Word came out prior to the Raiders announcing their 53-man roster cuts that David Bass has been released. It comes from Jim Thomas of the St Louis Dispatch
"@jthom1: Raiders releaset DE David Bass, from University City High and Missouri Western State." -- shocker— Levi Damien (@LeviDamien) August 31, 2013
This comes as a bit of a surprise considering he has looked quite good in pass rush as well as getting into the backfield this preseason. He was also the only defensive end this team drafted despite being starved of pass rush.
This could signal that undrafted free agent Ryan Robinson has made the team instead. According to the numbers put out by Rick Drummond of Pro Football Focus, the decision made sense:
David Bass got long look, played 70 snaps, more than all but 2 #Raiders defenders. Produced 4 total pressures on 57 rushes. Robinson 7 on 50— Rick Drummond (@PFF_Rick) August 31, 2013
The Raiders have yet to confirm any final roster cuts and are not required to do so until later this afternoon. This news tells us that the cuts have been made though the deadline comes at 3pm Pacific time.
This is the second year in a row - the only two years of the new regime - the team has cut their seventh round pick. Last year it was Nathan Stupar. They signed him back to the practice squad and later released him. They will undoubtedly hope Bass makes it through waivers so they can sign him as well.