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Raiders add eight to practice squad

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The Browns claimed George Atkinson III of waivers. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

The Browns claimed George Atkinson III of waivers. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

ALAMEDA _ Eight players made their way back to the Raiders practice squad Sunday, a day after being waived in the final cutdown to 53 players.

In addition, running back George Atkinson III and cornerback Neiko Thorpe, who were wavied during Saturday’s final cutdown to 53, found new homes _ Atkinson with the Cleveland Browns and Thorpe with the Indianapolis Colts.

Players signed to the practice squad were wide receiver K.J. Brent, cornerback Kennth Durden, defensive lineman Brandon Jackson, wide receiver Jaydon Mickens, tight end Ryan O’Malley, center-guard Oni Omoile and linebacker Korey Toomer.

The Raiders still have two openings on the practice squad.

Two players who were waived/injured, linebacker Neiron Ball and defensive end/linebacker James Cowser, cleared waivers, were placed on injured reserve and will be ineligble to play for the Raiders this year.

The Raiders can either keep the players on injured reserve to rehab and bring them back next year or reach an injury settlement where they could sign somewhere else when healthy.

The fates of Atkinson and Brent demonstrate the difficulty of gaining a roster spot even when having solid numbers.

Atkinson was fifth in the NFL in rushing with 19 carries for 191 yards and led the league in preseason touchdowns with four. Brant tied with slot receiver Seth Roberts for the team lead in receptions with seven and led the Raiders with 113 receiving yards.

The Raiders as yet have made no move with defensive end Mario Edwards Jr., who could be placed on injured reserve with a hip injury. Edwards wouldn’t be eligible to practice for six weeks after being placed on injured reserve.

 

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • inonewordraider

    I believe in the staff. Proven to adjust (3-4, bench dj) proven to make amends (rehire musky, re sign nelson) and develop (mario, amerson, autry etc). But lot of first and 2nd yr starters and new starters. Hopefully we can start .500 or so because we’ll finish strong

  • 2romes

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  • jesusraiderjim

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  • DJ Johnny

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  • Autumn wind: north California

    yeah kinda surpriseing .. his pass blocking skills seem to be better than expected and his run blocking skills worse. there’s a reason the oLine are the smartes position in football it takes time and brains to figure out how to truly make 5 or 6 or 7 people work asone

  • Autumn wind: north California

    yep that would be the hopestarting strong… tons of hope if they can win 3 of the first 4 .. if they can do that they’ll have every opportunity. and it will be won or lost in the division games

  • 2romes

    With Hudsen, Osemele and the rest, the Raiders should be able to power , counter, trap and zone. If you don’t see this in week one we may have been sold fools gold.

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  • 24

    Too bad Irvin isn’t D. Ware.

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