One day after getting rid of a wide receiver who starred on HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” the Raiders brought another one back.
Keelan Doss of UC-Davis by way of Alameda High, one of the feel-good stories during the Raiders’ docuseries, rejoined the Raiders on Sunday.
Through a Raiders source, the Bay Area News Group confirmed the initial report of Doss’ signing by Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network.
Doss, who joined the Jaguars’ practice squad after being cut by the Raiders last week, signed with the Raiders and will be part of their 53-man roster when they open the season Monday night against the Broncos. it’s not clear whether Doss will be one of their 45 active players for the opener, though.
The Raiders found themselves with a roster opening for a wide receiver after they ended the turbulent tenure of All-Pro Antonio Brown by releasing him Saturday.
The Raiders tried to coax Doss into coming back on Saturday with an offer. However, all things being equal, the 23-year-old rookie felt he had a better opportunity in Jacksonville.
Things changed on Sunday when the Raiders increased their offer to Doss, who accepted a $300,000 signing bonus and a fully guaranteed spot on the active roster that’s worth a base salary of $495,000.
Oakland could have elevated receiver Marcel Ateman from their practice squad, but decided the energetic Doss was a better fit.
Doss was a preseason star as well as a cinematic star for the Raiders as he led the team with 17 catches for 162 yards. He also scored the first touchdown in the team’s last season in Oakland when he grabbed a 3-yard scoring pass from Nathan Peterman against the Rams.
General manager Mike Mayock acknowledged cutting Doss last week was one of the team’s most difficult decisions. They had chosen to keep veteran receivers and Doss will now join a receiving corps that features Tyrell Williams, J.J. Nelson, Ryan Grant, special teamer Dwayne Harris and much-heralded fourth-round pick Hunter Renfrow from Clemson.
“We have strong feelings about Keelan Doss,” Mayock said. “Local kid, great story. That was a very difficult cut.”
In the end, the Raiders replaced one receiver who didn’t want to be with them with a receiver whose life-long dream was to wear the Silver & Black.
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