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Right tackle, backup quarterback will be highlights of training camp position battles

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Matt McGloin and Connor Cook expect to battle at backup quarterback. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Matt McGloin and Connor Cook expect to battle at backup quarterback. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

The Raiders won’t have a ton of position battles when training camp begins in late July, but right tackle and backup quarterback might be the biggest.

Menelik Watson and Austin Howard shared most of the repetitions at right tackle during minicamp. The two battled last year with Watson having the edge until suffering a ruptured Achilles in the preseason and he seems to again have the slight edge.

Howard has the benefit of more experience, having started 62 games over the past four season. Watson, by comparison, has just 12 career starts thanks to missing last year due to injury.

The backup quarterback battle figures to generate plenty of training camp chatter simply because quarters always generate chatter.

The Raiders showed they want to give Connor Cook a true look when they opened minicamp Tuesday giving him some of the second-team repetitions alongside incumbent Matt McGloin. But that didn’t last long, with McGloin taking all the second-team turns the past two days.

Cook was not impressive during these past three days. His passes wobbled at times, at others they sailed and he generally did not look like a confident and accurate passer. The accuracy isn’t a major surprise since he was not a high completion percentage passer at Michigan State. .

It’s way too early to judge Cook, but he’ll likely need to make a significant jump by training camp to have a real chance to supplant McGloin as the backup.

At the two return positions, Taiwan Jones and TJ Carrie will go into camp with the best chance of retaining their spots.

Fifth-round pick DeAndre Washington has been getting work at kick returner along with undrafted free agent receivers Joe Hansley and Jaydon Mickens, both of who also got work at punt returner.

Special teams coordinator Brad Seely was somewhat contradictory when talking about how he views those spots.

“I don’t think there’s any leader,” Seely said initially before adding, ” You have to start with TJ Carrie because he’s been there on the punt returns. Then you have to start with Taiwan on the kickoff return, who did a really good job for us last year. As always, as we tell those young guys or new guys, that they have to beat somebody out if they want to get that job. We have a lot of guys working, a lot of guys working hard. We’ll see once we start playing games, who does well.”

Amari Cooper returned a few punts last year and it didn’t go all that well, but Seely wouldn’t rule out using him again if the situation called for it.

“I think we’ll do whatever we have to do to help our football team,” Seely said. “If he can help us, just like last year he had to come in there in certain situations, we played him. I think we’re also going to be smart. Obviously, he’s such a talent as a wide receiver. We want to pick and choose those spots, but he’s working and catching. It depends on the situation. If the situation arises where we need him, we’ll use him.”

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Jimmy Durkin

Sports writer for the Bay Area News Group, covering the Raiders.

  • You think he is still hurt?
    I don’t think it is an issue. So he is 85%, the guy next to him probably isn’t 100% either.

  • R8der4evr

    Chemtrails?
    Illuminati?
    MR’s Moms meatloaf?

  • PlunkforHOF

    Those can be easily explained… Palmer’s fault.

  • R8der4evr

    He ant making the shots like he usually does, FT’s even too????

  • Rik/ Will/bloc…

    Ahoy blockers

  • PlunkforHOF

  • Rik/ Will/bloc…

    …..

  • R8der4evr

    Ah
    For sure

  • PlunkforHOF

    …..

  • Rik/ Will/bloc…

    SNBG?

  • Rik/ Will/bloc…

    Lol

  • Rik/ Will/bloc…

    7 Games mo money eh?

  • R8der4evr

    Yyyuuuupppp

  • From the things I did not know department
    This is at Breitbart
    Thirty-one-years ago, Islamic terrorists murdered the president of the American University of Beirut. Tonight, his son coaches a Golden State Warriors team on the verge of an NBA championship.

    Kerr, whose parents taught at the institution, took the job after the
    kidnapping of his predecessor. He dismissed the bodyguards assigned to him and walked tall as a recognizable figure on the campus not-so cloistered from the chaos that surrounded. Seventeen months after Kerr’s tenure as president began, it ended for the 52-year-old with a coward’s bullet to the back of his head.

    “We are responsible for the assassination of the president of the American University of Beirut, who was a victim of the American military presence in Lebanon,” a group calling itself Islamic Holy War, believed to be Hezbollah, told Agence France-Presse. “We also vow that not a single American or Frenchman will
    remain on this soil.”

  • R8der4evr

    Pretty hard to defend my boy Harrison
    Ughh

  • I don’t think it is because of the knee.
    He is just getting trapped and double teamed and they are just leaving Barnes and Iggy and others completely unguarded.
    He is actually shooting higher from the FT line this postseason then he did during the regular season (91.5% in playoffs, 90.8% in reg season).

  • R8der4evr

    Wow

  • BORN/BRED/SILVER/BLACK

    Has a team ever came back from being down 3-1 in a series AND gave up a series being up 3-1 in the same playoff??? Crazy but it could happen.

  • R8der4evr

    Nice research

  • Rik/ Will/bloc…

    Just watching the daily woo.. Quite the story on that Saltine Sea eh?

  • R8der4evr

    Hoping all the talk will be on Lebron and motivate the Champs.

  • R8der4evr

    Cracker

  • Rik/ Will/bloc…

    Kell

  • R8der4evr

    NBA gets a Super Sunday with two MVP’s
    Going to be fun

  • R8der4evr

    Lol

  • Rik/ Will/bloc…

    Whoa!!!

  • PlunkforHOF
  • Rik/ Will/bloc…

    Lol.

  • nolarick

    Because it’s Breitbart, I don’t believe this is exactly what Breitbart proclaims it to be. I’m not saying that Kerr’s dad wasn’t killed in Lebanon. Just saying that Breitbart is as reliable as Alex Jones – tinfoil hat opinions masquerading as journalism.

  • Morilla_00

    They blaming HC for that?

  • nolarick

    The day is young.

  • nolarick

    That’s my locker!

  • Dakota

    The Warriors choking against the LeBrons is almost on the same level as the Newtons choking against the Donks.

  • PlunkforHOF

    How many people have you blocked so far?

    PlunkforHOF-1

  • nolarick

    Wasn’t he an old school professional wrestler back in the WWF days?

  • Born With a Patch

    Them having the best regular season in league history. Wins and losses

  • Oak R8rs33.01

    Maybe the 4th quarter. If Cleveland is winning.

  • nolarick

    None. Screw’s up the Feng Shui of the blog.

  • I got that from forum. Its a c/p. I dont go to breit or blaze and others because of the pop ups and malware crap.
    However I doubt theres much of a lie in what I pasted

  • PlunkforHOF

    Mine was kind of experimental, really.

  • I know it is amazing when he actually does miss one, lol.
    He did miss one last night, but is 27 of 29 in the finals which is 93.1%.
    Warriors just been dragging for months now.

  • Dan78

    My sons 5th Birthday, Fathers Day and cap it off with a game 7… Going to be awesome…

  • nolarick

    Not suggesting the facts are wrong necessarily, but the manner in which those facts are presented can completely alter the objective reality of the situation. In my experience, Breitbart’s lens blurs the intersection of reality, conspiracy and fantasy.

  • Charlie

    The Middle east has been in turmoil for centuries because of their contradictory belief systems, and penchant for revenge and violence.

    The US as well as other western countries have attempted for decades to help bring peace to the region and have all FAILED.

    The casualties on 9/11 were more severe than Pearl Harbor. Most people remember what we did to Japan during WWII. We continue to see US civilians being butchered on US soil by RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORISTS.

    Obama wants to now ACCELERATE the refugee stream INTO the US even though ALL his national security advisers are warning the president that IS will be able to infiltrate this stream of immigrants.

    SMH.

  • nolarick

    Must be from all of those flying head-butts from the top rope.

  • Dakota

    Jeez.

  • nolarick

    Even if the Cavs win, they still lose. Because Cleveland.
    #landwherehappinessgoestodie

  • bring peace to the reion?

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH
    Uranium bomb them into peace

  • Dan78

    I block him too… Heard he may have gone to Chapos mom ranch, eh…

  • Dakota

    Benoit has CTE?