Oakland Raiders Position Battles: Packers scorecards

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Aug 8, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Oakland Raiders wide receiver Brice Butler (12) carries the ball during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium. The Vikings defeated the Raiders 10-6. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Brice Butler Shines 

I’m really starting to like this kid as he makes play after play when he gets the opportunity. Since he’s making the most of what he’s getting, it’s about time the coaching staff gives him more opportunities. In order for that to happen, he first had to get past Andre Holmes for the No. 5 spot.

And in this being his third fight, not just round, he was successful with 1st-round knockout. While Holmes let another one go through his hands leading to an interception, Butler handled his business. Butler had three catches for 60 yards and two touchdowns that displayed his ability to catch in traffic and run after the catch.

To be honest with you, I have no idea what has kept Holmes ahead of Butler past the preseason opener. Butler should at least be No. 4 but also butter-fingered receiver Greg Little is there after making one play in Week 2 of the preseason. Butler is the Raiders’ leading receiver this preseason with 11 catches for 178 yards and 3 touchdowns in 12 targets.

Don’t you want to see what he can do against starters?

Instead, he’s battling Little for the No. 4 spot in the preseason finale.