10 Oakland Raiders in need of a big training camp

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Every season there are several players that need to have a big camp in order to secure their place on the roster. This season for certain Raiders is exactly that and not always for the same reasons. After a big overhaul of the roster including some talented veterans whom will be looked at to lead this franchise and redefine what it means to be a “Raider”, Reggie McKenzie had an outstanding draft that will inject a massive amount of young upside which has not been seen in a long time.

With that roster overhaul comes training camp competition as after two seasons of having to get by on considerably less talent the Raiders will have serious position battles for their 53 man roster once the pads get put on. With that being said, here are 10 Raiders who need a big training camp for a variety of different reasons.

10. Carlos Rogers 

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If you go back and read my very early depth chart projection I left Rogers off this roster. Let’s just say that some readers did not find that possible, but I will know double down on my logic. Rogers is in his early 30′s, has seen a progressive decline in productivity, almost exclusively plays the slot, and most likely will not play special teams. Rookie TJ Carrie will likely make this team due to his versatility and return skills. This leaves Chekwa and Casey scrapping for the last spot with Rogers and both are young bucks looking to make a difference. Lastly, the Raiders still have over nine million in cap space they could easily cut Rogers. It is unlikely that will happen, but after seeing his productivity drop in San Francisco it would be a promising sign to see Rogers looking rejuvenated from the start now that he is in Oakland.

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Tags: 2014 NFL Offseason Oakland Raiders Raiders Camp

  • Bryant Lyles

    I can dig it. I really enjoy articles written by a fan. the comments are accurate an come across with the team best interest at heart. go raiders

  • Demarkus Tramail Swan

    Lets see if DJ CAN PLAY 16 games in 3 yrs, he’s another DMC.

  • Mark Shafer

    First of all all Menelik needs to do is get off on the snap count to beat out Barnes. His foot work is better, he is quicker, and probable stronger.
    I really have not seen any thing from Burris to see him beating out, one of my favorites, Sio Moore.
    I think part of D J’s problem was him relieing on his closing speed. He needs to give a lot less room to NFL receivers.

  • pjohnson

    Nice article, couple of things Robinson did play a few games last year and Criner was a 5th rounder.

  • Raider Grant

    Dennis Allen, Watson, and Hayden are on the HOT seat! Wish all of them the BEST of luck, but We could have done better no matter how you look at it. Go Raiders

  • Rees Britton

    Great article! All of you DA and RM haters out there…. demarkus tramail swan… I can’t wait for you to eat some crow!!!!!!

  • James

    Criner went to the University of Arizona, not Arizona State.

  • merlinconyers

    Hayden IS a bust

  • merlinconyers

    It’s not RM, it’s DA who hurts us. He Must go.