As training camp approaches and the 2010 season gets closer, I wanted to take a look at a few players who's spot on the final 53 man roster may not be as secure as they would like it to be.
This offseason the Oakland Raiders made a lot of moves in free agency. They also traded for a few players and had their best draft in years. All these moves add up to more competition in training camp and in the preseason.
There will be new starters at numerous positions for the Raiders this year. Here go a few guys on the team that may end up looking to sign with another club before the season begins.
Johnnie Lee Higgins, WR
Entering his fourth season with the Raiders this might be a make it or break it training camp for JLH. His breakout season in 2008 in which he returned 3 punts for TDs has been overshadowed by his lack of production last season. He hasn't really developed into a solid receiver so unless he returns to the player he was in '08 he might get released with Jacoby Ford taking his place.
Cooper Carlisle, RG
Entering his fourth season with the Raiders and 11th overall, Cooper Carlisle has seen his better days. He is about average at best and isn't going to get any better. Fourth round pick Bruce Campbell is expected to get a lot of reps at RG and will get a fair chance at landing the starting role. If Campbell proves he can play, Cooper Carlisle's days in Oakland might be numbered.
Charlie Frye and Kyle Boller, QBs
It isn't likely that the Raiders will carry four QBs on the final 53 man roster. With the 1st and 2nd spots on the depth chart going to Campbell and Gradkowski, it leaves room for just one of the journeyman QBs. Frye has a bit of an edge as he was with the Raiders last season but Boller has a better arm and we all know how much strong armed QBs are loved by Al Davis.
Rock Cartwright and Michael Bennett, RBs
Darren McFadden and Michael Bush will be the primary ball carriers this season. The third RB on the roster will have to be a guy who can catch out of the backfield, block, and contribute on special teams coverage. I give the edge to Cartwright right now as he has a history with Jason Campbell. He may end up being our 3rd down RB. Don't count out Michael Bennett though. He has that "Raider speed" and if he can rip off a few big plays during preseason, he just might make the squad.