The Oakland Raiders took the field for their ninth OTA day at their Alameda practice facility on Wednesday. Spirits are high as the team gets more comfortable running the new offensive and defensive schemes. The offense is particularly excited about where they are headed as a unit.
“I’m excited to see the growth, especially from some of the young players, from the offensive line to the running backs, receivers and QB and tight ends,” said offensive coordinator Greg Knapp. “It’s good to see progress being made from practice to practice, in their assignments and techniques.”
The offensive guys are using the off-season program to become comfortable with all the new offensive elements being thrown at them. “New terminology, new route running, but really exciting offense, really explosive,” said QB Carson Palmer on ESPN Radio’s Doug Gottlieb Show. “Houston has been running this offense for a long time and they’ve been very successful on that side of the ball. Personnel-wise, I think Coach Knapp’s scheme really fits the personnel we have on offense.”
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The Raiders running backs are excited about all the possibilities presented by the zone-blocking scheme. “I’m loving this offense; I can’t even lie,” said RB Mike Goodson. “The zone scheme - we run and show our speed, hit the holes, I love it.”
Schmitt sees a lot of possibilities with the backfield of