After tight end Eric Saubert was signed off the Raiders practice squad by the Bears this past Saturday, Oakland filled out the practice squad on Wednesday by adding rookie cornerback Jordan Brown and wide receiver De’Mornay Pierson-El to the mix
Brown was drafted at No. 223 overall in the 7th round by the Bengals, but was waived as part of final cuts on Aug. 31. He latched on with the Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad on Oct. 30, but was released less than a month later.
Brown worked out for Oakland on Sept. 23 and was a member of the Senior Bowl North team coached by the Raiders staff during the pre-draft process, meaning the team is quite familiar with what he brings to the table.
Per the “Sources Tell Us” section of Lance Zierlein’s of Brown’s Draft and Combine profile, his biggest problem has been tenacity:
“He’s big and can run and that’s what we need. Hell, that’s what everybody needs now. He’s not soft, but I just wish he had more dog in him to impose his presence on receivers. If he had that, he would be a top-40 pick.” -- Director of scouting for NFC team
If that’s Brown’s biggest foible, perhaps the Raider way can rub off on him during his time in Oakland. At 6-foot, 201 pounds with an unofficial 4.51 40-yard dash time and explosive 39.5 inch vertical, Brown has the requisite measurables of a prototypical modern NFL cornerback.
Meanwhile, Pierson-El has bounced around from the outskirts of the NFL to the CFL and AAF and most recently was drafted by the St. Louis BattleHawks of the XFL with the No. 22 overall pick in the third round. He was with the Raiders this offseason and cut on Aug. 31 as part of final cuts.
Pierson-El is expected to compete for the punt returner job in the wake of the Raiders cutting Trevor Davis, who was claimed off waivers by the Miami Dolphins yesterday.
UPDATE: The Raider have also added tight end Cole Wick to the practice squad and released Quentin Poling and Kyle Kalis in corresponding moves