Adios, Offseason Workout Program.
The Oakland Raiders wrapped up their three-day, Mandatory Mini-Camp Thursday afternoon, officially signaling the last time the team will all be together until they report to training camp in late July.
Here are five observations from the Raiders final day on the field.
1. More Visitors Were In Attendance
Yesterday, Oakland A’s pitcher Kendall Graveman was at the team’s Alameda, Calif., facility to take in practice, and today, it was several members of the San Jose State football staff.
The coaching fraternity – both college and pro – is a tight one, so it’s not uncommon to see folks from other staffs roaming the Raiders sideline during an on-field session.
With San Jose State on summer vacation, and the Raiders wrapping up their own Offseason Workout Program, Thursday proved to be a perfect day for the visiting coaches to head north up the highway, to see how the Silver and Black handle business.
2. The Starters Got A Little Time Off
On the last day of Mandatory Mini-Camp, it became quite clear that the team was more concerned about the start of training camp than they were the final day of the Offseason Workout Program.
While the starters went through warm ups and individual drills, during the team sessions of practice, they were held out of work, instead letting the second and third units get a majority of the reps instead, a move done very much by design, according to Head Coach Jack Del Rio.
“Really wanted to focus on the second and third group to get the majority of the work, which they did,” explained Del Rio. “It was a good way to…
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