Raiders Start Arriving For Training Camp — Coach Allen has 13 Practices To Acclimate 41 New Players — Former 49ers Corners Reunited in Oakland — Nobody Knows If DJ Hayden’s Ready To Go — Training Camp Coverage


Raiders start to arrive for start of camp  (Associated Press)…Shortly after checking in a day before the Oakland Raiders begin training camp, Charles Woodson packed his family into a white SUV for a quick afternoon drive. Other players continued to trickle in throughout the afternoon. Punter Marquette King showed up, then pulled a large keyboard out of his car. Offensive lineman Tony Bergstrom pulled up in an all-black car, while third-string quarterback Matt McGloin arrived shortly after the two busses. Players will undergo physicals and attend meetings on Thursday before the Raiders hold their first practice on Friday afternoon. (read more)

Optimism abounds as Raiders set to open training camp  (by Jerry McDonald, Bay Area News Group)…Year 3 of the Reggie McKenzie/Dennis Allen regime finds the Raiders with their fiscal house in order, an upgraded roster and expressing the confidence of a playoff contender. Now all they have to do is win. With owner Mark Davis espousing a “no excuses’’ mantra, the Raiders report to training camp Wednesday at the Napa Valley Marriott. They’ll go through physical exams and meetings Thursday before practicing for the first time Friday at 3 p.m. “I think we’ve got some football players,’’ Davis said. “At that last mandatory camp, it looked like we had a team.’’

“It’s a team that will be on a tight schedule, with Allen having only 13 training camp practices to acclimate 41 new players on a 90-man roster to systems of football on offense, defense and special teams.”

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Reunited in Oakland  (by Scott Bair, CSN Bay Area)…Overall outlook: Jenkins and Porter bolted in free agency, leaving the Raiders to assemble the cornerback corps yet again. With ex-49ers in Brown and Rogers, they seem to have upgraded. Brown will be a staple on the outside, while Rogers is probably best suited for slot corner. In order to ensure proper arrangement, Hayden must have a solid preseason. He was hampered by an offseason injury expected to linger into training camp, which could impede his progress. The Raiders are thin behind the aforementioned trio despite the need for a solid No. 4 cornerback.  (read more)

D.J. Hayden missing time would be ‘huge’  (by Paul Gutierrez, ESPN)…Second-year cornerback D.J. Hayden, who missed all but the first session of organized team activities workouts this offseason with what coach Dennis Allen called an ankle injury, has become the Raiders’ most intriguing figure as Oakland is in meetings and physicals all day Thursday before hitting the field for its first practice on Friday. Speculation has started to swirl that Hayden, whose rookie season was awash in injury, is not fully healed and could begin training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list. The Raiders have made no comment and, presumably, will not until after physicals on Thursday.

“Still, the condition of Hayden, who was the Raiders’ top draft pick in 2013 despite a near fatal heart injury the previous fall, was one of three big questions facing Oakland entering this week.”

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*********************************************************** Training Camp Coverage  (…The Oakland Raiders reported to Training Camp 2014 this week and has you covered. Follow the team as they progress through training camp and preseason in preparation for the 2014 campaign. Here’s what you can expect on daily basis: Make sure to follow the Raiders on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for behind-the-scenes photos from the practice field. Following each practice, Head Coach Dennis Allen will address the media and you can watch it LIVE on You will find the archived video and transcript on the website shortly thereafter. (read more)

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