Along with the addition of an offensive lineman, the Oakland Raiders have added a defensive piece to the puzzle. General Manager Reggie McKenzie announced today that the Raiders have claimed undrafted free agent linebacker Chase Thomas via waivers. Thomas was originally signed by the New Orleans Saints in April, but the team waived him on Monday.
The 6′ 3″, 241-pound, linebacker appeared in 52 games over four seasons at Stanford (47 starts). He recorded 229 tackles, 27.5 sacks, 50.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions, nine forced fumbles, and four fumble recoveries. During his senior year, Thomas finished second on the team with 71 tackles, tied for second with 14.5 tackles for loss, had 7.5 sacks, one interception, four passes defensed, one forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries. He was an All-PAC 12 first-team choice for the second-consecutive season. Thomas played under Defensive Coordinator Jason Tarver at Stanford in 2011.
It’s obvious that the Raiders are going to make the most out of finding the offensive and defensive diamonds in the rough during the latter portion of the pre-season. I wouldn’t be surprised to see more acquisitions as the team nears the first roster cut-down period. With injuries to Kaluka Maiava and Miles Burris, the Raiders are trying to back-fill some of the linebacker positions with young and hungry players. There are no guarantees for Thomas, but at least he will have another shot at making an NFL roster this year.
It’s no surprise that the Raiders brought in an offensive lineman, especially after the lackluster play against the New Orleans Saints. There’s a good chance the Raiders will bring in some more. As always, with roster additions come waived/released players. Injured kicker Eddie Carmona and injured tackle John Wetzel were released in order to make room for the new additions.