Signed by Green Bay Packers as a non-drafted free agent, July 28, 2011...Released by Packers, Sept. 3, 2011 and signed to practice squad on Sept. 4, 2011...Re-signed by Green Bay on Jan. 17, 2012...Waived by Packers on Sept. 10, 2012...Re-signed to Packers' practice squad on Sept. 12, 2012...Signed to Oakland Raiders active roster from Green Bay practice squad on Sept. 19, 2012.
At a glance
2013: Versatile defensive back moved into starting role at SS following a Week 2 injury to Tyvon Branch...Played in a career-high 16 games with 13 starts...Ranked fourth on the team with 75 tackles (56 solo)...Credited with two sacks and three passes defensed...(9/8) at Ind.: Saw action in defensive backfield and extensive time on special teams...Posted one solo tackle...(9/15) vs. Jac.: Recorded a second-quarter sack of QB Chad Henne...Saw significant action due to a injury to S Tyvon Branch...(9/23) at Den.: Made second career start...Credited with four tackles (one)...(9/29) vs. Was.: Notched nine tackles (four)...Recovered a fourth-quarter fumble deep in Washington territory, but play was negated due to an offside call...(10/6) vs. SD: Set a career high with 11 tackles (five) and posted a pass defensed...On a third-quarter fumble, helped scoop the ball towards S Charles Woodson, who returned it 25 yards for a touchdown...(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...Intercepted a Ben Roethlisberger pass in the fourth quarter that could have sealed the game, but was flagged for defensive holding on the play...(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...(11/24) vs. Ten.: Registered five tackles (two)...(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…On 174 defensive snaps, 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…(9/9) vs. SF: Inactive for Packers’ season-opener…Waived Sept. 10, when Packers activated LB Erik Walden, and re-signed to Green Bay’s practice squad on 9/12…(9/23) vs. Pit.: Made his NFL debut, playing exclusively on special teams, recording one tackle…(10/28) vs. KC: Made a key play late in first half, helping force a Javier Arenas muffed punt and keeping the returner from the ball to allow Jon Condo to recover at the Chiefs’ 14 and set up a go-ahead TD…(12/2) vs. Cle.: Saw several snaps in the secondary; blitzed late in the third quarter, pressuring Brandon Weeden into an incompletion and force the Browns to settle for a FG…(12/6) vs. Den.: Saw five snaps as a safety with both Tyvon Branch and Mike Mitchell sidelined by injury…(12/16) vs. KC: Saw extensive snaps with Phillip Adams (concussion) sidelined in 15-0 win, Oakland’s first shutout in 10 years; helped limit Chiefs to 119 total yards, fewest by a Raiders defense since 1975…Made a third-down stop to force a second-quarter punt, then broke up a fourth-quarter pass intended for Jon Baldwin in the end zone, after knocking him off his route on a fourth-down pass…(12/23) at Car.: Played most of the last three-plus quarters at cornerback with starter Phillip Adams (groin) sidelined…(12/30) at SD: Made his first NFL start and stuck his nose in the middle of the line to assist on a third-and-1 stop that forced a fourth-quarter punt.
2011: Spent entire 2011 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 making 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 interceptions on the season…Also forced and recovered a fumble and had two passes defensed…Racked up a season-high eight tackles (seven solo) at Northeastern (Sept. 19)…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 QB 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…First career INT came at Indiana State (Nov. 3)…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 QB, WR, CB and S…Earned first-team All-Central District honors as a DB and second-team acclaim as a WR his senior year…Also lettered three times in basketball and three times in track…Attended the annual holiday party for the Families of Children with Cancer in December 2011.
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