2016 Minicamp Quick Updates
The Oakland Raiders wrapped up minicamp this past weekend. Here is what you need to know from the three-day event. 17 undrafted free agents and 20 try-out players participated in the event, as well as some of the Raiders drafted rookies.
All reports indicate that Ward is as good as advertised. He was flying around camp, playing fast and being an imposing force.
More importantly, the second round pick remained healthy. Some teams questioned if Ward would need another knee surgery, but the Raiders gave him a clean bill of health.
McCaffery was already one of the Raiders biggest UDFA names because of his last name.
The Duke product still needs polishing in the weight room, but his ability to catch the ball was on full display throughout camp.
All signs say that the Raiders got a steal in Connor Cook. Multiple sources say Cook was impressive in camp.
Of course, it is still shirts and shorts season. It will be interesting if Cook can carry his performance into padded practices. Could he beat out Matt McGloin for second string duties? Either way, Cook is a great backup option.
The Washington product is another receiver that shined in camp. Mickens is undersized but he could bring value as a returner. He also comes from years of production at Washington. However, he did not make the roster so far.
The versatile Michigan state linemen should lineup with his hand in the ground and standing up. That is much of what he did in minicamp. He should fill in until Aldon Smith comes in.
Cowser is a little older for a rookie at 25-years-old. However, he made an impression with his passion, leadership and noticeable hair.
Latham is a big body, but he also moves well. He could be the next undrafted linemen to dominate for the Raiders… cough.. Denico Autry.
Again, none of this really matters until real training camp begins next month. Still, it is good to see the Raiders adding some practice, depth and talent.
Hopefully, Karl Joseph can get back after training camp. The first round pick should steal all the spotlight.
*All information via Raiders.com.