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Raiders sign Fast Young CB, Cut Ex-Rams OL

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The Las Vegas Raiders enter a crucial week three matchup against the Tennessee Titans. Both teams are without a win in their first two games and are desperate to win. Despite the initial struggles, the Raiders have avoided major roster changes so far.

The team traded for offensive lineman Justin Herron from the New England Patriots and cut cornerback Javelin Guidry to make room. Las Vegas wanted to get the 24-year-old cornerback back into training if he clarified waivers. Luckily for the team, he made clear waivers and they were able to wire him back to the training squad.

Guidry only played three special teams snaps in his Raiders debut last week, but the team clearly likes his potential. He still needs work, but he has incredible speed and ran a 4.29 40-yard dash before coming to the NFL. He’s a project for defensive coordinator Patrick Graham to work on and he could be included in the active squad for a number of games this season.

In a corresponding move, the Raiders had to cut offensive lineman Jordan Meredith. The former undrafted Los Angeles Rams free agent has yet to play an NFL game, and the addition of Herron made it easier to let him go.

The Raiders need a win in Week 3, but it won’t be easy. The team will be missing at least two Pro Bowl players against the Titans. Las Vegas announced that linebacker Denzel Perryman and wide receiver Hunter Renfrow will not play.

Perryman suffered an ankle injury in Week 1 against the Los Angeles Chargers and also missed last week’s game. Renfrow suffered a concussion in the last game against the Arizona Cardinals. The Titans are also headed for the matchup. Three-time Pro Bowl left tackle Taylor Lewan was ruled out, as was star pass rusher Bud Dupree. These losses are probably more significant

Both teams are under a lot of pressure to win in Week 3, but the Raiders need the win a lot more. Playing in the worst league in the AFC, the Titans probably don’t mind having a bad year while trying to make the roster younger and healthier. The Raiders have a roster ready to win now, and the AFC West is the toughest division in the entire NFL. A 0-3 start would essentially wipe out their chances of making the playoffs. Star wide receiver Davante Adams spoke about the pressure of winning in Week 3.

“It’s up to everyone,” Adams said Wednesday of the pressure to win in Week 3. “Especially when you have a lot of talent and you have a really good team on paper like we do, when everyone buys in and gets everything right, you think about every game and you think about one-play every time you come out of there -Seasons, which isn’t easy, but that’s what differentiates the teams in this league. How disciplined can you be and how many plays can you play over and over again without getting tired of doing the right thing over and over again? That’s what we’re working towards.”

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