Saturday will be the first time any of the Raiders rookies will don an NFL uniform and play in an NFL game. For many of them, it’s the start of a long NFL career. For many of them, it will be the most NFL action they will ever see. Which way it goes depends largely on how they perform.
In order to earn more playing time Saturday, these rookies had to step up and perform in the offseason and training camp. That is especially true of those players who must get noticed in a positive way or never wake from their sleeper status.
Players drafted in the first five rounds typically have an easier time because they are already known. Rookies like third round pick Eddie Vanderdoes, fourth round pick David Sharpe, and fifth round pick Maquel Lee.

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