Justin Phillips

Minor NFL Transactions: 10/30/19

Today’s minor moves:

Atlanta Falcons

Green Bay Packers

New England Patriots

New Orleans Saints

New York Jets

Oakland Raiders

Seattle Seahawks

Raiders To Re-Sign LB Brandon Marshall

Brandon Marshall agreed to a second Raiders contract, with Adam Schefter of ESPN.com tweeting the veteran linebacker is headed back to Oakland. The Raiders released Marshall after their preseason slate concluded.

The current Raiders linebacking corps is not as deep as the one Marshall was part of during training camp. Vontaze Burfict is out for the season. Justin Phillips is also out for the year, leaving the Raiders with just four off-ball linebackers healthy going into Week 9.

Marshall’s lone episode on Hard Knocks featured his release, and the longtime Broncos linebacker was told a reunion was possible once he healed up. The 30-year-old defender battled a knee injury during the early part of camp but participated in a Texans workout in September.

Following Super Bowl 50 and Danny Trevathan‘s exit, the Broncos gave Marshall an $8MM-AAV deal. Injuries intervened, however, and led to Denver releasing its five-year starter earlier this year. The eighth-year veteran will attempt to stick around with the Raiders this time.

Raiders Release Ryan Grant

Ryan Grant‘s time in Oakland is over. The Raiders are releasing the veteran receiver, according to a tweet from Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area. In a follow-up tweet, Bair notes the team is promoting linebacker Justin Phillips from the practice squad to take his place on the roster.

It’s been a tumultuous past couple of seasons for Grant, who was originally drafted by the Redskins in the fifth-round back in 2014. He made a name for himself in Washington and was a favorite of head coach Jay Gruden, racking up 573 yards and four touchdowns in 2017. The strong season landed him a four-year, $29MM deal from the Ravens with a whopping $14.5MM in guaranteed money in free agency. The amount Baltimore gave him attracted a lot of criticism, and the next day they failed his physical and voided the deal.

Grant ended up signing a one-year, $5MM deal with the Colts, and spent last year in Indy. He didn’t play a huge role, catching 35 passes for 334 yards. He signed with Oakland this offseason, and he had nine targets in the team’s first two games. He quickly fell out of favor and was a healthy scratch this past week, so the writing was on the wall.

With promising rookie Hunter Renfrow in the slot, there wasn’t much of a need for Grant’s services anymore. Fortunately for Grant as a vested veteran his salary became guaranteed Week 1, so he’ll collect $1MM from Oakland. He should be able to latch on with a team in need of receiving help at some point. Phillips is an undrafted rookie from Oklahoma State.

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NFL Practice Squad Updates: 9/2/19

We’ll keep track of Monday’s practice squad moves here:

Atlanta Falcons

Arizona Cardinals

Buffalo Bills

Cincinnati Bengals

Dallas Cowboys

Detroit Lions

Indianapolis Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars

Kansas City Chiefs

Miami Dolphins

Minnesota Vikings

  • Signed: WR Davion Davis

New England Patriots

New York Giants

New York Jets

Oakland Raiders

Philadelphia Eagles

Pittsburgh Steelers

San Francisco 49ers 

Seattle Seahawks

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Washington Redskins

Cowboys Get Down To 53

The Cowboys have made their cuts to get down to 53 players. Nothing too surprising on this list, although there is at least one interesting takeaway. The Cowboys cut three running backs, leaving Alfred Morris and Tony Pollard as the only two currently with the team. That’s a strong indicator that the team is expecting Ezekiel Elliott back before Week 1.

Receiver Devin Smith also made the roster as their final receiver, which is a nice feel-good story. Drafted by the Jets 37th overall back in 2015, multiple ACL tears derailed his promising career. Smith has had brutal injury luck and hasn’t appeared in a game since 2016, so this is nice to see.

Waived:

OL Jake Campos

CB Donovan Olumba

LB Kyle Quiero

LS Drew Scott

Waived/InjuredL

TE Codey McElroy

CB Tyvis Powell

S Jameill Showers

Reserve/PUP:

Reserve/Injured

DE Jalen Jelks

WR Jon’Vea Johnson

Minor NFL Transactions: 7/31/19

Today’s minor moves:

Baltimore Ravens

Buffalo Bills

Dallas Cowboys

Green Bay Packers

Jacksonville Jaguars

Miami Dolphins

Pittsburgh Steelers

Seattle Seahawks

  • Waived: WR Daniel Williams

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tennessee Titans

Cowboys Add 13 UDFAs

The Cowboys announced their 13-man UDFA group Tuesday. One familiar-looking name appears on this list. Here is the full contingent:

Allen is indeed the son of Hall of Fame Cowboy Larry Allen. Like his father, Larry Allen Jr. primarily works as a guard. He earned first-team All-Ivy League honors twice. While Clemson’s defensive line received the draft attention, Hyatt was a two-time first-team All-American.

The younger brother of Patriots defensive end Deatrich Wise, Daniel Wise was a two-time first-team All-Big 12 player. Westry stands 6-foot-4, making him a natural fit for Kris Richard‘s scheme. One of three linebackers in this group, Phillips led Oklahoma State in tackles last season. Dowell was among the Big Ten’s 2018 tackle leaders, registering 97 with the Spartans as a senior.