With players moving around all the time, there’s a good bet a team will see some of its former players fairly often. Buffalo has seemed like THE destination for former Raiders players of late. Long time Raiders special teams standouts Andre Holmes and Taiwan Jones both signed with the Bills this offseason.
They joined former Raiders special teams player Lorenzo Alexander who shocked everyone when at the age of 33 he suddenly became an elite pass rusher.
“They’ve got a couple of our guys over there,” said Jack Del Rio. “A couple of my favorites in terms of effort-filled, hardnosed, good football players that give you everything they have. Really appreciated what they brought to us and I know they’re doing a nice job for them. Lorenzo is playing well on defense, Andre is doing a nice job in their offense and on special teams they’re both contributing, and Taiwan is over there. They’ve got some former Raiders on their team that are doing well for them.”
Alexander was a career special teamer, having started just 15 games in 9 NFL seasons. He played one season in Oakland before moving on to the Bills last season, who made him a pass rusher and just like that, he started all 16 games, putting up 12.5 sacks.
Holmes and Jones did outstanding special teams work with the Raiders as gunners. Jones makes sense with his speed, but Holmes was a surprise considering he was always more known for his size as a receiver. He signed with the Bills in free agency and has 8 catches for 46 yards and 2 touchdowns this season.
Alexander leads the Bills this season with 7 combined special teams tackles while Holmes and Jones have two apiece.