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Raiders training camp newcomers: Safeties

Nate Allen, right, intercepts a pass against the Carolina Panthers Nov. 10, 2014, in Philadelphia. He had a career-best four interceptions last season.
Nate Allen, right, intercepts a pass against the Carolina Panthers Nov. 10, 2014, in Philadelphia. He had a career-best four interceptions last season. 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.

Charles Woodson had a career-high 112 tackles last season for the Raiders, remarkable considering he was playing his 17th season. How much more does the eight-time Pro Bowl player have?

Nate Allen was signed as a free agent in March and should bring experience to the defensive backfield.

Key returners: Charles Woodson, Brandian Ross

Key departures: Tyvon Branch, Usama Young

The newcomers

Nate Allen | 6-foot-1 | 210 pounds

Experience: Six years (South Florida)

Last year: He had 62 tackles last season with a career-best four interceptions for the Philadelphia Eagles.

The skinny: The Raiders came under high scrutiny for signing Allen to an expensive four-year, $23 million deal. Allen appears on the All-Bad-Contracts Team for 2015 compiled by Grantland’s Bill Barnwell, who says he’s a marginal player.

Jimmy Hall | 6-foot-1 | 228 pounds

Experience: Rookie (Northwestern)

Last year: Had a career-best 58 tackles and two interceptions for the Wildcats as a defensive back/linebacker.

The skinny: He ran 40-yard dashes of 4.45 and 4.50 at his pro day, according to NFL.com, so he has the ability to close. His vertical leap of 391/2 inches shows his athleticism.

Tevin McDonald | 5-foot-11 | 195 pounds

Experience: Rookie (Eastern Washington)

Last year: He had 78 tackles and three interceptions and was an all-Big Sky Conference first-team selection.

The skinny: He is the son of former 49er Tim McDonald and the brother of the Rams’ T.J. McDonald. He ended up at Eastern Washington after failing a drug test at UCLA.

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