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 Latest Raiders Player Notes
Dec 31 2018 - Doug Martin
  RB Doug Martin ran 21 times for 100 yards, reaching the century mark for the second straight game, but also lost a fumble.


Dec 31 2018 - Derek Carr
  QB Derek Carr completed 23 of 32 passes for 184 yards, but also threw two interceptions and lost a fumble Sunday. That ended Carr's streak of 10 games without an interception and a string of passes that reached 332. Then he threw another pick nine passes later. Carr reached the number 50, being sacked three times for a season total of 51. Carr finished the season with 4,049 yards passing, 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.


Dec 29 2018 - Jordy Nelson
  WR Jordy Nelson is expected back with the Oakland Raiders next season. Nelson was among three Oakland players to receive 2019 roster bonuses, according to a report by ESPN. Such a move is an indication that the team plans on retaining the player, Raiders coach Jon Gruden said. In four December games, Nelson has come alive with 29 catches for 308 yards, although he has not reached the end zone since Week 5. For the season, he has 54 catches for 661 yards and three scores.


Dec 28 2018 - Rashard Davis
  WR Rashard Davis was signed by the Raiders to the practice squad Thursday (Dec. 27). He had been released by Raiders the from the practice squad Nov. 20.


Dec 28 2018 - Makinton Dorleant
  CB Makinton Dorleant was signed by the Raiders to the practice squad Friday (Dec. 28). He had been released by the Ravens from the practice squad Nov. 14.


Dec 27 2018 - Donald Penn
  T Donald Penn had his practice period expire with the Raiders Wednesday (Dec. 26) and will finish the season on reserve/injured.


Dec 26 2018 - Dwayne Harris
  KR Dwayne Harris secured AFC Special Team Player of the Week honors after returning a punt 99 yards for a touchdown in Monday's 27-14 victory versus the Denver Broncos. The punt return tied for the second-longest in NFL history.


Dec 24 2018 - Daryl Worley
  CB Daryl Worley (shoulder) was placed on reserve/injured by the Raiders Monday (Dec. 24).


Dec 24 2018 - Dallin Leavitt
  S Dallin Leavitt was signed by the Raiders from their practice squad Monday (Dec. 24).


Dec 24 2018 - Paul Butler
  TE Paul Butler was signed by the Raiders from their practice squad Monday (Dec. 24).


Dec 20 2018 - Cayson Collins
  LB Cayson Collins was signed by the Raiders to their practice squad Thursday (Dec. 20). He had been released by the Raiders from the practice squad Oct. 29.


Dec 20 2018 - Nathan Peterman
  QB Nathan Peterman was signed by the Raiders to their practice squad Wednesday (Dec. 19). He had been waived by the Bills Nov. 13.


Dec 19 2018 - Donald Penn
  T Donald Penn, who has been on injured reserve because of a groin injury since Oct. 3 and was eligible to be activated on Dec. 5, might be brought back for the last two games. "Donald is wide open," head coach John Gruden said. "He wants to play. How many linemen are you going to have up? There is a chance he could be up this week. We'll address that here in the next couple of days." Penn started at left tackle for the Raiders the last few seasons and moved over to the right side this season when the Raiders drafted Kolton Miller in the first round.


Dec 19 2018 - Marshall Newhouse
  LT Marshall Newhouse made his first start with Carolina in the New Orleans game. He replaced Chris Clark, who has been struggling and not up to full strength. Head coach Ron Rivera said Clark has been worn down.


Dec 19 2018 - Nathan Peterman
  QB Nathan Peterman has signed with the Oakland Raiders practice squad, according to multiple media reports. Raiders head coach Jon Gruden, who was an ESPN analyst at the time, was very high on Peterman, who was cut by the Buffalo Bills more than a month ago, when he came out of Pitt two years ago. "Peterman is ready to walk in and be a contributor from day one," Gruden wrote at the time. "He just looks like a pro quarterback -- coming out of the huddle, running an offense with different formations, shifting, motioning, different patterns that other colleges don't run. Peterman will recognize route combinations and associate formations. Peterman is ready to walk in and be a contributor from day one." Gruden declared that Peterman was "the draft's most pro-ready guy." That draft included Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs, Deshaun Watson of the Dallas Texans, and Mitchell Trubisky of the Chicago Bears. Peterman struggled the Bills, ranking last in QB rating (30.7) among NFL quarterbacks this season with a minimum of 50 passing attempts before the Bills released him. In four appearances in Buffalo this season, including two starts, Peterman completed 44 of 81 passes for one touchdown with seven interceptions. In his career, Peterman has thrown 12 interceptions on 130 passing attempts.


Dec 18 2018 - Gabe Jackson
  G Gabe Jackson (elbow) was placed on reserve/injured by the Tuesday (Dec. 18). He will miss the remainder of the 2018 season. Jackson, originally a third-round selection (81st overall) by the club in the 2014 draft, has made 72 starts in 73 appearances over his five-year career. In 2018, Jackson started all 13 games at right guard for the Raiders.


Dec 18 2018 - Gabe Wright
  DT Gabe Wright was signed by the Raiders from their practice squad Tuesday (Dec. 18). Wright was originally drafted by the Lions in the fourth round (113th overall) of the 2015 draft. Over his three-year career, the 6-foot-3, 309-pound defensive tackle has spent time with the Lions (2015), Cleveland Browns (2016) and most recently the Dolphins in 2017. His career totals include 13 games played with one start, recording 13 tackles (nine solo) and two passes defensed. Wright appeared in three preseasons contests for the Raiders in 2018 and has spent most of the regular season on the club's practice squad.


Dec 18 2018 - Rico Gafford
  CB Rico Gafford was signed by the Raiders from their practice squad Tuesday (Dec. 18). Gafford, a 5-foot-10, 184-pound versatile defensive back out of Wyoming, was originally signed by the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent this past May. Gafford appeared in all four preseason contests for the Titans before being signed to the Raiders' practice squad ahead of Week 1, where he has spent his rookie campaign.


Dec 16 2018 - Derek Carr
  QB Derek Carr completed 21 of 38 passes and a one-yard touchdown pass to tight end Lee Smith, who caught a scoring pass for the third straight game. The play was set up by Carr's 44-yard pass to fourth-string tight end Darren Waller on his first catch of the season, and he also ran for 21 yards on a reverse.


Dec 15 2018 - Martavis Bryant
  WR Martavis Bryant (Raiders) was indefinitely placed on reserve/suspended by the commissioner Friday (Dec. 14). Bryant, who was on reserve/injured, will miss at least one year.


Dec 14 2018 - Martavis Bryant
  WR Martavis Bryant of the Oakland Raiders was suspended indefinitely by the NFL on Friday for a violation of the league's substance abuse policy. It was the third such suspension for Bryant, who is on the Injured Reserve List. "Effective immediately, Martavis Bryant has been returned to the Reserve/Commissioner Suspended list indefinitely for violating the terms of his April 2017 conditional reinstatement under the Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse," the league said in a statement. The 26-year-old Bryant was suspended for four games in 2015 and was suspended for the 2016 season for previous violations of the policy. Bryant is not under contract for the 2019 season, so no team will hold his rights of and when he is reinstated from his latest ban. There were reports in September that Bryant was facing another suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy, but nothing official came from the league until Friday. Bryant was placed on IR by the Raiders on Dec. 5 because of a knee injury.


Dec 11 2018 - Jon Feliciano
  G Jon Feliciano was placed on reserve/injured by the Raiders Tuesday (Dec. 11). He will miss the remainder of the 2018 season. Feliciano is a former fourth-round selection by the club in the 2015 draft. Over his four-year career, he has appeared in 48 games and made eight starts for the club. In 2018, Feliciano appeared in 13 contests and had four starts.


Dec 11 2018 - Denver Kirkland
  G/T Denver Kirkland was signed by the Raiders Tuesday (Dec. 11) from the Cardinals practice squad. Kirkland, a 6-foot-4, 335-pound versatile lineman was originally signed by the club as an undrafted free agent in 2016. Over his career, he has appeared in seven contests and made four starts. In 2018, Kirkland has appeared in one contest after being elevated to the team's active roster from the practice squad in October.


Dec 11 2018 - Cameron Hunt
  G Cameron Hunt was signed by the Raiders Tuesday (Dec. 11). He had been waived by the Raiders Sept. 1. Hunt, a 6-foot-4, 265-pound offensive lineman, originally signed with the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent in May of 2017. He spent the 2017 preseason with the Broncos and was later signed to the San Francisco 49ers' practice squad in November, where he spent the remainder of his rookie campaign. Hunt enters his second stint with the club after spending this past offseason with the team, appearing in all four preseason contests.


Dec 8 2018 - Jared Cook
  TE Jared Cook was fined $13,369 for unsportsmanlike conduct on Saturday.


Dec 6 2018 - Donald Penn
  T Donald Penn was designated for return from reserve/injured by the Raiders Thursday (Dec. 6). He is eligible to be activated to play in immediately, but can practice for a maximum of 21 days.


Dec 5 2018 - Reggie Nelson
  S Reggie Nelson (shoulder) was placed on reserve/injured by the Raiders Wednesday (Dec. 5). Nelson signed as a free agent in 2016 and started all 32 games in his first two seasons with the club, appearing in a total of 43 contests. Over his 12-year career, he has appeared in 181 contests and made 164 starts, recorded 830 tackles (605 solo), 6.5 sacks, 38 interceptions with one returned for a touchdown, 93 passes defensed, 10 forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries. His 38 interceptions lead all active players in the NFL.


Dec 5 2018 - Kony Ealy
  DE Kony Ealy was signed by the Raiders Wednesday (Dec. 5). He had been waived by the Raiders Nov. 13. A former second-round pick (60th overall) of the Carolina Panthers in the 2014 draft, Ealy now enters his second stint this season with the Raiders and fifth year in the league after making stops with the Panthers (2014-16) and New York Jets (2017). At 6-foot-4 and 275 pounds, the defensive end has appeared in 62 games over his career with the two clubs, making 19 starts and compiling 90 tackles (53 solo), 15 sacks, two interceptions, 14 passes defensed, six forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. In postseason action, Ealy has appeared in five contests and made one start, notching 11 stops (five), three sacks, one pass defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.


Dec 5 2018 - Bene' Benwikere
  CB Bene' Benwikere was signed by the Raiders Wednesday (Dec. 5). He had been waived by the Cardinals Nov. 26. A former fifth-round pick (148th overall) of the Carolina Panthers in the 2014 draft, Benwikere is now in his fifth season in the NFL, having made stops with the Dallas Cowboys (2017) and Arizona Cardinals (2018) after his first three seasons with the Panthers. Over his five-year career, the Fontana, Calif., native has appeared in 50 games and made 22 starts, recording 153 tackles (115 solo), 1.5 sacks, three interceptions, 25 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. Last season, the San Jose State alum appeared in 12 games with the Cowboys before signing with the Cardinals this past offseason. In 11 games this season, the 6-foot-, 195-cornerback compiled 49 tackles (37), one interception, four passes defensed and one forced fumble with the club.


Dec 5 2018 - Shilique Calhoun
  DE Shilique Calhoun was placed on reserve/injured by the Raiders Wednesday (Dec. 5). Originally a third-round (75th overall) selection by the club in the 2016 draft, Calhoun has appeared in 26 games over three seasons with the Silver and Black, totaling 23 stops (13) and 0.5 sacks. Calhoun appeared in seven games this season and recorded 12 tackles (six).


Dec 5 2018 - Martavis Bryant
  WR Martavis Bryant (knee) was placed on reserve/injured by the Raiders Wednesday (Dec. 5). In eight appearances this season, Bryant made two starts in his first season with the Raiders and recorded 19 receptions for 266 yards before a knee injury kept him inactive the last three contests.


Dec 5 2018 - Denver Kirkland
  G/T Denver Kirkland was signed by the Cardinals to their practice squad Wednesday (Dec. 5). He had been waived by the raiders Saturday. Kirkland (6-4, 335) began this season on the Raiders practice squad prior to being elevated to Oakland's active roster where he played in one game and was inactive for four others. He played in six games (four starts) with Oakland as a rookie after entering the league in 2016 with the Raiders as an undrafted rookie free agent from Arkansas. The 24-year old Kirkland spent the 2017 season on injured reserve with the Raiders.


Dec 3 2018 - Denzelle Good
  T/G Denzelle Good was claimed on waivers by the Raiders from the Colts Monday (Dec. 3). Good, 6-foot-5, 345-pound, was originally selected in the seventh round (255th overall) by the Colts in the 2015 draft. Over his four seasons with the team, he has appeared in 26 games at both guard and tackle and made 20 starts. Good has seen action in two games in 2018 and made one start.


Dec 1 2018 - Denver Kirkland
  G/T Denver Kirkland was placed on waivers by the Raiders Saturday (Dec. 1). Kirkland was originally signed by the club as an undrafted free agent in 2016. He appeared in one contest for the team this season after being elevated to the active roster from the practice squad in October.


Dec 1 2018 - Justin Ellis
  DT Justin Ellis was activated from reserve/injured; designated for return by the Raiders Saturday (Dec. 1). Ellis, a run-stuffing 6-foot-2, 335-pound defensive tackle now in his fifth year with the Raiders, returns to the active roster having appeared in 60 games and making 41 starts. Over his career, he has totaled 134 tackles (82 solo), 0.5 sacks and three passes defensed. Last season, he appeared in all 16 contests for the second consecutive season and made 14 starts, collecting a career-high 44 stops (30) in addition to his first career half-sack.


Dec 1 2018 - Denzelle Good
  T/G Denzelle Good was placed on waivers by the Colts Saturday (Dec. 1). Good, 6-5, 345 pounds, has played in 26 career games (20 starts) and has started at three different positions, including right tackle, right guard and left tackle. He was originally selected by the Colts in the seventh round (255th overall) of the 2015 draft. Good was only the third player from Mars Hill to be drafted and the first since 2003.


Dec 1 2018 - Leon Hall
  CB Leon Hall (back) was placed on reserve/injured by the Raiders Friday (Nov. 30). While he would normally eligible to be designated for return and begin practicing after missing at least six weeks and playing in eight weeks, the first game he would be available would be the Super Bowl. Signed as an unrestricted free agent this past March, Hall appeared in 10 games this season and made four starts, compiling 25 tackles (22 solo) and three passes defensed. Over his 12-year career, Hall appeared in 152 games with 112 starts, recorded 588 stops (437), two sacks, 27 interceptions with three returned for touchdowns, 118 passes defensed, six forced fumbles and 10 fumble recoveries.


Dec 1 2018 - Montrel Meander
  CB Montrel Meander was signed by the Raiders from the Browns practice squad Friday (Nov. 30). Meander, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound cornerback, was originally signed by the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent. Meander spent the offseason with the Browns and made the team's practice squad following the conclusion of the preseason, where he has spent the first 12 weeks of his rookie campaign.


Nov 29 2018 - Johnny Holton
  WR Johnny Holton was signed by the Raiders to their practice squad Wednesday (Nov. 28). He had been waived by the raiders Monday. Holton originally signed with the team as an undrafted free agent out of Cincinnati following the conclusion of the 2016 draft. Holton spent the first 11 weeks of the 2018 campaign on the club's practice squad before being elevated to the active roster and making his season debut in Week 12. Over his first three years, Holton has appeared in 32 games, making one start and totaling 11 receptions for 252 yards (22.9 avg.), adding three scores.


Nov 29 2018 - James Cowser
  LB James Cowser was signed by the Raiders to the practice squad Wednesday (Nov. 28). He had been released by the Raiders from the practice squad Nov. 13. Cowser was originally signed by the club as an undrafted free agent in 2016. Earlier this season, he was elevated to the active roster from the club's practice squad but has not seen game action in 2018. Now in his third year, he has appeared in 22 contests, made 28 tackles (21), one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.


Nov 27 2018 - Bene' Benwikere
  CB Bene' Benwikere was placed on waivers by the Cardinals Monday (Nov. 26).


Nov 27 2018 - Johnny Holton
  WR Johnny Holton was placed on waivers by the Raiders Monday (Nov. 26). Holton originally signed with the team as an undrafted free agent out of Cincinnati following the conclusion of the 2016 draft. Holton spent the first 11 weeks of the 2018 campaign on the club's practice squad before being elevated to the active roster and making his season debut in Week 12. Over his first three years, Holton has appeared in 32 games, making one start and totaling 11 receptions for 252 yards (22.9 average), adding three scores.


Nov 27 2018 - Jacquies Smith
  DE Jacquies Smith (Achilles) was placed on reserve/injured by the Raiders Tuesday (Nov. 27). While he would normally eligible to be designated for return and begin practicing after missing at least six weeks and playing in eight weeks, the first game he would be available would be the Super Bowl. Smith signed as a free agent ahead of Week 10 and appeared in three contests for the Raiders this season.


Nov 27 2018 - Darren Waller
  TE Darren Waller was signed by the Raiders from the Ravens practice squad Tuesday (Nov. 27). Waller, a 6-foot-6, 255-pound tight end out of Georgia Tech, was originally drafted in the sixth round (240th overall) by the Ravens in the 2015 draft as a wide receiver. Waller spent three seasons with the club, appearing in 18 contests and making four starts, while tallying 12 receptions for 103 yards and two touchdowns. A native of Landover, Md., Waller has spent the 2018 campaign on Baltimore's practice squad.


Nov 27 2018 - Chaz Green
  G/T Chaz Green was signed by the Raiders Tuesday (Nov. 27). He had been waived by the Saints Nov. 21. Green, a 6-foot-5, 318-pound guard is a former third-round selection (91st overall) out of Florida by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2015 NFL Draft. Over his three seasons with the club, Green appeared in 18 contests and made six starts for the Cowboys. The Tampa, Fla., native most recently had a short stint on the New Orleans Saints' practice squad but has not appeared in game action in 2018.


Nov 26 2018 - Bene' Benwikere
  CB Bene Benwikere was released by the Cardinals, the team announced Monday. He started eight games this season and was a starter in Sunday's loss to the Chargers. Benwikere, who had one interception and half a sack this season, played for Dallas last season, participating in 12 games but not starting any of them. The Cardinals signed him to a one-year contract in March.


Nov 23 2018 - Justin Ellis
  DT Justin Ellis was designated for return from reserve/injured by the Raiders Thursday (Nov. 22). He is eligible to be activated to play immediately, but can practice for a maximum of 21 days.


Nov 23 2018 - Saeed Blacknall
  WR Saeed Blacknall was signed by the Raiders to their practice squad Wednesday (Nov. 21). He had been waived by the Raiders Monday. Blacknall appeared in his first NFL action in Week 11 after being elevated to the club's active roster.


Nov 23 2018 - Johnny Holton
  WR Johnny Holton was signed by the Raiders from their practice squad Wednesday (Nov. 21). Holton, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound receiver originally signed with the team as an undrafted free agent out of Cincinnati following the conclusion of the 2016 draft. Holton made the active roster following his first training camp and appeared in 31 games over his first two seasons, making one start and totaling 11 receptions for 252 yards (22.9 average), adding three scores. Holton has spent the 2018 campaign on the club's practice squad, where he participated in a short stint as a converted cornerback.


Nov 23 2018 - Chaz Green
  G Chaz Green was placed on waivers by the Saints Wednesday (Nov. 21).



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