A few weeks after making a change at head coach, the Las Vegas Raiders are moving forward without a fullback on the roster.
The Raiders released fullback Jakob Johnson on Friday.
Driving the news: Johnson’s tenure with the Raiders ends during just his second season with the team.
- Originally from Germany, he played college football for Tennessee and signed with the New England Patriots out of college.
- When former Raiders Head Coach Josh McDaniels was hired from the Patriots last year, Johnson signed with the Raiders .
- But McDaniels was fired, and ESPN reported that Johnson no longer fit into the new offensive scheme, meaning the Raiders are choosing to not field a fullback on their roster.
What they’re saying: “The way the league works, day in and day out, you have to make a decision — tough roster decisions,” said Head Coach Antonio Pierce during a press conference Friday. “We’ll be fine there, and hopefully something works out in the near future to get him back.”