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Raiders claim former second round pick CB David Amerson off waivers from Washington

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The Raiders are taking chance on a former recent high draft pick jettisoned by his original team. They have signed former second round pick (51 overall) cornerback David Amerson off waivers from the Washington Redskins.

Amerson began his career in the NFL at safety where he started 8 games as a rookie, collecting two interceptions. The 6-1, 205-pounder was moved to cornerback in his second season and started 15 games there with no interceptions and 7 passes defended. He appeared in just two games last season.

At NC State, Amerson played in 39 games over three seasons where he totaled 18 career interceptions, tied for third on the ACC's all-time list. Following his sophomore season, he received the Jack Tatum Trophy for the best college defensive back, first-team All-American honors from the Walter Camp Football Foundation and ESPN, and first-team All-ACC honors.

In a corresponding move the Raiders waived safety Tevin McDonald who had been activated from the practice squad last week. McDonald is an undrafted rookie out of Eastern Washington.

Also announced was the move to sign running back Rajion Neal to the practice and the release RB George Atkinson III.