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Raiders sign Perry Riley

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The Raiders made several veteran additions to their defense during free agency and they’ve added another one ahead of this Sunday’s home date with the Chargers.

According to multiple reports, the team has added linebacker Perry Riley to the 53-man roster. Riley has been a free agent since the Redskins released him at the end of August.

Riley was a fourth-round pick by the Redskins in 2010 and played 79 games for them over the last six seasons. He┬ástarted all 55 games over the last four seasons, but got passed on the depth chart upon his return from last year’s season-ending foot injury.

There’s no word on a corresponding move, although inside linebacker Ben Heeney is expected to go on injured reserve and Riley would slide into his spot on the defense without much of a fuss.

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7 Responses to “Raiders sign Perry Riley”
  1. Raider Jon says: Oct 4, 2016 5:17 PM

    Welcome to Raider Nation!!

  2. sharksman says: Oct 4, 2016 5:53 PM

    has to be better than Ben “miss a tackle” heeney

  3. rubicon202 says: Oct 4, 2016 6:02 PM

    Riley is a very serviceable LB and can cover and bring the wood. I can see him and Corey James in a LB set on coverage situations i.e. covering RB’s and TE’s. I think JDR is running the defense now IMO.

  4. flybono24 says: Oct 4, 2016 7:11 PM

    Heeney was terrible, and I think he was the #1 guy responsible for giving up 500 yards the first two games this season. He was slow hitting his gaps, hit the wrong gaps, got blocked easily, sucked in coverage… the opponents just ran easily up the middle and passed over the middle.
    Reggie/Jack should have seen this guy as a weakness in the offseason and upgraded the position.

  5. glclemg says: Oct 4, 2016 7:40 PM

    Daren Bates didn’t do too bad either. I would give him more snaps on defense against the Bolts. Whether he’s on special teams or not, he is still a linebacker and he played with Auburn. Hopefully Riley will get some help from David Amerson about the system the Raiders are running.

  6. amaf21 says: Oct 4, 2016 7:50 PM

    Solid pickup.

  7. silvernblacksabbath says: Oct 5, 2016 10:29 AM

    They should have Heeney lose weight and go back to safety.. He can back up Nelson and/or Karl!

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