At long last, the Oakland Raiders' 90-man roster has reported to the team's Napa Valley Training Complex to officially kick off Training Camp 2018.
Boy, that feels good to say.
After the rookies, quarterbacks, and players recovering from injury touched down in Wine Country Monday morning for a few days of pre-camp, the Silver and Black's veterans joined them Thursday afternoon, meaning that we have indeed finally arrived at the start of the 2018 season.
So, what's next on the agenda for Head Coach Jon Gruden and his team?
Well, the Raiders will hit the field Friday morning for their first full-squad practice of 2018, and following practice, we'll get our first chance to hear from Coach Gruden and Derek Carr.
The team will be back on the field Saturday, but instead of going to work at the team's Napa Valley Training Complex, they'll be practicing at Memorial Stadium in Napa, a high school stadium shared by Napa and Vintage High Schools.
Derek Carr and Co., will then return to the team's usual complex for practice Sunday and Monday before the team's first official off day, Tuesday, July 31.
Here are some other notable dates to put on your calendar the next few weeks while the team is at camp.
July 29 – First full-squad, padded practice
August 7,8 – Joint practices with the Detroit Lions
August 10 – Preseason Week 1 vs. Detroit Lions
August 16 – Break camp
August 18 – Preseason Week 2 @ Los Angeles Rams
August 24 – Preseason Week 3 vs. Green Bay Packers
August 30 – Preseason Week 4 @ Seattle Seahawks
September 1 – Roster reduction to 53 players
September 10 – Regular Season Week 1 vs. Los Angeles Rams
Raiders players arrive for Training Camp at the Raiders' Napa Training Facility in Napa, California.