After the Oakland Raiders held their rookie mini-camp two weekends ago, the entire team will join for organized team activities or OTAs today. With so much roster turnover this offseason, Monday will be the first time all of the team is together at their first practice.
Because of all the change that has taken place for the Raiders, this may be a more anticipated gathering. Reggie McKenzie has said Matt Flynn will start at quarterback this offseason as that competition begins. The Raiders are also trying to transition into using multiple defenses which will take time to acclimate. New offensive coordinator Greg Olson will get his first chance to introduce his offense to the team. All these factors will be put on the forefront during the three day practice session.
It will be telling who lines up with the first team at several open competition position battles. The Raiders have a plethora of position battles and although starting OTAs does not assure an opening day start, it is telling where the coaches believe the players are in the process. Tight end, free safety, and linebacker are the most interesting position battles awaiting the Raiders as well as quarterback.
McKenzie has put much thought and energy into assembling this team. He released former first round picks and longtime Raiders to save salary cap space for next season. He has gone out and stocked this roster with one year contracts and players who have no starting experience. He selected 10 players in the 2013 NFL Draft. All of these moves will be on display as most the 2013 Raiders are on the field for the first time.
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