ALAMEDA – The Raiders claimed Washington cornerback David Amerson off of waivers on Tuesday afternoon, adding size and depth to a young position group in need of support.
Amerson fits the mold of a new Raiders cornerback, standing 6-foot-1 and 194 pounds. He was Washington’s second-round pick in the 2013 draft. Raiders fans should recognize him from that season, when he returned an interception for a touchdown in a game the Silver and Black lost at home to Washington.
Amerson dropped down the depth chart this season, which prompted his release on Monday. The N.C. State alum struggled in 2014 as well.
According to Pro Football Focus, quarterbacks completed 73.6 percent of their passes against Amerson for 877 yards and 10 touchdowns in 16 starts. He didn’t have an interception last year.
He seems like a reclamation project, but should be a backup at least in the immediate future despite the fact Washington gave up on him so quickly.
“He might be a great player somewhere else in the next year or so,” Washington head coach Jay Gruden said Monday, via NFL.com. “His career is not over by a long shot. He's going to go somewhere else and play and probably play well."
The Raiders waived safety Tevin McDonald to make room for Amerson. He was promoted from the practice squad on Saturday, but did not play in Sunday's game.
Oakland also signed former Packers running back Rajion Neal to the practice squad, and waived RB George Atkinson III.