Keelan Doss

Raiders inactives: Keelan Doss active for first time against Chiefs


Raiders inactives: Keelan Doss active for first time against Chiefs

ALAMEDA – Keelan Doss was in Jacksonville this time last week, thrilled the Jaguars guaranteed a full league minimum salary for him to remain on their practice squad. Then the Raiders threw an extra $300,000 at him for a return engagement with the Silver and Black, where the Alameda kid signed as an undrafted free agent.

Now he’s back and active for Sunday’s game against the Kansas City. J.J. Nelson’s sore ankle opened a window for Doss to play, though it’s uncertain how much he’ll contribute considering he’s the fifth receiver up and doesn’t do much on special teams.

Ryan Grant is expected to start outside opposite Tyrell Williams, though Grant didn’t do much last week and Doss could find some snaps if the elder struggles early.

Doss has played once for his hometown team, in a preseason game against the L.A. Rams. His first catch was a touchdown, as was documented by "Hard Knocks."

The Raiders are okay at the punter spot despite A.J. Cole showing up as questionable on Friday’s injury report with a right foot injury. His availability was foreshadowed when the Raiders didn’t sign a punter on Saturday afternoon.

Defensive tackle Corey Liuget remains out while the Raiders get him into playing shape and up to speed defensively.

Here’s the list of Raiders inactives.

And for the Chiefs:

Raiders injury report: J.J. Nelson out, opening window for Keelan Doss


Raiders injury report: J.J. Nelson out, opening window for Keelan Doss

ALAMEDA – Raiders receiver J.J. Nelson started training camp hot, but hasn’t been available much lately. He sprained an ankle in the second preseason game at Arizona, but he recovered in time to play eight snaps Monday night against Denver.

Nelson suffered a setback in that game, and is back in a walking boot while moving around the Raiders training complex.

The Raiders formally ruled Nelson out for Sunday’s game against Kansas City, creating a window for Alameda native Keelan Doss to make his regular-season Raiders debut.

The Raiders certainly need more than four receivers, and he would be the fifth behind Tyrell Williams, Ryan Grant, Hunter Renfrow and Dwayne Harris.

Doss remains a work in progress offensively, and hasn’t been given the opportunity to play much on special teams. That leaves little room to make regular contributions.

Raiders fans loved Doss this preseason while watching his star turn on “Hard Knocks,” and he remains popular entering his first opportunity to play a regular-season game.

Head coach Jon Gruden is getting tired of talking about him so much, considering Doss comes up in almost every press conference.

“He’s a work in progress in all areas,” Gruden said. “I know he’s a hot topic around here.”

The Raiders had to pay a $745,000 guaranteed to get him off Jacksonville’s practice squad, so they definitely appreciate his talent after a strong summer with the Silver and Black. He does have to continue developing in the offense, but it’s a real benefit to add someone who can hit the ground running.

“You’re lucky when you can bring someone back that’s been in your system,” offensive coordinator Greg Olson said. “As you all saw in “Hard Knocks,” he’s someone that we had expectations of and unfortunately weren’t able to keep him on our active roster. But we did want to sign him on our practice squad and he was able to, when he initially went to Jacksonville, I think they offered a little bit better package. So it’s understandable that he left for maybe a better opportunity. The chance to bring him back with the loss of [Antonio Brown], I think he jumped at the chance. We made him an offer again. We were happy with his development and we were happy to get him back.”

Gruden also said that defensive tackle Corey Liuget was “very questionable” to play Sunday. He’s dealing with a knee issue, but also hasn’t had much work with the club. The Raiders want to get him involved in padded practices before trotting him out in a game, and they’re rare at this point. The club didn’t conduct one on a short week prepping to play the Chiefs.

Also, the Raiders signed versatile defensive back Juston Burris, with safety Johnathan Abram formally placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.

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RG Gabe Jackson (knee)
WR J.J. Nelson (ankle)

CB Gareon Conley (neck)
DT Corey Liuget (knee)

WR Tyreek Hill (shoulder)

OT Eric Fisher (groin)

Keelan Doss wants to show he belongs with Raiders after whirlwind week

Keelan Doss wants to show he belongs with Raiders after whirlwind week

ALAMEDA -- It was a wild week for undrafted rookie receiver Keelan Doss. 

The "Hard Knocks" star was cut by the Raiders during cutdown day and chose to sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars' practice squad over the Raiders'. 

Then, Antonio Brown happened. As you're aware. the star receiver went nuclear after receiving fines for missing practice and a walk-through during his helmet grievance, which led to an altercation with general manager Mike Mayock. A subsequent fine for the Mayock dust-up that voided the guaranteed money in Brown's contract caused him to ask for and receive his release from the Raiders. 

With a spot on the 53-man roster open, the Raiders made a play to bring Doss back, but the UC Davis product initially rebuffed their offer, accepting more money from the Jaguars to stay in Jacksonville. The Raiders kept on Doss, though, and eventually gave the receiver a $300K signing bonus along with the $495K salary and Brown's spot on the 53-man roster. 

After a whirlwind week, the Alameda kid is happy to be home. 

"Crazy, you know?" Doss said Wednesday when asked about his week. "Just being back and forth from here and Florida. It's been a crazy week, but happy to be here, ready to contribute and go out there on Sundays and make plays."

Doss has become a celebrity due to his run on "Hard Knocks" as the undrafted, local kid. The Raiders are happy to have Doss back in the fold, and coach Jon Gruden is hoping everything works out now that Doss is back in Silver and Black. 

"Look he's not the first guy to get cut and put on practice squad," Gruden said Wednesday. "So let's not make this 'Hard Knocks' themed, all right? I mean, he's not the first receiver that we have cut or that any other team has cut and brought back to their 53. So now, what it is is what it is. Here's an opportunity and with some receivers beat up a little bit, he may get his chance this week."

"But it is a great story, but the reality is: This is part of the NFL," Gruden continued. "You have to take advantage of your opportunities when they come and I'll say this: We're the team that's given him his first shot in the NFL and his first shot on the active 53. So hopefully it all works out and it ends up to truly be a happy story for everyone." 

Doss also noted how special it was that the Raiders are the first team to give him a crack to prove he has NFL talent. 

"One-hundred percent, it means a lot," Doss said. "Coach Gruden, you know -- I'm just trying to make plays obviously and give the impression that I belong here. Just coming out here every day and just proving it."

Doss' rise to cult celebrity hasn't been lost on him, but with HBO exiting stage left, Doss is focused on the only thing that matters: sticking with the Raiders.

"The past like three days have been crazy," Doss said of people being interested in his story. "Obviously, it's been on the internet a lot. But I try not to pay to much attention because, you know me man, I just have to focus on my job and come out here and make plays."

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With Doss rebuffing the Raiders' first attempt to pry him away from Jacksonville, the question remains why he finally chose to return to the Raiders and take Brown's spot on the 53? As Gruden said, it comes down to who gives Doss the chance to prove he's an NFL player.

"Opportunity," Doss said. "Obviously, I have a good feel here and just ready to go. Like I said, I'm just happy to be back here and hopefully make plays on Sunday."

With J.J. Nelson nursing an ankle injury, Doss' time might Sunday when the Raiders face the Kasnas City Chiefs. Now, it's up to Doss to reward Oakland's faith.