For the fifth year in a row, Seth Roberts will be a part of the Oakland Raiders. The former undrafted free agent out of West Alabama was given his stamp of approval Thursday night following the team’s final preseason game.
“I like Seth Roberts,” said Jon Gruden. “I think he’s proven that he’s a good player in this league. He had 8 or 9 days he was away, he was injured. We know what we have in Seth Roberts. He’ll be an Oakland Raider this year and we’re happy about that.”
And there you have it.
Gruden had said earlier this week that Dwayne Harris had beaten out Ryan Switzer for the job of return man and slot receiver. And you figure Amari Cooper, Jordy Nelson, and Martavis Bryant are locks. That gives the Raiders five receivers. They will keep at most six.
The primary contenders for that spot up to this point were Marcell Ateman and Johnny Holton. Keon Hatcher made a late push by putting on a show tonight, catching 8 passes for 128 yards and 3 touchdowns, but that may not be enough to secure that sixth spot.
“Keon Hatcher, what can you say about that kid? That’s a great story,” said Gruden. “He put himself in position to make this team. Not only as a receiver, but as a special teams performer.”
Gruden said he’s emotional right now because there are guys like Hatcher of whom he’s really proud and will have a tough call to make tomorrow.
Should Hatcher be among the cuts, he could garner interest around the league based on his performance tonight. If he doesn’t get signed, he could be back on the practice squad for the second season.
My money would be on Ateman taking that final spot. He was the team’s 7th round draft choice and he has shown some strong skills as a jump ball specialist and possession receiver.