The Raiders roster is filled top to bottom with players with the potential to be major factors in the team’s success. Unfortunately, there are things out of their control—too deep of a depth chart, injury history—that could prevent them from contributing to their full potential.
Since the Raiders picked him up as an undrafted rookie in 2012, Streater has been one of the few bright spots on the roster. Each time the team has raised the expectations, he’s risen to the challenge, and he's currently the most intriguing and exciting wide receiver on the team.
Unfortunately, Streater finds himself in the most crowded position group on the team. B/R’s Dan Wilkins notes that Streater has the potential to become the team’s first-choice receiver, but the addition of James Jones could slow that process. At least to begin training camp, the Raiders could go with the more experienced Jones at number one. Streater will have to be patient as he waits for the opportunity to show his full potential.
Before a foot injury derailed his rookie season, Murray looked like an exciting option behind oft-injured Darren McFadden. The expectations haven’t been lowered this year. According to offensive coordinator Greg Olsen, Murray shows “the biggest upside” of any running back on the team.
The biggest obstacle for Murray will be getting the touches. This training camp, he has both McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew to beat, who both have the ability to carry the load for a whole season. Several factors, such as injuries and severe underperformance, would have to happen during training camp for Murray to get his opportunity.
In what has become an annual ritual for Raiders fans as the team heads into training camp, the question is once again being asked: Is this the year Ausberry finally taps into his massive potential and becomes a game changer?
Rotoworld reports that Ausberry is currently taking the first-team reps at tight end, but this is a story we’ve seen before. He’s once again been given the opportunity heading into training to take the starting job, and if he does, he certainly has the ability to be a dangerous option. But until he can show that he can stay healthy, he isn’t an option that can be depended on.