The Oakland Raiders have officially concluded their final week of Organized Team Activities [OTAs]. after participating in team drills the past three weeks at the team's facility in Alameda, Calif.
Just because OTAs have concluded doesn't mean the work is over though. The team will use this weekend to transition into Mini-camp, which kicks off Monday, but before that all occurs, here's a look back at the final week of OTAs.
Safety Reggie Nelson Embracing Veteran Role
Father time is an opponent none of us can defeat, but so far 11-year pro Reggie Nelson seems to be fending him off. In 2016, Nelson made his second consecutive Pro Bowl appearance, after he totaled five interceptions and 50 tackles, appearing in all 16 regular season games for the Silver and Black. As a veteran though, each player reaches a point where mentoring the next generation of players becomes a responsibility, and it's one that he embraces with open arms.
As Nelson comes off one of the best seasons of his career, statistically speaking, he's excited to not only continue his own growth, but the rookies as well. The former Florida Gator has been respected in the league for many years now, not just as a player, but as a leader too.
Assistant Head Coach – Defense John Pagano Is Settling In Nicely
Nelson isn't the only member of the Silver and Black who's been consistent at what he does for years now. During the offseason the Raiders added defensive mind John Pagano to the coaching staff, after spending the last five years as the San Diego Chargers defensive coordinator.
While Pagano has only been a member of the Raiders for a brief amount of time, he's already meshed well with the rest of the coaching staff and players. The team has stressed an improved sense of communication on defense, and defensive coordinator Ken Norton, Jr., believes Pagano is helping with that.
The Grind Doesn't Stop
Here's a look at all the highlights from the Raiders' final week of OTAs.
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