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OTA’s begin today for the Raiders.

Today the Raiders will be moving to phase three in their offseason program. This is the beginning of Organized Training Activities (OTA’s) where things get more interesting.

Prior to today, offseason activities consisted of individual player instruction and drills as well as team practice conducted on a "separates" basis. No live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills was permitted. With the exception of the three-day rookie minicamp in early May.

Now the Raiders practice will start to get much more interesting.

For the next four weeks the Raiders will have OTA’s -- a total of ten days — which will be followed by a three-day Mandatory Minicamp. Though there’s still no live contact permitted, they may line up in 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 team sessions.

Basically, the practices will mimic that of non-padded training camp practices. It will be used to prepare the players for training camp. The hoping being that they keep the routine and training expectations fresh in their minds so that when they show up for camp in the end of July, there is minimal rust to knock off as they prepare for the 2017 season.

There is no press access for this first day. The next day of access is tomorrow (Tuesday, May 23).