The cheap oakland raiders jerseys on Sunday cut quarterback Tyler Wilson, who was selected by the team in the fourth round of April's draft, and veteran punter Chris Kluwe.
In corresponding moves, Oakland claimed guard Antoine McClain from the Baltimore Ravens and defensive tackle Brian Sanford from the Cleveland Browns.
Kluwe had tweeted goodbye to the Raiders on Sunday ahead of the team's official announcement and wished the best to Marquette King. Kluwe and King had been competing for the Raiders' punting job this preseason.
Several eyebrows were raised when the Oakland Raiders were one of three teams to keep four quarterbacks on their 53-man roster on Saturday's cutdown day.
Those eyebrows now can return to their normal furrow.
Tyler Wilson, a fourth-round pick in April's draft, was waived Sunday, ProFootballTalk reported, citing a league source.
Wilson struggled mightily throughout the summer and was outplayed by undrafted rookie Matt McGloin. Wilson's status as a fourth-round pick seemed to be the only reason he made it past Saturday, but he couldn't dodge the axe once the waiver wire opened. By cutting Wilson, Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie was willing to admit he missed badly on the pick.
Even with Wilson's poor preseason performance, there is a good chance he will be claimed or stashed on a practice squad so he can develop.
Now that the oakland raiders jerseys cheap have three quarterbacks on the roster, Terrelle Pryor, Matt Flynn and McGloin, we're just waiting for coach Dennis Allen to tell us who will start the season opener.
The Raiders reduced their glut at punter and quarterback Sunday by releasing Chris Kluwe and waiving fourth-round draft pick Tyler Wilson.
The club also announced it had claimed two players on waivers, guard Antoine McClain and defensive tackle Brian Sanford.
The Raiders had no media availability Sunday, so coach Dennis Allen was not available for comment.
With Wilson, the cheap raiders jerseys gained an unwelcome distinction: He was the highest pick in the 2013 NFL draft to fail to make a 53-man roster. Taken at No. 112 overall out of Arkansas, Wilson played well in rookie camp, minicamps and organized team activities but quickly fell behind undrafted free agent Matt McGloin on the depth chart during training camp.
As Wilson's practice time dwindled behind Terrelle Pryor, Matt Flynn and McGloin, so did his chance to play in the exhibition season. He didn't play at all in the second and third games. His passing line was 11 of 18 for 93 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. McGloin was 20 of 35 for a team-high 279 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions.
Wilson, who received a $491,000 signing bonus, could be added to the practice squad should he clear waivers, although it would seem a team in need of quarterback help would be intrigued by a fourth-round draft pick.
Kluwe's release makes Marquette King, a first-year player out of Fort Valley State, the successor to NFL all-time leading punter Shane Lechler, who joined the Houston Texans as a free agent in the offseason. King averaged 53.6 yards per punt on seven punts with a 45.3 net, while Kluwe had a 46.6 average on seven punts with a 37.4 net.
King also apparently alleviated any fears Allen had about his ability to be a placekick holder for Sebastian Janikowski.
McClain, 6-foot-5 and 336 pounds, spent the entire season on the practice squad of the Baltimore Ravens last season and made it through camp until Saturday's final cutdown. The Raiders were in need of a guard after placing Tony Bergstrom on injured reserve with a foot injury.
Sanford, 6-2, 280, has spent three seasons with the Cleveland Browns and been active for only six games. He played in one game last season before being placed on the injured reserve list and was in five games in 2011.
Both waiver claims were not drafted. McClain played at Clemson and Sanford at Temple.
The raiders jerseys cheap made no announcements regarding their practice squad, but wide receiver Greg Jenkins and guard Lamar Mady indicated on their Twitter accounts they will be back.
The practice squad will be announced Monday when the team begins preparations to face the Indianapolis Colts on Sept. 8.
Defensive end David Bass, a seventh-round draft pick who was waived Saturday, was claimed by the Chicago Bears and put on their 53-man roster.
The Oakland Raiders kick off the 2013 season this Sunday as they travel to Indianapolis to take on the Colts.
As tough as this season may turn out to be for the silver and black, they may surprise many people around the league. No, they aren’t the most talented team, but they have made some upgrades in key areas.
For the Raiders to start on the path of surprising their doubters and continuing to move the franchise in the right direction, they will need to start with a solid effort in Week 1.
While the Raiders have yet to announce their decision for who will start at quarterback, the odds are still in favor of Terrelle Pryor winning the job.
As such, one of the more interesting matchups to watch in Week 1’s game will be him against the Colts defense.
The Colts defense struggled throughout the 2012 season, finishing 21st against the pass and 29th against the run. Upgrades have been made in the secondary, but the defensive front still has some questions, especially after the departure of Dwight Freeney.
With Pryor at quarterback, expect the Raiders to attack the defense with plenty of read-option plays. Having some success with such a run game would force the defensive backs to step up, allowing for potential big plays over the top as well.
Playing against one of the NFL’s best young quarterbacks in Andrew Luck, the Raiders may need to turn this game into a shootout to keep it close.
As a result, it could come down to Pryor’s performance at quarterback and what he is able to do leading the offense against a relatively vulnerable Colts defensive unit.
For the Raiders to slow down Andrew Luck and the Colts’ passing attack, they will need to have some success in the pass-rush department.
While that may be considered a tall order for the Raiders’ defensive front, the Colts’ offensive line presents a matchup where that is entirely possible.
Throughout the 2012 season, the Colts gave up 41 sacks. Although it was only the ninth-highest total in the NFL, the amount of time Luck spent under pressure in the pocket highlighted the protection concerns up front even more.
If the Raiders’ pass-rushers cannot pressure the pocket, it could make for a very long day on the defensive side of the ball. In just his second year, Luck has already proven his ability to pick apart a defense when he’s given time to throw, and sometimes even when he’s not.
In fact, given the somewhat favorable pass-rush matchup in this game, the Raiders having little to no success could make for a long season in that area overall.
Over the course of the 2012 season, Andrew Luck found his No. 1 target time and time again in the passing game. Reggie Wayne finished the year with 106 catches for 1,355 yards and five touchdowns. If the Raiders have any hope of slowing down the Colts’ passing game, besides generating an effective pass rush, the secondary will need to focus on No. 87.
It has yet to be determined if D.J. Hayden will indeed hold a starting role in Week 1, but given the way he looked in the preseason, he should see plenty of snaps either way.
Whether it is Hayden or someone else who sees the majority of the matchup with Wayne, finding a way to limit his production will be a focal point of the Raiders’ defensive game plan.
Should it indeed be Hayden who draws the assignment, going up against a receiver like Wayne will be a great test for him moving forward.
Overall, if the Raiders can have some success in these three matchups, their odds of starting the 2013 season off with a win will increase dramatically.
One of the best moves made by the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, September 1, was the addition of WR-Greg Jenkins to the practice squad. This college quarterback turned wide receiver, who checks in at 6′ 1″ and 208 pounds, deserved a roster spot, but there was just too much depth at wide receiver for him to make the initial 53-man roster. It is my belief that Jenkins will work his way onto the 53-man roster by the end of the 2013 season. He will do so as a punt and kick return specialist. Furthermore, he would be a nice addition to the offense as a slot receiver too. Who knows how long Jacoby Ford’s health will hold out?
Along with Jenkins, the Raiders also added offensive guard Lamar Mady and tight end Brian Leonhardt to the practice squad. Both Mady and Leonhardt showed potential in training camp, but they didn’t get much playing time during the pre-season. Depth is always a good thing to have, and the Raiders coaches see some things in these two players that they can work with. This leaves just 5 positions left to fill on the practice squad. Look for the Raiders to add a couple more defensive and offensive linemen, and they may try to re-acquire Tyler Wilson off the waiver wire for the practice squad as well.
Along with the practice squad moves, the Raiders claimed offensive guard Antoine McClain and defensive lineman Brian Sanford off of waivers. McClain is 6′ 6″ and weighs approximately 336 pounds. He will more than likely compete with Mike Brisiel at the right guard position along the offensive line. McClain joined the Baltimore Ravens in 2012 as an undrafted rookie free agent. He was relegated to Baltimore Ravens practice squad for the 2012 season.
Brian Sanford is 6′ 2″ and weighs 280 pounds. Like McClain, Sanford joined the Cleveland Browns in 2010 as an undrafted rookie free agent. Sanford was also relegated to the practice squad for the 2010, 2011, and 2012 seasons with the Cleveland Browns. Sanford played in 5 games in 2012 and he totaled a combined 5 tackles during those games.
Looks like the Raiders coaching staff believes that they can work with these players and develop them on the regular roster. More additions to the practice squad are still to come, but things are slowing down right now. I’m sure the Raiders will complete their practice squad by 10:40 AM PST Monday, when they announce the roster that will begin the 2013 regular season. Keep checking in with us as this all comes to a close.