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Oakland Raiders 2014 Training Camp Competition Series: Wide Receivers Part II

July 13th, 2014 at 9:38 AM
By Nicholas Gill

In part one of the wide receiver training camp competition series, Raiders 101 looked at the wideouts who are likely to make the roster and play significant snaps. In part two, we will look at the players fighting to make the roster and earn playing time. The Oakland Raiders have brought in a number of options at wide receiver over the past few seasons. That has culminated into a serious competition to see who will make the team.

In part one, James Jones, Rod Streater, Andre Holmes, and Denarius Moore were discussed as players who will make the team and see the field. The Raiders will most likely keep no more than six wide receivers, which leaves a maximum of two spots left for all the other wide receivers on the roster. The players vying for those spots include Greg Little, Juron Criner, Brice Butler, Greg Jenkins and Mike Davis.

Little is a very intriguing addition for the Raiders. The team claimed him off waivers from the Cleveland Browns and he has impressed head coach Dennis Allen in a short time. Little was productive in Cleveland making 155 receptions over three seasons. However, he lack consistency and dropped far too many passes. If he can show improvement in those areas, he is the front runner to beat out the rest of the wide receivers in training camp and earn the roster spot.

Wide receivers Brice Butler and Juron Criner are the biggest competition to Little. Criner is a former sixth-round pick who played in 12 games as a rookie, but only one in his second season. He was been plagued by some injuries and was called out by the coaching staff for his practice habits. Criner possesses very good size at 6-3, 220 pounds. The team tried to use him as a red zone option with little success, so he is going to have to take his game to another level in order to make the Raiders' final roster.

Brice Butler broke onto the scene last year in the preseason. The rookie made some big plays and began to earn himself playing time in the regular season. He appeared in 10 games and made two starts. Butler made an impact early in the season, but his role became lessened after the bye. He still possesses a nice skill set for the Raiders and proved he can make plays with the opportunities he was given. Butler will be in the mix for a roster spot with a strong training camp performance.

Greg Jenkins is a long shot to make the team because of the competition ahead of him. Jenkins has a chance because of his solid special teams play. Jenkins did not record any receiving stats, but was a big part of the Raiders' return game. He returned both kickoffs and punts as well as playing on the coverage teams. He scored a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys after a fumble recovery and averaged strong return numbers. Jenkins has an uphill climb to a roster spot, but his special team's prowess cannot be overlooked as a way for him to make the team. 

Undrafted free agent signing Mike Davis out of Texas is a dark horse candidate to sneak onto the roster. He will need to have a huge training camp and preseason to beat out some of these receivers. If he can leave his mark, a practice squad spot is very likely if he does not make the roster. 

Tags: Brice Butler, Dennis Allen, Football, Greg Jenkins, Greg Little, Juron Criner, Mike Davis, NFL, Oakland, Oakland Raiders, training camp, wide receivers

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