Oakland Raiders

Raiders training camp newcomers: Cornerbacks

BYU’s Rob Daniel brings down Virginia running back Kevin Parks in a game Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in Provo, Utah.
BYU’s Rob Daniel brings down Virginia running back Kevin Parks in a game Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in Provo, Utah. The Associated Press

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 position groups each day for both the 49ers and Raiders. Rosters are cut to 75 players Sept. 1 and 53 players Sept. 5.

Only five teams had five fewer interceptions than the Raiders, who had nine last season.

The Raiders were also the worst in the league with a minus-15 giveaway-takeaway. Can the team’s newcomers make a difference?

Key returners: Chimdi Chekwa, DJ Hayden, Neiko Thorpe

The newcomers

Rob Daniel | 6-foot-1 | 209 pounds

Experience: Rookie (BYU)

Last year: Had 44 tackles and an interception for the Cougars.

The skinny: He ran a 4.46 40-yard dash at his pro day and had 24 reps in the 225-pound bench press. He was projected as a sixth- or seventh-rounder by nfldraftscout.com, but was signed as an undrafted free agent.

James Dockery | 6-foot-1 | 185 pounds

Experience: Five years (Oregon State)

Last year: Had 10 tackles in seven games for the Carolina Panthers.

The skinny: He has NFL experience, which is a plus among a group of first-year players.

SaQwan Edwards | 6-foot | 200 pounds

Experience: Rookie (New Mexico)

Last year: Had 42 tackles and two interceptions for the Lobos.

The skinny: He made the switch from wide receiver to defense two years ago, and Edwards is reportedly still a work in progress.

Dexter McDonald | 6-foot-1 | 200 pounds

Experience: Rookie (Kansas)

Last year: Had 35 tackles and two interceptions for the Jayhawks.

The skinny: Ran a 4.42 40-yard dash and had a 401/2-inch vertical leap at the NFL combine. He had problems with pass interference the past two seasons, according to NFL.com.

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