3 Bold Predictions for the Raiders Heading Into Training Camp
The Las Vegas Raiders wasted no time making moves this past offseason, trading a bevy of draft picks to acquire All-Pro wide receiver Davante Adams. It's a move that has reignited a fan base still waiting for the franchise's first playoff win since the 2002 season. The hope is that'll it come in 2022.
Preparation for the season ahead is already well underway for the Raiders with both rookies and veterans reporting to the Intermountain Healthcare Performance Center in Henderson, Nevada. Let's take a look at three bold predictions for Las Vegas heading into training camp.
Las Vegas Raiders Training Camp
1. Wide Receiver Justin Hall Makes Week 1 Roster
The Raiders' receiving core is locked down at the top with Adams and Hunter Renfrow leading the way. Keelan Cole was brought in via free agency and seems to have the inside track on the WR3 job. That leaves guys like Mack Hollins, Demarcus Robinson and Tyron Johnson fighting it out on the depth chart. Don't overlook undrafted rookie Justin Hall, though. Hall racked up over 2,250 yards after the catch (YAC) at Ball State and averaged 7.2 YAC per reception. The 23-year-old has experience returning kicks as well, which could always come in handy. Hall has a legitimate shot to surprise people and make the Week 1 roster.
2. Zamir White Overtakes Kenyan Drake on Depth Chart
Reports claim running back Kenyan Drake is going to be ready for the start of training camp after undergoing ankle surgery in December. However, he's likely not going to working at full speed. That's going to give rookie Zamir White an opportunity to show the coaching staff what he can bring to the table. White is a shifty back that posted at least 800 yards from scrimmage and 11 touchdowns in each of his final two college seasons. The Georgia product also has a similar build to starter Josh Jacobs, which is something to keep an eye on since Jacobs is entering the final year of his rookie contract.
3. Brandon Bolden is a Surprise Roster Cut
White's emergence may lead to the potential departure of veteran back Brandon Bolden here. After all, the front office didn't use a fourth-round pick on a RB for no reason. Bolden is only going to be the fourth-best backfield option on this offense and is going to have to prove he can make an impact on special teams. The 32-year-old came out of nowhere as a go-to receiver for New England last season (405 yards), but that was only because of the injuries suffered by players in front of him. The Raiders may simply take on the $2.3 million cap hit and cut Bolden loose.
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