Raiders players check in at the team's Napa Valley Training Complex for the start of Training Camp 2010. Photo by Tony Gonzales.
Expectations are running high as the 2010 Oakland Raider football team reported for training camp in Napa, Calif., today. Led by the first player off the bus, DE Richard Seymour, Raider players are ready to lay the groundwork for what the Raiders hope to be a remarkable 2010 season.
"Now is the time," Seymour said. "Camp is the foundation to the season. During the season, you spend so much time game planning and focusing in on your opponents; you really don't have the time to work on individual things. This is my time that I really get into me and focus on the things that I need to do to make myself a better player."
Much like Seymour, CB Chris Johnson and newcomer DT John Henderson are excited about the Raiders defense this year. After signing with the team this offseason, Henderson is looking forward to making a big impact and emphasized stopping the run as one of his top priorities.
"I love stopping the run," Henderson said. "That is my thing and has been my thing since the University of Tennessee. I like sacking the quarterback too but I always like stopping the run."
"This year we look very promising to the fans and everybody," Johnson added. "We just have to get out there and to put it all together and grind and get it done."
The Raiders begin camp with team meetings Wednesday and take the practice field in Napa for the first time in 2010 Thursday morning.