Signed by Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent, July 28, 2011…Waived by Packers, Sept. 3, 2011…Signed by Packers to practice squad, Sept. 4, 2011…Signed by Packers as a reserve/future free agent, Jan. 17, 2012…Waived by Packers, Sept. 10, 2012…Signed by Packers to practice squad, Sept. 12, 2012…Signed by Oakland Raiders to active roster, Sept. 19, 2012…Re-signed by Raiders as an exclusive rights free agent, April 15, 2013…Re-signed by Raiders as an exclusive rights free agent, April 21, 2014…Waived by Raiders, Aug. 30, 2014…Claimed via waivers by Miami Dolphins, Aug. 31, 2014…Waived by Dolphins, Sept. 4, 2014…Signed by Dolphins to practice squad, Sept. 6, 2014…Signed by Dolphins to active roster, Sept. 20, 2014…Waived by Dolphins, Sept. 23, 2014…Claimed via waivers by Raiders, Sept. 24.
AT A GLANCE
CAREER: Versatile defensive back returns to the Raiders after playing a major role in the defensive backfield in each of the last two seasons…Career totals include 44 games played with 24 starts, 183 tackles (119 solo), two INTs, 14 passes defensed, two sacks and two forced fumbles…Appeared in one game for the Miami Dolphins in 2014…Made 13 starts as strong safety in 2013, ranking fourth on the team in tackles with 101…Appeared primarily on special teams in 2012…Joined the Raiders after spending the entire 2011 season on the Green Bay Packers’ practice squad.
2014 (with Mia. and Oak.): Saw action in 13 games with 10 starts after re-joining the Raiders prior to Week 4...Posted 68 tackles (47 solo), two INTs, eight passes defensed and one forced fumble...In training camp with the Raiders before being waived and signed by the Miami Dolphins...Claimed via waivers by the Raiders on Sept. 24...(9/21) vs. KC: Saw first action of the season with Miami after being added to the active roster from the practice squad...(9/28) vs. Mia.: In first game back with Raiders, assisted on a tackle...(10/12) vs. SD: Saw action on special teams and defense, notching one solo stop...(10/26) vs. Ari.: Played on defense in relief of S Usama Young, who left the game with a knee injury in the third quarter...Posted four solo tackles...(10/26) at Cle.: Made first start of the season and recorded four solo tackles...Also notched a pass defensed...(11/2) at Sea.: Notched eight tackles (four)...(11/9) vs. Den.: Moved to nickel cornerback, starting the game in an injury-depleted secondary...Notched eight tackles (five)...(11/16) at SD: Posted a season-high 10 tackles (five)...(11/20) VS. KC: Made second start of the season at nickel cornerback...Posted five tackles (four) and tied a career high with two passes defensed...Knocked away a pass from QB Alex Smith on a third-and-4 play from the Raiders’ 5-yard line, saving a TD and forcing a Chiefs FG...(11/30) at StL.: Recorded two tackles (one) and broke up two passes, marking the first time he tallied multiple passes defensed in consecutive games...(12/7) vs. SF: Recorded first career INT, running under a QB Colin Kaepernick pass on the game’s first play from scrimmage...Credited with six solo tackles and one pass defensed...(12/14) at KC: Forced a third-quarter fumble with a hit on TE Travis Kelce, popping the ball directly into the hands of DL C.J. Wilson...Notched five tackles (four)...(12/21) vs. Buf.: Recorded his second INT of the season, picking off QB Kyle Orton late in the fourth quarter to help seal a 26-24 win...Racked up five tackles (three) and credited with one pass defensed...(12/28) at Den.: Recorded nine tackles, including a season-high-tying six solo stops and one pass defensed.
2013: Played in a career-high 16 games with 13 starts…Moved into starting role at strong safety following a Week 2 injury to S Tyvon Branch...Ranked fourth on the team with 101 tackles (59 solo)...Credited with two sacks and six passes defensed...(9/15) vs. Jac.: Recorded a second-quarter sack of QB Chad Henne...Saw significant action due to an injury to Branch...(9/23) at Den.: Made second career start...Credited with four tackles (one)...(9/29) vs. Was.: Notched nine tackles (four)...(10/6) vs. SD: Set a then-career high with 11 tackles (five) and posted one pass defensed...(10/13) at KC: Notched six tackles (three)...Forced a fumble in the first quarter, stopping RB Knile Davis for no gain and knocking the ball out of bounds...(10/27) vs. Pit.: Recorded six tackles (four) and two passes defensed...(11/3) vs. Phi.: Totaled six tackles (five)...(11/10) at NYG: Recorded five tackles (two)...(11/17) at Hou.: Posted five tackles (four) and one pass defensed...Also credited with a special teams tackle on punt coverage...(11/28) at Dal.: Posted six tackles (four)...Credited with a special teams tackle on punt coverage...(12/8) at NYJ: Recorded second sack of the season, getting to QB Geno Smith for a 10-yard loss in the second quarter to force a third-and-24 and an eventual punt...Posted five tackles (three)...(12/15) vs. KC: Totaled four solo tackles and one pass defensed...(12/22) at SD: Racked up 11 tackles (six) and one pass defensed...(12/29) vs. Den.: Recorded a career-high 13 tackles (eight).
2012: Played in 14 games, with one start…Was in on 14 tackles (13 solo), and three more on special teams…Signed by Raiders off Packers’ practice squad on Sept. 19…Made the Packers’ active roster to begin the 2012 season…(9/23) vs. Pit.: Made his NFL debut, playing exclusively on special teams, recording one tackle…(12/16) vs. KC: Saw extensive snaps with CB Phillip Adams sidelined in 15-0 win, Oakland’s first shutout in 10 years…Helped limit Chiefs to 119 total yards, the fewest allowed by a Raiders defense since 1975…(12/23) at Car.: Played most of the last contest at cornerback with Adams sidelined…(12/30) at SD: Made his first NFL start and assisted on a third-and-1 stop that forced a fourth-quarter punt.
2011 (with GB): Spent the entire season on Green Bay’s practice squad.
COLLEGE: Four-year letterman and three-year starter at Youngstown State…Played in 45 career games with 33 starts for the Penguins…A safety-turned-cornerback, totaled 233 tackles (135 solo), seven INTs, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles during his career…Earned second-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference honors as a senior in 2010 after starting all 11 games and notching 60 tackles (40 solo), and leading the team with three INTs…Was named the MVFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in a win vs. Southern Illinois…Was named one of four team captains before the season…Assumed the cornerback position for the first time as a junior in 2009 when injuries at the position necessitated the switch…Started all 11 games and was credited with 47 tackles (33 solo), including one for loss, and two INTs on the season…Started all 11 games as a sophomore in 2008, the first two at free safety and the final nine at strong safety…Led the team with 98 tackles (49 solo), including 4.5 for loss, three passes defensed, three quarterback hurries and an INT…Had a career-high 13 tackles in a win at Western Illinois (Nov. 22) in the season finale…Participated as a true freshman in 2007, playing in 11 games as a reserve in the secondary and also on special teams…Posted 18 tackles (13 solo) and an INT as one of six true freshmen on the team to see the field…Became the first player from Youngstown State to sign an NFL contract since 2003.
PERSONAL: Attended Meadowbrook (Va.) High School…Lettered three times as a quarterback, wide receiver, cornerback and safety…Earned first-team All-Central District honors as a defensive back and second-team acclaim as a wide receiver his senior year…Also lettered three times in basketball and track...Attended the annual holiday party for the Families of Children with Cancer in December 2011…Attended various community events throughout 2013, including numerous visits to local hospitals.