Just about everywhere you look on the roster of the Oakland Raiders you’ll see a brewing camp battle of some sort. We broke down the best position battles that will be on display in Napa starting next week. And for good measure NFL.com did the same so it’s not like we’re talking the best kept secret in the football world here.
What we’re talking about is a rarity in professional sports as Dennis Allen’s first camp feels more like high school tryouts than NFL audition. Not saying the first time head coach is running an unprofessional operation. Just stating the fact that most every player on the roster is competing for a spot on the team. It wouldn’t at all be surprising to see a few controversial cuts made when it comes time to trim the roster down to 53.
But this is how it should be in an NFL training camp. Competition is healthy and the Raiders will have plenty of it in Napa.
Even incumbent starters like Carson Palmer and Darren McFadden have something to prove. Tyvon Branch has plenty of job security but he’s also got heightened expectations that come with a phat pay raise. Maybe the only men that will be going about their business as usual are Sebastian Janikowski, Shane Lechler and Jon Condo.
Otherwise it’s every man for himself as a collection of hungry players will be eager to catch the eye of their head coach and GM. Never forget that Reggie McKenzie is embarking on his first camp as a general manager too so even the man calling the shots has something to prove to his boss.
Safe to say there will be no shortage of storylines, drama and competition when the Raiders take the field for the first time in 2012 starting this Monday.