Raiders sign RB Peyton Barber from Washington’s practice squad

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Just days after being released from the Washington Football Team’s active roster, the Raiders are stealing running back Peyton Barber from Washington’s practice squad, according to reporter Ben Standig.

Reports from earlier this morning suggested the Raiders put in a claim for Royce Freeman. However, the Panthers had priority over the Raiders and ended up snatching the running back up. Las Vegas only has two active running backs in Josh Jacobs and Kenyan Drake, with Jalen Richard on the short-term IR.

The Raiders did have the option of bringing up one of their two practice squad backs in rookies Trey Ragas or B.J. Emmons. However, the Raiders decided not to call either of them up. Instead, they will roll with sixth-year player Peyton Barber.

Barber spent his first four seasons with the Buccaneers before signing with the Washington Football Team last spring. Barber has played in 79 games throughout his career and has 2,245 yards with 19 touchdowns.

The veteran running back will play a limited role for the Raiders and primarily be used as a blocking back on third downs. Last year, he did not allow any sacks, according to PFF. Jon Gruden understands how valuable backs that can block and protect the quarterback, as he’s kept Jalen Richard around for his ability to pass block.

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