The team huddles up at the conclusion of the off-season program. Photo by Tony Gonzales
The Oakland Raiders held the final practice of their 2012 off-season program on Thursday. After a voluntary veteran mini-camp, rookie mini-camp, 10 sessions of Organized Team Activities, and a full-team mandatory mini-camp, the players head home for several weeks before training camp.
Head Coach Dennis Allen and the players feel good about the progress they made throughout the off-season program. “It’s always going to be a work in progress, but I specifically thought over the last couple days that I could kind of feel that we were figuring out what we were asking them to do and I thought the guys really responded over the last couple of days,” said Coach Allen. “But I was pleased with the way that the guys, especially later in the OTAs and really into this mini-camp, how they really got a grasp of what we were asking them to do schematically. Really kind of felt the improvement of the last couple of days.
The team has been able to develop chemistry over the course of the off-season. “If anyone’s just out here and witnessing how we get along and our chemistry together and the amount of fun we have together, you can kind of tell, just first-hand, a difference,” said FB
Lee, one of several new veteran players, felt comfortable as soon as he joined the squad. “I feel good [about the chemistry],” said Lee. “Everybody welcomed me with open arms. So I feel real good here.”
“The team came together great,” added WR
The team will reconvene in Napa at the end of July and try to continue to progress on both sides of the ball and maintain the chemistry they built during the off-season.