Breaking news:Raiders sign three players but cut three others
The Raiders mined the field from their weekend rookie mini camp and added three new players to their roster.
Whether any of them prove to be as successful as Jalen Richard remains to be seen, but linebackers Najee Harris and LaTroy Lewis and defensive end Chris Casher each were awarded contracts on Sunday, with the team making the announcement on Monday..
Harris, not to be confused with the highly-touted running back from Antioch with the same name, went to Wagner College, an FCS school in New York City. He finished last season with 44 tackles, one sack, one interception and five pass breakups.
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Harris participated in Temple’s pro day (small schools such as Wagner typically do not have their own) and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.59 seconds. He would seem to provide some depth and competition possibly at the weakside linebacker spot.
Casher finished his collegiate career at Faulker University, an NAIA school in Montgomery, Alabama, after transferring from Florida State. He was a former five-star recruit who was part of the same recruiting class as Jameis Winston and roomed with the quarterback as a freshman. (Cashner was present the night of the incident for which Winston was accused of rape and was later found responsible for two violations of the school’s code of conduct in relation to the incident).
The 6-4, 264-pound Casher had 60 tackles and 8.5 sacks last year for Faulkner. He played parts of four years for the Seminoles, with an injury in his true freshman season leading to a medical redshirt.
Lewis, a 6-4, 254-pounder from Tennessee, started only four of the Volunteers’ 11 games last and made just 10 career starts at the collegiate level. Two of those last season came at defensive tackle, showing some versatility although he’d need to bulk up considerably to play inside at the NFL level.
Lewis had 77 tackles, including 12 for loss, and 4.5 sacks during his Tennessee career. He played the past two years alongside Khalil McKenzie, the son of Raiders’ general manager Reggie McKenzie.
To create room on the roster, the Raiders waived linebacker Dwayne Norman, safety Ahmad Thomas and defensive tackle Jordan Wade.
Norman was signed to a reserve/future deal in January. He spent last preseason with the Denver Broncos after being a four-year player at Duke. Thomas and Wade both signed last week as undrafted free agents out of Oklahoma.