From high-profile additions to NFL journeymen, The Bee provides a primer to the new players jockeying for position in training camp. Get to know the new faces at two positions groups each day for both the 49ers and Raiders. Rosters are cut to 75 players Sept. 1 and 53 players Sept. 5.
The Raiders were 16th in passing yards allowed last season and 21st overall, and next to last in sacks with 22, so there’s room for improvement.
Justin Tuck is back for his 11th season. He had five sacks a year ago, down from 11 the season before with the New York Giants. Would a better supporting cast make a difference?
Key returners: Justin Tuck (DE), Justin Ellis (DT)
Key departures: Antonio Smith (DT), LaMarr Woodley (DE)
Leon Orr | DT | 6-foot-5 | 323 pounds
Experience: Rookie (Florida)
Last year: The fifth-year senior left the Gators upon learning he would not start the team’s eighth game of the season. To that point, he had played in five games and totaled 16 tackles and no sacks.
The skinny: According to NFL.com, Orr possesses plus athletic ability for an interior lineman and is able to play multiple positions inside, but analysts also say Orr plays with inconsistent technique and could use more time in the weight room.
Max Valles | DE | 6-foot-5 | 251 pounds
Experience: Rookie (Virginia)
Last year: He was third-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference, and one of 10 Cavaliers to start all 12 games. He had nine sacks, second-best in the ACC.
The skinny: He’s extremely raw, according to NFL.com, and his stats were skewed because the majority of his sacks “did not come with a win against tackle.”
Gary Wilkins | DE | 6-foot-2 | 240 pounds
Experience: Rookie (Furman)
Last year: He started all 12 games for the Paladins last season and led them with eight sacks. He had 77 tackles, including a team-high 171/2 for loss.
The skinny: At his pro day, Wilkins had 40-yard dash times of 4.76 and 4.80, but poor field conditions were cited by NFL.com. Wilkins’ father Gary played six seasons in the NFL.
Dan Williams | DT | 6-foot-3 | 315 pounds
Experience: Six years (Tennessee)
Last year: He started nine games for the Arizona Cardinals and had 24 tackles and a sack.
The skinny: According to ESPN.com, Williams is a solid run defender and is expected to be one of the defensive line’s anchors.