In light of the recent rash of defensive line injuries at Training Camp in Napa it was assumed that the Raiders were going to go to the pool of unsigned players looking for a tryout to fill in some empty spots at practice. On Wednesday morning Reggie McKenzie did just that, adding former undrafted free agent DT Myles Wade from free agency.
The 6-foot-1, 300-pound lineman previously spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Seattle Seahawks. Wade was waived by Seattle in June after being signed by the Seahawks as a reserve/future free agent. He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012.
Wade played his final college season at Portland State, earning second-team All-Big Sky Conference honors after posting 30 tackles with two sacks. He played two years at Texas Tech after transferring from Arizona Western Junior College.
Wade will immediately come in and provide relief for Dennis Allen as he has a much needed extra body on the line to help run his practice. Oakland is currently missing defensive tackles Pat Sims, Vance Walker, and Stacey McGee amongst others as 14 Raiders missed practice on Tuesday, something that surely doesn’t please coaches and GM’s.
It is an off day for Oakland in Napa after opening Training Camp with five straight days of practice. Expect Wade to get a lot of reps when the Raiders do resume practice as a long list of Oakland defensive linemen wait to get healthy enough to return to a practice in a week that has been filled with injury setbacks.