Count the Raiders among the teams that have reduced their player count to 75. (And if you’re keeping count, that’s at least the second time I’ve phrased it that way.)
On Tuesday, the Raiders placed linebacker Miles Burris on the reserve/PUP list, and cornerback Joselio Hanson and running back Latavius Murray on injured reserve.
On Sunday, the Raiders cut receiver Josh Cribbs and waived linebacker Keenan Clayton, linebacker Eric Harper, fullback Jon Hoese, receiver Sam McGuffie, guard Andrew Robiski, receiver Tray Session, defensive tackle Myles Wade, wide receiver Isiah Williams and center/guard Alex Parsons (waived-injured).
The moves mean that, at least for now, the Raiders haven’t chosen between punters Marquette King and Chris Kluwe. Unless the Raiders decide to keep both of them — which would be sort of a Raiders thing to do.
Coach Dennis Allen has said that Kluwe has an edge over King when it comes to holding for field goals and extra points, and that this overlooked but important skill will be a factor in the decision.
So with two punters on the roster, why not have two kickers? The Raiders also announced on Tuesday that Justin Medlock, who played at UCLA with Kluwe, has joined the team. Medlock played 10 games with the Panthers in 2012, after three years in Canada.
Medlock apparently has been signed so that the Raiders can give Sebastian Janikowski the final preseason game off.
Cornerback Mitchell White was waived to keep the roster at 75 with the addition of Medlock.