Maurice Hurst, Arden Key, Ito Smith go unclaimed

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There were no waiver claims in the NFL on Friday. That means defensive tackle Maurice Hurst, defensive end Arden Key and running back Ito Smith were among those who passed through waivers and now are free agents.

The waived Hurst and Key, members of Jon Gruden’s first draft class upon returning to the NFL in 2018, on Thursday.

Hurst was a fifth-round choice and started 17 of the 41 games he played for the team. He had 76 tackles, eight sacks, an interception, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.

Key was a third-round selection, and he had 49 tackles and three sacks in 37 appearances.

The Falcons waived Smith on Thursday.

Atlanta made Smith a fourth-round choice in 2018, and he appeared in 35 games in three seasons with the team. He was third on the Falcons in yards rushing in 2020, picking up 268 yards on 63 carries. He also had 17 receptions for 75 yards.

8 responses to “Maurice Hurst, Arden Key, Ito Smith go unclaimed

  1. Free-agency for so many really means broke-agency. I think getting through waivers means the play can control his own decision on what team might be best for himself. The problem is that it generally isn’t up to him and often times it means only minimum contracts offered, if at all. The business side of the NFL is brutal, no doubt about it.

  2. These two are just the latest examples of why Reggie McKenzie never should have been an NFL GM. I’m unsure who was worse, he or Martin Mayhew. Now the latter retread gets a chance to prove it was the org. And not him.

  3. Seriously thought Arden Key would be something in the NFL. Big-time ability but something didn’t translate once he started doing it as a job.

  4. smokeybear says:
    April 16, 2021 at 7:18 pm
    These two are just the latest examples of why Reggie McKenzie never should have been an NFL GM. I’m unsure who was worse, he or Martin Mayhew. Now the latter retread gets a chance to prove it was the org. And not him.

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    You do realize that the 2018 draft class was Gruden’s first year and these were his picks. His draft history with the Raiders hasn’t been good, nor have his free agency additions. He traded Mack and never fixed the pass rush, and then he traded Cooper and never got another legitimate WR. The ONLY player left on the Raiders from before Gruden’s tenure is Derek Carr. The entire team is Gruden’s “guys” so he has no more excuses and he is the one who should be accountable. Teams like the 9ers, Chiefs, Dolphins, Rams, Bills, etc. are turning their franchises around in a year or two with good coaching hires and good personnel decisions. Gruden hasn’t produced a winning record in 3 seasons, and he just dismantled the O-line when we needed to rebuild the defense. He’s the one who hired Guenther and some other failed assistants. Raiders aren’t a likely playoff team and aren’t likely to have a winning record this season (on paper) so it’ll be 4 years with no winning seasons or playoffs. Who’s responsible for that? Gruden.

  5. Raider fans still trying to blame Reggie McKenzie for something Gruden did.

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