Just when Raider Nation settled in with the idea of the Oakland Raiders carrying 4 quarterbacks and 2 punters, the Raiders pull a fast one less than 24-hours after releasing their 53-man roster.
First and foremost, the punting job has been won by Marquette King. As a result, the Raiders have cut Chris Kluwe. Moreover, the Raiders also cut 4th round draft pick Tyler Wilson and placed him on waivers. The Raiders are hoping to keep Wilson for the practice squad by making this move so late. Considering that DE-David Bass has been claimed off of waivers by the Chicago Bears, this is a smarter move than it looks.
With the Raiders first regular season game less than 7 days away now, moves must be made to shore up certain positions along the offensive line and defensive line. As a matter of fact, the Raiders have just made some moves to do just that. Vic Tafur has just tweeted these moves:
Two more moves: #Raiders claim DE Brian Sanford off waivers from Browns and put TE Brian Leonhardt on practice squad. Mady on PS earlier
— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) September 1, 2013
Just after that, the Raiders make yet another move to claim an offensive lineman off of waivers:
Offensive lineman Antoine McClain claimed by Raiders off waivers from the Ravens
— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) September 1, 2013
Just when you think all the excitement is over-with, the Raiders surprise us by making their moves on Sunday. The Raiders have claimed two players off of waivers to fill the vacancies made by releasing Kluwe and Wilson.
Defensive end Sanford, 6′ 2″ 280 pounds, joined the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent rookie in 2010, and he has primarily been a practice squad player. Offensive guard McClain, 6′ 6″ 336 pounds, joined the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent rookie in 2012. He was initially released by the Ravens before the beginning of the 2012 season, but he re-signed with the team as a member of their practice squad.
Keep checking back with JBB, because I’m sure these are just some of the moves the Raiders will be making today.