Trent Sieg

Raiders LS Trent Sieg Signs ERFA Tender

As expected, Trent Sieg will return to the Raiders next season. The long snapper signed his tender with the organization on Friday. The Raiders had tendered the exclusive rights free agent earlier this month.

The former undrafted free agent out of Colorado State initially joined the Ravens out of college, but he was cut at the end of the 2018 preseason. When Andrew DePaola was injured several weeks later, the Raiders brought on Sieg.

The 24-year-old hasn’t missed a game since that time, as he’s appeared in all 31 of the Raiders regular season contests.

The Raiders also announced that several of their free agent signings are official, including linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski, safety Jeff Heath, and defensive end Carl Nassib.

Latest On Raiders ST Competitions

The Raiders have Daniel Carlson locked in as their starting kicker, but the coaching staff has some tough decisions to make elsewhere on special teams. As Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal writes, the organization currently has competitions at both punter and long snapper.

The punter competition is between Johnny Townsend and rookie A.J. Cole. The 24-year-old Townsend is the incumbent after appearing in all 16 games for the Raiders in 2018. However, the Florida product struggled at times during his rookie campaign, and he ranked 30th in the NFL with a 38.3-yard net average. The Raiders ended up adding Cole as an undrafted free agent, but Gehlken notes that Townsend is still the favorite for the position.

“He’s really done a great job working on his hang time,” said special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia. “That’s improved tremendously (over) the course of the year. Now, we’ve given up a little bit of direction to get his hang time where he’d like it to be, and hopefully we can get both — the hang and the direction — going into training camp.”

Meanwhile, veteran Andrew DePaola is the favorite at long snapper, although the 31-year-old missed the majority of last season with a torn ACL. The Raiders signed Trent Sieg to fill in, and the rookie ended up appearing in 15 games last year. While DePaola wasn’t able to get on the field with a rookie punter and rookie kicker, the veteran was still instrumental in their development.

“If we had any questions, we’d always ask him because he’s been through it a little more than we have,” Carlson said. “It was just huge for us last season to have that resource. It’s good to have him back and healthy and competing now again.”

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Minor NFL Transactions: 9/12/18

Today’s minor moves:

Buffalo Bills

Cincinnati Bengals

Denver Broncos

  • Waived from injured reserve: OL J.J. Dielman

Detroit Lions

New Orleans Saints

New York Jets

Oakland Raiders

San Francisco 49ers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Washington Redskins

Ravens Begin To Trim Roster

The Ravens have initiated the process of moving their roster to 53 players by announcing several transactions today. Baltimore’s roster now stands at 72 players following these moves:

Waived:

Waived/injured:

Placed on injured reserve:

Placed on reserve/PUP (minimum six-game absence):

Ravens Sign 15 UDFAs

The Ravens have signed 15 undrafted free agents. Here’s the complete list:

  • Jaelon Acklin, WR (Western Illinois)
  • Randin Crecelius, OL (Portland State)
  • Gus Edwards, RB (Rutgers
  • Justin Evans, G (South Carolina State)
  • Nick Keizer, TE (Grand Valley State)
  • Andre Levrone, WR (Virginia)
  • Mason McKendrick, LB (John Carroll)
  • Christian LaCouture, DL (LSU)
  • Alvin Jones, LB (UTEP)
  • Trent Sieg, LS (Colorado State)
  • Mark Thompson, RB (Florida)
  • Alex Thompson, C (Monmouth)
  • De’Lance Turner, RB (Alcorn State)
  • Kaare Vedvik, P (Marshall)
  • Darious Williams, DB (UAB)

Jones started 43 games at UTEP and tallied 40 tackles for a loss over the course of his NFL career. That’s a pretty solid showing for someone who played quarterback in high school and was initially recruited to UTEP as a safety.

Five Florida Gators were drafted last week, but Thompson did not hear his name called. The talented running back will now get his opportunity to go from the Ravens’ 90-man offseason roster to their 53-man roster in the fall. In a limited sample of work, he averaged 5.1 yards per carry as a senior, though ball security was an issue for him at UF. He’ll have to keep the fumbles to a minimum this offseason as the team already has four running backs on the roster in Alex Collins, Javorius Allen, John Crockett, and Kenneth Dixon plus two other UDFA RBs in Edwards and Turner.