The Raiders value special teams contributors, even those who don’t directly fit into offensive or defensive game plans. They added Darren Bates and Brynden Trawick earlier in free agency.
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Playing on Thursday night is nothing special. The NFL mandates each team play this midweek showcase, a relatively recent feature on the league slate.
The Raiders enter the 2016 season with raised expectations and a belief they’ll be able to win several games on their new slate.