The Oakland Raiders are heading into the team's most important training camp in years. The depth chart at almost every position is still undecided, which means Oakland will have one of the most wide-open and exciting training camps in the entire NFL.
But there's something different about this training camp. There's something to be found this year that hasn't been there in a really long time.
There's always been hope, there's always been excitement, but the talent hasn't been there to make any of that real. This year is different. The Raiders experienced a huge influx of talent this offseason, and for the first time in years, not only are there roster spots open, there's also the talent to effectively fill those needs.
Now that training camp is underway, the roster will finally start to take shape. The wild guessing is over, players will finally actually step onto the field and coaches will begin evaluating and start making some tough decisions.
There are position battles all over the Raiders roster, but there are some where players are jockeying for starting spots at crucial, impact positions.
Here are five of the closest position battles currently being fought in Oakland's training camp.