June 14, 2024

Speedy tailback was standout kick returner in CFL and has potential to do same in NFL

Raiders Offseason: Tyreik McAllister an under-the-radar signing

Speedy tailback was standout kick returner in CFL and has potential to do same in NFL

Quite often, a future/reserve signing by an NFL team can be easily dismissed. And for good reason. Viewed as nothing more than potential training camp fodder and roster filler, players signed to these type of contracts tend not to last long on a team.

In the long run, Tyreik McAllister may be just that. But he has potential to become another future/reserve player to ink with the Las Vegas Raiders in January and become a regular contributor the following season.

As one of the 18 players the team signed to that particular contract, McAllister certainly its the bill of a player signed shortly after the regular season ends and not on the roster come the 2024. The University of Charleston product spent time with the Denver Broncos back in 2022 but didn’t land on an NFL team and took his talents to Canada. There, McAllister became a standout return specialist for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats showcasing electric speed with the ball in his hands.

The throwback Raiders would’ve made McAllister a signing, not just a reserve/contract due to his 4.39 timed speed the 40-yard dash he ran during an NFL Pro Day as prepped for the NFL Draft in 2022.

But he’s a longshot, nonetheless.

What helps McAllister in his Las Vegas bid are two things: Precedent and need.

Let’s start with precedent.

As mentioned above, he need only follow the same path defensive tackle Adam Butler took to become a gameday contributor on defense. Butler didn’t play a single down of football in 2022 before signing his future/reserve deal with the Raiders on Jan. 21, 2023. From there, he came into camp and organized team activities and proved he belonged.

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He played in all 17 game this past season racking up 28 total tackles, five sacks, nine quarterback hits, eight stops for loss, four pass deflections and a forced fumble as a rotating tackle on Las Vegas’ defensive line.

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