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Raiders claim CB Hamp Cheevers off waivers from Falcons

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Following the Raiders’ first preseason game, they had a few injuries to deal with. One of which was apparently to cornerback DJ Killings, causing the team to send him to injured reserve. To replace his roster spot, the Raiders claimed cornerback Hamp Cheevers from the Falcons.

The undrafted rookie originally signed with the Titans but was released by the team after rookie minicamp and was eventually signed by the Falcons. He spent just a week in camp with the Falcons and appeared in their preseason game last Thursday against the Dolphins.

In the game, the 5-10, 180-pounder saw 11 snaps on defense with one pass defended and no tackles.

Cheevers played three seasons (2016-18) at Boston College, appearing in 30 games and tallying 56 tackles (36 solo), including 2.5 for loss, nine interceptions including one returned for a touchdown, 20 passes defended, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. As a junior in 2018, he posted career highs in nearly every major defensive category, notching 39 stops (27), seven interceptions, 14 passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery en route to All-ACC First Team honors.