What Raiders want out of mandatory minicamp


Retooled, revitalized and brimming with optimism supplied with a busy free agency period and a potentially fruitful draft, the Raiders meet for their mandatory minicamp starting Tuesday before going their separate ways until training camp.

All organized team activities and conditioning sessions were voluntary, with the Raiders at nearly 100 percent attendance.

The mandatory camp, although not in full pads, will be the closest thing the Raiders do all offseason to replicating training camp, which begins July 25 in Napa.

Five things the Raiders will watching closely over the next three days:

— Staying healthy.

Cornerback DJ Hayden spent the last two OTA periods with his right foot in a boot after rolling his ankle, and coach Dennis Allen said he wasn’t sure if Hayden would be back on the field before training camp.

It’s at least a minor setback for a player the Raiders hoped would justify his status as the No. 12 pick in the first round in 2013, only to be limited to eight games because of injury.

Other players who have been spectators or rehabbing include defensive tackle Antonio Smith, guard Lucas Nix and wide receiver James Jones. All are expected to be ready to go in Napa.

— Keeping Matt Schaub on track.

Schaub, acquired to be the Raiders starting quarterback, has seized a leadership role and is getting most of the work. Given Schaub’s run of success before last season’s face-plant, his situation in no way mirrors that of Matt Flynn, who flopped last year when given the same opportunity.

The Raiders are pleased with the progress of second-round pick Derek Carr, who could be a viable backup as a rookie. But if Carr at any point pushes for the starting job while Schaub is healthy, things aren’t going to plan.

— Sorting out the offensive line.

Allen said the best five will play, and it could be there will be four new starters other than center Stefen Wisniewski _ free agent Donald Penn at left tackle, rookie third-round pick Gabe Jackson at left guard, free agent Austin Howard at right guard and second-year player MenelikWatson at right tackle.

If Jackson and Watson don’t seize the moment, Howard probably plays right tackle, with Khalif Barnes (still taking most first-team reps) or free agent Kevin Boothe potential starters at guard.

— Identifying the next Rod Streater.

Undrafted free agents make NFL rosters every year. The sentimental favorite this year is George Atkinson III, a running back out of Notre Dame and son of former Raiders safety George Atkinson.

The younger Atkinson’s ticket to the roster would be returning kicks and covering them. As a running back, his receiving skills have been better than advertised.

— Finding a running back with low miles.

The Raiders think Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew will complement each other in terms of skill set as well as keeping one another fresh. But if one of them gets hurt or neither can turn back the clock, it gets dicey.

Second-year player Latavius Murray, Canadian refugee Kory Sheeets and returnee Jeremy Stewart will compete to be in position if McFadden or Jones-Drew falters.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • the super genius dr robert

    Burris is a MLB now

  • the super genius dr robert

    W pretending to be a prez.

  • the super genius dr robert

    I don’t care

  • R8erEduc8er

    Vikes and Raiders website worked when I clicked on them, not the Bucs though.

  • the super genius dr robert

    He wrote a book explaining how he did it.

  • Buckarama

    more haters

  • Gdog

    Thats pretty funny!

  • TrevJo

    that’s about 20 too many

  • ForHundred8
  • R8erEduc8er

    Correction, he wrote a book on IF he did, here’s how he did it lol

  • Dakota

    Maybe because a certain raider fan is abusing his work computer privileges????

  • FourMoreYears

    Or not enough, depending how the season goes.

  • R8erEduc8er

    Only because he’s already rated fairly as a bottom of the totem pole coach?

    I actually agree with that list in the article. Tomlin and Fisher are overrated.

  • Dakota

    Someday things have to break our way. Finally draft a good QB……maybe that is Carr? O’line turns into a beast…..maybe this is the year? Some undrafted FA steps in and becomes a pro bowl player for us…..our Free Agents finally pan out???? I have major fan boy hopes that all of those things are going to happen this year…..and McFadden regains his form I might add…..

  • R8erEduc8er

    Pre-season or season? Too lazy to count lol

  • ForHundred8

    I was joking. Agree with the overrated as well.

  • FourMoreYears

    He still has his job, so I’d say that makes him a snub from the overrated category.

  • R8erEduc8er

    Bald, Balding same thing

  • FourMoreYears

    It must be awful to be a fan of a team that loses to the US in the World Cup. For four years we don’t pay the slightest bit of attention to the sport and then we go apesh*t when we win a match.

    But you know what? F*ck ’em. U-S-A! U-S-A!

  • FourMoreYears

    Preseason. It’s schwag but it will soothe your cravings until the real deal arrives.

  • Raider O

    F$$$ing Algeria. I can’t believe this BS.

  • Guest123

    Pro-tip to Johnny Football: Next time you wave around blocks of cash, make sure you put a C-note over the top of the wad of dollar bills.

  • Papertiger

    Looks like Mike Goodson’s a no-show at Jets’ minicamp:


    Think we should take a flyer out on this guy if he gets released? Had a pretty good year with us a couple seasons ago.

  • Papertiger

    I can definitely see JohnnyF getting Javon Walkered in Vegas.

  • FourMoreYears

    “Yeah, it could all come unraveled,” Manziel’s father said. “And when it does, it’s gonna be bad. Real bad.”


  • JerryMcDonalds#1Fan

    he doesn’t have that kind of money. he’s on a cheap rookie cap deal. bigger target in Vegas would be somebody who just recently cashed in, like Colin Krappernick

  • FourMoreYears

    Are we playing Pokemon with mediocre running backs?

  • The Big Banana

    No thanks.

  • JerryMcDonalds#1Fan

    Knapp got the most out of him, like Veldheer

  • marks hair

    no tweets from practice again? we have to wait until Dennis Allen gives his version of what happened today at practice?

  • JerryMcDonalds#1Fan

    minicamp starts in 3 hours

  • R8drTahoe in SF

    Didn’t that guy get busted with a dui and possession of weapons/drugs?

    I’d rather see what Latavius, Sheets, and Stewart are made of.

  • marks hair

    that’s kinda weird. you would think we would take every opportunity we can get to practice early

  • marks hair

    I’m done with Stuart and sheets.. try Atkinson

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    That’s reeeealllly stretching it there, mark’s hair, stretching as far as a rubber band in order to criticize.
    You know, it’s great weather in Oakland and the Bay Area today, not too hot, not cold.
    When fans start trying to micromanage the time a practice starts and criticizing the coach for THAT, you know it’s not football the guy is interested in.

  • marks hair

    haven’t you noticed how we struggle in early games?

    we have 3 of 4 early games to open the season..

    if it were me I would try to acclimate the players to playing in the a.m

    I’m not looking to criticize these guys I just scratch my head at their decisions sometimes



  • marks hair

    Yes he will look like a superstar until something matters.

  • JerryMcDonalds#1Fan

    mentally, yes

  • xXRaider2DaHeartXx

    New Post

  • Finally offical, this will be exciting.
    The Oakland Raiders and Dallas Cowboys will participate in two joint training camp practices in Oxnard in August. http://bit.ly/1qpl0yO

  • RaidingTexas

    You’re done with a guy who hasn’t played a single snap for the Raiders yet?

  • xXRaider2DaHeartXx

    Its on the New post

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    This isn’t training camp, for God’s sakes, nor is it a weekday practice before a trek back East for a regular season game….but you know that. You were being you.

  • És lo so fantastico día és be a Raderíos fan.

  • Twinkle

    Yes and to hell with you also.It must be a pain in the behind to be correct with monotonous regularity.Dude you are one of the best!!!