by Tom LaMarre
The Oakland Raiders placed cornerback D.J. Killings on the Reserve/Injured list and claimed cornerback Hamp Cheevers on waivers from the Atlanta Falcons, the team announced on Sunday.
The 6-foot, 185-pound Killings played well in the Raiders’ 14-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams in the preseason opener before he sustained torn pectoral muscle and was scheduled to undergo surgery.
Killings was signed by the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent out of Central Florida in 2017 and also spent time with the Philadelphia Eagles, Indianapolis Colts and the Green Bay Packers before signing a free agent contract with the Raiders in May. Killings has yet to play a down in the NFL.
In four seasons as a starter at UCF, two as a starter, Killings made 70 tackles and assisted on 29 others, made one sack and had five interceptions, one that he returned 28 yards for a touchdown.
Killings was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, but impressed pro scouts when he ran the 40-yard-dash in 4.38 seconds at Central Florida’s pro day.
The 5-10, 180-pound Cheevers, a rookie signed by the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent out of Boston College in May, was later released and signed by the Falcons. He played in the Falcons’ exhibition opener against the Denver Broncos.
Cheevers appeared in 30 games in three seasons at Boston College, making 56 tackles (36 solo and 2.5 for losses), and had nine interceptions including one returned for a touchdown, 20 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.