Raiders pre-practice notes from Alameda

The Raiders now are in Alameda for the rest of the season. Their first full practice at the year-round facility begins in about 30 minutes.
Media access likely will be limited to a maximum of 30 minutes, or whenever the Raiders break into full-team drills, whichever comes first.
Therefore, it’s going to be more difficult to relay information on how players get hurt, which player is working with which unit, how many snaps a player is getting, etc.

*Today represents the first mandatory roster cuts for all NFL teams. Some teams already have announced their player moves, with all teams required to be at a maximum of 80 players by this afternoon.
I will send out a list of the players via Twitter from the practice field once access begins. The Raiders have until Saturday afternoon to pare their roster to 53. That gives coach Hue Jackson two more practices and Friday night’s game to get a little longer look at the players on the bubble.

*Jackson sounds as if he has settled upon a starting offensive line of Jared Veldheer, Stefen Wisniewski, Samson Satele, Cooper Carlisle and Khalif Barnes.
Not sure why he is hesitant to go public with it, other than the fact he might want to see if a player gets injured this week or he isn’t sure whether Bruce Campbell is a better option at right guard, and Stephon Heyer or Joseph Barksdale is a better candidate to play right offensive tackle.
We’ll see if we can glean more information on that topic today.

*Should be interesting to see what kind of interaction there is Friday night between former Raiders coach Tom Cable and the Raiders players and coaches.
Cable now is the Seattle Seahawks offensive line coach. Most of the players from last year’s team went on the record in favor of his return. In the end, managing general partner Al Davis opted to promote Jackson from offensive coordinator.
The Seahawks game also gives former Raiders guard Robert Gallery and tight end Zach Miller an opportunity to catch up with players and coaches from the team they began their NFL careers with. Both signed with the Seahawks during the offseason.

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Steve Corkran