Zereoue adds another dimension

The Oakland Raiders latest acquisition was present and accounted for at the team's first day of minicamp Friday – and that was running back Amos Zereoue.

Oakland signed Zereoue Thursday but the terms of the deal were not disclosed. Zereoue fills a void in their backfield. The 27-year old running back from West Virginia spent his first five seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers but they deemed him expendable after signing Duce Staley from Philadelphia.

"First and foremost this was a place I had in the back of my mind the whole time," Zereoue said.

Oakland lost Charlie Garner signed as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Zereoue, Tyrone Wheatley and second-year man Justin Fargas will vie for playing time. Zereoue was second on the Steelers in rushing with 432 yards last season. He also had 38 catches for 291 yards.

"I'm somewhat similar (to Garner)," Zereoue said. "Charlie's a quick guy and so am I. Whatever we have to do, I'm up for that challenge."

Zereoue's best season was 2002, when he had a team-high 762 yards rushing, along with 42 catches for 341 yards, while sharing time in the Pittsburgh backfield with Jerome Bettis.

Zereoue has compiled 1,697 rushing yards with seven touchdowns in his career. He also has 95 receptions for 803 yards and one TD in 66 games.

"I really don't want to get into what happened with the Steelers but they made the decision and I'll move on," Zereoue said. "I learned a lot over there. It was a great opportunity for me."


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