The Raiders wrapped up their Mandatory Mini-Camp Thursday, and following practice, Head Coach Jack Del Rio addressed the media for the final time before the team reports to training camp in July.
During his time at the podium he discussed the addition of wide receiver Michael Crabtree, as well as the message he left the team with before they left for summer break.
Mandatory Mini-Camp was a Success
Head Coach Del Rio was pleased with what he saw from his team during their three days on the field this week.
"I thought it was a real productive time for us. We basically had 100 percent participation, guys doing what they can. I thought the team showed growth, commitment and a lot of good work went into it. I thought it was a really productive offseason.
He Left the Team With a Message
"The message for these guys is, be smart. Make good choices. It is a privilege to play in this league and to play for the Raiders. Make sure you're representing us right out there and do the right things and come back ready to compete. Come back in and be ready to come together as a team and prepare for the upcoming season."
He's Evolved as a Coach
Head Coach Del Rio has seen the game of football change throughout his career in the league, and he's adjusted accordingly.
"We've done just that – we've adjusted. Rules, you may not like them, but they are the rules. Just make sure that we're maximizing the time that we have with the players. Give ourselves every opportunity to develop to the fullest talents of the players, and make sure that we can utilize those talents on game days."
Likes Michael Crabtree's Effort
"I think he's [Crabtree] done a nice job learning his teammates, learning our system, coming in and working hard and I think it's been a good transition for him."