The Oakland Raiders will host their final offseason tune-up before training camp starting tomorrow and running through Thursday. The mandatory mini-camp will be an extension of the previous three weeks of organized team activities. With training camp scheduled for late July, this is the Raiders final meeting until then.
A few things to watch for during the mini-camp will be quarterback Matt Flynn looking to secure the starting role. Although it won't be set in stone until the coaching staff needs to do so, Flynn has taken hold of the position. Head coach Dennis Allen likes the way Terrelle Pryor is working, but feels he's not there yet. The only other contender is rookie Tyler Wilson, who has shown strengthens, but still has a ways to go to overtake Flynn.
At the cornerback position, DJ Hayden will remain out until training camp. That leaves more reps for Tracy Porter, assuming his calf is still fine, Joselio Hanson, Phillip Adams, and Mike Jenkins to show their skills. Linebacker is another position where the Raiders have competition. Nick Roach has established himself as a leader. Miles Burris, who has been dealing with a knee injury that was surgically repaired this offseason, Kevin Burnett, Sio Moore, and Kaluka Maiava battling for three spots.
Undrafted free agent wide receivers Conner Vernon and Sam McGuffie have earned the attention of the coaching staff. With the Raiders receiving corps unsettled, either will have a shot to find their niche and make the team.
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