One of the moves the Raiders made Saturday which drew heavy criticism was cuttng undrafted roookie DT Anthony Rush. The 6-4, 340-pounder tore up the preseason for the Raiders, but in the end Mike Mayock deemed him too raw and at a crowded position, he was waived.
“Anthony Rush, we liked him, 340 pounds,” said Mayock after the roster cutdowns. “We picked him up off the street after Philadelphia had cut him. Felt like we gave him some real good exposure and opportunity. We kept four defensive tackles and obviously, we had signed Corey Liuget. I’m not sure we’re done at a bunch of different places on the roster. There’s still more to come. But at the end of the day, he’s very raw. He’s a guy that I think has a future in the league, but for us today, it was not his day.”
Rush has cleared waivers according to a source and has decided to re-sign with the Raiders to their practice squad
Waiving Rush was a risk for such a promising prospect especially considering at least seven other teams expressed interest in signing him to their practice squad. But in the end, Rush chose to stay in Oakland.
Keep in mind, however, he is not entirely safe. Should a team decide they want him, they can sign him off the Raiders practice squad to their active roster at any time. So, if the Raiders want to develop him, they better hope they call him up before someone else does.