The Bills claimed Gafford and Ivie just a few days ago. Before that, Gafford was on the Cardinals’ training camp roster and had spent three seasons with the Raiders. Gafford, a cornerback-turned-wide receiver out of Wyoming, has dressed for a total of eight games as a pro.
Ivie, meanwhile, came from the Colts. He’s also had stops with the Browns, Titans, Chiefs, Seahawks, Falcons, and Cowboys. Now, he could be on the verge of his eighth NFL team.
Hester, 29 in September, was pushing to support the Bills’ talented defensive line. To date, he’s got 41 career appearances for the Raiders, Eagles, and WFT. Unfortunately, his ailing back will keep him off the field for the time being.
Before joining the Raiders, Gafford was a defensive back. He bounced between two junior colleges before landing at Wyoming prior to going pro last year. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Titans, but was released at the end of training camp. The Raiders signed him a couple days later to their practice squad and soon announced a position change to wide receiver. Last season, Gafford was briefly promoted to Oakland’s 53-man roster and appeared in one game on special teams. This season, Gafford once again failed to make a roster at the end of the preseason, but was resigned to the Raiders practice squad.
With Renfrow out, the Raiders have limited experience in the rest of their wide receivers. Gafford will likely start at the bottom of the depth chart, primarily playing on special teams, but he may have an opportunity to earn his way into the rotation.
Magnuson was signed as an undrafted free agent by the 49ers in 2017. He made the team’s active roster and appeared in 8 games (3 starts) from 2017-2018. San Francisco waived Magnuson early this preseason, but was eventually signed to the Bills practice squad, where the Raiders signed him from on October 30th. With experience at center, guard, and tackle, Magnuson should receive other opportunities to provide depth along a team’s front.