Las Vegas Raiders: Predicting winners of top 6 training camp battles

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 07: Wide receiver Zay Jones #12 of the Oakland Raiders is tackled by the linebacker Drue Tranquill #49 of the Los Angeles Chargers during the game at RingCentral Coliseum on November 07, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 07: Wide receiver Zay Jones #12 of the Oakland Raiders is tackled by the linebacker Drue Tranquill #49 of the Los Angeles Chargers during the game at RingCentral Coliseum on November 07, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /
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Raiders CB Prince Amukamara (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
Raiders CB Prince Amukamara (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images) /

Las Vegas Raiders: Predicting winners of top 6 training camp battles

Starting Cornerback

Top Competitors Vying for Spot: Damon Arnette, Prince Amukamara, Isaiah Johnson, Keisean Nixon, Ken Crawley, Madre Harper

This is easily the top position battle at camp. The Raiders need someone to fill the boundary role opposite Trayvon Mullen following Daryl Worley’s departure to Dallas.

Eventually, Damon Arnette will hold the position. Team brass selected him with No. 19 overall pick in April’s draft. In May, the Raiders signed 10th-year veteran Prince Amukamara. He’s the insurance policy in case the rookie isn’t ready to start Week 1.

At 31 years old, Amukamara still has some juice left. More importantly, he’s a confident press cornerback who sees a good fit for himself in defensive coordinator Paul Guenther’s system, per Kyle Martin of the team’s official website.

“With Paul’s defense, I followed him when he was at Cincinnati and you can see the guys are aggressive, and he likes for his guys to press and I think that’s where I flourish,” Amukamara said. “I’m one of, if not the best, corners in press, man-to-man coverage in the league and I have the tape to show that.”

Amukamara will open the season as a starter and hand the baton off to Arnette at some point during the campaign.

Prediction: Amukamara