Nothing official from the Raiders yet but it looks as if Derek Hagan’s job was the causality of T.J. Houshmandzadeh’s arrival. Multiple reports confirm that Housh is at practice and Hagan isn’t. Not too big of a surprise that the Raiders would release Hagan. Despite a fantastic preseason Hagan hasn’t been nearly as involved as many thought he would be.
Hue Jackson seemed somewhat reluctant to increase Hagan’s role despite the lack of production from receivers not named Darrius Heyward-Bey. Hagan earned his job the old fashioned way by turning a camp tryout into a roster spot. Though he was featured in more packages, Hagan was rarely targeted. The value in Hagan related to his ability to be a reliable possession receiver specifically on third down.
Despite the fact that Louis Murphy has yet to catch a pass and Chaz Schilens has yet to show any of his promise, Coach Jackson looks unlikely to give up on those two. Of course that could all change in a hurry. Depending on how Houshmandzadeh performs there could be more roster moves made as injuries continue to compile while player performance weighs heavily on staying employed in the East Bay.