RAIDERS 2017 OTA

RAIDERS 2017 OTA: The Oakland Raiders completed their 2017 Organized Team Activities on June 9th. Optimism runs high this time of year for every NFL team. These are, after all, non-contact activities. This is a time to get players mentally and physically ready for training camp and to start coming together as a team. All teams look good in this type of setting.

What’s different this year for the Raiders are expectations. There’s no more talk of turnaround. Almost to a man, Raider players and coaches are saying or implying anything less than a deep run into the playoffs will be a letdown. With the OTAs done and gone, we’ll get a better sense of how the roster will play out during the upcoming 3-day minicamp. But even then, Training Camp is when players and teams begin to define who they are and how they’ll perform in the upcoming season.

 

RAIDERS 2017 OTA
RAIDERS 2017 OTA: Carr handing off to Lynch.

 

RAIDERS 2017 OTA – A Few Takeaways

Derek Carr – His leg is looking great. If he’s not 100% then he’s something like 90%…95%. Without question he’ll be a full 100% by Training Camp. Or as he would say, “ReadY to rock.”

John Pagano – Oakland’s New Assistant Head Coach – Defense is settling in and earned praise from a number of players. His primary goal is to relieve some of the pressure on Defensive Coordinator Ken Norton Jr, who made the jump from a positional coach with the Seattle Seahawks to a coordinator when he joined the Oakland Raiders.

Karl Joseph – Last year’s first round draft pick sat out the first two games of the 2016 season (knee) and the final four with a toe injury.  He looked fluid in drills.

Mario Edwards – After suffering a season ending neck injury in Week 15 of his rookie year, Edwards saw action in only three games last year due to a hip injury in the preseason opener against Arizona.  He looked quick and strong all throughout the OTAs.

 

 

RAIDER 2017 OTA