Looking to fill the void left by the injury to Travis Goethel the Raiders claimed linebacker Jeremy Leman off waivers. In order to make room for Leman the team placed safety Zac Ethridge IR for the purpose of waiving him.
Leman has yet to suit up in an NFL contest but has spent time on the practice squads of the Egales, Vikings and Chargers. The Illinois alum was most likely referred to the Raiders by Chuck Bresnahan. Like current Raider Darryl Blackstock, Leman spent time with Bresnahan in the UFL while they were all members of the Florida Tuskers.
Leman is going to be wearing #53 but he in no way resembles the last man to wear #53 for the Silver and Black. Unlike Thomas Howard, Leman was clocked at a lumbering speed of 4.8 in the 40. Leman also plays on the inside. During his time at Illinois, Leman was a first team All-Big 10 selection while also being named a semi-finalist for the Dick Butkus Award.