The Oakland Raiders made four roster moves on Friday, the same day they held their first training camp practice.
The club announced that they signed defensive tackle Derrick Lott, who originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent, signing with the Tennessee Titans in May 2015. Last season, he spent training camp with the Titans before being signed to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' practice squad, where he was most of the year. Lott also participated in parts of the offseason program this year with the Buccaneers and Philadelphia Eagles.
In a corresponding move, the Raiders placed running back Roy Helu, Jr. on the reserve/injured list, though it is likely that the team will reach an injury settlement with him and release him from his contract.
Helu never seemed to catch on with the team and has struggled since signing with the Silver & Black. He's struggled to stay healthy and it appears the Raiders are ready to move into a different direction.
“Certainly we hoped to get a little more last year out of him,” coach Jack Del Rio said. "He elected to have some things done this year in the offseason and at this point, we’re going to move forward with the team.”
The team also announced that defensive lineman Denico Autry has been placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list. Meanwhile, 7th-round pick Vadal Alexander passed his physical and can now practice with the team.
The Raiders will return to the practice field on Saturday, starting at 11am.