Wednesday was the first day the media got to take a look at the progress the Las Vegas Raiders are making during voluntary OTA sessions and it is clear most of the team is working hard to get a jump on the season.
ESPN reported 83 of the 89 players currently on the roster were in attendance on Wednesday. Again, players are not required to attend these sessions. There is a mandatory minicamp next month before the Raiders take a break before reporting for training camp (and the 2021 season) on July 27.
Took attendance at Raiders OTAs today and the only players not on the field for the first hour of the VOLUNTARY practice were: RB Josh Jacobs, DE Yannick Ngakoue, DT Quinton Jefferson, CB Isaiah Johnson, DB/LB Divine Deablo & TE Derek Carrier. That... https://t.co/D3yI3Qpeiq— Paul Gutierrez (@PGutierrezESPN) May 26, 2021
I wouldn’t be too upset or disappointed by the names on this list. Some players can be nursing minor injuries or there could be personal time conflicts at play as well. This is very routine. Raiders’ defensive end Maxx Crosby did tell reporters he expected to see Yannick Ngakoue, the team’s big-ticket free-agent addition this spring, soon.
The fact that nearly the entire roster is attending the OTAs is another death knell in the NFLPA’s requested boycott of the voluntary sessions. Most players around the NFL are attending OTAs. The Raiders were previously one of the majority of rosters in the league to say that most players wouldn’t attend OTAs.
Yet, veteran guard Richie Incognito said the players soon decided that it could hurt the team during the season if most players stayed away in May.
The gist of Incognito's message was, the @Raiders are a young team, and not taking advantage of every opportunity to get better would have created a competitive disadvantage https://t.co/1KaEUFnSXc— Vincent Bonsignore (@VinnyBonsignore) May 26, 2021