The Las Vegas Raiders had a surprising roster move on Monday, reportedly waiving a former third-round NFL Draft pick.
According to NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero, the Raiders are releasing 2020 third round pick Tanner Muse. The former Clemson Tigers star was the 100th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Muse missed the 2020 season with an injury, but was expected to have a bigger role this season. However, it doesn’t look like that will be happening.
A surprise: The #Raiders are waiving linebacker Tanner Muse, source said.
Muse was a third-round pick out of Clemson in 2020. Missed his entire rookie season because of a toe injury, but took starter reps throughout camp and was a core special teamer.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 6, 2021
This is yet another draft miss for Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden.
As pointed out by ESPN’s Bill Barnwell, the Raiders had five top 100 picks in the 2020 NFL Draft. Two of those players are already off the team. Lynn Bowden Jr. is the other player.
Raiders had five top-100 picks in 2020. Two are already off the roster before their second seasons have even begun. https://t.co/U8VGWCWdfk
— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) September 6, 2021
You can’t have those kind of misses at the top of the NFL Draft if you’re Mayock and Gruden.
Mike Mayock may be a highly respected TV Analyst, but is it fair to say that his run as GM has shown how different that is from making the picks? Or is it more on Gruden? https://t.co/pB7wmfCy7a
— Butkus Stats On Tap – Quinten Krzysko (@ButkusStats) September 6, 2021
The Raiders have been facing some criticism for a while. The 2021 season is an incredibly important one for Gruden and Co.
“I never liked the 10-year contract for Jon Gruden… Mike Mayock laid it out there and said the Raiders are a playoff team. I don’t see it,” Colin Cowherd said.
“I never liked the 10-year contract for Jon Gruden… Mike Mayock laid it out there and said the Raiders are a playoff team. I don’t see it.” @ColinCowherd on what’s at stake for Las Vegas this season: pic.twitter.com/q5rzvxW3vX
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) September 2, 2021
The Raiders are set to open the 2021 season on Monday, Sept. 13 against the Baltimore Ravens.