The Raiders completed their grueling offseason program a few weeks ago. Now it’s Raider Nation’s turn to get prepared. The time off is almost over with the Raiders reporting to training camp in Napa in just under two weeks. So now we ask - what do the dedicated members of Raider Nation need to do to get ready for the beginning of training camp and the start of the season?
We’ve compiled 10 steps to help:
10. Brush up on your roster.
The Raiders were incredibly active this offseason and will have a lot of new faces wearing the Silver and Black in 2014, so before the team reports to camp, make sure to take a look at an updated roster.
Also, make a point to check the handy pronunciation guide below – we have a handful of challenging names. And don’t worry Raider Nation, we had a hard time with a few of them ourselves.
9. Get to know your new rookie class.
The Raiders had the fifth overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft, and decided to address their needs on the defensive side of the ball when they selected Buffalo LB Khalil Mack. PLAYER PROFILE
The Raiders returned to the defensive side of the football with their two fourth-round selections, and used their first one (107th overall) on Louisiana Tech DT Justin “Jelly” Ellis. PLAYER PROFILE
“I remember even days after the draft I was like, ‘is this real? Am I going to wake up out of a dream eventually?’ And then to actually go out there and put the jersey on, and to see your locker, it’s a once in a lifetime feeling. Time to get to work, this is actually happening right now,” said seventh-round pick (235th overall) Illinois St. DE
8. Relive the best moments from 2013.
Whether it was
7. Mark your calendars for the big games of 2014.
Raider Nation, time to break out your calendars and decide which games you’ll be in the Black Hole for this season. Maybe you’ll get bold and take a trip across the pond…
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6. Meet your new starting QB.
The Raiders acquired QB
So what does Schaub bring to the QB room in Oakland? QB coach John DeFilippo talks about the veteran and his presence in the video below.
Here's another video to get you familiar with QB Matt Schaub.
5. See which Raiders will be the best fantasy players.
It’s never too early to start thinking about setting your fantasy football lineup, so take some time to review the Raiders roster and see who you’re going to pick up in fantasy. Does the two-headed monster of
After his impressive week 14 performance against the New York Jets that netted him over 22 points, what round would you select
What about up and coming WR Andre Holmes who had a Thanksgiving to remember in Dallas last year?
4. Follow the players on social media.
Want to know what your favorite players do with their time off the field? Well, be sure to follow the Raiders players and the team on all their social media platforms; you won’t be disappointed. CHECK OUT THE LIST
Running routes, learning others techniques, while teaching your style as well... From great ones: that's what it's about!—
Brice Butler(@Brice_Butler) July 8, 2014
They don't see us comin... #AllIn—
Marquette King(@MarquetteKing) July 7, 2014
Get familiar with some key Raiders hashtags - For Training Camp, use #RaidersTC2014. For anytime, anywhere, use #RaiderNation. And each week during the season, follow @Raiders to find out the game day hashtag.
3. Head to The Raider Image for the newest Raiders gear.
You know what they say, dress for success. With that in mind, head on over to The Raider Image and pick up the newest Raiders gear and support your favorite team in style, like this Khalil Mack jersey.
2. Dust off the BBQ and get ready to tailgate at O.co Coliseum.
There’s no better way to spend a Sunday in the fall then by tailgating with 60,000 of your closest friends, so as the wide receivers shake off the cobwebs from their routes, you do the same and dust the cobwebs off your grill, get out your bags of Kingsford Charcoal and get ready for the regular season.
Every home game, make sure to visit Raiderville, presented by Bud Light. And don't forget to visit Verizon and State Farm's activation centers. The pregame tailgate party will be located in Lot B and opens at 8:30 a.m. on game days.
Make sure to stock up on your tailgate gear as well. RAIDER IMAGE
1. Check in regularly with Raiders.com.
As the team heads to camp, Raiders.com will be your one-stop shop for everything training camp related, ranging from photo galleries and news to behind-the-scenes video.