Raiders Waive Two, Including P Johnny Townsend, Sign Two

The Raiders announced Tuesday they waived P Johnny Townsend and CB Hamp Cheevers

In a corresponding move, Oakland re-signed DB Makinton Dorleant and also added CB Joshua Holsey to the 90-man roster. 

Townsend had been competing with UDFA P A.J. Cole for the starting punter job. 

Townsend, 24, was drafted in the fifth round out of Florida by the Raiders in 2018. He signed a four-year rookie contract worth $2.7 million. 

In 2018, Townsend punted all 16 games for the Raiders. He totaled 70 punts with a 43.2 average and a long punt of 64 yards. He also placed 17 punts inside the 20 with five touchbacks. 

Dorleant, 26, signed on with the Packers as an undrafted free agent out of Northern Iowa back in 2016. He wound up making the team’s 53-man roster but landed on the injured reserve after sustaining a hamstring injury during the preseason of his rookie year.

The Packers later activated Dorleant from their injured reserve but he, unfortunately, suffered a torn ACL soon after and missed the entire 2017 season.

Dorleant signed a futures contract with the Chiefs in 2018 but was among their final roster cuts coming out of the preseason. He had a brief stint with the Ravens in September.

The Raiders signed Dorleant to their practice squad at the end of 2018 and brought him back on a futures deal for 2019. Oakland waived Dorleant in June. 

In 2016, Dorleant appeared in four games for the Packers and recorded one tackle and no interceptions.

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