The Oakland Raiders are going to be very busy over the next four weeks. Starting Tuesday, the Raiders begin their Organized Team Activities, which will include 10 sessions running through June 12th. This will be the first time in the offseason program that the Raiders will conduct some offense against defense competition.
The Raiders will hold their OTAs today and tomorrow as well as May 30th. They will come back again June 2-3, June 5th, and June 9-12. Teams will not be permitted to have live contact, but they will be able to run 7-on-7. 9-on-9, and 11-on-11 drills. Per the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Raiders are in phase three of the offseason workout program. The first phase was weight lifting and conditioning and the second consisted of individual drills and separate team offense and defense practice.
With so many new players brought in via free agency and the 2014 NFL Draft, this is an important step for the Raiders. They will have some serious competition at various positions and those battles begin today. The coaching staff will be able to evaluate and work more directly with the players during phase three. The team will start to build important chemistry and work closely with one another. This is where the real team building begins.
As far as the 2014 NFL Draft choices are concerned, the Raiders have done a nice job of signing those players. Only three, guard Gabe Jackson, defensive tackle Justin Ellis, and cornerback Keith McGill remain unsigned. With those draftees participating in the OTAs at the Raiders' facility, look for those deals to get done during these sessions. With the unofficial start of summer passing, the football season is right around the corner. These preparation days will be valuable for the Raiders as they move into training camp and preseason.
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