The NFL officially kicks off the 2015 regular season.
Signed by Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent, July 28, 2011…Released by Packers, Sept. 3, 2011…Signed by Packers to practice squad, Sept. 4, 2011…Signed by Packers as a reserve/future free agent, Jan. 17, 2012…Waived by Packers on Sept. 10, 2012…Signed by Packers to practice squad, Sept. 12, 2012…Signed by Oakland Raiders to active roster, Sept. 19, 2012…Re-signed by Raiders as exclusive rights free agent, April 15, 2013…Re-signed by Raiders as exclusive rights free agent, April 21, 2014.
AT A GLANCE
CAREER: Versatile defensive back returns to the Raiders after playing a major role in the defensive backfield in 2013…Has appeared in 30 games over two seasons with the Raiders…Made 13 starts as SS in 2013, ranking fourth on the team in tackles…Appeared primarily on special teams in 2012…Career totals include 30 games played with 14 starts, 115 tackles (72 solo), five passes defensed, two sacks and one forced fumble.
2013: Played in a career-high 16 games with 13 starts…Moved into starting role at SS following a Week 2 injury to Tyvon Branch......Ranked fourth on the team with 101 tackles (59 solo)...Credited with two sacks and six passes defensed...(9/15) vs. Jac.: Recorded a second-quarter sack of Chad Henne...Saw significant action due to an injury to S Tyvon Branch...(9/23) at Den.: Made second career start...Credited with four tackles (one)...(9/29) vs. Was.: Notched nine tackles (four)...(10/6) vs. SD: Set a then-career high with 11 tackles (five) and posted one pass defensed...(10/13) at KC: Notched six tackles (three)...Forced a fumble in the first quarter, stopping Knile Davis for no gain and knocking the ball out of bounds...(10/27) vs. Pit.: Recorded six tackles (four) and two passes defensed...(11/3) vs. Phi.: Totaled six tackles (five)...(11/10) at NYG: Recorded five tackles (two)...(11/17) at Hou.: Posted five tackles (four) and one pass defensed...Also credited with a special teams tackle on punt coverage...(11/28) at Dal.: Posted six tackles (four)...Credited with a special teams tackle on punt coverage...(12/8) at NYJ: Recorded second sack of the season, getting to Geno Smith for a 10-yard loss in the second quarter to force a third-and-24 and an eventual punt...Posted five tackles (three)...(12/15) vs. KC: Totaled four solo tackles and one pass defensed...(12/22) at SD: Racked up 11 tackles (six) and one pass defensed...(12/29) vs. Den.: Recorded a career-high 13 tackles (eight).
2012: Played in 14 games, with one start…Was in on 14 tackles (13 solo), and three more on special teams…Signed by Raiders off Packers’ practice squad on Sept. 19…Made the Packers’ active roster to begin the 2012 season…(9/23) vs. Pit.: Made his NFL debut, playing exclusively on special teams, recording one tackle…(12/16) vs. KC: Saw extensive snaps with Phillip Adams sidelined in 15-0 win, Oakland’s first shutout in 10 years…Helped limit Chiefs to 119 total yards, fewest by a Raiders defense since 1975…(12/23) at Car.: Played most of the last three-plus quarters at cornerback with starter Phillip Adams sidelined…(12/30) at SD: Made his first NFL start and assisted on a third-and-1 stop that forced a fourth-quarter punt.
2011 (with GB): Spent the entire season on Green Bay’s practice squad.
COLLEGE: Four-year letterman and three-year starter at Youngstown State…Played in 45 career games with 33 starts for the Penguins…A safety-turned-cornerback, totaled 233 tackles (135 solo), seven INTs, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles during his career…Earned second-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference honors as a senior in 2010 after starting all 11 games and making 60 tackles (40 solo), and leading the team with three INTs…Was named the MVFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in a win vs. Southern Illinois…Was named one of four team captains before the season…Assumed the cornerback position for the first time as a junior in 2009 when injuries at the position necessitated the switch…Started all 11 games and was credited with 47 tackles (33 solo), including one for loss, and two interceptions on the season…Started all 11 games as a sophomore in 2008, the first two at free safety and the final nine at strong safety…Led the team with 98 tackles (49 solo), including 4.5 for loss, three passes defensed, three QB hurries and an INT…Had a career-high 13 tackles in a win at Western Illinois (Nov. 22) in the season finale …Participated as a true freshman in 2007, playing in 11 games as a reserve in the secondary and also on special teams…Posted 18 tackles (13 solo) and an INT as one of six true freshmen on the team to see the field…First career INT came at Indiana State (Nov. 3)…Became the first player from Youngstown State to sign an NFL contract since 2003.
PERSONAL: Attended Meadowbrook (Va.) High School…Lettered three times as a QB, WR, CB and S…Earned first-team All-Central District honors as a DB and second-team acclaim as a WR his senior year…Also lettered three times in basketball and three times in track...Attended the annual holiday party for the Families of Children with Cancer in December 2011…Attended various community events throughout 2013, including numerous visits to local hospitals.