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Oakland Raiders Training Camp: Stock Up/Stock Down After First Week of Camp

Whose Stock is Rising and Falling After the First Week of Raiders' Training Camp?

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Training camp is in full swing. Some players are trying to fine tune their mechanics while others are battling it out in an effort to hang on to a roster spot. For the Raiders, with all of the new faces and competition so wide open at many different positions—and nobody's job secure—the battles in camp this year are especially fierce.

Here are some players whose stock seems to be rising and falling after the first week of camp.

11. David Ausberry – Stock Down

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11. David Ausberry – Stock Down

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After injury wiped out his 2013 season, Ausberry was looked upon as the presumptive starting tight-end for Oakland in 2014. He has incredible physical skills and athleticism. Yet to this point, he hasn't done much to distinguish himself as an integral piece to the offense—and has been outshone in camp by second-year man Mychal Rivera. While he will likely make the squad, if he doesn't step up, he may be backing up Rivera rather than starting.

10. Chimdi Chekwa/TJ Carrie – Stock Up

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10. Chimdi Chekwa/TJ Carrie – Stock Up

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With Hayden out, Chekwa and seventh-round draft pick TJ Carrie have been taking advantage of the extra reps with the first unit. Both are making plays and looking like they're ready to start in the defensive backfield for Oakland. They are positioning themselves for significant playing time with their solid work, which should give the Raiders some comfort knowing they have some options and depth in the secondary.

9. Juron Criner – Stock Down

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9. Juron Criner – Stock Down

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Criner had some good moments throughout the early part of the offseason and many thought he was on the verge of a breakout season. But a hamstring injury has limited his reps and, as a result of the depth -- and the heated competition at the position -- not allowed him to be able to play and stake a claim for some playing time by actually playing. This may leave Criner on the outside looking in at the end of camp.

8. Greg Little – Stock Up

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8. Greg Little – Stock Up

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With a renewed sense of focus, Little has been impressing the coaching staff with a number of tough catches—and more importantly, very few drops. Little has been winning the physical battles with the DBs and is coming away with most of the balls thrown at him. Little is having a great camp so far, and if he continues to play at this level through the preseason, will be well positioned for not just a roster spot, but significant playing time.

7. DJ Hayden – Stock Down

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7. DJ Hayden – Stock Down

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Injuries have once again derailed Hayden's offseason work which will undoubtedly slow down his development even further. And with players like Chimdi Chekwa and TJ Carrie stepping up in his absence, Hayden's presumed hold on the starting job is very much in doubt. If he ever hopes to be the shutdown corner the Raiders believed him to be—and avoid the dreaded bust label—Hayden will have to get back and stay on the field.

6. Khalil Mack – Stock Up

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6. Khalil Mack – Stock Up

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Mack had already impressed his coaches and teammates with his athleticism, work ethic, and desire to learn. But once they put the pads on and started hitting, he really upped his “wow” factor. He's shown an explosiveness off the ball and a real knack for disrupting an offense's plans. Mack looks to be everything the Raiders had hoped for when they drafted him in the first round and much, much more.

5. Keith McGill – Stock Down

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5. Keith McGill – Stock Down

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It's not that McGill has been bad during camp, it's just that he hasn't done much to stand out. He was slowed by an injury early on in camp, but since then, he's been thoroughly outplayed by Chekwa and Carrie. At this point, McGill is likely to find himself lower on the depth chart and is looking like more of a project than anything—albeit one with a lot of potential and upside.

4. Mychal Rivera – Stock Up

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4. Mychal Rivera – Stock Up

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Rivera seems to be developing into a legitimate receiving threat within the Raiders' offense. Some of the team's beat writers who've been at camp say he's made some tough catches and is presenting some huge mismatches for the defense as he utilizes his size and speed to terrific effect. If he continues to progress at this level, the second-year tight end may be in line for increased playing time and a very big season.

3. Denarius Moore – Stock Down

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3. Denarius Moore – Stock Down

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With added competition to the WR group and only so many roster spots available, it is vital for the receivers to stand out in camp. To this point, Moore—entering the final year of his rookie deal—hasn't been much of a factor and has done little to prove that he's overcoming the issues with consistency, focus and effort that have plagued him his first three seasons. Unless he steps it up, he may find himself on the cut list.

2. LaMarr Woodley – Stock Up

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2. LaMarr Woodley – Stock Up

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Coming off of an injury that limited him last season—and the perception that he had little left in the tank—many cast a skeptical eye when GM Reggie McKenzie signed him. Even more skepticism was leveled at McKenzie about the team's planned usage of Woodley. But to this point in camp, McKenzie looks like a genius as Woodley has been living in the team's backfield and is doing a great job of disrupting the offense.

1. Matt Schaub – Stock Up

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1. Matt Schaub – Stock Up

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Though many continue to have doubts about Schaub bouncing back from his horrendous performance in 2013, his play to this point should have some of them reconsidering their position. He's been in command, his throws have been sharp, and he's looking like the quarterback he was prior to last season. His hold on the starting job is firm and rookie Derek Carr will likely have to wait a season to see the field, which isn't a bad thing.