Raiders Waive Veteran RB Michael Bennett, Sign Safety Matt Giordano

By Shawn Etemadi

According to the, the Oakland Raiders released Michael Bennett on Monday. The move created space for the team to add former Cal safety Matt Giordano to their roster, who will surely have a far greater impact in 2011-12 than Bennett would have had. At worst, Giordano would provide the Raiders with depth at safety and special teams. In seven games last season, Bennett had two carries for 11 yards. His impact was minimal, leaving me wondering why head coach Hue Jackson didn’t cut him earlier. But Jackson eventually came to his senses and cut the 33-year-old running back.

Raiders rookie Taiwan Jones looked shifty enough in the preseason to warrant him becoming the team’s third-string running back. His explosiveness and speed will cause defenses havoc, especially if he and McFadden are packaged together in a “wildcat” scheme.

With the season quickly approaching, Hue Jackson addressed the media on Monday. Despite failing to win a preseason game, he seemed confident and excited about his team. The fact is, the preseason means nothing. Just look at the Colts, who have been losing preseason games in bunches for the last ten years, yet they still manage to win ten-plus games each and every season.

“I’m very happy, very excited about our football team. This is the team I  envisioned we had the capability of being when this thing all started. The fun  part is now they’re all healthy, almost all. You get to play with them a little  bit and find out they are what I know they are.  They’re starting to showcase  that.” — Hue Jackson


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