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Former Bulldog Jackson signs with the Raiders

June 5, 2014

Former Mississippi State offensive lineman Gabe Jackson signed with the Oakland Raiders on Thursday. (AP file photo)

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders have their entire draft class under contract after signing a deal with third-round pick guard Gabe Jackson.
Jackson became the eighth draftee to sign when he finalized his deal Thursday. Jackson was taken 81st overall out of Mississippi State and is expected to compete for a starting job.
"I'm ready to go to work," Jackson said in a video tweeted out by the Oakland Raiders on Thursday afternoon.
Jackson started all 52 games at left guard for the bulldog. He was a two-time All-American selection two-time All-Southeastern Conference First Team selection.
He won the Conerly Trophy, given to Mississippi's top college player, in his last year with the Bulldogs. He also won the inaugural Kent Hull Award, given to the state's top offensive lineman.
The Raiders also signed free agent receivers David Gilreath and Rahsaan Vaughn and undrafted free agent kicker/punter Michael Palardy.
Gilreath played three games with Pittsburgh in 2012 and set Big Ten records for kickoff returns (135) and yards returning (3,025) at Wisconsin.
Vaughn spent time last season on the New York Jets practice squad.
Oakland waived receivers Jared Green and Noel Grigsby and punter Daniel Zychlinski.

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