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Oakland Raiders Training Camp 2014: Top 5 Position Battles

Oakland Raiders Training Camp 2014: Top 5 Position Battles

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For a team in full-fledged rebuilding mode such as the Oakland Raiders, Training Camp is full of position battles all over the field. In fact, the Raiders have players competing with each other at practically every position except kicker and long snapper. The Raiders have a much better idea of their starting group on the defensive side of the ball. Head coach Dennis Allen and General Manager Reggie McKenzie have their work cut out for them.

5. Running Backs

Oakland Raiders: darren mcfadden running backs
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5. Running Backs

Oakland Raiders: darren mcfadden running backs
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This battle is for who is going to start, not who is going to play. Darren McFadden re-signed with the Raiders for .65 million, Maurice Jones-Drew signed in the offseason and Marcell Reece has shed 17 pounds and figures to be in the mix as well. McFadden and Jones-Drew have had health issues, but they are both in great shape and appear to be 100 percent healthy. McFadden is said to have a leg up on the starting spot, but will he stay healthy?

4. Quarterbacks

Oakland Raiders: Derek Carr quarterbacks
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4. Quarterbacks

Oakland Raiders: Derek Carr quarterbacks
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Derek Carr is the future for the Raiders, but Matt Schaub was brought in to lead the team until Carr is deemed ready for the job. Carr, like most rookies, wants to play now and has been doing everything he can to win the starting job as a rookie. It would be a shocker if he pulls it off, but Carr’s play thus far has made this legitimate camp competition.

3. Tight Ends

Oakland Raiders: David Ausberry tight ends
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3. Tight Ends

Oakland Raiders: David Ausberry tight ends
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The starting spot is up for grabs and the contenders are David Ausberry and Mychal Rivera. Both players have the potential to be special in the passing game, but need work as run blockers. The Raiders thought enough of Ausberry to let Brandon Myers go after the 2012 season and Rivera proved to be a legitimate threat as a rookie in 2013. Ausberry is the favorite to start if he stays healthy, but both players will be major contributors in 2014.

2. Weakside Linebacker

Oakland Raiders: Miles Burris linebackers
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2. Weakside Linebacker

Oakland Raiders: Miles Burris linebackers
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The arrival of Khalil Mack forced Sio Moore to make the move to weakside linebacker where he finds himself competing for the starting job with Miles Burris. Moore was the heavy favorite for the job entering the offseason, but many people feel Burris outplayed him during minicamps and OTAs. Moore showed a lot of promise in 2013, but is in a genuine battle to keep his spot in the starting lineup.

1. Wide Receivers

Oakland Raiders: Rod Streater wide receiver
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1. Wide Receivers

Oakland Raiders: Rod Streater wide receiver
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James Jones is set to start with Rod Streater and Denarius Moore battling it out for the other starting job. Streater has been consistent, while Moore has flashed signs of brilliance coupled with stretches of non-existence. The Raiders need both guys to play well to have a chance in 2014. Expect Streater to start, but don’t be surprised if things finally click for Moore and he becomes the Raiders’ top receiver.