The Oakland Raiders practiced today for the first time as a 53-man roster and eight-man practice squad. New editions to the roster – DB
“I’m happy,” said Hanson. “I’m back in California. I grew up in LA a Raider fan, so this is a dream come true.”
The energy was high for the first practice of the regular season. “Today it was pretty upbeat,” said CB
During the past six weeks all of the players have traveled down an arduous road, even the veterans who have been through the process of training camp, cuts, and regular season before. “It’s been smooth,” said Bartell. “It’s tough because you make a lot of relationships with guys through the past few months, to see people come and go, you never get used to it, no matter how long you’ve been around, it’s something you never get used to, so from that standpoint it’s been tough. But everything else has been smooth, just getting your body back together and cleaning up some things before we hit the opener. So it’s been pretty good.”
Now that the guys have made it to the first week of the season, they are ready to put in the work for San Diego. “Now these things are for real; these things count,” said Giordano. “We’re going to get mentally and physically ready. We’ve got a great test coming in on Monday night. I know the stadium is going to be rocking, so we’re going to enjoy that and hopefully we’ll get a win.”
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