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Raiders confirm releases of James Jones, Miles Burris, Kevin Boothe and also waive five other players

The Raiders announced the releases Tuesday of wide receiver James Jones, linebacker Miles Burris and offensive lineman Kevin Boothe as well as five other players.

All three players were displaced in part because the Raiders selected players at their positions in the NFL draft.

Jones, whose release was reported Sunday night by CSN-Bay Area, led the Raiders with 73 receptions for 666 yards and six touchdowns.

With Amari Cooper arriving as the No. 4 pick in the draft, Michael Crabtere in free agency and Rod Streater returning to health after a broken foot, Jones would have been in a tough fight for playing time and was scheduled to make $2.9 million in salary.

Burris, the Raiders’ second-leading tackler behind Charles Woodson as a middle linebacker, was displaced by the free agent signing of Curtis Lofton as well as the selection of linebackers Ben Heeney of Kansas (fourth round) and Neiron Ball of Florida (fifth round).

The three-year veteran did not practice at the Raiders mandatory minicamp and was released with a “waived injured” designation.

Boothe played sparingly as a reserve center and guard last season. The Raiders fourth-round pick was Miami’s Jon Feliciano who can play both positions.

The Raiders hold a minicamp for rookies, undrafted free agents and players in on a tryout basis beginning Friday.

Other players released by the Raiders were cornerback Jansen Watson, defensive tackle Kona Schwenke, linebacker Justin Johnson, linebacker Bojay Filimoeatu and tight end Nick Kasa.

Kasa, a sixth-round draft pick in 2013, spent all last season on injured reserve rehabbing a knee injury and was waived with a “failed physical” designation.”

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