With the Oakland Raiders finished with their training camp activities in Napa, California, the team will head to Oxnard, California to practice with the Dallas Cowboys for two days. Then the team will face the Detroit Lions in their second preseason game before going to Alameda to continue preparation for the regular season. Although the team is still in training camp practice mode, they want to progress in the weeks to come.
“We still have a lot of things we still need to work on; schemes we want to see how we match up against,” Justin Tuck said. “I’ve always been an advocate for the preseason games because it gives you the opportunity to knock off some of the rust for us older guys and it gives the younger guys the opportunity to see what the NFL experience is about before you start shooting live bullets. We have a lot to still work on.”
Tuck's worlds ring true after the Raiders came out with a poor effort and result in their first preseason game. Now, the team will have the opportunity to really dig in and show improvement. They have the practices with the Cowboys in which they will have competition and the second preseason game in which they will be able to show progress.
“I think that will be great for our football team,“ head coach Dennis Allen said of the upcoming week. “[We] get a chance to go against somebody else for a change. Then we’ve got the second preseason game, the home opener, versus Detroit. Then we’ll get into kind of regular season mode when we get into the Green Bay week. We’ve got a lot accomplished. We still have a lot of things that we need to get better at, but I like the direction we’re headed.”
It is a busy and important week ahead for Oakland. They are in the home stretch for the regular season. They have bypassed the benchmarks of the first preseason game and closing training camp. With the Cowboys and Lions on the horizon, they Raiders will really be able to gage themselves and the work they put in so far. Then they will have to show that progress in the ensuing games.
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