Raiders Open Veteran Mini-Camp

Head Coach Jack Del Rio, his coaching staff and veteran Oakland Raiders players took the field for the first time in 2015 as the Silver and Black opened a three-day veteran mini-camp at the team's Alameda, Calif., facility.

The team began the on-field work with a 25-minute walk-through followed by a stretching/running session. After a team huddle, the players broke into position groups for individual drills.

Notes and Observations

  • Taiwan Jones has moved back to running back. The Raiders originally drafted Jones as a running back out of Eastern Washington in 2011 and moved him to cornerback in 2013. Jones was injured in the regular season opener last season and missed 15 games.
  • Raiders all-time leading scorer K Sebastian Janikowski was here getting ready for his 16th season.
  • TE Lee Smith, signed as a free agent from Buffalo, certainly passes the eyeball test as a prototypical NFL tight end. He is every bit of 6'6" – 265 pounds.
  • QB Christian Ponder, signed as a free agent from the Vikings, throws an accurate, tight spiral with a lot of zip.
  • Three-time Pro Bowl FB Marcel Reece appears to have slimmed down some and looks to be in great shape.
  • WR Rod Streater is returning to action after missing most of last season with a broken foot. He is working to knock the rust off.

The Raiders will be back on the field Wednesday in a closed practice. Mini-camp concludes Thursday. Stay tuned to Raiders.com for the release of the 2015 regular season schedule.

Photos from the first day of the Raiders voluntary veteran mini-camp.

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