The trade of Doug Gabriel to New England was the biggest surprise of cutdown day. It's an obvious sign that Jerry Porter has a chance to win back some playing time under Raiders coach Art Shell. The Patriots, meanwhile, had to do something to get a wide receiver. Deion Branch is probably going to hold out into the season and the Patriots for weeks have been calling around for receiving options. It's even more surprising the Raiders would give up Gabriel knowing they placed Carlos Francis on injured reserve.
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