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Oakland Raiders training camp positional battles

Positional battles in Oakland Raiders training camp are heating up after the first preseason game. What the players do in exhibition games is just as important as the work they put in during practice. Having good insight into player performance during this preseason games is important when making wagers at sites like oddsdigger.com.

For a number of players, Friday’s preseason win against the Arizona Cardinals helped their case to move up the depth chart. Here are three positional battles to keep an eye on in training camp.

Backup quarterback

Fourth-round draft pick Connor Cook looked good in his first preseason game, but Matt McGloin was just a little bit better. McGloin was 5-of-11 for 41 yards and two touchdowns. Cook was 7-of-11 for 71 yards with no touchdowns, but he didn’t turn the ball over either. Right now, it looks like McGloin will hold onto the backup job, but there’s still three exhibition games to go for Cook to try to take it from him.

Second string running back

George Atkinson III, listed as the fifth running back on the Raiders depth chart, rushed for 97 yards and two touchdowns on Friday. Fifth-round draft pick DeAndre Washington added 43 yards on eight carries. Both have a shot at backing up Latavius Murray on game days. Some more performances like the kind they had against Arizona will put them ahead of Taiwan Jones for the second string running back job.

Starting right defensive end

With Mario Edwards Jr. expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a hip strain, the Raiders have an opening at starting right defensive end. Denico Autry is the next man up on the unofficial depth chart. He played in 14 games with eight starts last season. Undrafted rookie James Cowser will also see snaps. The Southern Utah product is the all-time FCS leader in sacks (42.5) and tackles for loss (80).

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