Oakland Raiders: Taking a Look at the Outside Linebacker Competition

June 28, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Oakland Raiders' coaching staff emphasizes competition during training camp.
Of all positions where there is competition, the outside linebacker spot is one of the most intriguing.
There are three main players that are striving to get a starting spot: Thomas Howard, Trevor Scott, and Kamerion Wimbley.
However, there are only two spots.
Let's take a closer look at these players.
Thomas Howard
Howard was selected by the Oakland Raiders in the second-round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He's only 26, and is barely entering his prime. Thomas is a fan-favorite, and known as a brighter spot to a somewhat lackluster Raiders' defense.
He is by far one of the fastest linebackers in the league, which in turn makes him the best cover linebacker the Raiders have. Towards the end of the 2009 season, he was unexpectedly asked to move to the strong side linebacker position, where he had never previously played.
Howard is valuable to Oakland and a solid...

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