Raiders tryout five players

The Oakland Raiders tried our five players on Wednesday in an effort to boost the club depth.

Four wide receivers and a running back were brought in to the complex.

Running back Jackie Battle was among the five to tryout for the club. Battle went to the Dallas Cowboys training camp as an undrafted free agent. The 6-foot-2, 240 pounder was a part-time starter for the University of Houston where he earned a reputation as a short yardage back.

Wide receivers Brad Ekwerekwu, Marcus Maxwell, Reggie McNeal and Drisan James also worked out at the Raiders complex.

Ekwerekwu went to camp with Kansas City after a career with Missouri. The 6-foot-4 receiver caught 30 passes for 351 yards with two touchdowns in his final year with the Tigers. Ekwerekwu was thought to have limited upside because he lacks overall speed and quickness.

Maxwell made an impression with the San Francisco 49ers as a seventh-round pick in 2005 and was considered a rising prospect. He then hurt his heel and was never the same player. Considered a big guy that ran well at 6-foot-4, 205-pounds, Maxwell was sent to NFL Europa and led the league in touchdowns with seven. The grind of the league, however, could have been a detriment to his workout.

McNeal, a former quarterback at Texas A&M, was picked up by the Cincinnati Bengals in the sixth-round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He was put on the practice squad before he was signed to the active roster and was one of several Bengals players to get arrested during the season. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound receiver played in two games for the Bengals, rushing once for eight yards.

James was the smallest player to workout. Coming in at 5-foot-11, 185-pounds, the former Boise State wideout was with the Chicago Bears during camp. He caught 115 passes during his collegiate career with seven touchdowns.

James has been considered a player that has inconsistent hands in the past but displayed enough traits to earn the attention of the staff and was signed to the practice squad.

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