defense was good and he was supposedly the leader of it.

    The funny thing is that the Giants, who were desperate for LB help, almost surely would’ve taken him if he were there, but we took him so they had to settle for gambling on Jason Pierre Paul.

  • SilverNBlackPA
  • Marks hair

    Burn! Burn!!!