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Battles brewing for jobs all over Raiders summer camp

  • Oakland's David Ausberry is one of a group of tight ends fighting for playing time at summer camp in Napa. (ERIC RISBERG / Associated Press)

NAPA — Here's a quick-hit analysis on competition hot-spots through three days of Raiders training camp and one padded practice:


Matt Flynn has the early endorsement of Dennis Allen and Reggie McKenzie as the starter and has done nothing to lose ground. He's been fairly consistent and error-free. Looks as if he'll understand his limitations and lead the offense.

Terrelle Pryor has improved as a passer. He could be a viable option if Flynn goes down or in some speciality packages given his ability on the perimeter. Tyler Wilson has had some rough moments getting his feet wet. Matt McGloin figures in only in the event of injury.

Running back

Rashad Jennings getting backup work behind Darren McFadden and looks like a steady plugger as a power runner suited for the new scheme. Latavius Murray bears watching as camp goes on. Could be a Michael Bush-like player, particularly in the screen game.

Wide receiver

Rod Streater has been the most consistent player and could emerge as Flynn's the go-to receiver because he looks like he'll come down with the ball. Denarius Moore occasionally flashes the ability that made him such an impressive rookie. Jacoby Ford had an encouraging offseason but is hurt again with an undisclosed injury. No one is sure how long he'll be out. A quick return would be big. Brice Butler is big, fast and flashes some skill. The group as a whole needs to catch better — way too many drops last year.

Tight end: A glut of players who would make a great tight end if all their attributes were somehow implanted into a single player.

Allen would like someone to emerge and be the guy as Brandon Myers did last year, but it's virtually impossible to tell at the moment who that might be.

David Ausberry and Richard Gordon are still working to break out of their roles as receiver (Ausberry) and blocker (Gordon) and prove to be dual threats. Rookies Nick Kasa and Mychal Rivera are of a similar ilk. Rivera, in particular, looks capable of contributing as a receiver and being used creatively in the slot, in motion, etc. Undrafted free agent Brian Leonhardt, looks like a Myers type.

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