Keelan Doss returns to Raiders after Antonio Brown leaves for Patriots

Keelan Doss returns to Raiders after Antonio Brown leaves for Patriots

The Alameda kid is coming back home.

Wide receiver Keelan Doss is returning to the Raiders after a week away on the Jacksonville Jaguars' practice squad, a league source told NBC Sports Bay Area on Sunday, to take the roster spot vacated by Antonio Brown’s release. The Raiders confirmed the transaction Monday.

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo was first to report the news, and Doss later confirmed it on Twitter on Sunday night.

The Raiders reached out to Jacksonville about Doss on Saturday, but the Jaguars guaranteed a league minimum salary for him to remain on their practice squad. The Raiders upped their offer with a $300,000 signing bonus and a fully guaranteed $495,000 base salary. Add that to the $22,500 signing bonus earned as an undrafted free agent, and Doss has made a handsome sum this summer.

It’s uncertain, though it seems highly unlikely, that Doss will be able to play Monday night against the Denver Broncos.

Doss spent the offseason program and preseason with the Raiders, productive periods that ultimately didn’t land him a roster spot. He was part of the Raiders' final cuts, much to the chagrin of a fan base that grew attached to him this summer.

Doss was heavily featured on this season of “Hard Knocks” as a local kid and UC Davis native, and backed that angle with a string of strong preseason performances.

While Nick Foles being hurt in Sunday's season opener didn’t help Jacksonville’s outlook, Doss coming back to Oakland puts a lot more money in his pocket and gives him an opportunity to make an instant impact this season.

The Raiders need a 'Z' receiver with Brown now a New England Patriot. Ryan Grant and J.J. Nelson – who is questionable for Monday's game with an ankle injury -- should fill that role against the Broncos. Nelson was solid there before being hurt.

Doss is a versatile player who can play every receiver position, and he gives the Raiders a sixth receiver on the roster. He needs to develop in several areas, but he's a solid talent with room to grow.

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The Raiders were disappointed they couldn't land Doss on their practice squad after final cuts, although coach Jon Gruden said the receiver didn’t make as positive an impression as it appeared on “Hard Knocks.”

“That was your storyline,” Gruden said on Sept. 2. “That wasn’t my storyline, just so we’re on the same page. He did a heck of a job. We tried to keep him on practice squad. He felt like he had a better opportunity to make the team in Jacksonville. You hate to see him go, but we’re happy for his future. ...

"[Doss was] in a tough spot. He’s a big story on the TV show, but that’s not the reality that we saw on tape.”

NFL rumors: Raiders rookie Josh Jacobs a game-time decision vs. Titans


NFL rumors: Raiders rookie Josh Jacobs a game-time decision vs. Titans

Josh Jacobs' pain reportedly might be too much to play through Sunday. 

The Raiders running back posted on Snapchat last week that he fractured his shoulder, and NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Sunday, citing a source, that the rookie out of Alabama is "a true game-time decision" as a result of the injury. 

Jacobs, 21, has run for 1,061 yards on 218 attempts in his record-setting rookie season, surpassing Marcus Allen's first-year rushing mark in Week 9 and crossing the 1,000-yard plateau in last week's blowout loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. 

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The Raiders face a must-win situation Sunday at home against the Tennessee Titans, with Oakland's playoff hopes on life support after back-to-back losses to the New York Jets and the rival Chiefs. Jacobs has been a focal point of the Raiders' offense in his first NFL season, ranking ninth in the league with 236 total touches. 

If Jacobs doesn't play Sunday, he won't be the only big absence in the running game. Starting right tackle Trent Brown will not play at the Coliseum, either.

Raiders-Titans odds, predictions: Betting lines, picks for NFL Week 14 game

Raiders-Titans odds, predictions: Betting lines, picks for NFL Week 14 game

The Raiders badly need a win Sunday at home against the Titans.

But Vegas and several NFL experts aren't on Oakland's side.

Despite the game being played at the Coliseum, the Raiders are underdogs according to most oddsmakers.

With a win over the Titans, the Raiders will keep their slim playoff hopes alive. A loss gives Jon Gruden's team almost no chance of reaching the postseason.

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Caesars: Titans -3 (-105)
Consensus: Titans -3 (-106)
Westgate: Titans -2.5 (-120)
Wynn: Titans -2.5 (-120)


Paul Gutierrez, Raiders 23, Titans 21
Turron Davenport, Titans 24, Raiders 17
Gregg Rosenthal, Titans 27, Raiders 13
Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk: Raiders 23, Titans 20
Michael David Smith, Pro Football Talk: Titans 27, Raiders 17