By Ryan Ratty @RyanRattyNFL on August 23, 2014
The Oakland Raiders will be an interesting team to watch in 2014. After spending a ton of money in free agency, there will be a lot of new faces on this football team. Despite the spending, the Raiders are still a young and there will be a ton of growing pains in the season. In the preseason, many players have been making a name for themselves. Here are five players who stood out in Week 3.
Despite being the starter last year, Matt McGloin hasn't really been given a chance with the competition mainly between Matt Schaub and rookie Derek Carr. Although McGloin will likely not start this year, he had an excellent game. McGloin looked comfortable in the pocket and he had two touchdowns as well.
Maurice Jones-Drew used to be one of the best players in the NFL, but injuries have really hurt his career over the past few years. After being a workhorse back in Jacksonville, Jones-Drew signed with the Raiders this summer to pair with Darren McFadden. Jones-Drew still plays with burst, as is the case by his 40-yard run against the Packers. The Raiders will have a nice committee in the backfield if they can both stay healthy.
Miles Burris is one of the league's most underrated linebackers. Although he was out for the season in 2013, Burris looks to come back and be the captain of this defense. In a lot of action yesterday, Burris led the team with six tackles. Burris' stock is up for the 2014 season.
To go along with Burris in the middle of the field, the Raiders have veteran Nick Roach. After spending years with the Chicago Bears, Roach signed with the Raiders in hopes of a bigger role and he got just that. Roach had over 100 tackles in 2013 and he looks to replicate that success in 2014. The combination of Roach and Burris is definitely a solid one.
Despite limited time, Brice Butler continues to be a special player for the Raiders in preseason. Butler had two touchdowns against the Packers and that puts his preseason total to three. While Butler is not going to be an every-down player, he has the skillset to be a home run threat for the Raiders and that brings an electrifying dynamic to a relatively stagnant Oakland offense.
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