As we progress through the Las Vegas Raiders training camp, the battles become more intense with each passing day. Due to team injuries, there are now more opportunities to participate. This instills a sense of urgency in each player hoping to make the final 53-man roster. With that being said, anything is possible in camp, so here are a few Raiders UDFAs that have a legitimate chance of making this year’s roster.
Which Las Vegas Raiders UDFAs should we keep an eye on?
The 221-lb. linebacker from Arizona State has made strides in camp and has the rest of the preseason to prove why he deserves a roster spot. He’s a remarkable athlete who can perform well in zone and man coverage, which is a unique skill that could help him stand out. If Butler continues to show hunger and display his skills, he should have no trouble making the team. Assuming he makes it, he’ll have the opportunity to be groomed by Patrick Graham and his former college coach, Antonio Pierce. One thing about playing under your former coach as you make the NFL transition is that he can bring out the best in you.
One of the most intriguing players they opted to bring in this offseason was Sam Webb. Though his signing went largely unnoticed, he’s making the most of his opportunity at Raiders camp. During last week’s Hall of Fame game, he saw limited play but demonstrated the qualities that peaked the front office’s eagerness to bring him in.
With the Raiders playing against the Minnesota Vikings this week, expect to see more of him in the secondary and once again display why he deserves a spot. With Rock Ya-Sin, Nate Hobbs, Anthony Averett, and Trayvon Mullen all established at cornerback, this leaves one slot vacant, which could be his golden opportunity.
Bam Olaseni, a towering talent, has a great opportunity to join the squad, especially with questions surrounding Brandon Parker’s injury, which could create a spot he could fill. At six-foot-seven and nearly 339 pounds, Olaseni has the size to play the right tackle position and can gradually develop with each snap. Not to mention that competing in camp against some of the top pass rushers will make him a much better athlete. On top of that, with Carmen Bricillo coaching the offensive line, the Raiders might have just discovered another potential piece for their O-line rotation.
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