The season might have just ended last week, but the work towards 2020 is well underway. Today the team announced that they signed running back William Stanback to a reserves/futures deal.
We have signed RB William Stanback to a reserve/futures deal. pic.twitter.com/gUeoAIL08T
— Oakland Raiders (@Raiders) January 3, 2020
Stanback, 25, is 6-foot, 233 pound back from the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes. Stanback started his college career at the University of Central Florida, but finished it at Virginia Union, a Division II school.
After going undrafted in 2017, he signed with the Green Bay Packers in May of 2017 but was released in August. In May of 2018, Stanback signed with the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes. This past season was a breakout year for the running back who was named a CFL All-Star.
In 14 games he racked up 1,093 yards rushing on 170 carries and 329 yards receiving on 33 receptions.
The Raiders flirted with the idea of bringing in a bigger back to go along with Josh Jacobs but that never happened until Jacobs started missing games and then Rod Smith was signed late in the season.
Based on his numbers, he appears to be the type of dual threat back that Gruden desires.
Check out some of his highlights below.