What Awaits West Virginia Safety Karl Joseph With the NFL Oakland Raiders?

Karl Joseph will team up with former Mountaineer Bruce Irvin in Oakland. What else awaits the all-Big 12 honoree when he makes his way to the West Coast?

The Oakland Raiders currently have but three safeties on their active roster, which would seem to give Joseph a good shot at playing time, provided rehabilitation on his knee continues to progress on schedule. All indications are good in that regard, as Jospeh related during his Pro Day appearance at WVU. Reggie Nelson, who played for Jacksonville and Cincinnati over the previous nine seasons of his career, and Nate Allen a seven-year veteran who came to the Raiders last year, are the veterans of the trio on the Raider roster. Brynden Trawick, who played his previous three years in Baltimore, is also a newcomer to the Bay Area.

Oakland does have a couple of bigger players who are listed as corners on the roster, including Sean Smith (6-3, 218 lbs.) and Keith McGill (6-3, 210 lbs.).


The Raiders have offseason workouts scheduled on May 24-26, May 31, June 1-2, June 6-9 and June 14-16. They can also, per NFL rules, hold a rookie football development camp, which can begin no earlier than May 9.

Down the road a couple of years, the Raiders might be heading for a new venue themselves. Reports out of Oakland and Las Vegas indicate a potential stadium deal brewing that would see the Raiders move one state east to Vegas.

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