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Raiders sign Duke Calhoun

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The Raiders haven’t made any splashy additions this offseason and continued the trend with their most recent signing.

Oakland announced that they have signed wide receiver Duke Calhoun to a contract. Calhoun took part in the team’s voluntary minicamp this week.

Calhoun made the Giants as an undrafted free agent out of Memphis in 2010 after earning nearly daily praise from Giants coaches for his work in training camp. He wound up catching one pass during nine games that season while playing mostly on special teams. The coaches like him a lot in training camp last year as well, but a hamstring injury led to Calhoun being waived/injured before the start of the season.

Calhoun will probably have to excel on special teams to earn a spot on the Raiders roster this summer. They haven’t added any wide receivers in free agency, but have good depth at the position with Darrius Heyward-Bey, Jacoby Ford, Denarius Moore and Louis Murphy.

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16 Responses to “Raiders sign Duke Calhoun”
  1. trbowman says: Apr 20, 2012 2:03 PM

    Even Duke Calhoun is surprised PFT wrote a story about Duke Calhoun.

  2. AlohaMrHand says: Apr 20, 2012 2:24 PM

    what a killer porn name!

  3. agelardi says: Apr 20, 2012 2:29 PM

    Dude is doing the crane move from Karate Kid.

  4. autumnwind999 says: Apr 20, 2012 2:32 PM

    Hands down one of the coolest names I’ve ever heard.

    Sounds like a good signing. Raiders don’t need a veteran castoff to take snaps from the young, up and coming guys. Calhoun sounds like a guy with upside who can make a contribution on special teams. Exactly what the Raiders could use to round out the position.

  5. nflofficeadmin says: Apr 20, 2012 2:49 PM

    Saw a lot of this kid in last year’s preseason – and he did play well. RM is doing what he’s gotta do.

    Duke Calhoun on the money shot!

  6. raiderapologist says: Apr 20, 2012 3:17 PM

    humb0lt will be all over this signing, as soon as he gets home from school.

  7. rabidbillsfan says: Apr 20, 2012 3:28 PM

    Help me out NYG fans, but wasn’t this guy pretty good at everything except catching the ball? I thought thats what the knock on him was. Either way, he’s got good size and from what I saw of him on the field, good speed, could be the new Housh for Carson if he can develop.

  8. irishnativeson says: Apr 20, 2012 4:01 PM

    Pardon me but I was unaware that the Raiders “have good depth at the position with Darrius Heyward-Bey, Jacoby Ford, Denarius Moore and Louis Murphy.” Tons of potential but “depth” really?

  9. rastaraider says: Apr 20, 2012 4:20 PM

    Reggie doing his thing

  10. lilcuzzy says: Apr 20, 2012 4:45 PM

    He’ll compete with Eddie McGee for the 5th WR spot and special teams .. chances are he wont make the team, but he is good competition at the position. Look for the Raiders to add another WR after the draft.

  11. JSpicoli says: Apr 20, 2012 5:21 PM

    irishnativeson says:
    Apr 20, 2012 4:01 PM
    Pardon me but I was unaware that the Raiders “have good depth at the position with Darrius Heyward-Bey, Jacoby Ford, Denarius Moore and Louis Murphy.” Tons of potential but “depth” really?

    ________________________________

    I did not know there were blind people who posted here.

  12. autumnwind999 says: Apr 20, 2012 5:26 PM

    lilcuzzy says:
    Apr 20, 2012 4:45 PM
    He’ll compete with Eddie McGee for the 5th WR spot and special teams .. chances are he wont make the team, but he is good competition at the position. Look for the Raiders to add another WR after the draft.

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    Not uncommon to carry 6 WRs. I believe for much of last year we may have even had 7 WRs on roster.

    I expect both guys to make it unless they draft a kid or make another signing that beats one of them out.

    Carson has been raving about McGee since he got here. Very rare for a practice squad guy to get that kind of attention from a start QB. Needless to say, McGee must be making a big impression and seems very likely to stick on the active roster this year.

  13. bordner says: Apr 20, 2012 5:45 PM

    The pieces are in place, baby!!

  14. mark916 says: Apr 20, 2012 6:39 PM

    This guy seems to be a practice standout, just cant translate it to the game field. Reggie just getting some bodies in.

  15. valman61 says: Apr 20, 2012 7:35 PM

    Giants fan here, I actually liked Duke Calhoun. He was a solid special teams player and when he had to play a few games he caught some balls and did a nice job.

    We just had depth at the position with devin Thomas Cruz nicks Hixon Manningham and Jernigan. I believe he actually almost made the team over Cruz, thank god he didn’t, but I digress. Nice addition for specials and can step up as a wr in a pinch.

  16. huejackson says: Apr 20, 2012 10:46 PM

    Reggie is building a team of hungry guys, This team is going to come out and shock the world..
    If you remember nobody knew the players of the 2002 pats were.. All those guys were no names until they won the superbowl..
    I can feel it… This is going to be the year!
    The NFL will do everything they can to stop it, they are already throwing a monkey wrench into the Raiders schedule to give Raider opponents a advantage by making the Raiders have short weeks and flying across the country then playing at 10am Raider time, you know the flags will be out every time a Raider player movies his fingers…
    This will not stop the Raiders, not with Dennis Allen at the helm.. This is a guy who made Tim Tebow look good. This is a man who made that Denver D look good at times… This is the man that will be holding the Lomardi Trophy Feb 3 2013..

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