TE David Ausberry makes a touchdown catch in the first preseason game of 2011 against the Cardinals. Photo by Tony Gonzales
The Oakland Raiders continued their off-season program with workouts and meetings on Wednesday. The players are learning the new elements of their team and hope to get more comfortable as the program progresses.
"[I want to] just get to know the guys that are out here, get to know the coaches, get to learn the defense and most importantly, get in shape, a lot better shape," said DE Lamarr Houston.
While the players finished up Day 3, the 2012 Preseason Schedule was released, announcing that the Raiders will face the Dallas Cowboys at O.co Coliseum in Preseason Week 1 on Monday, August 13 at 5:00 p.m. PT on ESPN Monday Night Football. They will play their second game on the road at Arizona, Week 3 at home versus the Detroit Lions, and finish the preseason in Week 4 against the Seahawks in Seattle.
The players were excited to hear that the Raiders preseason opponents were set and that they would open with Monday Night Football. "I'm excited," said Houston. "Any time we get to play Monday Night Football, it's an honor, so I can't wait to do that against the Cowboys. Just take it one game at a time and try to get better until the season starts."
TE David Ausberry is looking forward to participating in his second preseason. "It's always fun to get to play against the Cowboys," said Ausberry. "It'll be a first for me. It's always fun to play against the Cowboys. Lions, we need to get those guys back, no matter if it's the preseason or regular season. Arizona will be another fun game. That was our first home game last year and against Seattle, it's always fun to play against my old coaches [from University of Southern California]. That's my old coaching staff up there so that'll be a lot of fun for me. I think it'll be good for our team, some nice physical games, and we'll see what we've got."