Linebacker Javin White, who drew rave reviews during camp but didn’t make the final 53-man roster on Saturday as the Las Vegas Raiders opted to trade for Raekwon McMillan and to go with five linebackers to start the season, has cleared waivers and been added to the practice squad. He will now be able to hang around and await an opportunity to see a game, which could come sooner than most years given the circumstances of 2020.
Also because of those circumstances, only 17 players were claimed over the weekend, an unusually low number but an expected one given the mystery surrounding what happened at each team’s camp this year.
#Raiders signing LB Javin White to their practice squad. Drew praise from the coaching staff in camp so not surprising he’s sticking in Vegas.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) September 6, 2020
With fewer things known about each team’s undrafted free agents, it’s not surprising to see so many of them slip through waivers, even when they were discussed as much as White. Are some positive camp reports told in the media enough for a team to sacrifice one of their own players to give a place on the 53-man roster to an undrafted free agent rookie linebacker?
Obviously the answer turned out to be, “No.” At least for now.
White played high school football in Oakland and college football in Las Vegas, so there was even more incentive to see him do well and succeed with the Raiders. Up to this point, making the practice squad is a huge step forward in his career, which for now will continue to be in Las Vegas.