The Oakland Raiders held their final day of Organized Team Activities (OTA) at their Alameda practice facility on Thursday. Throughout OTAs, the defense has been installing their new system and working diligently to become as familiar with it as possible before training camp. “I feel like we progressed with all the installments we’ve had over the past two weeks,” said DE Lamarr Houston. “I feel like we’re building our tradition as a defense and our foundation for the season so I feel like we’re doing really well.”
The players are excited about the opportunities the new defense presents. “This is a very fun defense,” said LB
Van Dyke feels good about the way the defense is shaping up. “I’m loving it,” said Van Dyke. “It’s a vision defense. We see a lot of stuff so I’m going to make a lot of plays this year coming up.”
The defense is starting to feel comfortable with each other. “We built a lot of camaraderie over the past four weeks of OTAs,” said Houston. “It’s a brotherhood playing football. You have to have a strong brotherhood so I think we spent a lot of our off time just hanging out with each other.”
Taylor is impressed with how well the team has come together despite all the changes defensively. “I think we’ve gelled great considering it’s a new staff, new everything, new defense,” said Taylor.
The entire team will have one more chance to work together before training camp during next week’s mandatory mini-camp. Log on to Raiders.com, the Raiders official Facebook page, and Twitter for complete coverage Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.