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Oakland Raiders Release "Hard Knocks" Star

A closeup of Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden wearing a black visor.

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - NOVEMBER 18: Head coach Jon Gruden of the Oakland Raiders looks on prior to the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on November 18, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)

On Friday afternoon, NFL teams started trimming their rosters before the 2019 regular season officially kicks off next week.

NFL teams must get their rosters down to 53, which means over 1,000 people will be out of work by the end of the weekend.

It's a difficult time for players who float round NFL rosters every summer just to be cut right before the season. Even NFL veterans find their seasons or even careers come to an end early.

For fans of the HBO series "Hard Knocks" now would be a good time to stop reading if you want to avoid spoilers to next week's episode.

One of the NFL veterans looking for a new job this weekend will be former Oakland Raiders tight end Luke Willson.

The Raiders decided to move on from the veteran tight end.

Willson played college football at Rice and had a contract with the Toronto Blue Jays coming out of college. He eventually chose football over baseball and was drafted into the Canadian Football League in 2012.

After foregoing the CFL, the Seattle Seahawks drafted Willson in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL draft. He played four seasons with Seattle before landing with the Detroit Lions.

He signed with the Raiders earlier this year, but couldn't crack the depth chart.