The Raiders appreciate the help, but Ateman felt the harsh reality of the preseason on Tuesday when he was cut by Las Vegas.
Ateman was drafted in the seventh round by the Raiders in 2018 out of Oklahoma State and he bounced in and out of the program, so it wouldn’t be a shock if he’s brought back at some point. But the Raiders feel good about their wide receiver room this summer so far.
The Raiders also waived/injured undrafted rookie defensive tackle Darius Stills and placed veteran linebacker Darron Lee on the injured reserve. Las Vegas is now at the 80-man roster limit by Tuesday’s deadline. The team has to get down to the initial 53-man roster by next Tuesday.
Stills was all the rave early in the offseason. Many thought he’d make the team, but he wasn’t healthy much this summer. If he clears waivers, the Raiders can put him on the injured reserve. Lee is not eligible to come off the injured reserve later this year because he was shelved before the season.
It could be a good sign that linebacker Javin White was not yet put on the injured reserve. He was carted off the field against the Rams and there has been no injury updates. Raiders coach Jon Gruden may address White’s situation Wednesday.