Apparently Raiders' newest defensive back is highly thought of, despite his practice squad status. Brandian Ross was on the Packers' practice squad last season and was nearly swooped up by another team if it weren't for Packers' then Director of Football Operations, Reggie McKenzie.
"When another team wanted to sign me last year from the practice squad, [Reggie McKenzie] was the one I talked to and he convinced me that it was best for my career at the time to stay there so, yeah, me and him talked on occasion."
Well, Reggie isn't in Green Bay anymore to convince Ross to stay with the team. He's in Oakland now and with a sudden opening at the corner position, this time he convinced Ross to leave Green Bay. Said Ross: "I'm actually glad he did though."
Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said on Twitter today of the Ross:
"Not 3 hrs. ago I was wondering how long #Packers could keep CB Brandian Ross on P-squad. They really liked him. So did Oak, which inked him."
It does seem a little odd that a guy so highly thought of would have been left unclaimed off waivers when the Packers initially left him off their final 53-man roster. He was available for them to re-sign him to the practice squad for a second straight season. But that's just how it goes sometimes.
When a player is signed off another team's practice squad, he is automatically signed for three games. He wouldn't have to be great to play better than some of the guys at corner for the Raiders now.