Jakob Johnson cut by Raiders

The fallout from Josh McDaniels’ short tenure as head coach continues.

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.” 

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