Originally published on Silver & Black Report on Dec. 7, 2013
Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie announced Saturday that the team has singed cornerback Chance Casey, safety Shelton Johnson and linebacker Marshall McFadden to the active roster from the practice squad.
Casey was originally signed by the Raiders in the offseason as an undrafted free agent before being a final-cut casualty and then signing with the Raiders practice squad. Casey appeared in 43 games (33 starts) while attending Baylor, accumulating 212 tackles, three interceptions, 18 passes defensed and three forced fumbles while playing at both safety and cornerback.
Like Casey, Johnson was cut on Sept. 2 and signed to the practice squad shortly after. Johnson originally signed with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent as well, after starting two years at the University of Wisconsin. The 6-foot, 197-pound safety racked up 125 tackles, four interceptions, 12
passes defensed and one forced fumble in 46 games, with 23 starts.
McFadden was signed to the Raiders practice squad on Sept. 2 after spending training camp with the Pittsburgh Steelers. McFadden started 49 games at South Carolina State, totaling 300 tackles, 30 tackles for a loss, 10 sacks, three interceptions, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. McFadden gives the Raiders another pass rusher in defensive coordinator Jason Tarver's sack-by-committee scheme.
In order to make room for the three new members, the Raiders have placed linebacker Kaluka Maiava (ribs/calf) and safety Usama Young (neck) on the injured reserve. The team also waived defensive lineman Brian Sanford.
Young, in his first year with the Raiders, played in 12 games (one start) while also contributing on special teams. Young recorded 33 total tackles, 2.5 sacks, one interception and two passes defensed.
Kaiava has been injured for much of the season but has appeared in nine games (one start) and recorded 25 tackles.