The NFL offseason is rapidly coming to a close with the season on the horizon. The Oakland Raiders have concluded their Organized Team Activities as well as their mandatory mini-camp. Next on the docket will be training camp which begins in one month. The Raiders players are off working on their own until they have to report on July 24th, but then the preparation for the season is in full swing.
The Raiders players will report to Napa, California on July 24th, with the first scheduled training camp practice to begin the following day. This year's training camp will be a little different with Oakland scheduled for two joint practices with the Dallas Cowboys. The two teams will hold joint sessions in Oxnard, California on August 12th and 13th. It will be the first time since 2005 that the Raiders have held joint training camp practices when they practiced with the Houston Texans.
Training camp means preseason is right around the corner. Then the regular season will kickoff soon after. This will be a very important time for Oakland as they try to carry the momentum from what head coach Dennis Allen referred to as a "heck of an offseason” into training camp.
“Listen, I think we had a heck of an offseason,” Allen said. “I think our guys are battling, they’re competing. They’re working extremely hard. We’ve accomplished a lot in this offseason. We’ve gotten a lot better as a football team. We’re going to kick back a little bit and relax for a couple of weeks. I think we’ve got the type of guys on this football team that are going to make sure that they come back extremely fit and they’re ready to go. It’s an exciting offseason and we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us, but we’re excited about it.”
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