Competition–it’s necessary in every industry.
It maximizes the potential for growth–at least for most.
The NFL recently increased the offseason roster limit from 80 to 90 players.
Here are the seven free agents the Oakland Raiders signed to gear up for OTAs on Monday.
|Eddy Carmona, P/K, Harding (5-10, 203)Last season, Eddy Carmona handled both the punting and kicking duties, averaging 38.3 yards per punt and making 46-of-49 PATs and 10-of-13 field goals, including three of four from 50-plus range.|
|Wayne Dorsey, DE, Mississippi (6-6, 272)A transfer from Mississippi Gulf Coast College, Wayne Dorsey began his 2011 campaign at Ole Miss with 3.0 sacks and one interception in his first six starts. Dorsey’s season was cut short against Alabama when he suffered a season-ending injury (broken arm).|
|Kyle Efaw, TE, Boise State (6-4, 247)In 53 games of action at Boise State, Kyle Efawrecorded 103 receptions for 1,269 yards and 13 touchdowns. Efaw started eight games (appeared in 13) in his senior campaign, racking up 31 catches for 264 yards and seven scores. While he will more than likely have to play on special teams to make the team, coaches with the team like his big frame, solid hands and developmental potential at the next level.|
|Kevin Haslam, OT, Rutgers (6-5, 304)A versatile undrafted rookie free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2011, Haslam missed all of last year with a knee injury and was eventually released by the team. He’s another former basketball player with 26 starts under his belt and has lined up at both spot at offensive tackle and on the inside as well.|
|LeQuan Lewis, CB, Arizona State (5-11, 187)After transferring from junior college in 2009, Lewis played in 22 games for the Sun Devils. He became a dual-threat player and significant contributor in the secondary as a senior.
He converted to wide receiver at the start of October of ’09, before switching back to defense before the start of his 2010 season, when he collected 23 tackles (18 solo), 2.0 TFL, four pass break-ups, blocked a kick and returned 15 kicks for 428 yards (28.5 avg.) and a score.
Equipped with excellent versatility, instincts and speed, Lewis could provide an impact for the Silver and Black after being brought in by the Tennessee Titans last year as an undrafted rookie free agent.
|TréShawn Robinson, LB, Idaho (5-11, 246)The Raiders may have struck gold with this find. TréShawn Robinson led the Vandals with 117 tackles, 2.0 sacks and four forced fumbles in 12 starts last season, including an earth-shattering 20-tackle performance against rival Utah State.|
|Travionte Session, WR, Nevada (6-2, 191)Travionte Session, a California native, went to high school at Long Beach Poly. He played in 42 games and accumulated 71 receptions for 978 yards and six touchdowns in four seasons in college.|
(Photo Credits: Raiders.com)
While the odds of making the final 53-man roster aren’t in these player’s favor, you never know when you’ll find a diamond in the rough.
Moreover, this is exactly what Reggie McKenzie was looking for when he said he wanted “competition at every position.”