Week one training camp review: linebackers

The Oakland Raiders added some linebackers to the mix during the offseason, as well as got some back from injury.

Lets take a look at who is winning and losing at the linebacker position so far at camp:

Camp’s winner: Outside linebacker Miles Burris has had a solid camp this year after returning from a knee injury last season. Burris missed all but six games last year, after starting 15 games in 2012. Head coach Dennis Allen has stated that there is indeed a competition between Burris and second-year linebacker Sio Moore for the starting weak-side linebacker.

Camp’s biggest surprise: It really shouldn’t be a surprise but it is the first time we have seen rookie linebacker Khalil Mack in pads. This has given us the opportunity to see just how physical Mack is with his bull-rush, which didn’t let down. We have also been given the opportunity to see Mack in coverage, which he appears solid at with loose hips that allow him to change direction quickly.

Camp’s loser: The biggest loser at the linebacker has to be Kaluka Maiava. Maiava signed with the Raiders before last season but only appeared in nine games due to injury. Maiava injured himself again this season, going out with an injury on the first day of camp. Maiava is a key piece of the special teams but appears to be somewhat injury prone.


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