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The Oakland Raiders kicked off training camp with former players in attendance for Alumni Weekend. It’s a lighthearted start to the summer grind. On Monday, the team will practice in pads, which jumpstarts in-house competition.
More happened off the field than between the white lines over the weekend. The Raiders have a camp holdout, revealed minor injuries and are awaiting a grand jury decision.
Despite all the absences and unknowns away from the field, running back Marshawn Lynch‘s presence helped brighten up the weekend. He wandered his way into the NFL Network broadcast that featured Raiders camp on Saturday.
As for business, there’s much to discuss going forward. The Raiders made multiple roster moves that deserve attention. The coaching staff also tweaked the first-team defense. Of course, the surprise holdout opens further dialogue about projections on the offensive line.
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On Friday, Donald Penn chose not to report to camp with the veterans because of a contract dispute. According to NFL Network’s Michael Silver, speaking to colleague Ian Rapoport, the left tackle’s agent contacted the team after quarterback Derek Carr signed his extension in June. Another of Silver’s colleagues, Steve Wyche, reported the team have known about the situation since the NFL Scouting Combine.
Still, the holdout came as a surprise, as head coach Jack Del Rio revealed to reporters.
It’s possible the Raiders didn’t expect Penn to take his dispute to a holdout. Now it’s an issue for general manager Reggie McKenzie to resolve before the season starts. The 34-year-old…
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