NFL camp: Oakland Raiders training camp roster, scouting report
07/22/2013 04:28:24 PM PDT
07/22/2013 04:28:25 PM PDT
NAPA -- Here's a look at the Raiders position-by-position heading into training camp, with all players set to report Wednesday with the first full practice scheduled for Friday (Projected starters indicated with an asterisk): Quarterbacks (4): *Matt Flynn, Terrelle Pryor, Tyler Wilson, Matt McGloin. Scouting report: Flynn will be given every chance to establish himself as the starter. Pryor should get some work in specialty packages suited to his skill set, and Wilson is a potential starter down the road as the best pure passer on the team. Running backs (8): *Darren McFadden, *Marcel Reece (FB), Rashad Jennings, Latavius Murray, Jeremy Stewart, Deonte' Williams, Jon Hoese (FB), Jamize Olawale (RB-FB). Scouting report: McFadden is hoping to rebound from his worst season in a contract year and avoid injury for the first time. Reece provides more matchup issues than any fullback in the NFL. Jennings, Murray and Stewart will position themselves to be the backup. Wide receivers (12): *Denarius Moore, *Rod Streater, Jacoby Ford, Juron Criner, Josh Cribbs, Brice Butler, Conner Vernon, Sam McGuffie, Andre Holmes, Tray Session, Isaiah Williams, Greg Jenkins Scouting report: Moore is the most explosive playmaker of a very green unit. Streater had an excellent rookie season as an undrafted free agent. Criner's jump-and-catch abilities make him a threat. Ford is a long-distance threat if healthy. Tight ends (6): *David Ausberry or Richard Gordon, Mychal Rivera, Nick Kasa, Brian Leonhardt, Jeron Mastrud. Scouting report: Position is wide open after Brandon Myers and his team-leading 79 receptions departed in free agency. Rivera looks like he can contribute as a receiver immediately. Center (3): *Stefen Wisniewski, Alex Parsons, Andrew Robiskie. Scouting report: Wisniewski will get a full year of camp after starting slowly because of shoulder surgery a year ago. Parsons can also back up at guard. Guards (5): *Tony Bergstrom, *Mike Brisiel, Lucas Nix, Lamar Mady, Jason Foster. Scouting report: Nix has a chance to break in as a starter. The Raiders will watch the waiver wire closely at this position. Tackles: (6): *Jared Veldheer, *Khalif Barnes, Menelik Watson, Alex Barron, Willie Smith, John Wetzel. Scouting report: With Veldheer anchored on the left, the big question is how long it will take second-round pick Menelik Watson to pull even with or pass incumbent Barnes. Smith and Barron are strictly backups. Defensive ends: (7): *Lamarr Houston, *Jason Hunter, Andre Carter, Jack Crawford, David Bass, Ryan Robinson, Brandon Bair. Scouting report: Houston switches to right side to become primary pass rusher, while Hunter has held his edge as base left end. Carter will teach pass rushing tricks to youngsters Crawford and Bass. Defensive tackles: (6): *Pat Sims, *Vance Walker, Christo Bilukidi, Stacy McGee, Kurt Taufa'asau, Johnny Jones. Scouting report: Sims and Walker pride themselves as run-stuffers. Bilukidi and McGee will compete to be part of the interior rotation. Linebackers: (10): *Sio Moore, *Nick Roach, *Kevin Burnett, Miles Burris, Kaluka Maiava, Travis Goethel, Kaelen Burnett, Keenan Clayton, Billy Boyko, Eric Harper. Scouting report: Moore has a chance to supplant last season's rookie starter Miles Burris (recovering from knee surgery) and join Roach and Burnett as a new starting trio. Roach will be the defensive quarterback and play every down. Special teams will determine the backups. Cornerbacks: (11): *Mike Jenkins, *Tracy Porter, D.J. Hayden, Joselio Hanson, Phillip Adams, Chimdi Chekwa, Coye Francies, Chance Casey, Taiwan Jones, Cory Nelms, Mitchell White. Scouting report: If Hayden contributes immediately, it's a dramatic improvement with Jenkins and Porter aboard. If he is slow to recover, it's still a better unit than a year ago. Jones makes a conversion from running back. Safeties: (6): *Charles Woodson, *Tyvon Branch, Usama Young, Reggie Smith, Brandian Ross, Shelton Johnson. Scouting report: It's a much older and wiser Charles Woodson who returns to the secondary at a different position. Young moves in alongside Branch if Woodson doesn't hold up. Long-snappers (1): *Jon Condo. Scouting report: Value was illustrated in last season's opening loss to San Diego. Punters (2): *Chris Kluwe, Marquette King. Scouting report: Kluwe's consistency and ability to avoid blocked punts puts him ahead of King, whose occasional booming punts bring to mind the departed Shane Lechler. Kickers (2): *Sebastian Janikowski, Eddy Carmona. Janikowski is in the final year of his contract and one of the NFL's most accurate kickers. Carmona is in camp to save Janikowski's leg.
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