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5 Bold Predictions for Oakland Raiders’ Training Camp

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5 Bold Predictions for Oakland Raiders' Training Camp

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With training camp finally in full swing, we will now get to see how the Raiders' roster is going to shake out. With a number of key positional battles expected to be waged, there is still some flux around the Raiders at this point. Some players will make the final cut and some won't as the pieces begin to fall into place. And it all makes for some compelling storylines.

Here are five bold predictions for Oakland's training camp...

5. D.J. Hayden Loses His Role as Presumptive Starter

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5. D.J. Hayden Loses His Role as Presumptive Starter

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With so much time lost because of injury during his first full season, and now this year's OTAs and minicamp, the Raiders still don't know what they can expect from their 2012 first-round pick. He certainly has the skills to be a shutdown corner, but he can't seem to stay healthy. Now, out with yet another injury, this time to his foot, Hayden is missing even more time – and will likely lose his starting role. At least for now.

4. Denarius Moore Will Be Cut or Traded

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4. Denarius Moore Will Be Cut or Traded

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After three seasons in which he's showed flashes of brilliance, but has been inconsistent and unmotivated for longer stretches of time, the Raiders' coaching staff has grown tired of his act. The team can't continue waiting for the talented player they believed him to be to finally show up. And with the depth at the position, he's made himself expendable. This will be Moore's last camp in Oakland.

3. Greg Little Will Make the Team

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3. Greg Little Will Make the Team

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Reggie McKenzie raised some eyebrows by picking up the perpetually inconsistent Little once the Browns cut him loose. But through OTAs, he's done a good job of impressing the coaches and working on the deficiencies in his game – and he's been improving. With Denarius Moore likely on his way out of Oakland, Little will earn a spot in the receiving rotation. He will be a role player, but he'll make this season's squad.

2. Keith McGill and T.J. Carrie Will Earn Significant Playing Time

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2. Keith McGill and T.J. Carrie Will Earn Significant Playing Time

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Late-round picks don't usually get a lot of playing time outside of special teams. But given that the Raiders are thin in the secondary as it is – even thinner with D.J. Hayden's latest injury – the door is open for either Keith McGill and T.J. Carrie, or both, to earn some serious playing time. Both have impressed the coaching staff early on and if that solid play continues through camp, expect to see one or both contributing right away.

1. Latavius Murray Will Push McFadden and Jones-Drew For Carries

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1. Latavius Murray Will Push McFadden and Jones-Drew For Carries

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Murray is still something of an unknown quantity for the Raiders since an injury wiped out most of his rookie campaign in 2013. But he's healthy and thus far, has thoroughly impressed the coaching staff. With most of the talk about Oakland's RB situation centered on Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden, Murray has flown a bit under the radar, but will carve out a significant role in the Raiders' run game this season.