Oakland Raiders: A Look at the Silver and Black Training Camp
The Oakland Raiders could be one of the biggest circus shows in the NFL once again this season. John Gruden will be entering his second season as head coach of this football team in this era. It is going to be interesting to see if they are better than 4-12 this season.
Mike Mayock was also brought in as the new general manager. The Raiders also had three first-round picks in this past NFL Draft. They took defensive end Clelin Ferrell from Clemson University with the fourth overall pick, they took running back Josh Jacobs from the University of Alabama with the 24th overall pick, and they took safety Johnathan Abram from Mississippi State.
Hopefully, for their sake, all of those players will pan out.
Rookie Josh Jacobs will be the starting running back. Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington will be the second and third running backs on the roster. Doug Martin and James Butler will compete for the final running back spot on the roster.
Antonio Brown will be one of the starting wide receivers on this team. He forced his way out of Pittsburgh. I think Brown started to act in a certain way last season because of all the hits he has taken to the head in the past. Antonio Brown has called out leadership problems with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Tyrell Williams and J.J. Nelson will be the second and third wide receivers on this roster. Ryan Grant, Marcell Ateman, Dwayne Harris, De’Mornay El-Pierson, Keon Hatcher, and rookies Hunter Renfrow, Keelan Doss, and Brian Burt will compete for the final three wide receiver spots on the roster.
Darren Waller will be the starting tight end for the Oakland Raiders. He is 26 years old and Waller has the potential to have a breakout season. Derek Carrier and Luke Wilson will be the second and third tight ends on the roster.
Kolton Miller will be the starting left tackle. Richie Incognito is supposed to be the starting left guard but he is suspended for the first few games and because of that, Jonathan Cooper will be the starting left guard in the meantime.
Rodney Hudson will be the starting center.
Rookie defensive end Quinton Bell will be an interesting name to keep an eye on during training camp and defensive tackle Gabe Wright will be an interesting name to keep an eye on during training camp.
Marquel Lee, Brandon Marshall, and Vontaze Burfict will be the starting linebackers. It is very strange how Burfict and Brown are now teammates considering the fact that Vontaze Burfict almost ended his career a couple of years ago with a hit to the head.
Tahir Whitehead, Jason Cabinda, and James Cowser will be the backup linebackers. Kyle Wilber, Nicholas Morrow, and rookies Koa Farmer, and Te’von Coney will compete for a potential spot or two at the linebacker position.
Gareon Conley and Nick Nelson will be the starting corners. Nevin Lawson will be the third cornerback on the roster. Curtis Riley and rookie Trayvon Mullen will most likely be the final two cornerbacks on the roster. Mullen will be an interesting name to keep an eye on during training camp because he could climb his way up the depth chart in a hurry.
Lamarcus Joyner and rookie Jonathan Abram will be the starting safeties. Jordan Richard and Karl Joseph will be the backup safeties. Dallin Leavitt and Erik Harris will look to snag a roster spot or two at the safety position.
This defense was one of the worst defensive units in football a season ago. This is most likely the last season that the Raiders are playing football games in Oakland before they move to Nevada and become the Las Vegas Raiders.
Johnny Townsend and rookie A.J. Cole III will compete for the starting punter job. Daniel Carlson will be the starting kicker. Andrew DePaola and Trent Sieg will compete for the starting long snapper job.
The Raiders began training camp on Saturday, July 27.
The Oakland Raiders will begin preseason play on Saturday, August 10 against the Los Angeles Rams at home. Finally, Oakland will begin the season at home against the Denver Broncos on Monday, September 9 in a prime time match up.
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