The Oakland Raiders are through one preseason game and 11 days of training camp practice and you might have missed a training camp report or two along the way. That’s why I decided to make sure you had easy access to all the training camp reports, previews and game reviews that I’ve done for Bleacher Report over the last few weeks.
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Training Camp Report Day 1 - Includes DeMarcus Van Dyke, Terrelle Pryor and Pat Lee observations, etc.
Training Camp Report Day 2 - Includes DeMarcus Van Dyke, Tyvon Branch, Shawntae Spencer and Matt Leinart observations, etc.
Training Camp Report Day 3 - Includes Jack Crawford, Carson Palmer, DeMarcus Van Dyke observations, etc.
Training Camp Report Day 7 - Includes Shawntae Spencer and Brandon Myers, Desmond Bryant observations, etc.
Training Camp Report Day 8 - Spencer, Marcel Reece, Streater, etc.
Training Camp Report Day 9 - Streater, Lee, Gordon, Leinart, etc.
Training Camp Report Day 10 - Wheeler, Lee, Mitchellm Shaugnessy, McClain
Training Camp Report Day 11 - Miles Burris, Streater, etc.
Thomas Mayo #19
College: California (PA)
Weight: 207 lbs
Arm Length: 32.5″
Hand Size: 9.3″
40 Yard Dash: 4.53
3 Cone Drill: 7.10
20 Yard Shuttle: 4.61
Bench Press: 15 reps
Vertical Jump: 39″
Broad Jump: 121″
Thomas Mayo is another guy who put up big numbers at a small school. He certainly has the size to be effective at 6’1″ 200 lbs, and he used that to his advantage in his collegiate career. The main concern with Mayo is that he is not a great athlete. He is stiff in the hips coming out of breaks and struggles to adjust to the ball at times.
He does have the ability to make flashy catches at times, but his hands are a bit inconsistent. Mayo has average 4.5 speed which is fast enough to be effective in the NFL, but he doesn’t seem to have the burst or quickness to his game either.
He has had some drop problems in OTA’s to this point but it’s still early. He still has a chance to rebound, but will need to improve quickly or he might not even make it to the cuts deadline.
Duke Calhoun #14
Weight: 195 lbs
Arm Length: N/A
Hand Size: N/A
40 Yard Dash: 4.49
3 Cone Drill: 6.75
20 Yard Shuttle: 4.46
Bench Press: 12 reps
Vertical Jump: 35″
Broad Jump: 124″
Duke Calhoun was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Giants in 2010 after catching 19 touchdowns during his time at Memphis. Calhoun made the Giants final roster his rookie year drawing all kinds of praise from the coaching staff throughout camp. Most of his playing time came on special teams in his rookie year and he finished the season with just one catch.
The coaches were just as impressed with Calhoun to start 2011, but the emergence of Victor Cruz along with draft picks Ramses Barden and Jerrel Jernigan didn’t leave much room left for Calhoun. He later injured his hamstring in training camp which led to his release.
Calhoun has good height but has a very slender build. He can run pretty well as he posted a 4.44 40 yard dash coming out of college. Giants were actually considering keeping Calhoun over Cruz at one point which says quite a bit considering the talent Cruz has shown on Sundays.
Calhoun could be one that surprises people in training camp if he picks up where he left on in New York. He does have a leg up on most of his competition as this will be his 3rd training camp in the NFL.