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Raiders add safety Curtis Riley, who started 16 games in 2018

The Raiders continued their defensive spending streak in adding former Giants safety Curtis Riley, who tweeted Friday morning that he’s heading to Oakland.

Riley started all 16 regular season games for the Giants last year and tallied four interceptions, more picks than any Raider had in 2018 (Gareon Conley and Marcus Gilchrist each had three). Riley, 26, returned one of his interceptions for a touchdown and also recorded 75 total tackles and five passes defensed.

Riley stands 6 feet tall, bigger than both Karl Joseph and Lamarcus Joyner, the first two on Oakland’s safety depth chart. Riley played free safety for the Giants last season, and could start there for the Raiders alongside Joseph with Joyner potentially seeing more time in the slot. The Raiders also have recently signed outside/slot corner Nevin Lawson and safety Erik Harris to implement on the back end with Conley and Daryl Worley the favorites to start at outside cornerback.

After spending big on the offensive side of the ball early in the new league year, the Raiders have shifted their focus to Paul Guenther’s unit in the past week with the signings of defensive end Josh Mauro, linebacker Vontaze Burfict, Lawson and Riley to go along with Antonio Brown, Trent Brown, Tyrell Williams and J.J. Nelson on offense.

 

 



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