Raiders cut-day tracker: Narrowing roster to 53 before deadline

Raiders cut-day tracker: Narrowing roster to 53 before deadline

The Raiders are typically among the last teams to announce their 53-man roster. It’s hard to imagine general manager Reggie McKenzie bucking that trend this year. He likes to keep moves as quiet as possible – every team can see moves, even if they aren’t public – to help get guys he wants on a 10-man practice squad.

The effort is often futile. Information started trickling out Friday morning, well before Saturday afternoon’s cut deadline. The Raiders will decrease their 90-man roster to 53 by then, and will certainly scour the waiver wire looking for defensive help.

It isn’t a fun time for anyone in the league.

“It’s always hard,” Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said. “You always try to be fair, but the reality is it’s a hard day. It’s really the hardest thing that we do is to have to tell young men that are really dedicated and giving us everything that they have and really have a great desire to be here and then tell them that that dream is over. They get an opportunity here, they get an opportunity in the rest of the league and they also get an opportunity on practice squad. Not only here, but the rest of the league. There are a lot of opportunities, and I hope as many of these young men can find squads as possible.”

We’ll post information on players waived and released right here as news breaks.


5:25 p.m.: The Raiders announced the full list of roster cuts. They have waived the following players:

Are, Kareem                            OL       6-6      325     R          Florida State

Atkinson III, George               RB       6-1      220     2          Notre Dame

Borders, Breon                       CB       6-0      189     R          Duke

Boyette, Paul                          DT       6-1      310     R          Texas

Brent, K.J.                               WR      6-3      200     1          Wake Forest

Briggs, Chauncey                    T          6-6      301     R          SMU

Brown, Fadol                          DE       6-4      282     R          Mississippi

Brown, Pharaoh                     TE        6-5      246     R          Oregon

Calhoun, Shilique                    LB        6-4      250     2          Michigan State

Cioffi, Anthony                       S          6-0      205     R          Rutgers

Crockett, John                        RB       6-0      215     2          North Dakota State

Durden, Kenneth                    CB       6-1      280     1          Youngstown State

East, Andrew                          LS        6-2      220     1          Vanderbilt

Enemkpali, IK                          LB/DE 6-1      260     4          Louisiana Tech

Harris, Najee                          LB        6-1      220     R          Wagner

Hatcher, Keon                        WR      6-1      212     R          Arkansas

Holmes, Gabe                         TE        6-5      255     3          Purdue

Hood, Elijah                            RB       5-11    230     R          North Carolina

Humes, Chris                          CB       6-0      201     R          Arkansas State

Jackson, Branden                   DL       6-4      270     1          Texas Tech

Jefferson, Rickey                    S          5-11    208     R          LSU

Johnson, Rufus                        LB/DE 6-5      280     1          Tarleton State

Lewis, LaTroy                         LB        6-3      254     R          Tennessee

McWilson, Marcus                 S          6-0      198     R          Kentucky

O’Malley, Ryan                       TE        6-6      260     2          Pennsylvania

Omoile, Oni                            G         6-2      310     1          Iowa State

Sheldon, Brady                       LB        6-5      230     R          Ferris State

Silberman, Ian                         G         6-5      305     2          Boston College

Simmons, Jordan                    G         6-3      339     R          USC

Tavecchio, Giorgio                 K          5-10    180     1          California

Whitney, Isaac                        WR      6-2      204     R          USC

Woodson-Luster, Xavier        LB        6-1      219     R          Arkansas State

Zamora, Ishmael                     WR      6-3      224     R          Baylor

TE Cooper Helfet was released. WR Jayden Mickens was Waived/Injured. LB Ben Heeney was Waived/Non-Football Injury. Jelani Jenkins was placed on the Reserve/Injured List.


2:22 p.m. Edge rusher Shilique Calhoun was waived, a source told NBC Sports Bay Area. The Mighigan State alum never flashed this preseason and didn't produce as a rookie in 2016, but was still expected to make the roster considering he was a third-round pick last year. Calhoun played defensive end in college but was moved to strongside linebacker behind Bruce Irvin, and edge rushing position that has occassional coverage responsibility. He was technically savvy, but never showed the athleticism to compete at his position. The Raiders are woefully thin at that spot considering they also waived undrafted rookie LaTroy Lewis earlier in the day. 

10:48 a.m.: The Raiders waived offensive lineman Jordan Simmons, defensive end Fadol Brown, guard/center Ian Silberman, long snapper Andrew East, receiver Ishmael Zamora, receiver Isaac Whitney and linebacker Brady Sheldon, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal. 

10:46 a.m.: Receiver Jaydon Mickens was waived, per a league source. He didn't play Thursday due to an ankle injury, though he was likely a cut with the team keeping five receivers and Johnny Holton entrenched in the No. 5 spot. 

10:24 a.m.: The Raiders waived undrafted outside linebacker LaTroy Lewis, who became a fan favorite during an excellent preseason where he had three sacks, four tackles for losses and a fumble returned for a touchdown. The Silver and Black are hoping he makes it to the practice squad, but there's no guarantee he'll clear waivers after such strong exhibition performances. 

9:52 a.m.: Linebacker Ben Heeney announced tht he's no longer a Raider. A fifth-round pick from 2015, Heeney played four games last year before suffering a season-ending ankle injury. He spent the preseason on the non-football injury list, meaning he got hurt while away from the team. He wasn't able to enter a wide-open competition to be the team's middle linebacker, and was waived with an injury. 

9:21 a.m.: Receiver Keon Hatcher was waived, per his agent. The Raiders hope he clears waivers. If so, he'll be signed to the practice squad. 

9:05 a.m.: Linebacker Jelani Jenkins bid farewell to Raiders fans on social media. He inferred that he had been released in an Instagram post early Saturday morning. Jenkins seemed to be in line to start at one of the inside linebacker spots. He did not play in the Thursday night exhibition finale to preserve health. 

Jenkins was the Raiders' only defensive free-agent signing and was the only experienced inside linebacker on the roster. He had 34 starts to his credit. The Raiders were expected to bring in outside help at inside linebacker. That seems mandatory now. 

8:53 a.m.: Safety Anthony Cioffi was waived, a source told NBC Sports Bay Area. It seems the Raiders will keep four safeties on the roster

8:47 a.m.: Receiver K.J. Brent was waived, per a league source. Brent spent last season on the practice squad, and had several good stretches working with the first unit. The Wake Forest alum has the size and hands to be an NFL receiver. 


1:40 p.m.: Offensive lineman Oni Omoile confirms his release on social media. He spent last year on the practice squad, and is capable of playing guard and center. 

12:29 p.m.: Tight end Gabe Holmes has been waived, according to the Houston Chronicle. Holmes had fans on the coaching staff, but never flashed this preseason. He spent time on the 2015 roster, and was on injured reserve all last year with an ankle injury. 

11:57 a.m.: The Raiders release running back George Atkinson III, per the Houstin Chronicle. The Raiders were set at running back and returner when they signed the son of former Raiders defensive back George Atkinson during training camp, so this move was among many expected cuts. He flashed in the preseason, though ball security remains an issue.

11:50 a.m.: Offensive lineman Kareem Are and safety Rickey Jefferson were informed of their release, per the Las Vegas Review Journal.

Reports: Peters to speak on Marshawn’s behalf during appeal hearing


Reports: Peters to speak on Marshawn’s behalf during appeal hearing

First it was Marshawn Lynch coming to the defense of Marcus Peters. Now, it appears the Oakland native is returning the favor. 

The Chiefs cornerback will be speaking on behalf of Lynch during the Raiders' running back's appeal of his one-game suspension, according to multiple national reports. The appeal will take place on Monday.

Lynch was ejected in the second quarter of the Raiders' 31-30 victory over the Chiefs on Thursday night. After the Chiefs and Raiders saw themselves in a heated exchange from a controversial late hit by Peters on Derek Carr, Lynch ran off the sidelines and came to the defense of his close friend Peters with multiple Raiders going after the young defensive back. 

But in doing so, Lynch put his hands on an official and was immediately ejected from the game. He was then handed his one-game suspension on Friday.

“They can say what they want to say, but one thing’s for certain: Family do come first," Peters said to Logan Murdock of The Mercury News on Thursday.

FOX Sports was first to report the news.

Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch suspended one game


Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch suspended one game

Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch watched most of Thursday night’s game versus Kansas City from the stands after getting ejected for making contact with an official.

He’ll also be a spectator next week.

The NFL suspended him one game for unsportsmanlike conduct stemming from an incident where left the sidelines to join an on-field scuffle and ended up pushing an official.

The league announced the suspension Friday afternoon. Lynch has already appealed the suspension, per multiple reports.

He was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct and automatically ejected by rule.

Punishment after the fact has gotten expensive.

By rule, Lynch will be fined $30,387 for making contact with an official. He could get hit with other penalties, including entering a fight unnecessarily.

Lynch is also suspended without pay, meaning he’ll forfeit a $79,411 game check and a $31,250 per-game roster bonus.

The Cal alum won’t play a Week 8 contest in Buffalo, against a Bills team that drafted him No. 12 overall in 2007.

Lynch was on the sidelines during a third down draw play where quarterback Derek Carr incurred what officials called a late hit from Kansas City cornerback Marcus Peters.

The Raiders offensive line took offense, and came after Peters in a scrum. Lynch and Peters, both Oakland natives, are extremely close. Lynch ran on the field to get between his teammates and his friend, but ended up inadvertently pushing an official. The league has zero tolerance for that, and sent him off the field.

Lynch watched a dramatic 31-30 victory over Kansas City from the stands and screens near the field, and congratulated his teammates after a big win.

Lynch did not explain why he entered the fray, though he seemed to be trying to get Peters out of harm’s way.

“They can say what they want but one thing’s for certain: Family do come first,” Peters told Bay Area News Group’s Logan Murdock.

His Raiders teammates and coaches must carry on without the 31-year old power back. They’ll roll with Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington and fullback Jamize Olawale against the Bills, as they did against the Chiefs.

Lynch had two carries for nine yards before getting tossed. He has just 266 yards and two touchdowns on 72 carries through seven games.

If the suspension is upheld, Lynch will be eligible to return in Week 9 against Miami.