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2016 Raiders take field for first OTA tomorrow

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Levi Damien

For the first time in 2016 the new Raiders will take the field for Organized Training this week. There have been offseason workouts going on for the past few weeks as well as rookie minicamp, but now's when things start to get interesting.

What makes this week different is it is the first time the team will be permitted to do team sessions, including 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills. No live contact will be permitted.

While it is not mandatory for players to attend yet, most, if not all, on the current roster are expected to attend. That means all returning players, new additions, drafted, and undrafted rookies will take the field together.

There is a buzz about this Raiders team that we haven't seen in some time. With free agent additions like Kelechi Osemele, Bruce Irvin, Sean Smith, and Reggie Nelson added to exciting young players like Khalil Mack, Derek Carr, Amari Cooper, Latavius Murray, Clive Walford, Rodney Hudson, Gabe Jackson, Dan Williams, and David Amerson.

Top rookie Karl Joseph won't participate in OTA's as he is still rehabbing a knee injury he suffered last season at West Virginia. His target for a return is training camp. All of the team's other drafted and undrafted rookies are expected to take the field. You can see them here.

Per the CBA, teams can conduct a total of 10 days of OTA practices. There will be three OTA sessions over the next three weeks, and will finish off with the three-day mandatory minicamp in mid June. After that there is a six week break before training camp.