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The Oakland Raiders returned to the practice field Sunday afternoon at their Napa Valley Training Complex. After Friday’s Preseason Week 1 matchup with the Vikings in Minnesota, and a day off Saturday, the players took the field ready to correct mistakes and continue to grow together as a team.
Today marked the penultimate practice in Napa, as the squad will take the field one more time Monday morning before traveling to Oxnard, Calif., for two joint practices with the Dallas Cowboys.
“It was good to get back out here after playing a game, get a chance to make some corrections, get out and get some more work in,” said Head Coach Dennis Allen. “Today was a good situational day, had a little bit of red zone today, had some two-minute there. It was great to see the field goal operation at the end, being able to kick a couple of long field goals to win the game. So, we got better as a football team today and we’ll have another good practice tomorrow and then we’ll go down to [practice against] Dallas and get a chance to work with them for a couple of days, so we’re excited about that opportunity.”
Before the work begins against the Cowboys, the Raiders wanted to find ways to fix the errors made at TCF Bank Stadium. “The biggest thing we do is you take the good and the bad,” explained T
For the rookies, the preseason game allowed them to get the feel for the NFL for the first time. “You have to get the first game jitters out of the way and now you’re more relaxed and more concentrated,” said DE
Making corrections is a season-long process and the Silver and Black will continue to find ways to improve.
Aside from the matchup with the Vikings, the Raiders have been going up against the same players each day. Switching it up gives the offense and defense a chance to get some new looks. “I’m really excited to be able to go against another team in practice. It’s going to be a nice change up and help us develop offensively and defensively,” said WR
Watson expects it to be a little feisty when the two iconic franchises meet in Oxnard. “It should be intense. Should be fun. Should be a lot of drama,” said Watson.
Although it seems Training Camp 2014, presented by California National Guard, is coming to a close because the team is leaving Napa, in reality, the players still have to continue the training camp grind elsewhere. “We’re just leaving Napa, but training camp isn’t technically over yet,” said Burnett. “We had fun out here in Napa for these past two weeks, seeing the fans come out to practice and cheer us on. It was fun, but the grind doesn’t stop just because we’re leaving Napa. We still have to grind.”
The next few days are busy for the Silver and Black – one last practice in Napa, a trip to Oxnard with two days of practice with the Cowboys, and a Preseason Week 2 matchup at O.co Coliseum against the Detroit Lions.
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