In a somewhat surprising move, the Oakland Raiders severed ties with fullback Lorenzo Neal today.
As evidence by the 48% of JBB readers who voted Neal as the best acquisition of the off-season, the four time Pro Bowler was already a fan favorite. Yours truly even sung his praises not so long ago in hopes that his veteran leadership would be instrumental in righting the Raider ship adrift at sea for the last six years.
The Raiders are rolling the dice on Oren O’Neal to be healthy enough to carry the load as the first team fullback after sustaining a severe knee injury last season. Lorenzo Neal’s roster spot was quickly filled as the Raiders re-signed safety Rashad Baker one day after the former Raider was released by the Philadelphia Eagles.
Without reading too much into the roster moves made today, one can conclude that Neal’s 38-year old body just wasn’t up for the rigors of the NFL any longer. The reintroduction of Baker into the secondary also would suggest that rookie Michael Mitchell is further away from returning from his hamstring injury than anticipated.
To compound the rising frustration in Raiderland, the San Francisco 49ers handed the Silver and Black an old school thrashing in the morning session as the two teams continued their joint practices. Chronicle beat writer David White called it, “quite possibly the worst practice ever.”
While the afternoon session was reported to have been an improvement, there are still glaring weaknesses in defending the run.
With the two-a-day sessions coming to a close and a date with the 49ers on Saturday looming, Tom Cable is beginning to adjust his roster to compensate for injuries. More cuts will be made and as this off-season has gone thus far, you can be sure to expect more of the unexpected.
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