Will training camp standouts continue to impress?
If you’ve read multiple articles about which players have impressed at Raiders camp, it’s likely that you’ve seen the same three players mentioned — Jalen Richard, Johnny Holton, and James Cowser.
These three undrafted rookies have landed firmly on everyone’s radar, thanks to impressive performances in practice. The big question is whether that will translate into an actual game, when the lights are on and the reps are real.
If history is any indication, the answer that to question is likely yes. The Raiders have had some success with undrafted free agents coming in and making the team, and with a couple of roster spots up for grabs, it seems likely that the trend will continue.
For Richard, he is going to have to be outstanding to earn a spot on the roster. Taiwan Jones figues to be the third running back, and he also has kick return experience, so he is going to be tough to beat out.
Amongst the large crop of UDFA WR’s, Holton has received the most buzz, thanks to his knack of catching everything. But it’s a talented group, so if he can stand out during the game and make some plays, that will further his chances of grabbing the fifth wide receiver spot.
Lastly, Cowser has proven, at least in camp, that his production at the division two level can translate to the NFL. He’s been impressive against the Raiders offensive line, which is plenty talented, so there is certainly reason to be optimistic about his chances to succeed in the preseason.
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