The Oakland Raiders announced the signing of running back Kory Sheets today. Sheets played the last two seasons in the Canadian Football League where we was named the 2013 Grey Cup MVP for his record breaking 197 yards and two touchdown performance in the game. He adds depth to the Oakland backfield that has Darren McFadden and Rashad Jennings slated to become free agents.
Sheets played his college football at Purdue University. He was an undrafted free agent out of college and signed with the San Francisco 49ers practice squad. He played two games in the NFL in 2009 with the Miami Dolphins before making his way to Canada. In his two seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Sheets shined. He was a big part of the Grey Cup championship team rushing for 1,598 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. He also can catch the ball out of the backfield with 86 receptions in two seasons.
Oakland worked out Sheets a few weeks ago and finalized the deal today. Sheets will compete with Latavius Murray for a complimentary role with the Raiders. The team probably will not look to re-sign Darren McFadden. Rashad Jennings will be their offseason priority at running back and Sheets could play his way into a back-up role. At 5'11" and 205 pounds, Sheets carried the ball 287 times last year. He is a strong, workhorse type back to help the Raiders continue to establish their ground attack.
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