The Oakland Raiders completed their Organized Team Activities last week. This week they will move onto mandatory mini-camp which begins today and runs through June 19th. The sessions are all open to the media with interviews with head coach Dennis Allen each day and players each day. This is the last time the Raiders will be together until training camp in late July.
This is the first mandatory workout for Oakland, as the other OTA sessions where all volunteer. The Raiders have had full attendance at most of the offseason workouts which shows the effort to get better. This mini-camp should be no different. The only difference will be players participating because of injuries.
Cornerback DJ Hayden has sat out the previous two OTA sessions because of an ankle injury. His injury was first considered a rolled ankle, but Hayden has been in a walking boot for two weeks. Allen listed him as day-to-day and hoped he would be back for this mini-camp. The Raiders will be cautious with Hayden because of his injury history. The most important thing now is that he is back healthy for a full training camp. With Oakland counting on him so heavily in 2014, they need him up to speed and ready.
Because the Raiders will not be together for more than a month after these three days, it is important that they put in good work. The team has so much roster turnover that any chance they players get together is an opportunity to get better and gel better.
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