NFL Update: Las Vegas Raiders Rehire Former 1st Round Pick
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
The Las Vegas Raiders beefed up their defense with the signing of former first-rounder Karl Joseph. This will be Joseph’s second stint with the team that picked him in 2016. Last offseason, Cleveland signed him as a free agent for one year. Joseph said that it was great to be with the Raiders once again. Las Vegas Raiders choose him third in the first round. It was during the common-draft era for a second stint with the franchise. Tight end Raymond Chester and Hall of Famer Charles Woodson were the other players.
Drafted 14th overall, Joseph played for four seasons with the Raiders both as a strong and free safety. He intercepted four passes, defended 15 passes, recorded three sacks, one forced fumble, and three fumble recoveries. In 2019, Joseph started all nine games with the Raiders. This was before succumbing to a foot injury while attempting an interception against the Los Angeles Chargers. Last season, he signed a one-year deal with the Cleveland Browns and played for 14 games. He recorded 67 tackles and one interception, as well as recovering a fumble for a touchdown on the first snap from scrimmage of the Browns’ victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the playoffs.
Joseph’s acquisition gives a veteran presence in the Raiders’ safety as he will pair with Jonathan Abram. He has more experience in the strong safety spot. But, he turns into free safety when needed.
Hyder Expects to Perform Better in Seattle
Meanwhile, newly acquired Seattle defender Kerry Hyder Jr. wants to prove that he still has something on his sleeve a year after his career season with the San Francisco 49ers.
Hyder, who signed a two-year, USD6.5-million deal last month to play for the Seahawks, has expressed his excitement to play with Seattle and he promises to add his leadership to help the team emerge victorious this season. The defensive end, who also played for the Detroit Lions, New York Jets, and the Dallas Cowboys, seems to be a good fit for the Seahawks and experts say he has some resemblance with former star Michael Bennett when it comes to physical attributes, especially height and weight.
Hyder, who hopes to be as dynamic as Bennett when it comes to playing other positions with the team, started 14 of 16 games with the 49ers last season and posted career bests in sacks and tackles.
Jets Boost Lineup with Jackson, Levin
According to this best gambling site, the New York Jets boosted their defensive line by re-signing safety Bennett Jackson and acquired free-agent offensive lineman Corey Levin. Jackson, who was a sixth-round draft choice by the New York Giants in 2014, spent the last two seasons with the Jets and was used in the special teams’ crew. He only played four games due to a hamstring injury. Meanwhile, Levin signed with the Jets after spending two years with the Tennessee Titans, Denver Broncos, and the Chicago Bears. He briefly appeared in New England as a practice player. The sixth-rounder is expected to boost the Jets’ offensive line, playing as a center and guard.
The recent changes involving the three NFL teams boosted the squads’ preparations for the new season. It will also provide extra excitement for NFL online betting fans who are planning to place their bets on the Seahawks, Las Vegas Raiders, and Jets for the 2021-22 season. More transactions and acquisitions will come in the coming weeks, with the annual draft still to come.