Author: Chris McClain

Raiders sign two more draft picks, four remain unsigned

Reggie McKenzie and the Oakland Raiders front office remained busy on Wednesday, signing two more of their selections from last month’s NFL Draft. Wide receiver and seventh-round pick (228th overall) Maurice Ateman signed on the dotted line. Ateman appeared in 51 games (29 starts) for Oklahoma State, totaling 146 receptions for 2,466 yards and 13 touchdowns. He is sixth in school history for receiving yards. The Raiders also signed fifth round pick (140th overall) DT Maurice Hurst. Hurst was believed to be a first-round talent until he was sent home by doctors at the NFL Combine due to a...

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Raiders sign fifth-round draft pick, punter Johnny Townsend

The Oakland Raiders signed another one of their draft picks on Monday, inking punter Johnny Townsend. Townsend was selected 173rd overall by the Silver & Black in last month’s draft out of the University of Florida. Townsend played in 44 games over his four-year collegiate career, totaling 240 punts for an average of 46.2 yards and 90 punts inside the opponents’ 20-yard line. He finished as the school’s all-time leading punter in yards and punts, and ranks first in SEC history in career punting average. Last year he was named a consensus second-team All-American after appearing in 11 games...

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Derrick Johnson ready to lead, both on and off the field

The Oakland Raiders missed out on linebacker prospect Roquan Smith in this year’s NFL Draft, and instead elected to sign veteran linebacker Derrick Johnson. Johnson joins the Silver & Black from the AFC West-rival Kansas City Chiefs, where he played for 13 years after being drafted 15th overall in the 2005 NFL Draft. With the Chiefs, Johnson appeared in 182 games, totaling 1,262 tackles, 27.5 sacks, 23 forced fumbles, eight fumble recoveries, 14 interceptions and 77 pass defensed. Johnson said it was “different” putting on the Silver & Black after wearing Chiefs colors for so long, but it’s still the...

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Raiders sign three free agents

The Oakland Raiders roster continues to evolve after the draft, as the team announced they have signed three free agents after they tried out during last week’s rookie mini-camp. The team announced they signed TE Paul Butler (California), FB Henry Poggi (Michigan) and RB Chris Warren (Texas). Butler joins the team after participating in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2017 rookie minicamp. The 6-foot-6, 252-pound tight end played in 33 games over four seasons at Texas, hauling in 32 receptions for 381 yards and five touchdowns. Poggi played four years at Michigan, making 13 starts at fullback and four starts at...

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Raiders officially add LB Derrick Johnson

The Oakland Raiders officially added linebacker help, announcing that they have signed veteran Derrick Johnson. Johnson is familiar with the AFC West, joining the Silver & Black after 13 seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs after being selected 15th overall in the 2005 NFL Draft. Since then, he has been named to four Pro Bowls and named to the AP All-Pro First Team in 2011. Johnson has appeared in 182 games, totaling 1,262 tackles, 27.5 sacks, 23 forced fumbles, eight fumble recoveries, 14 interceptions and 77 pass defensed. The signing gives a relatively young Raiders linebacker room a veteran...

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