Less than 24 hours after their massive road victory in Pittsburgh, the Las Vegas Raiders closed a list trade. NFL Network Ian Rapoport reports that the Raiders are removing veteran cornerback Nevin Lawson.
The move comes the day after Lawson’s two-game suspension and is not surprising. Rookie Nate Hobbs put on a solid training camp was one of the most impressive players in preseason games, league-wide, not just for Las Vegas.
Hobbs took command of the nickel wedge, Lawson’s primary position, and secured the starting position, while the eight-year veteran did not look well in his preseason performances. That left the latter little room on the list and made it easier for Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock to decide.
For the foreseeable future, the Silver and Black will stay with Hobbs and Amik Robertson at the corner of the slot, with Casey Hayward, Trayvon Mullen and Damon Arnette on the outside to round out the positional group. However, Rapoport also said the Raiders are hoping to bring Lawson back to the practice squad, so he can stay in Sin City for a bit longer.
The Raiders currently have three defensive backs on the practice squad, Robert Jackson (BC), Jordan Brown (S) and HaHa Clinton-Dix (S). Unless the organization decides to choose another position / player to make room, one of their places could be at risk if Lawson chooses to return.
If the veteran gets another opportunity elsewhere, he will finish with 85 total tackles, two defended assists and no interceptions for the organization.