Bubble Watch for Oakland Raiders' Training Camp

Dan WilkinsCorrespondent IIJuly 17, 2013

Bubble Watch for Oakland Raiders' Training Camp

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    Heading into their 2013 training camp, the Oakland Raiders are certain to have competition throughout a roster that still has a lot of question marks.

    While the starters will be fairly easy to predict, the competition among the players who make up the rest of the roster in reserve roles may be more interesting to follow.

    Unfortunately, there are many players who will not make the final cut and will instead be looking for NFL jobs elsewhere in 2013.

    Here are five players on the Oakland Raiders’ roster bubble heading into camp.

TE Richard Gordon

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    Experience: Third year

    Depth Chart Position: Third or fourth tight end

    Analysis: The Raiders' tight end position will certainly be home to a wide-open competition throughout training camp and the preseason. Having said that, if the team only opts to keep three tight ends, the blocking specialist, Richard Gordon, may end up on the outside looking in.

    For him to make the roster, assuming that David Ausberry, Nick Kasa and Mychal Rivera will also do so, the Raiders would have to carry four tight ends.

    For Gordon’s special teams value and backup potential as a power-blocking fullback, they may indeed choose to do so. But he will have to have a good camp.

WR Brice Butler

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    Heading into their 2013 training camp, the Oakland Raiders are certain to have competition throughout a roster that still has a lot of question marks.

    While the starters will be fairly easy to predict, the competition among the players who make up the rest of the roster in reserve roles may be more interesting to follow.

    Unfortunately, there are many players who will not make the final cut and will instead be looking for NFL jobs elsewhere in 2013.

    Here are five players on the Oakland Raiders’ roster bubble heading into camp.

LB Travis Goethel

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    Experience: 4th year

    Depth Chart Position: 3rd inside linebacker

    Analysis: The Raiders had high hopes for Travis Goethel as a potential starting linebacker a few years back, but injury issues have caused him to miss significant time in each of his three seasons.

    Under contract for this year, the Raiders will likely see if Goethel can get healthy and earn a reserve role, but the linebacker position is starting to get very deep due to some offseason additions.

CB Taiwan Jones

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    Experience: 3rd year

    Depth Chart Position: 6th or 7th cornerback

    Analysis: When Taiwan Jones still could not get on the field as a ball-carrier despite injuries to the running backs in front of him, it was clear the Raiders no longer saw him as a fit for the position moving forward.

    Now, getting an opportunity to make the transition back to cornerback, Jones will still have a tough time making the final roster.

    Cornerback was undoubtedly one of the Raiders’ weakest positions heading into the offseason, but some additions through the draft and free agency now make it relatively deep.

    For the Raiders to see Taiwan Jones’ position change through and keep him on the final 53-man roster, he will have to show quick progress and also have a significant role on special teams.

CB Chimdi Chekwa

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    Experience: 3rd year

    Depth Chart Position: 6th or 7th cornerback

    Analysis: Chimdi Chekwa is still a young player at just 24 years old, but the depth at cornerback around him may have him on the outside looking in.

    Like Taiwan Jones, he may just need time to develop, but at this point, it is unlikely that the Raiders will have the roster space available carry the necessary amount of cornerbacks.

    For Chekwa to make the final roster, he will have to outplay the veterans in front of him throughout training camp and the preseason.