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Rounding Up Latest Oakland Raiders Pre-Training Camp Buzz

July 12th, 2017 at 3:59 AM
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Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch returned to the NFL and instantly became a public fixture.

On the practice field, he showed quickness and agility. He’s also raw during his press conferences but warm to his teammates and the community. Beast Mode took the spotlight on a surging squad and exponentially increased the shine.

Aside from Lynch’s homecoming, there’s pressure on a Raiders team that’s dealt with few expectations in the recent past. The front office made quarterback Derek Carr the highest-paid player in the league. More casual fans may know guard Gabe Jackson after his massive extension. 

The Raiders won’t sneak up on anyone this year. They’re expected to win games, crush a couple of opponents and challenge the AFC’s elite squads. With notable changes and additions to the coaching staff on both sides of the ball, it’s worth tracking new schemes implented on the practice field and the corresponding results.

As usual, there’s consistent news and updates on the inflated rosters before the team begins to trim down to the final 53 leading up to the 2017 season. What’s buzzing around the Raiders camp before the players return to the practice field in unison on July 29 in Napa, California?

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On May 1, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport relayed a message from cornerback Gareon Conley’s lawyer, Kevin Spellacy, stating his client’s case would reach resolve in six to eight weeks.

More than 10 weeks later, there’s no word on Conley’s case, which doesn’t suggest good or bad news. However, it puts the front office in a precarious situation. Before inking the Ohio State product to a rookie deal with a signing bonus, it’s best to wait for an answer or more information on the review, per Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio.

The Raiders have two to three three weeks before training camp, which gives ample time to move forward regardless of the review outcome.

Nonetheless, for Conley, it’s nerve-wracking with a pending case hanging above his head. The league can’t penalize the first-round pick for a potential offense committed before the draft, but social outrage would bring harsh criticism on the franchise as a whole.

Conley should expect to take snaps in the slot and on the perimeter during the preseason. First and foremost, he’s counting on gaining clearance for his reputation.

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After a mandatory minicamp practice, safety Karl Joseph subtly admitted the defense lined up in basic schemes during the previous year.

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Tags: AFC West, Derek Carr, Football, Gareon Conley, Jihad Ward, Marshawn Lynch, NFL, Oakland Raiders, Opinion

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