Oakland Raiders: Brian Sanford

Raiders place Maiava, Young on IR

December, 7, 2013
JERSEY CITY, N.J. – The Oakland Raiders placed linebacker Kaluka Maiava and safety Usama Young on season-ending Injured Reserve on Saturday and signed linebacker Marshall McFadden off the practice squad in a flurry of roster moves.

The Raiders also waived defensive lineman Brian Sanford while signing cornerback Chance Casey and safety Shelton Johnson from the practice squad.

The Raiders initially listed Maiava (ribs/calf) and Young (neck) as two of the seven players ruled out for Sunday’s game at the New York Jets, but with the two now off the 53-man roster, Oakland has two options for the 46-man game-day roster.

Maiava, who was expected to compete for a starting position at weak-side linebacker, endured an injury-plagued season, appearing in nine games and had 25 tackles, nine solo. He started one game.

Young appeared in 12 games and had one start at strong safety. He had 26 tackles (19 solo, six on special teams) with 2.5 sacks to lead the secondary, an interception and two passes defended. He was injured in the Raiders’ Thanksgiving Day loss at the Dallas Cowboys and he left the locker room wearing a neck brace.

While Casey and Johnson were both undrafted free agents signed out of Baylor and Wisconsin, respectively, McFadden spent most of the 2012 season on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ practice squad and appeared in one game.
HOUSTON – As expected, the Oakland Raiders signed rookie quarterback Tyler Wilson from their practice squad Saturday to back up fellow rookie Matt McGloin, who went undrafted out of Penn State, in Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans.

The Raiders cut defensive end Brian Sanford in the corresponding roster move.

McGloin will start for the Raiders in place of Terrelle Pryor, whose sprained right knee has not recovered enough for him to play against the Texans. Pryor suffered the injury against the Philadelphia Eagles on Nov. 3 and re-aggravated it against the New York Giants last week

Wilson, meanwhile, was the Raiders’ fourth-round draft choice out of Arkansas -- Oakland traded back in the round after the Eagles moved in front of the Raiders to select USC’s Matt Barkley. Wilson was cut at the end of training camp. When no one else picked him up, Wilson was signed to the practice squad.

Going into camp, the depth chart at quarterback read: Matt Flynn, Pryor, Wilson, McGloin.

Raiders add OL Jack Cornell

November, 9, 2013
JERSEY CITY, N.J. – The Oakland Raiders signed offensive lineman Jack Cornell to the active roster off the practice squad Saturday in time for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium.

Defensive lineman Brian Sanford was waived in the corresponding roster move.

The Raiders already announced six players were out for the Giants game, including right tackles Matt McCants (toe) and Tony Pashos (hip), and center/left guard Andre Gurode (quad) is questionable, so Cornell potentially adds depth on the offensive line.

Cornell played in the Raiders’ 27-17 victory over the San Diego on Oct. 6.
As expected, the Raiders signed offensive lineman Jack Cornell off the practice squad Saturday to add depth to a depleted unit. In the corresponding roster move, Oakland waived defensive lineman Brian Sanford.

The addition of Cornell likely means that neither right tackle Tony Pashos (hip) nor left guard/center Andre Gurode (quad) will play against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Pashos and Gurode, both of whom were officially listed as doubtful, were injured in Oakland’s game at Kansas City on Oct. 13, before the Raiders’ bye.

Cornell, meanwhile, was originally signed to the Raiders’ practice squad on Sept. 11 before being called up on Oct. 5, appearing in Oakland’s 27-17 defeat of San Diego on Oct. 6. He was waived the next day before being re-signed to the practice squad on Oct. 9.

He spent the 2012 season on the Baltimore Ravens’ practice squad.

Sanford appeared in four games with the Raiders, starting against Washington, and had seven tackles.

The Raiders, though, should have some O-line help against Pittsburgh as center Stefen Wisniewski, who sprained his right knee against Washington on Sept. 29, is on track to play. Also, rookie tackle Menelik Watson (calf) tweeted Saturday he was on the mend.

“Feels good to be working out again,” he tweeted. “My time will come.”

Raiders work on trench depth

September, 1, 2013
As expected, the Oakland Raiders attempted to improve their thin roster through the waiver wire.

With the trenches being a huge issue in the preseason, Oakland claimed defensive end Brian Sanford from Cleveland and guard Antoine McClain from Baltimore.

McClain is massive. The Clemson product is 6-foot-5, 336 pounds. He could be an interesting depth piece for Oakland. He was on the Ravens’ practice squad last season.

Sanford was with Cleveland for parts of the past three years.

Oakland reportedly added receiver Greg Jenkins, guard Lamarr Mady and tight end Brian Leonhardt to the practice squad. The team has not announced any members of the eight-man squad.