OAKLAND RAIDERS 2017 MINICAMP: The Oakland Raiders 2017 minicamp wrapped up yesterday. We say this every year about OTAs and minicamps and will say it again. They are not predictors of how players and teams will perform in the regular season nor do they give any indication of who the starters will be for highly contested positions. You need pads and game simulations before you can sift the wheat and that won’t happen until training camp revs up in late July.
We did not have anyone that personally stopped by or attended any one day of the camp but this is what we’ve heard and been told.
OAKLAND RAIDERS 2017 MINICAMP NOTES
- The Raiders are experimenting with WR/KR Cordarelle Patterson to see if he can “enter a game anywhere at anytime”.
- SS Karl Joseph had a good rookie year but his coaches asked him to take it to a higher level in terms of coverage and instinctive reaction.
- All teams focus on bonding but HC Jack Del Rio seemed to place more emphasis on it this year. The same goes for selflessness. The coach knows, despite serious concern at a couple positions, his team is ripe for a strong playoff run. Fostering these intangibles now will help the team overcome any adversity that might occur during the regular season.
- The starters were held out of teams sessions on the final day of camp. That gave the younger guys and / or non starters more reps so they are more confident going into training camp. Mentally, it was a good break for some of the older guys and an expression of confidence.
- CB Gareon Conley was praised by HC Jack Del Rio for how quick he’s been catching on. That’s a good sign, albeit none of the practices have been at game speed.