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Nick Roach | Linebacker | #53

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (30) / 6/16/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 235
College: Northwestern
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Raiders waived/failed physical MLB Nick Roach and S Usama Young.
Roach missed all of 2014 with a severe concussion. He reportedly still experiences headaches and isn't expected to be cleared for next season. 29-year-old Young is recovering from October ACL surgery. Fri, Mar 6, 2015 06:30:00 PM

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The SF Chronicle's Vic Tafur has "heard" Raiders MLB Nick Roach (concussions) still experiences headaches and "won't play next season."

Tafur ran the rumor by GM Reggie McKenzie at the Combine. "That decision is up to Nick and the medical staff," McKenzie responded. "I am not going to rush him to play when mentally he's not ready." Roach was a high-impact run defender when healthy. He went on I.R. with a severe concussion last preseason.
Wed, Feb 18, 2015 03:10:00 PM

Raiders MLB Nick Roach (concussion, I.R.) is expected to be able to resume his playing career in 2015.

Roach suffered a concussion in the Raiders' third preseason game and hasn't played since. He was finally sent to I.R. earlier this week. Roch continues to struggle with vision and balance. But after talking with multiple specialists across the country and in London, it's believed he'll be fine well in advance of the 2015 season. Roach, 30 next June, is a big part of Oakland's run defense.
Sun, Oct 12, 2014 11:08:00 AM

Raiders placed MLB Nick Roach (concussion) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Roach missed Oakland's first four games after suffering a concussion in the preseason. He played every defensive snap for the Raiders last year, but is still dealing with symptoms and wasn't going to gain clearance to return. Roach is due a $2.8 million base salary next season and signed through 2016.
Wed, Oct 8, 2014 05:55:00 PM

Raiders MLB Nick Roach (concussion) was limited in practice this week.

Roach has missed the first three games after sustaining a concussion in the preseason. Raiders beat writer Vic Tafur said Roach looked like he was doing more in practice, which is a positive sign. However, it's expected that Roach remains sidelined for the Raiders' Week 4 contest against the Dolphins in London.
Sat, Sep 27, 2014 04:19:00 PM

Raiders MLB Nick Roach (concussion) is not expected to play in Week 2.

Roach has been concerningly slow to recover from a concussion suffered in Oakland's third preseason game. Miles Burris will start against the Texans.
Fri, Sep 12, 2014 02:48:00 PM

Raiders MLB Nick Roach (concussion) is inactive for Week 1 at the Jets.

It's a big, underrated loss for the Raiders, especially against the run. Miles Burris and Kaluka Maiava will try and fill Roach's shoes, but both players are below-average talents. Chris Johnson and Chris Ivory get matchup boosts.
Sun, Sep 7, 2014 11:46:00 AM

Raiders coach Dennis Allen anticipates new MLB Nick Roach emerging as the "quarterback of our defense."

Whereas old Mike 'backer Rolando McClain couldn't play on passing downs, the Raiders believe Roach can excel as an every-down player. "He’s kind of taken on that role and really has a passion about leading that team," Allen said of Roach. "With his athleticism ... he’s got some things that he can do from a coverage standpoint that lends some flexibility to us." IDPers take note.
Mon, Jun 3, 2013 04:37:00 PM

Coach Dennis Allen confirmed Nick Roach will play middle linebacker for the Raiders.

After filling a variety of roles for the Bears, Roach was signed to replace Rolando McClain in Oakland. There's plenty of IDP upside here as McClain was able to average 6.1 tackles per game in the role over the last two seasons. Roach doesn't pack the same type of punch at just 234 pounds, but can get sideline-to-sideline quicker.
Tue, Mar 19, 2013 12:30:00 PM

Raiders signed LB Nick Roach, formerly of the Bears.

Roach was a valuable utility man for Chicago, capable of playing the strong side, middle and special teams. He started 14 games a year ago, finishing with 66 tackles, 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble and four pass breakups. The Raiders likely see the 27-year-old former undrafted free agent as the replacement for headache middle 'backer Rolando McClain. Roach's departure could put a sense of urgency into the Bears as they negotiate with free agent Brian Urlacher.
Fri, Mar 15, 2013 07:14:00 AM

Free agent LB Nick Roach will visit the Raiders.

Signs of human activity in Oakland. Supposedly drawing interest from over a "half-dozen" teams, Roach could man the strong-side in Oakland, or perhaps even replace Rolando McClain in the middle. Oakland is Roach's first known visit.
Wed, Mar 13, 2013 01:54:00 PM

The Chicago Sun-Times reports the number of teams interested in free agent LB Nick Roach is "approaching double digits."

Roach is not an exceptional talent, but is a versatile one, capable of playing both strong-side and middle linebacker. He holds his own against both the run and the pass, and won't turn 28 until June. If Roach comes off the market quickly after the start of free agency, there will be an added urgency for the Bears to figure something out with Brian Urlacher.
Mon, Mar 11, 2013 09:13:00 AM

The Chicago Tribune says a "half-dozen" teams have expressed interest in free agent LB Nick Roach.

Some clubs are calling to talk to Roach about playing middle linebacker, a position he played for the final four games of last season in Brian Urlacher's absence. The soon-to-be 28-year-old is a middling talent, but he can play both the run and the pass. Ideally, he'd play strong-side linebacker. The Bears want Roach back.
Sat, Mar 9, 2013 01:06:00 PM

Free agent LB Nick Roach hopes to return to the Bears, but only if the price is right.

The Bears would like to re-sign Roach, but are not believed to have made him an official offer. Primarily been a two-down player in Chicago, Roach showed that he's capable of playing in the nickel last season when he filled in for injured Brian Urlacher. Roach turns 28 years old in June.
Sat, Mar 2, 2013 12:29:00 PM

A league source confirms the Bears are hoping to re-sign free agent LB Nick Roach.

CSN Chicago reported Saturday that the sides were meeting at the Combine. Roach has primarily been a SAM 'backer during his six-year career, but held his own in the middle when Brian Urlacher was hurt last season. The Bears could view Roach as a cheap in-house replacement if Urlacher moves on.
Tue, Feb 26, 2013 05:43:00 PM

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