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.

Oakland decided to trade away outside linebacker/defensive end Khalil Mack and wide receiver Amari Cooper last season. It has been surprising that quarterback Derek Carr has not been traded away yet.

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.

Carr will be the starting quarterback. Mike Glennon will be the backup quarterback and Nathan Peterman will be the third quarterback. Peterman was extremely bad with the Buffalo Bills.

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.

Keith Smith and rookie Alec Ingold will compete for the starting fullback job.

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.

Rookie Foster Moreau, Paul Butler, and Erik Swoope will compete for a roster spot or two at the tight end position.

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.

Gabe Jackson will be the starting right guard and Trent Brown will be the starting right tackle.

David Sharpe, Jordan Devey, Denver Kirkland, and Brandon Parker could potentially be some of the key backups on the roster.

Denzelle Good is on the PUP list. Justin Murray, and rookies Tyler Roemer, Lukayus McNeil, Lester Cotton, and Andre James will be interesting names to keep an eye on during training camp.

Oakland plays a 4-3 defensive scheme. Rookie Clelin Ferrell and Adren Key will be the starting defensive ends. Maurice Hurst and Johnathan Hankins will be the starting defensive tackles.

Josh Mauro and rookie Maxx Crosby will be the backup defensive ends. P.J. Hall and Justin Ellis will be the backup defensive tackles.

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.

Tevin Mitchel. Daryl Worley, and rookie Isaiah Johnson will be some interesting names to keep an eye on during training camp at the cornerback position.

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.

Dwayne Harris and Nick Nelson will be the primary kickoff returners and punt returners.

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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