Raiders S Matt Giordano was one of the final cuts of Raiders training camp on Sept. 3, a player the team wanted to retain but couldn't find room on the roster for. With RB Darren McFadden missing all of training camp with an eye-socket issue, head coach Hue Jackson opted to keep four running backs on the initial 53-man roster, leaving no space for Giordano.
Two days later, McFadden was declared healthy for Week One, allowing the team to release RB Michael Bennett and re-sign the seventh-year veteran defensive back. The move has made a great impact on the Raiders' season, as Giordano has been vitally important to the team as a third safety, filling in at multiple positions and seemingly always being in the proper position to make a play.
Giordano is fourth on the team in tackles despite starting in only four games. He also has a sack, a forced fumble and a pair of interceptions, including a game-changing pick in the endzone at the end of the Raiders' Week 10 win vs. the Chargers. The 32 tackles and two interceptions either set or tie his career highs.
Though Michael Huff's return from an ankle injury could demote him from the starting lineup again, Giordano has shown previously he can make an impact even after being counted out.
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