Less than 24 hours after their huge road victory in Pittsburgh, the Las Vegas Raiders made a roster transaction. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Raiders are cutting veteran cornerback, Nevin Lawson.
The move comes the day after Lawson’s two-game suspension was up and comes as no surprise. Rookie Nate Hobbs put together a strong training camp was one of the most impressive players during the preseason games, league-wide, not just for Las Vegas.
Hobbs took command of the nickel corner spot, Lawson’s primary position, and earned the starting job, while the eight-year veteran didn’t look sharp during his preseason performances. That left little room for the latter on the roster and made the decision easy for Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock.
For the foreseeable future, the Silver and Black will stick with Hobbs and Amik Robertson at slot corner, with Casey Hayward, Trayvon Mullen and Damon Arnette on the outside to round out the position group. However, Rapoport did also state that the Raiders are hoping to bring Lawson back on the practice squad, so he could be sticking around Sin City for a little longer.
The Raiders currently have three defensive backs on the practice squad, Robert Jackson (CB), Jordan Brown (S) and HaHa Clinton-Dix (S). Unless the organization decisions to pick another position/player to make room, one of their spots could be in jeopardy if Lawson opts to return.
If the veteran gets another opportunity elsewhere, he’ll finish with 85 total tackles, two passes defended and zero interceptions for the organization.