The National Football League requires constant updates to the roster, especially when dealing with injuries. Head coach Jack Del Rio and the Oakland Raiders announced on Saturday the promotion of linebacker Tyrell Adams and defensive end James Cowser form the practice squad.
In a corresponding move, the Raiders waived tackle Matt McCants and tight end Ryan O’Malley.
The Raiders have gotten off to a tremendous 8-2 record, but haven’t done so with a clean bill of health. The team lost tight end Andy Lee, who was a crucial part of the blocking scheme. Running back Latavius Murray battled through a nagging turf toe injury, which limited his mobile abilities.
Del Rio’s thought process is welcomed, as it will provide fresh legs on the field if need be.
Adams went to West Virginia and went undrafted in the 2015 NFL Draft. After signing with the Seattle Seahawks, his eventual journey led to his placement with the practice squad of the Raiders at the beginning of October.
The 6’2″, 230 lbs. linebacker may see playing time if Perry Riley is unable to suit up with a hamstring issue. Riley was limited in practice throughout the week and will be a game time decision.
Cowser attended university and played college football for the Southern Utah Thunderbirds. After going undrafted at the 2016 NFL Draft, the Raiders signed him in early May. The 6’3″, 250 lbs. defensive end and linebacker provides versatility along the front seven, should he see playing time at either position.
Cowser is best known as the NCAA FCS career leader in sacks, collecting 43.5 while with the Thunderbirds.
The Raiders have a Sunday showdown at the Oakland Coliseum on Sunday, against the formidable Carolina Panthers. The Raiders have won four consecutive games and attempt to increase their home winning streak to four games.