The Raiders are signing Hatcher off Green Bay's practice squad Monday, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Hatcher will provide the Raiders with depth at wide receiver after Brandon LaFell ruptured his Achilles' tendon during Sunday's win over the Cardinals. The 24-year-old spent the last two offseasons in Oakland and could catch on to the team's current offensive scheme relatively quickly. With Jordy Nelson (knee), Martavis Bryant (knee) and Dwayne Harris (chest) all nursing injuries, it's conceivable Hatcher could get playing time in the near future.
Hatcher signed with the Packers' practice squad Tuesday, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports. Hatcher has spent the last two offseasons with the Raiders, and while he made the 53-man roster this year, he ended up being cut after Week 1 in order to create a roster spot for Martavis Bryant. He joins a Packers team that's been riddled with injuries at wide receiver, but Hatcher likely won't get promoted to the active roster unless the situation at the position becomes dire.
The Raiders will waive Hatchers, Matt Schneidman of The San Jose Mercury News reports. In need of a roster spot with Martavis Bryant joining the team, Hatcher appears to be the roster casualty as a result. If unclaimed, he will hit the open market and be free to sign elsewhere. The second-year player is also a candidate to land on a practice squad.
Hatcher made the Raiders' 53-man roster after a monster performance in the preseason finale, Matt Schneidman of MercuryNews.com reports. Hatcher was fighting for a roster spot before posting a ridiculous eight catches for 128 yards and three touchdowns against the Seahawks during Week 4 of the preseason. He'll face an uphill battle for targets during the regular season as the No. 6 receiver on the depth chart, but he'll also provide depth on special teams.
Hatcher and the Raiders agreed to a reserve/future contract Tusday. Hatcher, an undrafted free agent out of Arkansas in 2016, signed with the Raiders this past offseason. However, he was ultimately let go prior to the season kicking off. After spending time on their practice squad, the big-play receiving threat will look to impress enough during the offseason and land a role with the team next year.
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