Selected by San Francisco 49ers in seventh round (224th overall) of 2010 NFL Draft, April 24, 2010…Signed first contract, May 17, 2010…Waived by 49ers, Sept. 3, 2011…Signed by New England Patriots as free agent, Sept. 21, 2011…Waived by Patriots, Oct. 8, 2011…Re-signed by Patriots, Oct. 13, 2011…Waived by Patriots, Oct. 14, 2011…Re-signed by Patriots, Oct. 18, 2011…Waived by Patriots, Nov. 29, 2011…Signed by Seattle Seahawks as free agent, Dec. 20, 2011…Waived by Seahawks, Aug. 31, 2012…Claimed off waivers by Oakland Raiders, Sept. 1, 2012…Placed on injured reserve (groin) by Raiders, Dec. 29, 2012.
At a glance
CAREER: A cornerback with punt-return capability, has played in 53 career games with four starts in four seasons with Oakland, San Francisco, New England and Seattle…Served as primary punt-return man for Raiders in 2012…Also worked his way into Oakland’s starting lineup late in 2012 season, when he made his first two NFL starts…Owns 66 career tackles (55 solo), three INTs and eight passes defensed.
2013: Saw action in 16 games with two late-season starts...Served as primary punt returner early in the season...Set a career high with 27 tackles (22 solo)...(9/8) at Ind.: Played on special teams, returning one punt for five yards...(9/15) vs. Jac.: Returned three punts for 33 yards...Brought back a first-quarter punt 30 yards to the Jacksonville 38-yard line, setting up a Raiders touchdown drive...Saw time at cornerback in the second half...(9/23) at Den.: Replaced an injured Tracy Porter at CB in the second half...(9/29) vs. Was.: Returned one punt for nine yards and totaled two fair catches...(10/6) vs. SD: Had two fair catches on punt return duty...(10/13) at KC: Returned three punts for 12 yards...(10/27) vs. Pit.: Saw limited reserve duty at CB...(11/3) vs. Phi.: Played at CB, posting first solo tackle of the season...Also credited with a special teams stop...(11/10) at NYG: Saw significant action at CB in nickel situations in place of an injured DJ Hayden...Notched one solo tackle...Recovered a first-quarter fumble at the Giants’ 21-yard line, setting up a Raiders field goal...(11/17) at Hou.: Recovered a fumble on the game’s opening drive and scampered 26 yards to the Texans’ 16-yard line, setting up the Raiders’ first touchdown...Recorded three tackles (one) and was credited with first pass defensed of the season...(11/24) vs. Ten.: Played significant snaps at CB, posting five tackles (four)...(11/28) at Dal.: Had increased action at CB due to injuries to both Mike Jenkins and Tracy Porter...Set a career high with eight tackles (seven)...(12/8) at NYJ: Notched one solo tackle...(12/15) vs. KC: Made first start of the season as Raiders opened up in a nickel package...Recorded one solo tackle and was credited with a season-high two passes defensed...Also notched a special teams tackle on kickoff coverage...(12/22) at SD: Posted a special teams tackle on kickoff coverage in the second quarter...(12/29) vs. Den.: Made second start of the season at CB...Notched seven tackles (six).
2012: Played in the first 15 games, including his first two NFL starts, before missing the season finale with a groin injury; placed on injured reserve Dec. 29...In 175 defensive snaps, finished with 16 tackles (11 solo), two interceptions and six passes defensed – all career bests…Compiled both INTs and all six passes defensed over a four-game stretch from Dec. 2-23…Also returned 25 punts for 139 yards (5.6 avg.), and added three tackles on special teams…Claimed by Raiders in 2012 off waivers from Seattle entering the regular season, showing potential as a punt-returner early in year…Then, pressed into action at cornerback, capitalized on opportunity and parlayed a solid November-December stretch into his first NFL starts, supplanting veteran starter Ron Bartell, who was waived…However, two concussions and a groin injury conspired to limit his late-season playing time…Joined Raiders Aug. 31, less than 24 hours after returning kickoffs against Oakland in the preseason finale at CenturyLink Field (8/30)…(9/10) vs. SD: Returned a punt 15 yards in first quarter to set up game’s initial points, a Sebastian Janikowski field goal; returned his first punts since 2010 with the 49ers…(9/16) at Mia.: Returned a third-quarter punt 47 yards, Oakland’s longest in four years, to set up a field goal; also had 24- and 36-yard returns erased due to penalties…His 47-yard return was the longest by a Raider since Johnnie Lee Higgins’ 80-yard TD vs. the Houston Texans on Dec. 21, 2008…(10/14) at Atl.: Played 17 snaps at cornerback…(10/28) at KC: Ripped off a 27-yard punt return late in the third quarter…(12/2) vs. Cle.: Registered his second career interception, picking off Brandon Weeden deep in Raiders territory to end a Browns drive late in first half; however, did not return (concussion) after colliding with teammate on same play…(12/06) vs. Den.: Limited in practice due to concussion, nearly intercepted Peyton Manning twice, but settled for one…First, picked off the future Hall-of-Famer with a diving interception at his own goal line in second quarter, snaring an underthrown ball…Then, nearly corralled another Manning pass late in second quarter, forcing a Broncos punt…Also beat a blocker to make a sure third-down stop to force Denver to settle for third-quarter field goal…(12/16) vs. KC: Played well enough over a two-week period to supplant veteran starter Ron Bartell (waived), and made his first NFL start…Early in second quarter, knifed into the backfield to throw the AFC’s leading rusher, Jamaal Charles, for a 3-yard loss…However, sustained a concussion on the play and did not return…(12/23) at Car.: Returned to the lineup and broke up a first-quarter pass to force a punt, but sustained a groin injury in the first half and did not return…(12/30) at SD: Did not play, on injured reserve.
2011: Played in six games with New England and one game with Seattle…Recorded first career interception…In training camp with the 49ers…Signed by Patriots on 9/21…Signed by Seahawks on 12/20…(11/21) vs. KC: Registered his first career INT, picking off Tyler Palko in the end zone…(11/27) at PHI: Credited with three solo tackles…(12/24) vs. SF: Made only appearance as a Seahawk, on special teams.
2010: Played in 15 games with San Francisco, mostly on special teams…Totaled 13 tackles and one pass defensed…Also returned four punts for 29 yards…(9/12) at SEA: Made NFL debut, posting one tackle…(11/29) at ARI: Credited with first career pass defensed…(12/5) at GB: Matched a season high with two tackles (one solo).
COLLEGE: Played in 42 games in four years at South Carolina State…A 2009 first-team All-MEAC selection…Led team to a 10-2 record…Finished senior season with 48 tackles and a team-high 11 passes defensed…Led team with five interceptions as a junior…Also served as a spot punt returner.
PERSONAL: Attended Rock Hill (S.C.) High School…Helped school to state championship in 2004…Also played basketball, helping team to state title during senior season.