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The Oakland Raiders took the field for their final practice of Training Camp 2014, presented by California National Guard, in Napa. As practice came to a close, the S&M Moving System trucks were loaded up and the players dispersed to get ready for a quick trip to Oxnard, Calif., for two joint practices with the Dallas Cowboys.
After 13 practices on the Napa practice fields, the players feel good about the progress they made as a team. “I thought it was successful,” said WR
While training camp isn’t technically over, the first phase (Napa) has wrapped up, and Coach Allen feels the Raiders accomplished a great deal. “I think we got a lot accomplished here,” said Coach Allen. “I thought it was important for us to get an opportunity to work against another team. So, going down to Oxnard will be good for us. Again, we’re still in training camp mode, but I feel good about what we’ve been able to accomplish here.”
Although progress was made, the players understand they have a long way to go to be where they want to be. “I feel like we had a decent camp,” said RB
Now the Raiders shift their focus to two joint practices with the Cowboys. The scrimmages are good opportunities to get work against another opponent. “I think it’s good to go and face some people that don’t wear the same color as you, and see different schemes,” said Tuck. “Dallas, especially in their O-line, they have a really, really good O-line and it’s going to be a good challenge for us. I’m looking forward to it.”
Several weeks of training camp can get monotonous for the guys, so changing up the schedule and facing off with the Cowboys can be refreshing and re-energizing for the players. “I think it’ll be good for us to get away from Napa and go play against another defense,” said Streater. “They don’t know our plays and stuff so I think it’ll really be a challenge and it’ll be a good opportunity for us to compete against others.”
The Raiders had highs and lows from camp in Napa, but they came out of the first phase of training camp fairly healthy and feeling good about their direction. Now they look forward to the next step of camp in Oxnard. “I think we were able to bond. I think we got a little closer,” said CB
The Raiders will practice with the Cowboys Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning. Make sure to stay up-to-date on all of the action on Raiders.com.