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Oakland Raiders 2014 Training Camp Competition Series: Cornerbacks Part II

July 23rd, 2014 at 10:54 AM
By Nicholas Gill

The Oakland Raiders have some interesting depth options at cornerback as training camp nears. The starting cornerback competition was discussed here in part one. In part two, we will look at the Raiders depth options at cornerback and the competition for roster spots.

Oakland selected Keith McGill in the fourth-round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He is a different type of corner than any other on the Raiders roster because of his size at 6-3, 205 pounds. He is going to have the opportunity to play his way into a role during training camp. As a rookie, he is going to have to learn and develop quickly, but McGill has a chance to be a rotational cornerback in 2014.

Taiwan Jones moved from running back to cornerback last season. He has yet to break into the rotation in the secondary, but provides tremendous value on special teams. He is Oakland's best special teams player and will earn his roster spot in that area. If he can continue to develop as a cornerback, it is icing on the cake for the Raiders.

The Raiders also drafted Travis Carrie in the seventh-round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Carrie is known for his return skills, which will be his best chance at a roster spot. He has impressed the coaching staff during mini-camp and OTAs, but will need to continue his impressive play to be part of the Raiders final roster.

Another cornerback in the mix for a roster spot for Oakland is Chimdi Chekwa. He is a former fourth-round pick of the Raiders in 2011 and has been a part of the team ever since. Chekwa has been used on special teams mostly, but has seen time at cornerback in emergency situations. He started one game last season and another as a rookie. Chekwa has value on special teams, but will have far more competition to overcome for a roster spot this year.

Chance Casey is a deep sleeper to keep an eye out for in training camp and the preseason. He came on with a very strong preseason last year and spent the season on the practice squad. He was called up to the active roster late in the year.

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