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The Oakland Raiders have signed LB Tyrell Adams and LB/DE James Cowser to the active roster from the practice squad, the club announced Saturday. In corresponding moves, the team has released T Matt McCants and waived TE Ryan O’Malley.
Adams joined the Raiders’ practice squad on Oct. 5 following stints with the Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs. He originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Seahawks in 2015, and spent the 2015 season on the practice squads of the Seahawks and Chiefs. This year, he has also spent time on the Chiefs’ practice squad. The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder played in 44 games at West Georgia, totaling 220 tackles, three sacks and four interceptions.
The 6-foot-6, 258-pounder played four seasons at Penn and totaled 43 receptions for 495 yards and nine touchdowns in 40 games. He was named to the All-Ivy League Second Team as a junior and senior, and ranked fourth on the team with 20 catches for 202 yards and three touchdowns in 2015.
Additionally, the Raiders have signed LB Tyrell Adams and LB Darnell Sankey to the practice squad.
Wide receiver K.J. Brent also made a positive impression Friday, securing an impressive back-shoulder pass thrown by quarterback Matt McGloin during the team’s final period of the day.
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The undrafted free agent wide receiver is currently in the midst of a battle to make the Oakland Raiders 53-man roster, and when the team began making its initial roster reductions Sunday morning, and he didn’t get a phone call, Brent just went about his business and went into work.
“I was sitting in the hotel room, got some stuff to eat yesterday, and I guess if you don’t get the call, I guess you’re good,” said Brent. “I came to the facility to get my iPad fixed, just said ‘hello’ to the coaches, nothing serious, so I just woke up today and came to work.”
The Raiders roster currently sits at 75 players, and Thursday’s matchup with the Seattle Seahawks will serve as Brent’s final chance to make an impression on the coaching staff, and show that he deserves a spot on the 53-man roster. Although Thursday’s game is likely one of the biggest of his life to date, the rangy wide receiver isn’t letting the stakes of the game get to him.
“Not necessarily nervous, but more anxious, just ready to get out there and play, because that’s all we really want to do, is just go out there and play football,” said Brent. “That’s what we’re here to do. That’s what we do for a living now. I wouldn’t necessarily say I’m nervous, but I’m anxious to get out there.”
Making it to the NFL is a huge accomplishment in and of itself. Players have overcome adversity, and worked a majority of their young life trying to reach the professional level. From Pop Warner football as a kid, to high school, and college, the work remains constant and necessary to achieve the ultimate goal.
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When Shilique Calhoun chose to begin his career as an Oakland Raiders jersey cheap with the number 91 across his chest, he knew he had big shoes to fill.
For the past two seasons, the number belonged to Justin Tuck, a former First-Team All-Pro defensive end and two-time Super Bowl Champion, who after an impressive 11-year career decided to retire this offseason. Now, Calhoun is preparing to begin his career in Silver and Black, and is ready to take the mantle from a player he grew up idolizing and put his own mark on the number.
“When I saw the number, I was like, it’s weird because it’s Justin Tuck’s number, but hopefully I can evolve it into Shilique Calhoun’s number,” said Calhoun. “He will always be one of the greats. I think that No. 91 will be known throughout all of the NFL, but hopefully I can mold that number into Shilique Calhoun, and people will remember me for it.”
As of late, Michigan State alumni have found a lot of success in the East Bay, and Shilique Calhoun is hoping to be the next athlete in line to do just that.
Draymond Green – who was a Spartan from 2008-12 – was named to his first All-Star game in 2016 and is currently in the midst of a playoff run with the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors, and his success is one that the Raiders’ rookie would like to replicate.
The Offseason Workout Program is over, but it doesn’t mean that the Oakland Raiders aren’t busy.
Wednesday evening, rookie linebacker Shilique Calhoun appeared on SiriusXM NFL Radio with Howard Balzer and Gil Brandt, and during his time on the air he touched a variety of topics ranging from where he’s lining up on the defensive front, to his relationship with rookie quarterback Connor Cook.
Here are the highlights from his interview.