Training camp is finally here. They allow tackling there and everything. Around the League will count down the top 30 position battles to watch throughout the preseason.
• Okay, so we got a little creative with this one. In making our original list for this top-30 countdown, we had so many Raiders battles that we decided to combine them all into one.
• The Oakland Raiders are such a fascinating team. There is plenty of talent, competition and change at every level of the organization. There is renewed competence in the front office. This is a transition year, but this team really couldn't surprise. Anything from 5-11 to 11-5 feels possible.
• We don't believe the Raiders will win the AFC West because of their cornerbacks. Shawntae Spencer and Ronald Bartell are veterans that were cut for a reason last year. DeMarcus Van Dyke and Chimdi Chekwa for the old Oakland scheme and didn't play well last year. This position is a grab bag, and we're not sure there are any right answers for coach Dennis Allen.
• You could argue all three Raiders linebacker spots are up for grabs. Aaron Curry, Rolando McClain, and Philip Wheeler are the favorites to start. But Curry is unreliable, especially in pass protection. Wheeler is learning a new system after joining the team from Indianapolis. He's an average linebacker. McClain has been a big disappointment on the field and an even bigger problem off the field.