UPDATE (11:47pm PT on Wednesday): The Raiders announced that they have re-signed wide receiver Martavis Bryant and signed long snapper Trent Sieg. To make room on the roster for Bryant, receiver Keon Hatcher was released. Long snapper Andrew DePaola was placed on injured reserve.
The NFL can be a cruel world for undrafted rookies.
Wide receiver Keon Hatcher just found out. After making the 53-man roster out of camp, the Arkansas product was informed on Wednesday that the Raiders will be releasing him.
Hatcher's agent, Ken Sarnoff, broke the news on Twitter.
The move likely corresponds with the Raiders intentions to bring recently released wide receiver Martavis Bryant back.
During the preseason, Hatcher caught 10 passes for 162 yards and three touchdowns. Those numbers were good enough two weeks ago. Now, he's a free agent looking for a new team.
To make matters worse, Hatcher just turned 24 on Tuesday.
From Keon's agent...Hatcher was making quality catches from the start of training camp on. We all saw the preseason finale. Talented player. Looks like he'll be the corresponding move for Bryant. https://t.co/Lrdxg1aA7o
— Scott Bair (@BairNBCS) September 12, 2018
The Raiders have informed me that they will be releasing my client Keon Hatcher today. He had an outstanding preseason & now hits the wire.
— Ken Sarnoff (@KenSarnoff) September 12, 2018