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Raiders take it to another level as they begin mandatory minicamps today

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NFL: Oakland Raiders Offseason Workouts Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Today is the beginning of the end for the Raiders offseason program today. They take the field for what figures to be a training camp type of atmosphere as it’s the last time the team will meet before the long break before training camp.

It’s also the first mandatory practice of the offseason. The team had physicals on Monday in preparation. They also added two veteran defensive linemen in Ahtyba Rubin and Frostee Rucker, which means they will cut two others.

The only player on the roster not expected to be here is Khalil Mack, who has not attended any offseason workouts thus far as he awaits a contract extension. His holdout becomes official today.

OTA practices had the players at the facility either on the field or in meetings for 6 hours. Minicamp jumps their day to 10 hours.

There are a total of three practices, with on-field work of 3.5 hours and media availability from 2 pm to 4:30 pm.

Tuesday and Thursday will be full non-padded practices. In between, Wednesday will be limited to walk-thru activities only.

Following practice each day, a coach and several players will speak to the media. Tuesday will be head coach Jon Gruden along with players Gareon Conley, Kelechi Osemele and Karl Joseph.

Offensive Coordinator Greg Olson and Defensive Coordinator Paul Guenther spoke during OTA’s, so Wednesday we will speak with Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia along with select players to be determined. Thursday Jon Gruden will again speak along with select players.

After that, the offseason activities are over and the long offseason break begins. The players will be off until late July when they report for training camp.