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5 standouts from the Oakland Raiders preseason week one

Five standouts from the Oakland Raiders preseason debut against the Arizona

The Oakland Raiders took the field for the first time, taking on the Arizona Cardinals for their preseason debut. The Raiders came away with the 31-to-10 victory, but there were a few players that stood out among the rest. 

Quarterback Matt McGloin - 5/11, 41 yards and two touchdowns

Backup quarterback Matt McGloin has struggled to stay consistent during training camp but he returned to his preseason greatness on Friday. McGloin came in and got the second-team offense going, throwing for 41 yards and two touchdowns on 11 attempts. One of the throws was a beautiful ball to wide receiver Andre Holmes in the corner of the end zone. McGloin continues to stay in front of rookie quarterback Connor Cook in the depth chart. 

Running Back George Atkinson III - 5 carries, 97 yards and two touchdowns

Running back George Atkinson III showed good vision on the field Friday night, bouncing his first run outside for a 53-yard touchdown. He later used a nifty move to beat a defender for a 35-yard touchdown run. The former Notre Dame took advantage of Jalen Richard missing the game, finishing with 97 yards and two touchdowns on just five carries.

Linebacker Korey Toomer - 9 tackles

Special teams is a crucial part of the game for players looking to make the roster and linebacker Korey Toomer made a big impact on the field during his time on special teams. The linebacker forced a fumble in the second quarter that led to the Raiders first touchdown of the game. On the next kickoff, he came down in the backfield and tackled the return man before the 20-yard line. Toomer will find a spot on the roster if he keeps making plays like that on special teams.

Running Back DeAndre Washington - 8 rushes, 43 yards; one reception, 32 receiving yards

The Oakland Raiders drafted running back DeAndre Washington in the fifth round with hopes that he would be a capable backup to starter Latavius Murray. Contrast to Murray, Washington is very shifty and has proven to be the perfect compliment to Murray. He's a very good receiver and took a catch 32 yards on Friday night. He also added eight carries for 43 yards while displaying his shiftiness with a couple of nice jukes on defenders. 

Cornerback Dexter McDonald - 2 tackles

Cornerback Dexter McDonald carried his solid week of practice into the game on Friday night, showing solid coverage on the receivers he was lined up against. He found himself near the ball often while also knocking some passes away. He's certainly a cornerback to keep an eye on as preseason continues. 

Granted there are more players that had a good showing, but these are five that stood out the most. The Raiders don't have long until their next preseason game, taking on the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night. 


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