Raiders newest player Demetrius McCray spent last season in Seattle on the Seahawks practice squad. In Seattle they have long had a type. They like big, physical corners. When Ken Norton Jr came to the Raiders, he brought that preference with him to Oakland.
Currently the Raiders starting corners are 6-2, 215-pound Sean Smith and 6-1, 205-pound David Amerson. Their level of physicality may be in question, but they definitely have the size Norton covets.
This week, with the injuries to several of the team’s corners, they signed another big corner, bringing in 6-2, 200-pounder Demetrius McCray who said in his year with the Seahawks, the coaching staff would routinely get confused between he and All Pro cornerback Richard Sherman.
“I get a lot of comparisons to [Richard] Sherman,” McCray told Raiders media. “All the coaches would get me and him mixed up and all the players would get me and him mixed up a lot.”
When you look at McCray, you can see the similarity. McCray is just an inch shorter than Sherman and the same weight. And both have long dreadlocks. From a talent standpoint, the comparisons probably stop there.
McCray spent the first three seasons of his career in Jacksonville, appearing in 46 games and starting 16. After a season on the Seahawks’ practice squad, he was with the team last camp.
He played 45 snaps for the Seahawks in their final preseason game against the Raiders, giving them a good long look at him. In that game he had 3 tackles. He ended up spraining his ankle in that game and was waived/injured on September 2nd.