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Feelings About The Raiders OTA

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This weekend the Raiders held their first post draft OTA. The draft tends to get everyone excited and the mini camp tends to bring us back down to earth. One of the most important events happened before the mini camp started and that was the signing of fullback Lorenzo Neal. What has impressed me about what the Raiders have done in this off season is that they have made a conscious effort to add effective players to the roster. These players who not only add depth but they can also lead by example.

The Raiders have kept quality players such as Nnamdi Asomugha, Chris Johnson, and Shane Lechler. They have also added new players to their roster such as Jeff Garcia, Lorenzo Neal, Samson Satele, and Khalif Barnes. Each player being signed or re-signed seems to be part of a plan to strengthening the overall roster.

Unlike in past years where the Raiders have tried to sign flashy players in order to make a quick impact.. This year a plan seems to be to build a house from the foundation up and not build a team like a patch work quilt.

Many people have been making judgments on three days of mini camp. Once again I say let’s be patience. We are still about two months away from double days and about one hundred days or so to the first game of the season.

Do I like to see the Raiders first round draft pick dropping passes on the practice field? Heck no I do not. I want to see players who are focused and angry when mistakes are made. I want to see teammates calling each other out on their mistakes. I want to see JaMarcus Russell flat out tell a teammate that Russell will kick his butt if he jumps off side one more time. I want to see quarterbacks and receivers have the goal to not have a single pass hit the ground on the practice field. In the perfect world I would love to see just that. In the real world Jerry Rice dropped a lot of passes in his first couple of years in the league. Eli Manning was never going to play in a Super Bowl. Reality tells us that this is a process. You build a team one step at a time.

You change the attitude. You bring in players who have been in successful in the past. Past performance is the best indicator of future results. You bring in depth and you raise expectations. Step by step you build a winner.


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One Response to “Feelings About The Raiders OTA”

  1. blue says:

    u draft a guy who’s knock on him is questionable hands at the wr position and pass up a guy who didnt run a 40 and his only smi knock is top end speed and you wonder y u have atlest ten people i know not renewin them season tickets….im a inch away from sayin f@%k these dudes

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