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Day 3: Top secret scouting report

NFL writer Jerry McDonald

Posted by Jerry McDonald, NFL editor and writer for ANG Newspapers
For getting a look at the Raiders’ lone practice Sunday afternoon, it was more advantageous to be a couple of guys drinking beer and peering over a fence than it was to be an accredited member of the Kansas City media.

As per club policy, the Raiders denied practice access to Kansas City Star reporter Wright Thompson.

Thompson waited outside the practice area and was granted interview access once the sessions were over.

To be fair, this sort of paranoia is fairly widespread throughout the NFL. Word out of Miami is new coach Nick Saban has control issues which may set a new standard.

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Day Two: The Boss Arrives

NFL writer Jerry McDonald

Posted by Jerry McDonald, NFL editor and writer for ANG Newspapers
Al Davis made his first appearance at Saturday’s second session, needing a little help to get around but none when it came to seizing the moment.
Davis moved slowly, with the aid of a walker, in what was surely a stubborn concession to reduced mobility.
While interacting with players and in an informal chat with a handful of media, Davis seemed no different than the Davis who brought his team back to Oakland 10 years ago.

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Day One: Camp Opens

NFL writer Jerry McDonald

Posted by Jerry McDonald, NFL editor and writer for ANG Newspapers
The buildup was more exciting than the actual event.

The 2005 Oakland Raiders took the field for the first time Friday afternoon behind the Napa Marriott, away from the prying eyes of the general public.

A whirlwind offseason that brought wide receiver Randy Moss and running back LaMont Jordan to the offense and a host of new faces to a beleaguered defense brought with it a level of excitement far exceeding the reality of its importance.

To steal a line from Allen Iverson, “We’re talking about practice.”

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Welcome To Raider Nation!

Set among the beautiful vineyards of the Napa Valley, Redwood Middle School will open its doors for the 2005 Oakland Raiders training camp. NFL writer Jerry McDonald and Raiders beat writer Bill Soliday will be there for all the action.

And since camp is closed to the public, our writers will give you an inside look at what’s going down on — and off — the field. Come back often and get your fix of interesting news from the Raider Nation.

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