Dexter McDonald has impressed at Raiders camp and should see a lot of playing time Friday with the starters not seeing much action. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
NAPA — Raiders’ coach Jack Del Rio said he expects to play his starters for no more than the first quarter in Friday’s preseason debut against the Arizona Cardinals.
“We’re not dead set on it yet,” Del Rio said Tuesday. “But the typical way these first preseason games go is the first group will play the first quarter, no more than a quarter probably, and then we’ll get a good look at everybody else on the roster.”
With the starters seeing little to no action, it’s a good chance for those fighting for a roster spot to make an impression. Continue Reading
David Amerson helps anchors the Raiders cornerbacks group. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
Part two in a 10-part series looking at each of the Raiders position groups before the start of training camp.
A year ago, following the Raiders’ third preseason game, owner Mark Davis now famously ripped two corners off a piece of paper and handed them to general manager Reggie McKenzie. His message: “I need you to get me two corners.”
As McKenzie enters his fifth training camp with the Raiders, he can feel pretty good about honoring that request. He signed away Sean Smith from the Kansas City Chiefs, then locked up last year’s waiver claim David Amerson to a new four-year extension. Continue Reading
Raiders’ cornerback David Amerson hopes to build on the career year he experienced in 2015. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)
David Amerson’s 2015 season started with the lowest of lows. He was cut by the team that once invested a second-round pick in the cornerback.
Remarkably, it finished with him producing a career season for the Raiders after being picked up in a waiver claim.
Amerson was second in the NFL in passes defensed with 25. His four interceptions were double what he had during his first two years plus two games in Washington, who took him No. 51 overall in the 2013 draft out of North Carolina State. Continue Reading