For the first time in 2014 the Raiders will take to the field for practice. Today is the first day of Organized Team Activities (OTA's) at their Alameda facility and what will be our first look at the new team as it is now assembled.
Previous to this, the team has had off-season workouts and rookie minicamp. But this will be the very first time all of them will come together to practice this year.
The Raiders have a lot of newcomers on the squad this year. This includes new starters as well as rookies. They practically have as many new faces as they have returning players. For them, the off-season probably can't get started soon enough.
Now they can begin getting the playbook on its feet and develop a chemistry with each other on the field of play.
While the team expects most of the Raiders players to be in attendance, it isn't mandatory. This is the first of three voluntary OTA's. The next being June 2 and the final being June 9. Then it's on to the three day mandatory minicamp before a month long break with training camp to start July 24.
These OTA's are non-contact and players will not be in pads. Otherwise, they will go about practice as they typically do. Warm-ups, position drills, and team sessions. Practice is two hours, from 10:30am to 12:30pm.
Following practice will be interviews with Dennis Allen along with Matt Schaub, Lamarr Woodley, and D.J. Hayden.
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