Damon Arnette, CB, Raiders
When the Raiders selected Ohio State cornerback Damon Arnette in the first round, some felt it was a bit of a reach. Once camp kicked off though, the former Buckeye slowly began to show why the team thought so highly of him.
Arnette’s performance was impressive enough for the team to jettison veteran Prince Amukamara and make Arnette the starter opposite second-year cornerback Trayvon Mullen.
While he did get beat by Robby Anderson for a 75-yard touchdown, Arnette did some positive things in his NFL debut which bode well for his future in the league.
Bryan Edwards, WR, Raiders
Although he was expected to see some snaps this year, Tyrell Williams’ season-ending injury thrust third-rounder Bryan Edwards into action sooner than expected.
Now starting opposite fellow rookie Henry Ruggs, Edwards should expect to see more targets as defenses begin keying on Ruggs throughout the season.
While he recorded only one catch for nine yards on his lone target in the season opener, Edwards was one of several receivers who trained with quarterback Derek Carr in his informal team workouts this summer.
The work they put in must have made an impact as Edwards has drawn high praise from Carr, who compared him to former college teammate, Green Bay Packers star Davante Adams.