Raiders news: Receiver Demarcus Robinson released

The Las Vegas Raiders’ reduced first moves in training camp offered a surprise when the team released veteran receiver Demarcus Robinson.

He was signed in the offseason to be a rotating receiver. However, the speedster didn’t do much in training camp and he got lost in the shuffle in a talented reception hall. The Raiders have done Robinson a favor, cutting him now so he has a chance to make a name for himself elsewhere. The roster now has 85 players. It is to be reduced to 53 players on August 30.

Veteran defensive tackle Vernon Butler was also released. There was initial hope that Butler could make the roster, but he didn’t show much in camp and preseason. The team also waived cornerback Nate Brooks, defensive end Gerri Green and tackle Tyrone Wheatley Jr.

Robinson’s release could be a good sign for Tyron Johnson, a holdover from the previous regime. Johnson is also a speedster and did well in training camp. Robinson’s exit also bodes well for free agent pickup Keelan Cole and young DJ Turner, who had a solid game against Minnesota on Sunday.

Robinson signed a one-year, $1.187 million contract with the Raiders with $427,500 guaranteed. Butler signed a one-year contract worth $1.25 million with $250,400 guaranteed.

The Raiders have also worked the following players:

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