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 – 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.