While there was no clear-cut rookie to watch in Raiders rookie mini camp, there were several standouts who could make an impact in the future. Jaydon Mickens and KJ Brent, both wide receivers, received one-year practice squad experience. Both had ample time to grow, but both were able show their playmaking abilities. Brent should be a top target for the Raiders once he breaks camp.
Last season, the Raiders were a mess on defense, missing the playoffs due to abysmal play. The team has hired a new defensive coordinator, and made smart free-agent signings. The team and fans have been encouraged by the rookie mini camp. The Raiders’ inaugural mini camp will be held April 11th, while the last mini camp will be held May 6-7.
Paul Butler is another name you should keep an eye out for at Raiders rookie camp. The former Army linebacker and tight end will report to camp on Thursday. The Raiders will be conducting mini-camps for players on their 2019 roster. Six former Pac-12 players have been invited to the Raiders’ rookie camp, including Butler. They’ll see if any of them can make an impact in the team’s offense.
After the rookie mini camp, the team will move onto mandatory minicamp. This will be an opportunity for rookies to put everything they’ve learned into action. Remember that good impressions are fleeting. For a roster spot, you will need to compete against veterans. Good impressions can make all of the difference. So, make the most of it. There are many opportunities at rookie mini camp. With that in mind, here are some players to watch.
Injuries are commonplace at rookie minicamps. Rookie minicamps offer players the chance to show their potential and gain valuable experience. Many UDFAs and “try-out” players who might not otherwise have a chance to get on a roster can attend these camps and earn a spot. But don’t wait too long before signing up. Make the most of this opportunity to impress a team.
Raiders fans should be especially attentive to Raysean Grundgle, in addition to LeShaun SIMS. He was a wide receiver at Southern Utah University and was drafted in the fifth round by the Tennessee Titans. He also practiced as a cornerback for three days. Despite being listed as a wide receiver in the Raiders rookie mini camp, Pringle signed with the Green Bay Packers as a free agent after mini-camp. Brock Coyle and Josh Letuligasenoa, both Raiders rookie mini-camp standouts, are also among them.