Oakland Raiders: Sio Moore

NAPA, Calif. – The big news the day before the Oakland Raiders' first training camp practice revolved around cornerback D.J. Hayden's pending trip to the physically unable to perform list.

But there was other injury news announced by coach Dennis Allen at the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa at a lunch attended by five media outlets and the team’s website.

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Allen said the Raiders will cut linebacker Kevin Burnett, as the nine-year veteran was not cleared for participation by the Raiders’ medical staff. Burnett, who was dealing with an ankle issue in the second organized team activities session in early June, started 16 games at weakside linebacker last season and had 129 tackles with 2 sacks and an interception.

The Raiders drafted Khalil Mack with the No. 5 overall pick and the rookie is slotted to start on the strong side, with Sio Moore moving toWill linebacker to battle Miles Burris for the starting job. Nick Roach, who played every defensive snap last season, returns at middle linebacker.

“Where we’re at at the linebacker position, with some young talented players, Miles Burris and Sio Moore, Kaluka Maiava being a main guy, I think we feel good with that position,” Allen said, “and we’re going to move on from Kevin Burnett.”

Burnett had a salary cap value for 2014 of nearly $4.14 million and was due to make $3.5 million.

Also, Allen said tight end Nick Kasa (hip flexor) and guard Lucas Nix (knee) would join Hayden (foot) on the PUP list, with safety Usama Young (quad) and rookie cornerback Keith McGill (ankle) potential adds. Young and McGill were injured Thursday during the team’s conditioning tests.

Defensive end C.J. Wilson (hamstring) and defensive tackle Stacy McGee (broken thumb) will be placed on the non-football injury list after being hurt away from the Raiders’ facility.

Defensive lineman Antonio Smith, meanwhile, is “good to go” after not practicing at all in the offseason programs while recovering from an undisclosed procedure following a weight-room mishap.

“You’d love to be able to start with everybody healthy and everybody on the field, but obviously, injuries are part of this game and it’s something we’ve got to be able to deal with and something that we’ve got to be able to overcome,” Allen said. “We’ll take it day by day and try to attack the rehab as fast as possible and see when we can get those guys back out there.”

The Raiders’ first training camp practice is Friday at 3 p.m. PT, with the first padded practice on Sunday.
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Khalil Mack falling into the Oakland Raiders' lap at No. 5 overall in last month's NFL draft perhaps affected no one already on the team more than Sio Moore.

As a rookie taken in the third round a year earlier, Moore was somewhat of a revelation. He started 11 games and played in 15. (The lone game he missed came after he suffered a concussion in a car accident.) He led the Raiders' first-year players with 55 tackles (33 solo), 4.5 sacks and a forced fumble.

But Mack joining the team has forced Moore to switch positions, at least for the time being, as Mack has settled in at strongside linebacker and Moore has flipped over to the weak side in Oakland's base 4-3 defense.

And really, that's just fine with Moore.

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Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports"I just try to use my versatility and continue to show our coaches and my teammates that I can do anything on the field," said Sio Moore.
"I did this in college," he said of his time at UConn this week, at the onset of organized training activities (OTAs).

"I started out as a Will and then moved to Sam, where the Sam was an outside linebacker and a down free safety. Moving from Sam to Will here again, it's nothing that's abnormal. I just try to use my versatility and continue to show our coaches and my teammates that I can do anything on the field and I want to continue to work at it, no matter the position."

Of course, being on the weak side will mean Moore's pass-coverage skills will be under more scrutiny, right?

"Based on what the call is," coach Dennis Allen said. "All of our linebackers are going to have to be able play the run. All of our linebackers are going to have to be able to play the pass. All of our linebackers are going to have to rush the passer.

"We'll find ways to get guys that can do those things. We'll find ways to get them on the field."

Besides, while the Raiders' base defense is a 4-3, the personnel may actually suggest a 3-4 is a better fit and defensive coordinator Jason Tarver has promised to show even more multiple looks this season.

"We believe in versatility," Allen added. "When you get into games, the more things guys can do, the better you are going to be able to adjust, change the game plan, make the defense work based on what the offense is doing to you. There will be times where you need more linebackers on the field based on what the offense is doing. Sometimes, you may not need as many.

"Yes, (Moore) has the skill set for that (Will) position and we'll continue to work with him throughout the rest of these OTAs and training camp. Again, we're going to put the best three guys on the field. Whoever those best three guys are, we're going to put them on the field and we're going to go play."

If those best three are indeed Moore, Mack and middle linebacker Nick Roach, the odd man out would be last year's starting weakside linebacker, Kevin Burnett, who is working through an ankle injury.

But Moore has developed a kinship with Roach, one that goes beyond the field.

"Nick has been one of those guys for me that's been a big brother and like a father figure-type role," Moore said. "I've never had a father and to hear a lot of wisdom and guidance that he provides as a friend, and as somebody who I really look [at] as family and a brother, it means a lot to you."

It means almost as much as, if not more than, Moore's on-field objective. Remember, this is the guy who famously said the Raiders drafted the best linebacker in college within an hour of Oakland tabbing him in 2013.

"Right now, my goal is not to be just a linebacker," he said, "it's to be the best linebacker there is. The more that I can do, the more that I can learn, and the faster that I can learn it and the faster that I can produce and be a part of something, then we have a situation."

A positive one, at that.
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The way Khalil Mack sees it, attending the NFLPA’s three-day Rookie Premiere event last week in Los Angeles was part of his growing process, even if it cost him valuable OTA time with the Oakland Raiders.

“I missed two days, and that’s in the back of my head, but I’m doing everything it takes mentally to be ready,” Mack told ESPN.com following Monday’s OTA practice.

“But it was great to get to meet so many guys and get an understanding of what the NFLPA is all about. It was three days of workshops, pictures, interviews, giving us an insight into what life as a professional is going to be like and doing what it can to help us.”

Mack, the No. 5 overall pick, was one of at least 42 rookies selected for the symposium, the lone Raiders player.

And while he got back to practice Monday, he has already made an impression on his new teammates. Even if the Raiders are still nearly two months away from putting on the pads and hitting.

“I’ve watched him a couple of times come off the edge,” said free safety Charles Woodson, “and he’s a guy that can bend at the waist, he can get low. He can get under tackles as he’s going around the edge. He’s quick enough to where he can get a guy in space coming off the edge. He can make movements in or out and go either way, and he seems to be put together pretty well, so we know he has some strength.

“It will be great to see him in action when it really goes down. We all have high hopes for him, because he’s only going to make us better as a team. I look forward to playing alongside him.”

In the Raiders’ 4-3 base defense, Mack has been working at strongside linebacker while last year’s starter at the SAM, Sio Moore, has slid over to the weak side.

Moore, the Raiders’ third-round draft pick last season, has also been impressed with Mack’s appearance, granted, in such a small sample size.

“He’s a good athlete and he’s a good kid,” said Moore, who is nearly nine months older than Mack. “He’s a smart dude and we’re all in here working together and the more people that you can get on board, the more things we can do.

“The biggest part is really about learning and really honing in our craft and understanding the playbook and he’s doing a good job, as well as everybody, so we just have to keep it up.”

And yes, Mack is standing by his claim to the NFL Network that it is Peyton Manning who he is most looking forward to sacking this fall.

“No doubt,” Mack said. “That’s a goal of mine, to sack greatness.”
ALAMEDA, Calif -- The Oakland Raiders entered the three-day, seven-round NFL draft with seven picks and ended it with eight players: linebacker Khalil Mack (first round, No. 5 overall), quarterback Derek Carr (second round, No. 36 overall), guard Gabe Jackson (third round, No. 81 overall), defensive tackle Justin Ellis (fourth round, No. 107 overall), cornerback Keith McGill (fourth round, No. 116 overall), defensive end Shelby Harris (seventh round, No. 235 overall), cornerback T.J. Carrie (seventh round, No. 219 overall) and safety Jonathan Dowling (seventh round, No. 247 overall).

After taking six defensive players and two offensive players, Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie met with the media to discuss his third draft in Oakland. Following are some of the highlights.

On how tough it was to sit without picks in the fifth and sixth rounds:

"It was extremely difficult. Never want to go through that again. We tried to get some moves in but, had no takers. So, we made our picks and we had to wait until Round 7 … move out of 4 to try to pick up some extra, yes."

On talking about the desire for "high-character" guys but drafting some with off-the-field issues on Saturday:

"It's always a chance to redeem himself … if they learn from it, or sometimes a player really feels remorse when he did make a mistake. The key is, how do you feel after you conversate with the kid and meet with him and talk to all the people that you need to talk to as far as who knows him and just try to get a better feel for that particular player. When you come away from it saying, I'm going to give him a chance, or I'm not. That's when you make a decision. That's why we made the decision on a couple of the guys today."

On how difficult it was to evaluate Shelby, who did not play football last season:

"It was hard from the standpoint that you don't have current film. But he has a ton of film from the year before so you know what kind of player he is from his earlier tape and then we were there at the pro day and we got that on film. So, we kind of know his conditioning and what he looked like at the time and he knew what he played like and that's the only reason we drafted him is because we liked the way he played and we were comfortable with him trying to grow from that situation."

On if the end of this draft feels different than his previous two Oakland drafts:

"Well, from the standpoint, especially the first two days, the way it went when guys fell to us that we liked …when you get it like that, you feel, we felt really good to get Khalil, to get Carr, to get big Gabe, we were very excited because of the way it fell to us. And we felt like we wanted to make today just as good as the other two. And we felt good about today. So, does it feel any different? A little bit, especially early the way it fell. So, we were excited."

On what not drafting a receiver means to the Raiders:

"We like who we have. When the board falls to where the receivers at that time were not high on the board we're not going to reach down and take a receiver. I would have liked to have a receiver. I would have. It just didn't fall that way."

On Michael Sam becoming the first openly-gay player drafted into the NFL and not being on the Raiders' board:

"That's one of those deals that, for one the player as far as we're concerned, we evaluated every player just like one like the other. I was happy to see him get drafted. We just always stay true to our evaluation process. If we deem him this type of player, whether it's free agent, first round or reject, we don't care what his circumstances are. We evaluate the guy and that's where we put him on the board."

On if he expects his draftees to step in and contribute right away:

"I'm hopeful for that. I felt like we got guys that can do more than just compete, that they're gonna fight to try to win the job, whatever it is – whether it's a key backup role or a key special teams role, or really push a starter or try to start. I think we got some guys that are focused on doing that."

On if he found his QB of the future in Carr:

"Not necessarily the quarterback of the future. But if a guy showed when we picked, and we felt comfortable when that time came, we was gonna pick him. And going into it, we felt like there was some good players not only at the quarterback position, but a lot of positions. That's why we were ready to take some good players, especially that first, second day."

On if Mack's presence will affect LB Sio Moore:

"It's gonna do a little bit of that. But the one thing our defensive staff can do, they know how to get the best players on the field and figure out different ways to move them around and put them in the best position that they can make plays. So he'll figure -- as long as we give him some good players, let's get them all on the field and figure out where to position them."
How acquired: Second-round draft pick (No. 42 overall) out of Florida State

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2013 season: First Menelik Watson was going to play right tackle. Then he was moving to left tackle. Finally, he settled back on the right side. But not before a calf issue slowed his development in training camp. Then a minor knee surgery. Then, tha calf flared up again. And did we mention already that Watson was considered a project by many in that he had only really played a couple years of organized football? Yes, Watson was raw as a rookie and the Oakland Raiders reached. Recovering from the knee procedure, Watson was inactive the first seven games and made his debut in Week 9. There were flashes, which were limited due to his missing so much time with the injuries. Watson appeared in five games and started two, at right tackle against the New York Giants, and as an extra lineman at Houston. He missed the final two games, though.

Looking ahead: Big things are expected out of Watson by the Raiders in 2014 and, no doubt, on March 11, they hope he grabs the starting right tackle position and does not let go any time soon. Of course, that means Watson staying out of the trainer’s room, staying on the field and getting as much offseason work in as possible. “Menelik has to get his body right,” general manager Reggie McKenzie said after the season. “If we can keep him healthy, I’m looking forward to what he can do next season.”

The Raiders’ other 2013 rookies that finished the season on the roster: CB D.J. Hayden, DE Ryan Robinson, CB Chance Casey, S Shelton Johnson, WR Greg Jenkins, OG Lamar Mady, QB Matt McGloin,WR Brice Butler, DT Stacy McGee, TE Mychal Rivera, RB Latavius Murray, TE Nick Kasa and LB Sio Moore.

Rookie glance: LB Sio Moore

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How acquired: Third-round draft pick (No. 66 overall) out of Connecticut

2013 season: An excited Moore told reporters on a conference call immediately after he was selected by Oakland that the Raiders got the best linebacker in the draft. And while Buffalo linebacker Kiko Alonso was named defensive rookie of the year by the Pro Football Writers’ Association, Moore was one of three LBs named to the PFWA all-rookie team, along with Alonso and St. Louis’ Alex Ogletree. No doubt Moore was the most productive rookie in last year’s draft class. The 6-feet-1, 240-pound strongside linebacker played in 15 games, starting 11, and led Oakland rookies with 55 tackles, 4 sacks, which was fourth among all NFL rookies, and a forced fumble. The only game he missed – Week 3 at Denver – was the result of a concussion suffered in a car accident.

Looking ahead: You could say Moore more than impressed and solidified his standing as a building block for the franchise going forward. You could also make the case that Moore is the best draft pick in two drafts by general manager Reggie McKenzie thus far. Moore’s high motor served him well last season and should continueto do so in the future, so long as he does not get overly aggressive in chasing plays or picking up penalties. It will be interesting to see how his skill set translates if the Raiders show more 3-4 looks on defense, outside of their base 4-3 alignment.

 

The Raiders’ other 2013 rookies that finished the season on the roster: OT Menelik Watson, CB D.J. Hayden, DE Ryan Robinson, CB Chance Casey, S Shelton Johnson, WR Greg Jenkins, OG Lamar Mady, QB Matt McGloin, WR Brice Butler, DT Stacy McGee, TE Mychal Rivera, RB Latavius Murray and TE Nick Kasa.

Rookie glance: TE Nick Kasa

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How acquired: Sixth-round draft pick (No. 172 overall) out of Colorado

2013 season: The first of three sixth-round draft picks for the Raiders, and one of two tight ends drafted, the 6-foot-6, 265-pound Kasa played in all 16 games, starting at the New York Giants on Nov. 10. He began his college career as a defensive end so he has no issue mixing it up as a blocking tight end. He caught one pass as a rookie, but he made it count -- a 9-yard touchdown reception in the season finale from Terrelle Pryor against the Denver Broncos.

Looking ahead: With Jeron Mastrud about to hit free agency and Mychal Rivera having established himself as a fine pass-catching tight end, Kasa may still face an uphill battle with recuperating David Ausberry, who missed the season with a shoulder injury, returning. Still, Kasa did make contributions on special teams, and the Raiders did carry three tight ends on the roster last season. He needs to show more pass-catching skills, though.

The Raiders’ other 2013 rookies that finished the season on the roster: LB Sio Moore, OT Menelik Watson, CB D.J. Hayden, DE Ryan Robinson, CB Chance Casey, S Shelton Johnson, WR Greg Jenkins, OG Lamar Mady, QB Matt McGloin, WR Brice Butler, DT Stacy McGee, TE Mychal Rivera, RB Latavius Murray.
How acquired: Sixth-round draft pick (No. 181 overall) out of Central Florida

2013 season: Murray appeared in one preseason game, the exhibition opener against the Dallas Cowboys, and finished with 29 yards on eight carries. It was his only action as the 6-foot-3, 230-pounder was placed on Injured Reserve on Aug. 27 with an ankle injury. “He was never fully healthy,” coach Dennis Allen said at the recent NFL combine. “And every time he got healthy, the ankle reared its ugly head again and he was back down. There were a couple of plays in there ... the Dallas game, maybe, where he got a run over on the sideline and was able to lower his shoulder and really finish a run off really well. So there are plays in there I can think of that are exciting and encouraging to me. But, again, he’s got very limited experience and limited exposure.”

Looking ahead: Big things are expected out of a healty Murray, especially with Darren McFadden and Rashad Jennings both scheduled to become unrestricted free agents. “I think Latavius is one of those guys that we’re anxious to see be healthy and get out there and play,” Allen said. “He’s a big back that’s got excellent speed and excellent size. He runs tough ... we’ll find out a lot more about Latavius Murray as we go through the offseason program and into training camp.”

The Raiders’ other 2013 rookies that finished the season on the roster: TE Nick Kasa, LB Sio Moore, OT Menelik Watson, CB D.J. Hayden, DE Ryan Robinson, CB Chance Casey, S Shelton Johnson, WR Greg Jenkins, OG Lamar Mady, QB Matt McGloin,WR Brice Butler, DT Stacy McGee, TE Mychal Rivera.

Rookie glance: TE Mychal Rivera

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How acquired: Sixth-round draft pick (No. 184 overall) out of Tennessee

2013 season: At 6-feet-3, Rivera made up for his relative lack of height with an uncanny athleticism as a pass catcher. Technically, he started only three games but played in all 16. He became a go-to pass catcher for Raiders quarterbacks in the second half of the season as 27 of his 38 catches and three of his four touchdown receptions came after Week 8. Veteran Jeron Mastrud was Oakland's starting tight end but he only caught seven passes, or 96 yards, and fellow rookie tight end Nick Kasa was more of a special teams player. Rivera's run-blocking needed work, as it does for most rookies on offense.

Looking ahead: Mastrud is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent and unless the Raiders go out and get Jimmy Graham, Rivera should be the Raiders' starting tight end in 2014. An offseason of refining his blocking techniques should be in order for Rivera, who would be lethal were he two inches taller. He was already the Raiders' best pass-catching tight end as he averaged 10.7 yards per catch but also had six receptions of at least 19 yards.

The Raiders' other 2013 rookies who finished the season on the roster: RB Latavius Murray, TE Nick Kasa, LB Sio Moore, OT Menelik Watson, CB D.J. Hayden, DE Ryan Robinson, CB Chance Casey, S Shelton Johnson, WR Greg Jenkins, OG Lamar Mady, QB Matt McGloin, WR Brice Butler and DT Stacy McGee.

Rookie glance: DT Stacy McGee

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How acquired: Sixth-round draft pick (No. 205 overall) out of Oklahoma

2013 season: Was a head-scratcher of a pick for the regime of Reggie McKenzie and Dennis Allen, what with their stated desire to bring in "high-character" players and McGee's rap sheet at Oklahoma. But Stacy McGeekept his nose clean and played hard when in games. In fact, he played in 15 games, missing one with a shoulder injury, and had five starts in the Raiders' last seven games at nose tackle. The 6-foot-3, 310-pounder was an imposing figure in the trenches and had 26 tackles, 15 solo, with a sack, and a fumble recovery.

Looking ahead: With interior defensive linemen Pat Sims, Daniel Muir and Vance Walker all about to become unrestricted free agents, the future could be now for McGee, especially if he adds bulk to become a prototypical nose tackle. He was a pleasant surprise in 2013 and should be counted on for even more in 2014, especially if the Raiders show more 3-4 alignments.

The Raiders' other 2013 rookies that finished the season on the roster: TE Mychal Rivera, RB Latavius Murray, TE Nick Kasa, LB Sio Moore, OT Menelik Watson, CB D.J. Hayden, DE Ryan Robinson, CB Chance Casey, S Shelton Johnson, WR Greg Jenkins, OG Lamar Mady, QB Matt McGloin and WR Brice Butler .

Rookie glance: WR Brice Butler

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How acquired: Seventh-round draft pick (No. 209 overall) out of San Diego State

2013 season: Considered somewhat of a reach pick so late in the draft, Butler had NFL bloodlines as his father Bobby was a first-round pick and 12-year veteran as a defensive back with the Atlanta Falcons from 1981 through 1992. But Raiders receivers coach Ted Gilmore had the younger Butler at USC (Butler transferred to SDSU for his last season) and obviously liked him. Butler played in 10 games, starting two. He was active in the Raiders’ first seven games, and caught a pass in his first six NFL games, but none after Oct. 13. For the season, Butler caught nine passes for 103 yards, averaging 11.4 yards per catch.

Looking ahead: A “tweener” as a receiver -- he’s not a big possession guy, nor is he a prototypical burner. Being inactive for four of Oakland’s last five games, including the final three, might not bode well for his future with the Raiders, especially if they draft Sammy Watkins. But Butler has nice hands, he does appear to be ahead of 2012 draft pick Juron Criner on the depth chart, and veteran Jacoby Ford will be an unrestricted free agent.

The Raiders’ other 2013 rookies that finished the season on the roster: DT Stacy McGee, TE Mychal Rivera, RB Latavius Murray, TE Nick Kasa, LB Sio Moore, OT Menelik Watson, CB D.J. Hayden, DE Ryan Robinson, CB Chance Casey, S Shelton Johnson, WR Greg Jenkins, OG Lamar Mady, and QB Matt McGloin.

Rookie glance: QB Matt McGloin

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How acquired: Undrafted free agent

2013 season: Initialy a fourth-string training camp arm for the Oakland Raiders, the Penn State product worked his way up past fourth-round draft pick Tyler Wilson, expensive acquisition Matt Flynn and Terrelle Pryor to start six games, appearing in seven. McGloin’s skill set as more of a pure drop-back passer more closely resembled what the Raiders wanted to run on offense, and it showed ... early. McGloin’s first pass as an NFL starter went for a touchdown, and he threw eight touchdowns and was also intercepted eight times. McGloin threw for 1,547 yards on 55.9 percent passing, and had a passer rating of 76.1. His record as a starter was 1-5.

Looking ahead: While McGloin was replaced by Pryor for the season finale against the Denver Broncos, coach Dennis Allen said McGloin showed enough to have a future with the franchise. Now, does that mean he’s going to be the starter going forward? Not likely. In fact, Allen reiterated at the NFL combine that he was not sure next year’s starter was on the roster at this time. For the Raiders to truly upgrade the position, you’d probably see an established veteran starting with McGloin either the backup or No. 3 quarterback.

The Raiders’ other 2013 rookies that finished the season on the roster: WR Brice Butler, DT Stacy McGee, TE Mychal Rivera, RB Latavius Murray, TE Nick Kasa, LB Sio Moore, OT Menelik Watson, CB D.J. Hayden, DE Ryan Robinson, CB Chance Casey, S Shelton Johnson, WR Greg Jenkins and OG Lamar Mady.

Rookie glance: OL Lamar Mady

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How acquired: Undrafted free agent

2013 season: The Youngstown State product spent the first two weeks of the regular season on the Oakland Raiders’ practice squad before injuries on the offensive line precipitated his promotion. He remained on the 53-man roster the rest of the season, appearing in seven games. Mady, who saw most of his time on special teams, also proved competent at right guard and left guard.

Looking ahead: The Raiders re-signed the exclusive rights free agent earlier this month so that must mean they like him, right? Sure, but it can also mean next to nothing if Oakland goes out and revamps the entire offensive line. Still, he did not embarrass himself and actually acquitted himself quite well, thank you very much. Is he a starter on a championship-caliber club? Probably not. But he was a solid backup for a rebuilding team. How does he fit in Year 1 of the Raiders’ Reconstruction? Stay tuned.

The Raiders’ other 2013 rookies that finished the season on the roster: QB Matt McGloin, WR Brice Butler, DT Stacy McGee, TE Mychal Rivera, RB Latavius Murray, TE Nick Kasa, LB Sio Moore, OT Menelik Watson, CB D.J. Hayden, DE Ryan Robinson, CB Chance Casey, S Shelton Johnson, WR Greg Jenkins.

Rookie glance: WR/KR Greg Jenkins

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How acquired: Undrafted free agent

2013 season: Greg Jenkins, a converted college quarterback from Alabama State, impressed the Oakland Raiders enough in training camp that he was afforded a spot on their practice squad. He worked on his new position for the season’s first 10 games before being promoted to the active roster, where he saw time as both the kick returner (10 for 221 yards) and punt returner (four for 42 yards). In his second career game, at Dallas on Thanksgiving, he recovered a fumble on the game’s opening kickoff and returned it 23 yards for a touchdown.

Looking ahead: That Jenkins came off the practice squad to supplant Jacoby Ford as the team’s primary kick returner spoke volumes about not only how far Ford fell in the organization’s estimation, but also what the Raiders thought about Jenkins. Still, it will be interesting to see how he responds to an entire offseason as a veteran, so to speak, and if he stops making fair catches inside the 10-yard line, as he did at least twice.

The Raiders’ other 2013 rookies that finished the season on the roster: G Lamar Mady, QB Matt McGloin, WR Brice Butler, DT Stacy McGee, TE Mychal Rivera, RB Latavius Murray, TE Nick Kasa, LB Sio Moore, OT Menelik Watson, CB D.J. Hayden, DE Ryan Robinson, CB Chance Casey, S Shelton Johnson.

Rookie glance: S Shelton Johnson

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How acquired: Undrafted free agent

2013 season: Shelton Johnson, like cornerback Chance Casey, was an intriguing figure to fans in training camp and was rewarded for his hard-hitting style with a spot on the Oakland Raiders’ practice squad. Johnson, who played collegiately at Wisconsin, was promoted to the active roster on Dec. 7 and was active for the Raiders’ final four games of the season. He had three special-teams tackles and recovered a fumble off a muffed San Diego Chargers punt in the season’s penultimate game. In the season finale, Johnson had two tackles, one solo, on defense against the Denver Broncos.

Looking ahead: In getting on the field for actual game snaps, Johnson gave the Raiders something to chew on. Especially with safeties Charles Woodson and Usama Young about to become unrestricted free agents. The wild card in all of this secondary shuffling, though, is the health of strong safety Tyvon Branch, who did not play after breaking his lower right leg in Week 2.

The Raiders’ other 2013 rookies that finished the season on the roster: WR Greg Jenkins, G Lamar Mady, QB Matt McGloin, WR Brice Butler, DT Stacy McGee, TE Mychal Rivera, RB Latavius Murray, TE Nick Kasa, LB Sio Moore, OT Menelik Watson, CB D.J. Hayden, DE Ryan Robinson, CB Chance Casey.

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