The Raiders' receiving corps continues to change.
On Thursday, Oakland released veteran receiver J.J. Nelson and re-signed Marcell Ateman, the team announced in a statement. The Raiders also announced they re-signed offensive tackle Lester Cotton Jr. to their practice squad.
The Raiders had high hopes for Nelson, who showed flashes early on in training camp. Head coach Jon Gruden and quarterback Derek Carr viewed Nelson's speed as a huge weapon, but the receiver got injured in Oakland's second preseason game and never could get fully healthy.
Nelson missed the Raiders' Weeks 1 and 2 games before being activated for Week 3. Nelson caught a touchdown pass during the Raiders' Week 3 loss to the Vikings. He couldn't stay healthy, though, and was inactive for both Weeks 4 and 5.
The Raiders' receiving corps has been in constant flux ever since Antonio Brown was released prior to the start of the season. Oakland recently acquired Zay Jones in a trade with the Buffalo Bills and released Ateman in a corresponding move. But with Nelson still hurting, Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock elected to bring back a guy with intimate knowledge of their system.
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The Raiders enter their bye week at 3-2. They will rest up and look to get healthy before taking on the Packers in Week 7.
When opportunity knocked last year for Nick Kwiatkoski, the Chicago Bears’ four-year reserve linebacker, he answered.
With free agency looming, he was put in position to show the rest of the NFL what the Bears privately knew about the high-motor, highly athletic 26-year-old: It wasn’t a lack of ability that prevented Kwiatkoski from being a full-time starter, it was that the Bears had some of the best players in football at his position.
In Kwiatkoski, the Bears’ depth chart was hiding a starting caliber linebacker. And not just a situational one, but the highly coveted three-down kind who can play the run and the pass.
All of which he showed in an eight-game stint at the end of the 2019 season. He had 50 tackles, two sacks, four tackles for loss and four pass breakups to firmly establish himself as a valuable free agent target.
The death of George Floyd while in police custody Monday in Minnesota has re-ignited racial tensions in the United States.
Protests are occurring in cities all over the country, and professional athletes are speaking up about their experiences.
On Saturday, Raiders wide receiver Zay Jones shared a heartwarming story on Twitter about an encounter he had with an woman at a home goods store.
Jones, a Dallas, Texas native, was acquired by the Raiders in a trade with the Buffalo Bills last October.
In 10 games for the Raiders, Jones caught 20 passes for 147 yards.
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But receiving this unnamed woman into his arms is the biggest catch of Jones' career.
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