Keith Smith wasn’t unemployed long. The veteran fullback was released by the Raiders Saturday in the team’s cuts to get down to a 53-man roster. Today he is an Atlanta Falcon according to Ian Rapoport.
Smith was the starting full back and special teams player for the Raiders last season, coming over from the Dallas Cowboys. He was injured through most of training camp and while he was out, undrafted rookie Alec Ingold grabbed ahold of the position and didn’t let go. In the end, they went with the rookie and released the six-year veteran.
Smith was one of several veterans released in favor of rookies; four of whom went undrafted. Cornerback Keisean Nixon, Punter AJ Cole and tackle turned center Andre James all made the team while veterans like Ethan Westbrooks, Kyle Wilber, and Brandon Marshall were cut.