Today the Oakland Raiders completed their organized team activities (OTA's) in preparation for the 2013 season. During the three weeks of sessions, a few developments were made regarding the upcoming season.
From a leadership standpoint, quarterback Matt Flynn has emerged as the offensive general. In his short time with the Raiders, he has made an impression on running back Darren McFadden for his command of the offense. There will certainly be growing pains because of his inexperience, but Flynn is heading in the right direction to take hold of the starting quarterback job as well as the team's offensive leader.
On the defensive side of the ball, linebacker Nick Roach has impressed head coach Dennis Allen with his leadership. He came to Oakland this offseason as a free agent and is stepping up to call the defensive plays. Because the Raiders have so many new players on that side of the ball, it is important someone comes forward as the example.
The Raiders have had some injuries at the cornerback this offseason, which is scary because of how depleted the position was a year ago. 2013 first round draft pick DJ Hayden is out until training camp because of an abdominal injury and Tracy Porter missed time with a calf injury. Oakland made a serious effort to improve the position this offseason and succeeded in adding depth. During the OTA's session, several players including Porter and Joselio Hanson have taken on multiple responsibilities by playing inside at nickel and outside. That should serve the Raiders well as they try to improve a shaky secondary from 2012.
Despite the OTA session coming to an end, the Raiders will hold their mandatory mini-camp next Tuesday. That will provide further information about how the team will come together before the all-important training camp later this summer.
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