The Raiders announced the signing of 6′ 0″ 210-pound defensive back Ron Parker and released preseason darling Sterling Moore from the practice squad.
Parker has the kind of size, speed and length the Raiders covet. Parker runs a sub 4.4 in the 40-yard dash in addition to excellent times in the short shuttle and three-cone drill. He also broad jumped 9-7. Parker is a long and fast athlete with the tools to develop into more than a fringe roster player.
Moore-as good as he was in training camp and preseason-is probably a fringe roster player. Moore also lacked the elite physical tools the Raiders like in their defensive backs. It’s suprising because it was widely believed Moore could be elevated this week to the active roster due to all the injuries in the secondary.
Don’t be surprised if Parker is elevated to the active roster and Miller is released later in the week. Another option is veteran Lito Sheppard, although if it was going to happen it probably would have been done already.
It’s somewhat surprising Nick Miller was not released today and that no corresponding move has yet been made to shore up the Raiders injured secondary.