Realistic Expectations for Every Oakland Raiders Rookie – Oakland Raiders News

Realistic Expectations for Every Oakland Raiders Rookie – Oakland Raiders News

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    For those who’ve followed the Oakland Raiders over the past two seasons, it’s evident every single rookie has a chance at cracking the 53-man roster in September.

    Head coach Jack Del Rio preaches competition during the offseasons, and the final rosters have reflected his word. In 2015, the Raiders signed wide receiver Seth Roberts as an undrafted free agent, and he immediately became a top-three receiving target in a budding offense behind that year’s No. 4 overall pick Amari Cooper.

    Last year, rookie seventh-round pick Vadal Alexander and sixth-round pick Cory James started five games apiece. Undrafted free agent Jalen Richard outgained fellow 2016 draftee DeAndre Washington in rushing and receiving yards. Second-round pick Jihad Ward entered the starting lineup before the team’s first-round pick, Karl Joseph. 

    Clearly, draft status doesn’t dictate snap counts for the upcoming season. Training camp practices and preseason play will separate potential starters, role players and practice squad bodies for the 2017 campaign.

    What should we expect from potential rookie contributors in the upcoming season?

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    On May 1, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport relayed the initial six-to-eight-week timeline for further news on cornerback Gareon Conley’s sexual assault case. The Raiders should have more information within the week.

    According to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, the NFL can’t punish Conley for an incident that occurred before becoming an official player in the league. However, any further proceedings would place general manager Reggie McKenzie under a…

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