Four more rookies reported to have signed

The Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed four more undrafted rookie free agents.  As of yet, none of the Raiders’ free agent acquisitions have been confirmed by the team.

The four free agents reported to have agreed to terms are WR Chris Johnson (Tennessee State), TE Chris O’Neill (Boise State), LB Jerome Boyd (Oregon), and OG Jonathan Compas (UC Davis).

Chris Johnson faces an uphill battle for a roster spot while competing with five of the Raiders draft picks over the last three drafts.

As a senior, Johnson led his Tennessee State Tigers team with 44 receptions for 779 yards and three touchdowns.  For his career, he caught 127 balls for 2,155 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Johnson was the leading punt returner for the Tigers over his final two seasons.  His junior year, he returned 20 punts for 240 yards (12.0 avg) and one touchdown.  His senior year, he returned seven punts for a team-leading 93 yards.

Chris O’Neill will be the Raiders second rookie tight end in camp.  On his way to a 30-catch senior year, O’Neill broke his foot during the fourth game and missed the rest of the season.  He finished the year with 10 catches for 131 yards and two touchdowns.

His junior year was nearly identical, except that he only missed three games.  For the year, he caught 11 passes for 123 yards and one touchdown.

The Raiders went down the freeway for an offensive guard when they signed UC Davis guard Jonathan Compas. started in all 40 games he played at Davis and was a three time All-Great West Conference First-Team selection.  His senior year, he received All-America awards from the AP and Sports Network.  He was also a three time All-Academic honoree as well as a team captain his senior year.

Jerome Boyd is an undersized linebacker that the Raiders are expected to convert to a safety.  Boyd struggled through aches and pains his senior season to a team-third 80 tackles (50 solo), seven tackles-for-loss, three sacks, five passes defensed, two quarterback hurries, and a forced fumble.  Despite those aches and pains, he played in all of Oregon’s games last year.

Boyd recorded 79 tackles (47 solo) during his junior season to go along with 12 tackles-for-loss, an interception, three sacks, two passes defensed, and a forced fumble.  He has a nose for the quarterback as seen in this YouTube highlight.

Player:                           Hgt / Wgt
Chris Johnson:           6’2″ / 180 lbs.
Chris O’Neill:               6’3″ / 250 lbs.
Jerome Boyd:             6’2″ / 185 lbs.
Jonathan Compas:    6’3″ / 298 lbs.