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Breaking Down the Raiders Roster

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It is safe to say the Raiders are entering the 2013 season as underdogs, not just of their own division but of the entire NFL. Many power rankings have the Oakland Raiders ranked 32 of 32, which I see a little unfair but understandable.  I myself actually do see the Raiders finishing second in the AFC West, third at the very worst. I have San Diego finishing in fourth place.

Today was the first day for the Oakland Raiders training camp and the big story was Charles Woodson who has been granted his old jersey number of 24. The number 24 was worn by Tracy Porter who will now be wearing 31. With today being the first day of training for Dennis Allen’s new look Oakland Raiders, I felt today would be a perfect time to quickly post about the position battles and the projected starters going into camp, so lets take a look see:

 

OFFENSE

QB: Matt Flynn/Terrelle Pryor/ Tyler Wilson

RB: Darren McFadden

FB: Marcel Reece

WR: Denarius Moore

WR: Jacoby Ford/ Rod Streater/ Josh Cribbs

TE: David Ausberry/ Richard Gordon/ Mychal Rivera

LT: Jared Veldheer

LG: Tony Bregstorm/ Lucas Nix

C: Stefen Wisniewski

RG: Mike Brisiel

RT: Khalif Barnes/ Menelik Watson

 

DEFENSE

RE: Andre Carter

DT: Vance Walker

DT: Pat Sims

LE: Lamarr Houston

ROLB: Miles Burris/ Sio Moore

MLB: Nick Roach

LOLB: Kevin Burnett

CB: Mike Jenkins

CB: DJ Hayden/ Tracy Porter

FS: Charles Woodson

SS: Tyvon Branch

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

K: Sebastian Janikowski

P: Chris Kluwe/ Marquette King

 

So tell me, which position battle are you most looking forward to seeing this preseason? I myself am looking forward to see if Rod Streater comes on strong and wins the starting job. I am also, even though it is not a position battle, looking forward to seeing Darren McFadden running again in the power blocking scheme. If Darren McFadden returns to the McFadden of 2010-2011 and Denarius Moore and Rod Streater play more consistent football, the Raiders offense can return to a top ten offense.

The Raiders defense is a different story however, I believe the Raiders have one of the best secondaries in the NFL, period. The Raiders upgraded their linebacking core and made good additions in Nick Roach and Kevin Burnett. But if the Raiders are going to stop anybody, it is going to be on the play of Vance Walker and Pat Sims in the middle of the defensive line so they are the two to keep your eyes on as training camp goes forward.

More stories to come, Stay tuned Nation!

 


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One Response to “Breaking Down the Raiders Roster”

  1. John LoRe, PhD says:

    DB

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