The Oakland Raiders have narrowed their kick returner job down to two players. Running back Latavius Murray and Kory Sheets are the primary candidates to win the job as the team enters their third preseason game Friday night.
“The two guys we’re looking at right now as primary options would be Latavius Murray and Kory Sheets,” head coach Dennis Allen said of the kick returner competition. “Both those guys should get some opportunities in the game.”
The kick returner position is one where the Raiders could use a boost. Last season Taiwan Jones was the primary kick returner and did a good job averaging 24 yards per attempt with a long of 41 yards. However, the Raiders have been missing that big play element. That is what Murray and Sheets will be tasked with showing as they try to win the job.
So far this preseason, Murray has returned three kickoffs for 56 yards with a long of 21 yards. That is an average of just under 19 yards per attempt. Sheets has returned two kickoffs for 57 yards which is an average of 28.5 yards per attempt and a long of 30 yards. Both will get an opportunity to better their chance to win the job in the next preseason games.
The kickoff return competition gives Sheets another way to impress in his quest to make the Raiders final roster. He has done a nice job at running back, but if he can solidify the kickoff return position his route to a roster spot is paved. This week's performances against the Green Bay Packers is a tremendous chance for both to show what they can do.
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